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Philippine Hearing Fund 
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  1. Why did I get involved in helping the deaf children of the Philippines?
  2. Will my donation go directly to the children of the Philippines?
  3. Can I use my donation as a charitable contribution on my taxes?
  4. Can I ask that my donation be used for a specific purpose?
  5. Can I contact anyone to insure that my donation will not be misused?
  6. Does my hearing aid need to be fully functioning?
  7. Does it matter if my donated hearing aid is a “behind the ear” model?
  8. What kind of books can I send to the Philippine children?
  9. What school supplies are needed?
  10. Where will the financial contributions go?
  11. Can we guarantee that the hearing aids and donation will not be miss-used?
  12. What is on your mind?

 

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1.      Why did I get involved in helping the deaf children of the Philippines?

In October of 1999, I went to visit my “future wife” who lived in Cebu. From the first day I was there, this little guy would follow me around. Hey was very curious about me, my wheelchair, and everything about me. I was then told that John-John was deaf and could only squeak and squawk. He was deaf after fall when he was a baby. He had never been to school because that was too expensive. Even having his hearing checked was considered a luxury. Being he was my wife’s cousin, I decided to see if I could help. After learning so much more, I decided I had to get involved. And here I am.

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2.      Will my donation go directly to the children of the Philippines?

Yes! 100% of your donation will be directed to the helping of the deaf children of the Philippines. Our goal is only to help as much as possible. I don’t expect donations to run very high so every penny will accounted for. I also plan on posting who contributed and where the donations and monies were used.

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3.      Can I use my donation as a charitable contribution on my taxes?

Sure can! For every donation, you will receive a receipt to be use4d for your charitable contribution. We have to be reasonable and give physical donations a fair market value. Of course your input is welcome.

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4.      Can I ask that my donation be used for a specific purpose?

Yes! We would welcome your ideas. Please feel free in letting us know your preferences so we can honor your requests.

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5.      Can I contact anyone to insure that my donation will not be misused?

Yes! We do have a few mentions on our Links page that we have posted. This is a difficult area to predict or to prove our sincerity. But donating to any non-for-profit is a risk. Our pledge is to be as forth coming as possible and show our efforts as we can. Giving you home address and telephone number are easy ways to contact us. Should you need to, please feel free in doing so.

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6.      Does my hearing aid need to be fully functioning?

No! Of course we wish they would be. But hopefully we can get those hearing aids that don’t work, working. We do have contacts that will clean and repair those that can be. We still, hope to find a few professionals who will donate their time and skills repairing such delicate devises. But no hearing aid will be delivered until it is fully functioning.

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7.      Does it matter if my donated hearing aid is a “behind the ear” model?

No! The children and people of the Philippines are only interested in having the ability to hear. There are no fashion statements to worry about or conceptions that by having a hearing aid makes you a different person. If you could not hear, or never have heard before, would you necessarily care what model of hearing aid you had? We might have different opinions on this perspective. But in the Philippines, they just want to hear.

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8.      What kind of books can I send to the Philippine children?

Any kind! Kids fun reading books are mostly needed. The sign language of the Philippines is different then here, so most signing books from here won't necessarily work. I sent a few sign-books. It cannot hurt for those interested in learning a second language. Coloring books, nature to science, just like non-deaf children; they too are excited to learn.

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9.      What school supplies are needed?

Anything! From paper to pencils and everything in between. Markers, crayons and even chalk are still used in the Philippines. Scissors to glue. You name it, there is a need. However, No computer products are needed

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10.  Where will the financial contributions go?

Unless you specify your wishes, your financial donation could be used in many areas. We have a few areas we could place the funds. From paying for batteries, earmold material, school supplies are our main areas. There are other less important areas such as helping paying shipping costs, travel costs and paying for a board certified audiologist in the Philippines. No matter how generous we are, rules are rules.

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11. Can we guarantee that the hearing aids and donation will not be miss-used?

No! Can we guarantee that the family will not sell the hearing aid we give? Can any one here guarantee that their donations won’t be miss-abused? We do hope that children that receive our help will cherish the gift given to them. This is not an excuse, but the people in the Philippines are poorer then the average poor person here. We have never heard of a case where someone has sold a donation. But we are also not looking. We have to hope that our gifts are being properly cared for and cherished. I have a feeling, they are.

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12.  What is on your mind?

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Revised: May 03, 2008 .

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