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Carabez Alliance Gives Out Hearing Aids

Carabez Alliance Gives Out Hearing Aids
A alliance volunteer help fits a hearing aid a student in Labasa yesterday.
November 14
11:01 2015

Australian-based charity group Carabez Alliance gave out free hearing aids during the group’s community outreach at the Labasa School for the Handicapped yesterday.
The group conducted screening services and gave out 88 hearing aids to hearing-impaired children and adults. They were assisted by the Then India Sanmarga Ikya (TISI) Sangam Nursing School students.
Carabez Alliance chief executive Bronwyn Carabez said she simply followed her instincts that Fijian children needed proper hearing aids and she was proved right just looking at the number of people turning up to receive the free hearing aids.
“We are a small charity organisation that focuses on providing rehabilitation to children with hearing problems and we have been in the service for 11 years now,” Ms Carabez said.
“It is hard work trying to get the children to speak if they have hearing problems so we do what we can do to help provide these children with an opportunity for them to attend mainstream schools and in order for them to communicate better with their community or school; they need such hearing aids.
“We just started our Fiji operations in November last year after seeing the need for these people with hearing impairment and so far this year we have distributed more than 400 hearing aids given by the ABC Tissue Hearing Express.
“We are also liaising with the Fijian Government for expansion plans especially in educating locals and training them to assist hearing-impaired individuals,” she said.
She said the charity group already had 110 volunteers working in Fijian communities who are starting to realise the importance of helping the hearing impaired.
Ms Carabez thanked DHL Express Fiji Limited for providing logistical transportation assistance.
Meanwhile community worker Selina Leewah said children and adults who received the hearing aids were happy for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
“The hearing aid even has a USB port if they wanted to listen to music then they just insert a USB and it is all done,” Mrs Leewah said.

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