Open a World of Hearing to Children in Bangladesh

by World Concern
You're helping Mishu communicate with her mom.

Your gifts are enabling hearing impaired children in Bangladesh to communicate with their families, learn in school, and thrive. Five-year-old Mishu is one of those you’re helping.

When Mishu was six months old, she got pneumonia. Her parents were grateful when she recovered from such a serious illness, but when she was about 18 months old, her parents realized she wasn’t talking like other children her age.

After extensive testing, Mishu’s parents were told their daughter had suffered severe hearing loss from the illness. They were devastated.

Wanting the best possible services for their child, Mishu’s parents considered moving to Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. But they couldn’t afford housing on her father’s teaching salary. For several years, they received no help for their daughter.

They had almost given up hope when they learned about World Concern’s Hear School not far from their rural home. Mishu was admitted in April 2013. During her assessment, she was not able to form any words and had never used a hearing aid.

Today, Mishu is a thriving, happy 5-year-old. Thanks to your generous support, the use of a hearing aid and specialized education, Mishu is developing language skills in both Bengali and English. She is beginning to learn math and has a growing interest in drawing and dancing. Her father even enrolled her in art classes because of her interest in drawing. As a teacher, he looks forward to Mishu being enrolled in a mainstream school someday. This is possible because of the special education she’s received with your support. Thank you!

Mishu receives special education, thanks to you.
Mishu receives special education, thanks to you.
Mishu enjoys drawing.
Mishu enjoys drawing.
Mishu is also learning to communicate with friends
Mishu is also learning to communicate with friends
Your gift helps hearing impaired students learn.
Your gift helps hearing impaired students learn.

Your gifts have made such a difference in the lives of hearing impaired children in Bangladesh. Without support from donors like you, 105 children would not have learned to communicate with their families and at school.

Each one the 105 students who were enrolled in World Concern’s Hear School this year received specialized training and attention aimed at helping them communicate and transition into public schools.

Young Jaman could not make any verbal sounds before coming to the Hear School. But after receiving patient, compassionate care from the trained teachers, he started pronouncing words within a very short time.

Jaman’s mom followed the advice she received at the parent classes and very quickly began communicating with her son. With support at school, home, and with the help of hearing aids, Jaman was speaking in sentences in no time. Even neighbors have stopped by their home, astonished and thrilled to hear Jaman speak.

More than two million people in Bangladesh suffer from hearing impairment. But only 2,500 spots are available in specialized schools, leaving most deaf children little chance to learn to communicate. You’re helping change that.

New students are being enrolled each year. Our audiology centers in Mymensingh, Barisal, and Bhairab provided diagnostic tests to 1,532 children and adults last year, with your help!

And it’s not just the Hear School students who are being helped. Entire families are being transformed. This school year, 1,393 parents attended weekly parent classes to learn how to communicate with their hearing impaired children and how to support them in school.

Your gift lasts well into the future, changing the course of a child’s life forever. Mohammad Billah, a former student at the Mymensingh Hear School, was recently admitted to university to study fine arts. This would not have been possible without the specialized training and caring support he received from the Hear School.

Your gift is opening up a world of hearing to children in Bangladesh. Thank you for helping transform lives!

You're helping kids like these learn to speak.
You're helping Nijhum (left) and Ikra succeed.

Every little girl needs a best friend. Nijhum and Ikra became instant friends when they entered World Concern’s Hear School at the same time. The two friends play together at school and at home, and their friendship is helping them succeed in school. Your gifts make their learning—and their friendship—possible.

The 9-year-old friends came to the Hear School as preschoolers. Because of hearing impairment, Nijhum was delayed in her speech and learning. Ikra has profound hearing loss and epilepsy. Both girls love to learn and are making progress in school.

With your support, Nijhum received hearing aids and instruction by patient, experienced teachers. She is now reading and writing in Bengali and English and is doing well in math. She’s also a dancer and an artist, taking dance at a local school and painting beautiful pictures for her friends and family. Her parents are overjoyed with her progress. Before Nijhum came to the Hear School, her future was uncertain. Today, her parents dream of the day she will be a famous dancer.

Ikra’s parents are educated and her father is employed, but her mother never worked because of Ikra’s special needs. Her family is grateful for the specialized education she’s receiving. Although Ikra is developing speech more slowly, she is learning with the support of her teachers, her best friend Nijhum, and you! The Hear School staff is hopeful that both girls will be integrated into public schools soon.

Your gifts are educating and equipping girls like Ikra and Nijhum for a successful future. Thank you!

Asad teaches a student to speak, with your help
Asad teaches a student to speak, with your help

You might remember a photo of a young Hear School teacher in our last report. His name is Asad. I wanted to tell you his amazing story, and thank you for how you’re helping change the future of hearing impaired students like him.

From the time Asad first learned to communicate, he dreamed of being a teacher so he could help other hearing impaired children speak, just like he had.

When Asad was born, his parents were hopeful their son would become a doctor someday. They were concerned when, at two years old, he still couldn’t speak and didn’t respond to sound.

The village doctor assured the family that he was normal. But an ear, nose, and throat doctor recommended a hearing test. The family travelled to Dhaka for the test in 1990, and young Asad was diagnosed as severely deaf. He was referred to a special school in Dhaka, but his family couldn’t afford it.

When they heard that World Concern was opening a Hear School for deaf children in Barisal, Asad’s parents took him there. Assessments showed profound hearing loss. The staff recommended hearing aids and orientation classes for his parents. The teachers were confident Asad could learn to communicate with treatment and special education.

When he started at the Hear School, Asad could only say simple words, like “mom,” and communicate through gestures. But with compassionate training, Asad started speaking in complete sentences. Soon, he was also able to read English and solve math problems easily.

Asad eventually integrated into a mainstream primary school. He passed all ten classes with good grades, and in 2008 he was admitted to college.

Asad kept in contact with the Hear School even after graduating, talking with and encouraging parents and students with his story. He had become skilled in computers, and writing in both Bangla and English.

When one of the teachers at the Hear School resigned, Asad was hired, fulfilling his dream of becoming a teacher for deaf students.

Now, he’s able to share his success and encourage children who are struggling to communicate, just like he was. Asad is grateful that donors like you are changing the future of young hearing-impaired students today.

Asad encourages parents of deaf students in class
Asad encourages parents of deaf students in class
Asad is grateful that donors like you are helping
Asad is grateful that donors like you are helping
Building friendships for the first time.
Building friendships for the first time.

I just returned from a visit to World Concern's Hear School in Bangladesh and wanted to share some photos with you. I hope they make you smile, and encourage you that your gift is making a lasting difference in the lives of hearing impaired children.

Let me say first of all that Bangladesh is a difficult place to be. My heart ached as I walked through crowded, filthy slums holding hands with barefoot children who have never been to school.

But I felt such a sence of hope and joy when I visited the Hear School and saw children who would otherwise spend their lives unable to communicate, now learning to speak, listen, and build relationships. Thank you for being a part of this amazing project!

This young teacher was once a Hear School student.
This young teacher was once a Hear School student.
A beautiful young girl learning to speak and hear.
A beautiful young girl learning to speak and hear.
Students busy learning in the classroom.
Students busy learning in the classroom.

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