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To help the hearing impaired children of the Philippines.
Why do we do this? We do this because after you
see the joy in a child's face after the child hears for
the first time, you
too would be happier then you could have believed. The feelings the child gets as you watch their eyes explode with excitement and wonderment. This truly
is a wonderful feeling knowing that you have helped.
We are not able to help every child with hearing
loss that needs it. But it would
be nice. In a country where it is already hard enough for people that
don't have a disability to survive. Hearing loss is utterly forgotten.
Therefore, our mission is to help as many deaf children as we can. With your
support, we hope to help many. To go to school, learn, and perhaps hear
for the first time. Schooling can easily help this children enjoy life as
they are eager to learn. Your used hearing aids can provide them the opportunity
to continue on to their hopes and dreams. They possibility to compete with
their non-deaf community.
Please feel free in contacting us with questions, comments or even a story
you would like to share with us or everyone.
After I arrived in the Philippines in October of 1999, I was introduced to a
bright and curious little deaf boy named John-John. Being that I also have a disability,
physical, I knew how hard it could be for JJ to compete with others. In the
Philippines, even more so. Being poor is already a disadvantage. Being poor and
deaf is a huge disadvantage.
As it is, it is difficult
enough for those even without a disability to survive
the economic hardships in the Philippines. The problem becomes compounded by
having a hearing loss. Disabled children like JJ receive little to no support from the
deaf children of
the Philippines are being left behind as there are very few resources given to
them. We hope to help change this fact.
Working only as a volunteer, we are helping raise funds
for the hearing impaired children of the Philippines. We also will help adults
as we can depending on the amount of donations that we receive. We collect
hearing aids and supplies, school supplies, and cash donations from the
sale of merchandise. Our goals are large, so we hope you will consider to
support our cause.
On April 15, 1999 Richard Manuel set out on his yearly
trip to the Philippines with ear molds and the hearing aid donations that we had
acquired. For 10 days Mr. Manual, accompanied by a Philippine hearing doctor,
travel throughout Cebu testing the hearing function of the children, making ear molds and distributing
the hearing aids.
We continue to raise funds in the hope to help more
Manuel is a board-certified audioprosthologist, based in Cincinnati Ohio and is
on a mission to spread hearing throughout the Philippines.
his first trip to Cebu, Philippines in April 1988, Manuel has led yearly trips
to Cebu giving hearing aids away to the indigent populations of these areas who
never had the chance.
Manuel not only grants the gift of sound, but also has experience in hearing
rehabilitation, services, counseling and psychology of the hearing impaired.
A Case Summary
The Philippine Hearing Fund of America is dedicated to providing direct
services to hearing impaired children of the Philippines. In addition, it
strives to stop the cycle of poverty by promoting learning opportunities for the
poor, and to help them provide the learning utensils they need.
provided by Mingsworld
Who would not want the opportunity to hear. Hearing is not a necessity of life.
But, if there is the prospect to help enrich someone's life, why not. We want to help the schools with basic materials to help teach the children.
Education is the most effective way to combat poverty and to save children from
the elements of the streets. It can protect the children from the hands of drugs
and prostitution lords.
Through our education program, children are given the
opportunity to learn and to compete academically with other non-impaired children.
Giving JJ and other children like him the opportunity to succeed where once
there were not many if any choices.
So far, we have gathered and
hearing aids and other supplies.
For an updated
listing of donations, please visit our Activity