Open a World of Hearing to Children in Bangladesh

by World Concern
Vetted
Jun 20, 2013

Imran can communicate with the world now

Imran works in a local tailor shop.
Imran works in a local tailor shop.

When Imran was just 9 months old, he developed a fever, and eventually pneumonia. He recovered, but his parents, Maleka and Shirajul, discovered that their son could no longer hear.

In Bangladesh, a disability like deafness means a child will likely never be able to communicate with his family or community. With no social support, few schools for hearing impaired children, and poor parents, Imran was doomed to a life of dependence.

Maleka mourned the fact she would never be able to communicate with her son. She worried constantly about his future, knowing he would never be able to work or support himself.

As a young child, Imran’s deafness was confirmed by audiologists who recommended hearing aids and special schooling, but his parents could not afford any of this. Imran made only unintelligible sounds and could not understand sign language.

Finally, when Imran was 9 years old, his parents heard about World Concern’s HEAR School, and they went to visit. Maleka was overjoyed when she saw teachers using special techniques and equipment to teach students to speak, read lips, and use a hearing aid. She saw children like Imran who were speaking and communicating freely with others … and for the first time, she had hope for her son.

Imran was enrolled in the HEAR School, where he received loving attention and education. Imran began to learn to speak and understand others. Maleka was delighted to see the engaging techniques his teachers used. She and Shirajul attended parent classes to learn how to help Imran continue learning at home.

Now 13, with the help of World Concern donors like you, Imran is helping support his family.

This became even more critical when his father was tragically injured in a bus accident recently.  Imran was able to communicate well enough with others to negotiate the sale of a small piece of land his family owned to pay for his father’s medical expenses. He’s also learned tailoring, and works at a local shop, earning enough to help his parents and siblings.

Imran loves to fish, climb trees, and has a hobby of repairing mobile phones. His dreams for the future include owning his own shop someday, and teaching disabled children so they can stand on their own.

Your gift is opening up a world of hearing and opportunity for a child like Imran.

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Location: Seattle, WA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.worldconcern.org
Project Leader:
Cathy Herholdt
Seattle, Washington United States

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