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.
Jun 1, 2015

2015 running fast but we are faster!

CHOCLEAR IMPLANT DAY - 

Celebrating Cholear Implant Day we participated with "Puedo Oir Group" in an activity where families with implanted children had the opportunity to interact and share stories

EDUCATING PRE-SCHOOL TEACHERS

We offered a conference on Hearing Health, Screening and Early Detection for school teachers who work at our  National Lottery Organization, pre-schools. Dr. Stella Rowley and Analida Pitty Ceballos from our FOV board presented two interesting conferences.

GOOD DEEDS DAY – FREE HUGS FOV

On March 15, for the 1st time ever, Panama participated in along with more than 70 other countries to celebrate "Goods Deed Day". Our foundation decided to participte to communicate with people in a very singular way : We gave away Free Hugs!! In this way we connected with many new people who now know about us and can use our services.

GRAND OPENING OF OUR CLINIC IN A NEW LOCATION

Looking to serve more conveniently our patients, on April, 2015 we inaugurated a new clinic located on Vía Fernández de Córdoba, which offers all the audiological exams and speech therapy, all under the same roof! Access to the new clinic is much easier as it is close to metro station and arriving, by bus, taxi or even walking is now possible.

INTERNATIONAL NOISE AWARENESS DAY

For the fourth consecutive year, Fundación Oír es Vivir, celebrated and promotioned in Panamá, the 20th version of International Noise Awareness Day which this year was on April 29th. This special day, which intends t raise concience and education in regards with noise induced hearing loos is celebrated with a minute of silence from 2:15pm to 2:16 pm. The support was massive ! Over 35 media companies including television, radio, outdoors, magazines and newspapers suppported this movement providing free advertising to invite all to hold 1 minute of silence. The hashtag #Solo1Minuto (#Only1Minute) became trending topic in Panama during the month of April, and many companies as well as personalities and individual demonstrated their support by sending us a selfie doing "shhhhhh". 

Over 17 local celebrities along with 4 deaf kids, donated their image, time and efforts to be the face of our print and tv campaign. We also offered on that special day Free Hearing Screening at our clinic.

OUR MOBILE HEARING SCREENING PROGRAMA CONTINUES REACHING MANY

Along with the services we provide at our clinic, we have continued to take our team of professionals to public and private schools as well as to indigenous communities and rural areas to be able to extend the benefits of our hearing loss detection program. Here are some of the places we have been able to serve in the last 3 months:

Over 450 kids attended in 4 public schools the area of Tocumen: Schools were, Nuevo Belén, La Siesta,Emperatriz Taboada y Sector Sur

HEARING TESTING FOR ADULTS

Several have been the companies benefited during this period with our hearing screening tests for adults. Among the ones visited are:

FREE EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCES FOR TEACHERS AND PARENTS

on May 6th, we offered the 7th version of our Free Educational Conferences for Teachers and Parents which aim to help them aquire knowledge on different thems related to hearing health, education and raising. On this occasion we invited 3 reknowned local professionals who contributed their time and knowledge with interesting themes on “Strategies to Deal with Bullying at School”, “Color a Language that Communicates”, “Proactivity, the Key to Personal Growth” and finally one conference about hearing health.

Attendance was a full house with over 100 participants all very please with the help Fundación Oír es Vivir provides with this educational events.

 

A NEW COCHLEAR IMPLANT FOR GABY

With the help of Fundación Sus Buenos Vecinos, a local and very reknowned Foundation lead by the biggest bank in Panamá, Banco General, we could give 8 year old Gaby an upgrade of her cochlear implant. This new version which is the Neptune – a water proof implant – will allow Gaby to also excel in what she loves best: To swim.

 

HEARING SCREENINGS WITH THE LIONS CLUB

On May 23, we were part of the annual Hearing Screening event held by Lions Club at Santo Tomas Hospital to benefit adults. In this occasion our team of fonoaudiologists participated had the help of students from the university UDELAS and worked along with many other institutions invited to provide exams and general information to the adult population that attended.

 

 

THE GIFT OF SOUND THROUGH HEARING AIDS

We are currently working on adapting hearing aids for several kids and young adults who have hearing loss. Among the first ones to receive this help we count Milagros a 2 year old girl and Natael, a 13 year old boy from the indigenous Emberá community. They both, along with around 6 or 7 more kids will start enjoying the gift of sound. This life changing action has been worked in conjunctions with Fundación Pro-Integración who provides, exams, adaptations and hearing aids to complete the circle of sound and benefit our patients !! It is the work of many who make this possible.

 

FREE EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR PANDEPORTES

On May 27th we offered a free 1 hour conference about Hearing Health and Noise Protection to the employees at Pandeportes, our national entity that promotes sports. The intention behind this service is to alert them all in respect with hearing care.

 

 

YOUR VOTE COUNTS – COMPETING FOR A CASH PRIZE

We have been actively participating in the month of May to collect as many votes as posible for our Foundation in order to be able to win one of the cash prices offered by Fundación Sus Buenos Vecinos – from Banco General – to the 29 local foundations that raise the most votes among their clients. We have organized a well motivated task force that with the help of volunteers is looking for votes in malls, universities, companies and with friends and family. We hope our efforts is worth one of the prices, as we need it so bad to keep on working to take hearing health to those who need it the most in Panama.

INternational Cochlear implant day
INternational Cochlear implant day
Training day
Training day
Good deeds day-Free hugs
Good deeds day-Free hugs
New offices
New offices
New Offices
New Offices
Education for Parents & Teachers
Education for Parents & Teachers
Education for Parents & Teachers
Education for Parents & Teachers
Feb 24, 2015

Moving on 2015

First lady
First lady

Nov 20 - Cita en Despacho de Primera Dama para presentar FOV y solicitar apoyo para proyectos.

Very happy today with the visit to the Office of the First Lady of the Republic to present the work of our Foundation. We look forward to their valuable support to continue carrying Panamanian hearing health to each child, no matter where you are!. We are greateful with the attention we received from Ana Maria de Leon, Maria Eugenia Amaya and Melisa Velarde. We are optimistic after this visit !! Thanks in advance for your support. We know that door is open to new possibilities.

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WE ARE MOVING! In 2015 we will be closer to everyone with a better access! And easier for you to reach us, We appreciate your understanding during our period of change. In January we will be removing some items from our current location so we will be offering partial services. For more information and appointments call us at 317-0562. Our phone number will not change.

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Jan 21 - Participation in Good Deeds Day launch activity
Today we participated in the event offering the Jewish Panama (JUPA) Foundation and the B'nai B'rith Foundation to promote the "Day of Good Deeds" or "Good Deeds Day" to be held for the first time in Panama on Sunday 15 March. The concept is simple, but powerful! Join us to do all that day a good deed by others.This video has more on the Day of Good Deeds in the world. We invite you to join this cause.

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January 24 - Health Tour with Sam Kardonski Foundation and Ways of Light Foundation at the Community Union Embera in Alto Bayano.

The saturday January 24, we were invited by TOWERBANK to the tour which was held under the auspices of FOUNDATION SAM KARDONSI, taking an Act of Love to the Union Embera indigenous community in Alto Bayano. The team was composed of 18 volunteers who lovingly donated their time and knowledge to deliver this community not only school donations but also food and clothing, and at the same time provide hearing exams by FOUNDATION HEAR IS VIVIR. Doctors ENT, professional speech therapists, speech therapy students and other volunteers who identified with this mission, making it possible joined us again. We Gave the exams and achieved more than 50 children and some adults in the community. The opportunity was good to invite PATHS OF LIGHT FOUNDATION who donated solar panels to the main house of this community, leaving the community with some lights activated for the first time.

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FEB 1 participated today in the activity of the Metropolitan Park "Healthy Park, Healthy People" where we offered hearing care information and educational talk "Hearing Loss and Prevention" by Lic. Addis Sotillo, speech therapist Foundation.

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January 29 - Training for Teachers COIF National Lottery
Today training teachers of COIF National Lottery Beneficencica to support them with the detection of hearing loss in the classroom. In the photos Yolis Norato Ms. educational coordinator with members of the board of the Foundation who offered the following:.. "Warning signs of hearing loss in preschool children" presented by Ms. Analida Pitty Ceballos, fonoaudióloga and Vice President of the Foundation. And "Care Ear and Hearing on Pre-school," presented by Dr. Stella Rowley, otorrinolaringóloca and Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Foundation. We thank Lic. Nestor Solis and Lic.Betsy Sempruno for having extended the invitation for this training. So we contribute to educate and give our teachers better tool to support us in the fight against hearing loss

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Starting today our educational work in BABY FAIR, where we provide to thousands of people about the importance of hearing care of the baby and the whole family. Atlapa 6, 7 and 8 February. Thanks to FOV staff and volunteers who make this possible participation. We expect to see you there!

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First lady
First lady
Moving
Moving
Moving
Moving
Embera
Embera
Embera
Embera
feria del bebe
feria del bebe
good day
good day
good day
good day
pR5
pR5
Nov 21, 2014

End of the year & the intensity of our work doesnt diminish

New Equipment
New Equipment

WE HAVE NEW EQUIPMENT AT YOUR SERVICE
More and new equipment to serve our Panamanian children!
Recently our speech therapists were trained to handle the new equipment to test for VRA Visual reinforcement audiometry (Audiometer MADSENITERA II), which is already available in the area of audiology at Panamá Children's Hospital.
This equipment was obtained by a donation made by an Art Auction that the Metropolitan Kiwanis Club made last year and which became the joint service of Children's Hospital and patients of Hearing is Living Foundation.

The test assesses responses to free-field hearing levels for children from 6 months to about 4 years.
Thanks again to the Kiwanis Club for this wonderful contribution and Raenco, Importer Selecta Green Fiber companies who supported us in enabling the adaptation of an office within the Hospital.

WE JOINED FORCES with the children´s Hospital to follow up previous activities in Piriatí
Today, at the Children's Hospital, otoscopy and ear washes were made to more than 35 children from the Embera community in Piriatí, this in order to give a proper follow up to our previous tour  to that community made by our Hearing is Living Foundation and HOPE Foundation. Thanks to the students of the American University, the FOV speech therapists, volunteers of Hope Foundation and all the other members who participated to make this event possible. The day was also used to provide hearing health care to the Nathaniel Embera community of Alto Bayano.

PERSONALITIES made the screening test with our Foundation!!
On September 23,the day of HEARING HEALTH, we, were honored with a visit from various local personalities who decided to attend to our call and as an example to others to convey the message that caring for hearing health is important. We thank you all and we will be waiting again in 2015 for his annual checkup. Here we give you the preview of some of the figures who visited.

Health Tour to Guna Yala district.
Thanks to the joint action of the Hearing is Living Foundation, Hope Worldwide and Franklin Panama Panama Foundation we could make the tour of hearing healthcare and comprehensive health care to the community of Guna Yala. Thanks also to the Office of the First Lady, all the doctors, friends and volunteers who gave their time to allow us to integrate forces and serve more than 145 children. Residents in the area and the area health authority doctors, our thanks for making this possible.

Thanks for joining us at the VI Information Session
We ended with great satisfaction our Free Session VI Teachers and Parents, featured this week at the Children's Hospital Auditorium. To our lecturers thank you very much for giving your time and expertise. Attendees, hope you liked it and now have more and new tools for support in their efforts to educate our children.

AKNOWLEDGEMENT TO DONORS AND FRIENDS
Counting our Awards Ceremony yesterday, where we celebrate with donors and friends, the joy of being able to serve our Panamanian children. Thanks to everyone who joined us, we know there is still a long way to go and we want adding more and more people, companies and organizations that support our work and allow us to go further. We close with this act a year full of achievements and the satisfaction of having achieved generous hand tgente that supports us and makes it possible. Thank you all !!

November 12 we had the pleasure to bring hearing exams to over 50 children at a Kindergarten School in Santa Fe Pacora. This is part of the project we are developing in this area under the auspices of the Mayor of Panama who support us.

New Equipment
New Equipment
New Equipment
New Equipment
New Equipment
New Equipment
Children Hospital
Children Hospital
Children Hospital
Children Hospital
Children Hospital
Children Hospital
Personalities
Personalities
Personalities
Personalities
Personalities
Personalities
Personalities
Personalities
Embera Comunity at Children Hospital, follow up
Embera Comunity at Children Hospital, follow up
Embera Comunity at Children Hospital, follow up
Embera Comunity at Children Hospital, follow up
Embera Comunity at Children Hospital, follow up
Embera Comunity at Children Hospital, follow up
Embera Comunity at Children Hospital, follow up
Embera Comunity at Children Hospital, follow up
Guna Yala Comunity Health Tour
Guna Yala Comunity Health Tour
Guna Yala Comunity Health Tour
Guna Yala Comunity Health Tour
Guna Yala Comunity Health Tour
Guna Yala Comunity Health Tour
Guna Yala Comunity Health Tour
Guna Yala Comunity Health Tour
Information Session
Information Session
Information Session
Information Session
Aknowledgement
Aknowledgement
Aknowledgement
Aknowledgement
Aknowledgement
Aknowledgement
Aknowledgement
Aknowledgement
Pacora
Pacora

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