Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss in Southern Africa
Since our establishment in 1997, we are committed to improve quality of life and promoting equal opportunities for people with hearing loss. Our first project, the Eduplex school, started with the vision to make a difference in deaf education by including unprivileged, deaf children into mainstream society. Our non-profit registration finalised in 2003, when we started raising funds for school bursaries to embrace mainstream education for deaf children coming from lower socio-economic communities.
Additionally, the Cochlear Implant Division started at the Pretoria Ear Institute in 2010. Many deaf children who could not benefit from hearing aids due to the profoundness of their hearing loss, could receive cochlear implants to give them access to sound and provide them with the chance of age-appropriate speech and language development. Our project expanded rapidly and a mission was created to assist both children and adults of any age with this life changing gift of hearing.
Our biggest encounter however, is the high costs involved for the operation, and measures were undertaken to encourage patients to preferably submit to medical aid for additional financial assistance, following our fundraising assistance to help these families with the outstanding amounts.
We strongly believe that financial standing should not prevent anyone from the gift of hearing and spoken language, hence our support to all individuals. We believe that the ability to hear and communicate creates independence, better educational outcomes to reach full potential promoting developing community leaders to play a vital role in society.