In India, families in need with children with hearing loss rarely get the necessary support and struggle with their situation. Together with Partners for a Greater Voice, the Hear the World Foundation wants to improve their situation – and is facilitating training sessions for professionals to accompany the affected families on their journey.

Place & Year

Maharashtra, India, 2017

Support

Funding

Main Focus

Children Providing audiological care for children in low-income countries is a focal area of the Hear the World Foundation’s activities.
Professional training The Hear the World Foundation supports projects that enable continuous audiological training for professionals on site.
Prevention of hearing loss The Hear the World Foundation globally promotes awareness for the topics of hearing and hearing loss and thus actively contributes toward the prevention of hearing loss.
Programs for parents & families By supporting self-help groups for parents, the Hear the World Foundation makes an important contribution, thus ensuring that affected parents receive specific help and assistance.

With a good 1.3 billion people, India is the country with the second-largest population in the world – with extremes that could hardly be any more pronounced. While some have fortunes that they handle almost wastefully, others can barely afford basic medical care.

Active commitment to children in need with hearing loss

Partners for a Greater Voice (PGV) is a non-profit organization that actively commits to children with hearing loss, as well as their families, in many low-income areas of India. Since 2002, this organization has funded numerous aid projects that provide sustainable hearing care and funding for affected children, and support their parents. For instance, PGV has already been involved in founding a school for the deaf, donated hearing aids, and supported various speech therapy centers.

Training caregivers, assisting parents

Parents, caregivers and teachers have a demonstrably major influence on the development of children. In order for them to be able to assist children, they should be suitably educated. PGV and the Hear the World Foundation are currently supporting this cause in Mumbai and the neighboring city Pune. The Hear the World Foundation is providing financial resources for training sessions, in which professionals obtain practical knowledge and skills, and also learn helpful coaching strategies for supervising, and attending to, the affected families.

Providing parents with support should enable age-appropriate speech learning, emotional development and social development for children with hearing loss. It should also help to do away with prejudices surrounding hearing loss and promote not only the children’s potential, but also their integration into society.