Hear­ing pro­gram in Nepal is granted char­ity sta­tus

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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.

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