Hearing program in Nepal is granted charity status
LEW and Sue Tuck of Whitsunday Hearing have made it their mission to help develop and support a program that provides primary ear care and hearing services in the Himalayan country of Nepal.
The Hearing NEPAL Program Inc. was established in 2009, and they began by donating their time, hearing aids and equipment to the most disadvantaged groups of adults and children in rural and remote areas of Nepal.
They now work in partnership with the local Nepali people and the Nepal Association of the Hard of Hearing (NAHOH) to provide access to ear care, education and hearing rehabilitation to those who have little or no access to these services.
Mr Tuck said the program was recently approved for donor gift recipient status through AusAid, to allow all donations to be tax-deductible.
“Every cent of every donation we receive is used to fund projects in Nepal. We are simply the postmen delievering kindness to those who need it most,” he said.
The Hearing NEPAL Program is run entirely by volunteers who pay all their own travel and living expenses in Nepal and share in the costs of the local team members traveling with them.
Mr Tuck said it was their vision to reduce the incidence of preventable hearing loss in Nepal and reduce the suffering of those currently living with hearing impairment.
Over the years, they have developed a sustainable program with the local Nepali community and have extended their operation to provide primary eye care solutions and supply wheel chairs to those in need.
Mr Tuck is flying out to Ne- pal today (Thursday, April 3) to continue providing primary ear care and hearing services using the latest technology to the local people.
For more information or to make a donation to their cause, visit www.hearingnepal.org.
WORKING TOGETHER: Lew Tuck from Whitsunday Hearing stopped off at Goodness Gracious Health Foods to help out Zonta Club of the Whitsundays members Roz Jennings and Noelene Helman, who volunteered their time to sell Nepali goods to raise funds for the HearingNEPAL program last Friday.