- It is important that Rosica has two hearing aids. In the beginning everybody thought that she can only hear on her right ear and not at all on her left - only her teacher realized that she can actually hear on her left ear as well. Apparently children growing up should always be equiped with 2 hearing aids as it can happen that hearing picks-up during growth.
- It is important that Rosica has regular check-ups on her hearing ability and adjustments of her hearing-aid-ear-piece. With her being only 6 years old, Rosica will still grow a lot as well as her ear-channel which then her ear-piece needs to be adjusted to her growth as the earpiece contributes majorly to her hearing ability.
- The 2 hearing-aids will cost together 900$ (incl. warrenty and 1 year of free check-ups and ear-piece adjustments), which is a, by 'All Ears Cambodia', heavily subsidised price as you can spend a fortune on hearing aids (there seem to be no limits but a good hearing aid from market leaders cost around 2,500$ a pop). With an average Cambodian year salary of 550$ her parents will not be able to afford the full 900$ so I will be supporting them financially. Her parents are though able to put some money on the side on a monthly basis, so the school principal and myself are planning to have Rosicas parents "pay back" the given amount on a monthly basis onto an account in Rosicas name. This will enable her to get new hearing aids in the future or have any repair-costs of the current hearing aids covered.
- Having traveled now for a bit and seen a couple of NGOs throughout my volunteering - I have to say that most of them confirm my perception. A lot a NGOs seem to spend money on unnecessary things (such as supreme housings for their employees, supreme office locations, high-end cars, expense benefits which can compete with the financial industry, unneccassary celebrations, and many more) and at the same time seem to have troubles to actually reach the people in need rather than just "talk". 'All Ears Cambodia' makes a different impression on me. It is a small NGO and without knowing the NGO in great detail, I can tell you one thing, it was awefully easy to set-up a appointment and according to the parents everything went very smooth once they got in. It looks like this is a NGO worthwhile to support as it reaches people in need directly and makes a true difference to their life. Just in case if you ever ask yourself where to give money to :-).
I am sure you will hear again about Rosica over the next couple of weeks.
P.S.: A big Thanks goes out to Ruben, who was supporting me on this and is actually supporting me on another "project" I am working on at the moment - for which we hopefully soon have good news as well !!