Sunday, February 26, 2012

Digital Hearing Aids for Haiti

The Red Thread Promise has teamed with Team Canada Healing Hands to bring hope and healing to the hearing impaired children of St. Vincent’s Center for Handicapped Children in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

While Team Canada has spearheaded the construction of two audiology booths, also called sound isolation chambers; in Port-au-Prince with one designated for St. Vincent’s Center for Handicapped Children, TRTP has taken on the challenge of raising funds and awareness for 500 new digital hearing aids and establishment of distribution of hearing aids in a permanent hearing aid clinic for St. Vincent’s children.

We can only do this with your help. For a donation of $300 we can purchase and donate one digital hearing aid. Our goal is 500 digital hearing aids in 2012.

Friday, February 24, 2012

High schooler's passion for Haiti's hearing impaired really pays off

Remember Marigny, the high school senior from New Orleans who chose The Red Thread Promise for her senior project? She is living testimony of how one person can truly make a difference when they put their mind to it.

Through hard work, determination, and a successful fundraiser, this 17 year old not only completed all the requirements for her senior project, but also raised $5,719 which she donated to The Red Thread Promise. These funds allowed us to purchase 17 brand new digital hearing aids for deaf children at St. Vincent's in Port-au-Prince.

Approximately one half of the students at St. Vincent's are hearing impaired. Many have secondhand analog hearing aids that are only available for use during school hours. At the end of the day, they are required to turn them back in. Some children need two but only have access to one.

Our goal is to give EVERY student their own digital hearing aids, programmed for their specific needs; hearing aids that they can keep for the full life of the device; ones that don't have to be turned back in at the end of the day.

One girl with a vision helped us kick start a new campaign—Hearing for Haiti—to raise funds and awareness for Haiti's hearing impaired. We'd like to introduce you to some of the kids that will benefit from this program. Their voices resonate with ours when we say, "Thank you, Marigny!"