March 2015 Cambodia
During the hearing mission, we had the pleasure of meeting many “Grannies” — elderly Cambodian women who use storytelling to verbally pass on elements of history that were lost during the tragic genocides. These women are single-handedly keeping aspects of Cambodian culture alive for future generations. Many were suffering from hearing loss and losing their ability to tell these critical s tories. We were able to restore their hearing, helping ensure the tradition continues for years to come.
The last time we visited Cambodia, we shared a story about Sang — a young girl fit by Tani Austin, and with whom she made an instant connection. Sang and her mother came to see us in Phnom Penh, and to our delight she has blossomed with hearing. Previously a quiet, reserved girl, now she was full of laughter and smiles. Her mother reports that Sang is doing great in school and that the gift of hearing has changed their lives forever.
Cambodian Red Cross – Phnom Penh; HOPE Cambodia: Freddy Kuan; All Ears International: Glyn Vaughn, Seya and Hannah; Marlee Matlin; Jack Jason; Yank Barry/Fight Night: Rasvir, Keirden and Kershwin Mustan; Gallaudet University Students: Cassandra Feltner, Bridget Meehan, Jillian Barney, Kasheen Schultz, Mary Garvert, Rachel Pomycala, Sarah Lively
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