Equip one pediatric hearing clinic in South Africa

by Sound for Silence NPC

Summary

This project will provide equipment to perform hearing tests and fit hearing aids for young children in the rural Eastern Free State area of South Africa, where no such service currently exists.
$5,745
total raised
45
donors
0
monthly donors
3
years active

Challenge

Deaf children from the rural Eastern Free State in South Africa need to travel for 7 hours to the nearest government hospital where audiological services are offered. Waiting lists at this facility are 4-6 months, and the funds to supply hearing aids usually runs out well before the end of the financial year. Our project will provide these children with a brighter future, as better accessibility to audiological services will improve their chances of learning to talk and attending local schools.

Solution

Children who need further hearing tests referred from screening projects at the local clinics will receive a full hearing test at our clinic within two weeks of referral. Deaf babies will receive state-of-the-art hearing aids within two weeks after diagnosis. This will eliminate the need to wait and travel extensively to attend appointments, as research has shown that every day counts when dealing with hearing loss. They will also be provided with auditory-verbal therapy and speech therapy.

Long-Term Impact

Hearing loss in children affects communication, emotional development, academic performance, social isolation and employment later on in life. By helping deaf children in a timely manner and providing them with support, we aim to improve their language skills, help them excel in mainstream schools and give them equal opportunities for employment as their normal-hearing friends. We aim to help 12 - 16 out of 1000 children from birth to 18 years of age, as this is the current prevalence rate.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).

Resources

http:/​/​www.soundforsilence.org

Organization Information

Sound for Silence NPC

Location: Ficksburg, Free State - South Africa
Website: http:/​/​www.soundforsilence.org
Sound for Silence NPC
Project Leader:
Annerina Grobbelaar
Ficksburg, Free State South Africa

Funded Project!

Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.
   

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