Fundacion Oir es Vivir

The Fundacion Oir es Vivir was founded in 2008 to serve as a bridge for the hearing impaired population who are seeking a solution for their disability and lack the knowledge, resources, and financial means. The Foundation has done strong advocacy for early hearing detection and intervention program in the newborn and hearing screening test in preschool and school children. In the older population the Foundation also educates the importance of quality of life through the ability to hear and understand the sounds of life, and the importance to remain connected socially and environmentally.
Aug 26, 2014

Continuing with the good Job across 2014

Smart Kids
Smart Kids

Continuing with our campaing, this time over 150 children at Smart Kids Institute received their  Hearing Screening test. It is important to do it to ensure they are listening well not affecting the language development and school performance.

Together with a team of volunteers, we participated in EXPO MAMA, to comunicate to the present valuable information on hearing care. During the fair, we also offered the conference "The care and development of hearing during pregnancy", by Lic. Analida Pitti Ceballos. We take this opportunity to also promote among people who visited us, the values we believe should prevail in Panamanian families!

In coordination with the Hope Foundation and the Children's Hospital, we coordinated a visit ear wash and sanitize 20 children that were referred on our visit to multigrade schools and Zanguengas Espavé Altos de La Chorrera. Now both children and their parents and teachers have the information needed to take better care of your hearing.

On a tour involving 20 volunteers Hearing is Living Foundation and Hope Foundation, we made hearing exams to more than 100 children from the indigenous Embera in Piriatí, Lake Bayano. We are now planning follow-up tests required to over 50 children that needed additional tests. Thanks to doctors, specialists and volunteers who make this work possible.

Congratulations to the directors of Panamerican School who were able to see the importance of hearing exams for their students and hosted this year's program offered by Health Hearing Hearing is Living Foundatio, we will continue our work to take the same exams to underprivileged children and indigenous communities. Thanks for making this possible.

Thanks to Dra.Yanrineth Quintero, voluntary Ashley Figueroa, Ms.. Inés Lomba (Campus Director), and our speech therapist Aixa Lambert all the time and work dedicated to children of school #SanPedroNolasco #Burunga. We have almost completed the cycle of otoscopy, ear washes and hearing screenings to ensure that our children have hearing health.

During the week of health Towerbank, we offered through our fonoaudióloga Lic. Aixa Lambert, an interesting Conference on "Hearing Care for you and your children." we provided further information material to the attendees and hearing health services that are available also at our Comprehensive Hearing Care Center located in Ciudad del Saber.

We perform hearing screenings for adults at the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Panama. We also provide valuable information for the hearing care and prevention to avoid damage to it. Thank Insurance Arc invites us to participate in these health fairs.

FOV WORKING WITH LIONS CLUB 
Work done in the Hospital Santo Tomas in the XVII Campaign for Detection of Hearing loss and Hearing Awareness and Problems Caused by Noise and its prevention program, sponsored activity Lions Club Panama.

Free hearing exams & free screening were made in las Cumbres to children and teachers of  VALORATE Foundation in. 36 children between 2 and 4 years old and their teachers were examined.

Smart Kids
Smart Kids
Lions Club
Lions Club
La Chorrera
La Chorrera
La Chorrera
La Chorrera
Embera Lago Bayano
Embera Lago Bayano
Embera Lago Bayano
Embera Lago Bayano
Embera Lago bayano
Embera Lago bayano
La Chorrera
La Chorrera
Chamber of Comerce
Chamber of Comerce
Burunga
Burunga
Towerbank
Towerbank

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May 19, 2014

A dynamic first quarter For our Foundation

Open Festival
Open Festival

After a promising begining, 2014 it appears full of new challenges for our team, in February we supported for the second year in a row to our friends of ARGO Insurance co.,  during the Puma Energy Health Festival we offerred hearing screening tests to every ARGO Administrative employee, we definitely congratulate all the companies like ARGO that are worried for the hearing health of its team.

We were also present like every year at the Baby Trade Show which was held in Panamá City, during the three days of the trade show we passed valuable information to thousands of people, Parents, Childrend, students, and everyone who was interested in learning how to take a better care of the hearing health and at the same time how to understand more about this silent disease.

FOV Offering education in an Open Festival

FOV team, volunteers and Board members participated in the Open Festival, educating about the importance of early detection of hearing loss and the overall care of hearing. Also we had the opportunity to establish important contacts with companies and other organizations who will be pleased to provide our services, counseling and guidance. Thanks to Sam Kardonski Foundation invited us to participate in this event. And thanks to the volunteers, and the entire team that made possible our participation.

Hearing test program at Public Schools

We were conducting hearing tests at the Omar Torrijos Herrera School located in the community of Paradise - Ancon, where we served more than 100 children from Pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st grade. This program was held in conjunction with the program, Path to Quality of University of the Americas UDELAS. It is our interest to bring free hearing health care to those most in need.

This time we took our free Hearing Screening tests, to the Sisters of the Good Shepherd Home of Our Lady, where they take care of a population of children who require a transitional home. We examined 27 children aged 1 to 13 years. Also we served 75 children from kindergarten and first grade at the public school French Republic .

Also during March we conducted an educational talk about hearing tests to employees of Albrook Mall.

For the third year we supported the campaign that promotes a minute of silence in commemoration of the International Day of Noise Awareness held on April 30. Some businesses, media, schools, organizations, personalities and people from different countries such as Panama, Mexico, Canada, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Guatemala and El Salvador, expressed their support for this cause by sending their "selfies" with # Solo1Minuto. Also, that day, we offered our Comprehensive Hearing Care Center, exams completely free hearing screening. We thank all those who helped us this year in one way or another to make this an initiative that "makes noise to stop the noise."

Hearing Health for ASI GROUP employees
Courtesy of Arch Insurance, we were again invited to participate in the Health Fair held at the premises of the companies Arango Software Int, where we made hearing tests to its employees. Congratulations to this company that takes care of the hearing health of its employees.

Baby trade show
Baby trade show
Paraiso Public School
Paraiso Public School
Argo Insurance
Argo Insurance
Our Lady Shelter
Our Lady Shelter
Noise awareness day
Noise awareness day
Albrook Mall
Albrook Mall
Public School
Public School
Screening at Public School
Screening at Public School
Feb 7, 2014

Solid 2014 start for Fundacion Oir es Vivir

Center for Hearing Health of the Foundation
Center for Hearing Health of the Foundation

Global Giving report – December was followed by an early and solid start in 2014 for Fundación Oír es Vivir (to Hear is to Live)

A few more “end-of-year” events and activities took place since the Foundation’s last report in November 2013. Indeed the end of the year represented a nice opportunity for the Foundation to thank all of those who have been supporting its cause. Including of which the precious Global Giving donors! The Foundation’s Acknowledgement Ceremony, which took place on 20th of November 2013 at the Crowne Plaza in Panama, allowed the whole team to thank its recurring and new supporters, and show gratefulness, in person. It also permitted to present the activities and plans for 2014.

Throughout December, the Foundation continued its early detection activities. This is one of the Foundation’s primary focuses and it helps to identify hearing losses in children in time to avoid them from hindering the development of language, their inclusion into the schooling system and to allow them to live a normal life with equal opportunities. This took place in public and private schools throughout Panama. Furthermore, as part of Christmas celebrations, the Foundation attended 30 children from 1 to 4 years of age at the Health Center of the zone of Panama called 24 de Diciembre. This is a more vulnerable area and these children were part of households with very few economic resources. Hearing exams were performed to all of them, after which they received donated Christmas presents.

As highlighted in the last report, 2013 ended on a high note. In 2013, the Foundation has reached more than 1,300 children overall with hearing exams for hearing losses identification in Panama city, the vulnerable area of Mañanitas and the indigenous community of Union Embera.

Today, early 2014, the Foundation is happy to announce that its Integrated Center for Hearing Health is fully functional and that children and adults can make appointments to be examined, to receive hearing solutions and orientation whenever convenient to them. The Foundation now continuously provides hearing care to the Panamanians in need at this new center located in the City of Knowledge in Clayton area of Panama city. 

While the team maintains its mobile capacity to go to the field to do hearing screening, the center now provides the complete response process to hearing problems. It offers audiometry, impedanceometry, oto-acoustic emissions and auditory evoked potential exams, with a sound-proof room to allow improved precision. It also counts the facility to offer speech therapy to children and adults. It is of great benefit for the Panamanians to have all these services under one same roof to permit the detection, diagnosis, and the treatment of a hearing condition without the delays caused in having to book appointments in different places. The Center is also a place where orientation is available to all, and where families can exchange information and experiences on the challenge of having a relative with hearing problems.

In January, the Foundation has also strengthened its Executive Board by welcoming a new member, Analida Pitty Ceballos, a renowned Speech Therapist in Panama, as Vice-President. Her experience and medical skills complete those of the other members of the Board (Otolaryngologists, Audiologists, Marketing and event strategists, and mothers of deaf children or children affected by hearing losses) to form a very complete support structure to the team in place at the Foundation.

Thus the tools are really all in place to allow for the provision of integrated and comprehensive hearing care to the vulnerable Panamanians who need it throughout 2014.

In 2014, the Foundation will strive to gives access to hearing health to an increased number of persons in need, and further expand its activities to areas that are more remotely located and where there is a lack of basic healthcare. While the economy is booming in Panama, indigenous and more remote communities remain the invisible face of poverty in the country. These planned activities will hopefully be facilitated by the securing of more support from international and local donors and partners.

The Foundation team takes this opportunity to thank again its Global Giving donors! Please remember to “like” us on facebook, at Fundacion Oir es Vivir, and share it with friends, to help us reach the 1,000 followers (we’re getting closer as we currently are at 933). We’re also on Twitter @OIRESVIVIRPTY.

Daniel, 6 years old, identified with hearing loss
Daniel, 6 years old, identified with hearing loss
Training of the medical team over new equipment
Training of the medical team over new equipment
Christmas screenings for vulnerable children
Christmas screenings for vulnerable children
Victor, 3 months, examined for early detection
Victor, 3 months, examined for early detection
Screenings in schools for sensibilization
Screenings in schools for sensibilization
President Giovanna and new Vice President Analida
President Giovanna and new Vice President Analida
and a Happy New Year to all!! :)
and a Happy New Year to all!! :)

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