Can you imagine what it must feel like if you cannot hear anything, not even your own voice? We have a dream, and that is to improve the lives of the hearing impaired by way of access to cochlear implant technology. While they will be given the opportunity to discover the world of sound - the joy of hearing - the lives of those who helped to make it possible will be enriched.
To financially assist children and adults in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa with serious hearing impairment, who are unable to cover the cost of a cochlear implant, to create awareness of the challenges of hearing impaired people, and to act as advocates for the hearing impaired.
There are many children and adults in the Eastern Cape who have severe-to-profound hearing loss, which can have a devastating effect on them and their families, but because of financial constraints do not have access to cochlear implant technology. For children born deaf, the ability to reach their full potential will be seriously compromised. Cochlear implants provide the opportunity to restore hearing or provide hearing for the first time to these individuals and give them the confidence to live a full and productive life. The cost of this procedure and the maintenance of the apparatus are very expensive and out of reach for most, with the Eastern Cape as one of the poorest and most needy areas in South Africa.
Joy of Hearing Testimony - Marlize Nel
After 30 years of hearing challenges, I lost all remaining hearing ability overnight. All attempts to intervene medically were unsuccessful. A cochlear implant was the only option - although not guaranteed, due to poor blood circulation caused by previous attempted interventions. I experienced a dramatic disconnect with friends, family and the outside world, and felt isolated and depressed. After five months’ of total deafness, a cochlear implant in my right ear was successfully activated. I was overwhelmed by this miracle and so grateful to my Heavenly Father. Not only could I hear, but was introduced to sounds I never knew existed: birds chirping, a clock ticking, soft rain falling and many more. I am rejoicing with the Psalmist: “You have turned my mourning into dancing; You took off my sackcloth and clothed me with a garment of joy, so that I may sing praise to You and not remain silent. Lord, my God, I will give You thanks forever.” (30:11-12)