Father Roberts Institute for Deaf and Mute, Sehaile

Hearing Aids for 10 students

Founded in 1966 by Father Ronald Roberts, the school’s mission is to provide education, training and support for hearing impaired children. The institute empowers children with hearing deficiencies through education and training as well as offering income generation projects to enable them become productive members of society.

Out of the 110 children, 50 who either belong to poor families or commute from remote villages, live fully at the expense of the institution where they are provided with food, shelter, medical care, specialized academic and/or technical education and support.

There is considerable variation in the levels and types of childhood deafness. Deaf children may have a permanent mild, moderate, severe or profound hearing loss in one or both ears or a temporary loss such as glue ear. Out of the existing 110 children suffering from hearing disabilities, 20 were in need of hearing aids according to the audiologist. The cost of each hearing aid is $ 1100. Thanks to the $22,000 from EOL, 20 children gained access to sound through the hearing aids. 20 disabled children were able to better communicate and develop their language and learning.

20 children suffering from hearing loss are now able to better cope with their daily lives and continue their education similar to any other child. Disability should not be a reason to stop children’s lives from being happy, from learning and growing up to be active members in their societies.