Hearing and Audiology donates any unused behind the ear hearing aids for recycling to The Nepal Hearing Project.
The Nepal Hearing Project’s primary focus is to provide a community health service whose purpose is to improve or restore hearing to the hearing impaired in Pokhara and its surroundings. The project is committed to providing free or low cost assistance to the children and adults with low or no income. Local staff will be employed and preference will be given to the appointment of women to key decision making positions. The project will have a direct, practical and immediate benefit, be ongoing with the goal to have it eventually run by local staff, with external support as needed.
|Message from the Director|
We are now well into our fourth year of operation and can say that the project has been very successful and running smoothly. We have seen more than 10,000 clients providing hearing tests, removing wax blockages, treating ear infections and have fitted about a thousand recycled hearing aids by this time.
One day each week our staff visits a school or community centre where they screen test all the children as well as some adults from the nearby areas. We have also begun extended trips to remote areas where there are no hearing services. These trips may be four to five days in duration.
To continue our work we desperately need financial assistance as we rely almost solely on myself and my partner Valerie to fund the project. We are given a generous grant from Rotary International to buy new test equipment but we need ongoing funding for our lease payments, staff salaries, batteries and medical supplies, etc. To expand our operations we hope to somehow get assistance to purchase a 4WD vehicle so that we can access remote areas.
The project has given many Nepali people the opportunity to live a full and useful life and we hope to see it continue indefinitely.