Guatemala: our youngest volunteer
26. March 2019
Isaiah wanted to donate the proceeds from his book to a charity. He browsed the Internet for a suitable recipient and found a video produced by the Hear the World Foundation. This video was about children who had received the gift of hearing for the first time – and they were smiling! After that, Isaiah’s biggest wish was to witness a child hearing for the first time and to see the smile on the child’s face.
Isaiah decided to donate the proceeds to the Hear the World Foundation. Over time, his book sold so successful that Hear the World was able to donate an additional 30 hearing aids to its partner Sonrisas que Escuchan for children in need with hearing loss in Guatemala.
When dreams come trueHear the World invited Isaiah to join a team of three Sonova volunteers who visited the project in February 2019. The goal of the visit was to fit the donated hearing aids and conduct hearing screenings at different schools in Guatemala City and Antigua. Isaiah was able to accompany the team during the first two days. On the first day, in Guatemala City, his biggest wish came true: he was present when children with hearing loss had their hearing aids activated and were able to hear – again or for the first time. And those children certainly were smiling! As was Isaiah.
To convey the scope of the project, the Hear the World Foundation also invited Isaiah to join the school screenings on the second day in Antigua. Schoolchildren aged 4 to 16 were tested for hearing loss, and their ears were checked for foreign objects and impacted wax. Isaiah had the chance to experience firsthand the different aspects of the project. Naturally, he also offered a helping hand to the Sonova volunteers. For example during the hearing aid fittings: Isaiah was ringing a bell behind the children’s ears and to see their reactions.
By the end of his visit, Isaiah had also made many new friends.
HTW wanted to know from Isaiah how he experienced the visit himself.