Let them hear

Quiet days are over at the School for Speech and Hearing Impaired in Kollegal, South India. The courtyard, which used to be so silent, now resounds with the clapping of hands – the children do this to explore their new hearing capacity. Teachers call children’s names to test the pupils. 50 partially deaf children have received hearing aids from Hamara Bandhan.

This project could not have been successful without the many people in Germany and India who supported it. Firms and individuals responded to our appeal for funds and donated hearing aids. Ursula Burkhardt, an acoustician specializing in the treatment of children, and a collgeague of hers were so enthusiastic that they joined the project, went to India with us to carry out the required individual adjustment of the hearing aids. Mr. Isaac Kumar took charge of preparations on the spot and made audiograms of eligible children available. Teachers Mrs. Shiny Bhaggien, Mr. Raj Kumar and Mr. Johnson and were also very much involved in the project and are going to see to the maintenance of the hearing aids.

It was a very moving experience to see Guru, Sachin and their schoolmates perceive and experience their surroundings in completely new ways! For more pictures see Photos about the school for speech and hearing impaired Kollegal.