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!"

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