The HearingNEPAL Program has evolved over the past two years and has now obtained charitable status and AusAID recognition as a Donor Gift Recipient in Australia, which will facilitate future fundraising.
In 2014, to expand our inclusiveness to other areas in the Himalayan region, HearingNEPAL Program Inc. changed its name to Himalayan Health & Hearing Inc.
At the grass roots level, little has changed, and Himalayan Health & Hearing Inc. will continue to run the HearingNEPAL Program in Nepal. It will now also be running Ear, Hearing and Health projects within the broader region.
lew and Sue from Whitsunday Hearing, Queensland, Australia
lew is an engineer/audiometrist with over 30 years experience as a mechanical engineer and more recently trained as an audiometrist. lew “makes it all happen”.
Sue has been an audiologist for over 30 years, with extensive experience in Government, Hospital and private practice audiology. The work in Nepal has been more rewarding than all that went before!
Keshab & Sarita from NAHOH
Keshab Dangol, CMA, Otology Assistant from Nepal Association of the Hard of Hearing (NAHOH).
Keshab was trained initially as a medical assistant, under the guidance of ENT surgeons at the local Teaching Hospital. He has run ear health camps in conjunction with NAFA and the HearingNEPAL Program since 2009, and is the primary service provider on the ground in Nepal.
Sarita, who is sponsored by a lady from Oman, Natalie, works at NAHOH with Keshab making ear moulds and other projects.
She has also been extensively trained by a lady from Switzerland, Antje, in audiometry, including ear impression taking.
Sarita now joins the team on some of the ear camps.
Who Do We work Alongside?
Kopan generously donates staff, resources and accommodation for ear health clinics in their region, as well as facilitating community liaison at Kopan and at affiliated monasteries.
Medical & support staff from Shechen Medical Clinic & Hospice
Himalayan Health & Hearing, through Keshab, now run regular health & hearing clinics in the Kathmandu area.
Who travels with us?
Black Bear and Rachel are official ambassadors, honorary team members, supporters and mascots.
The Bears are well-travelled as you will see as the website posts their many adventures.
They meet all the “locals”, children young and old, on our trips and always produce a smile!!!
See their adventures in Nepal and Australia.
Running their own Hearing Services business in Australia, they were moved to offer assistance, initially providing assessment and hearing aids to an elderly monk at Kopan Monastery, then running an “Ear Camp” in Tawal village in 2010, in conjunction with the Nepal Australia Friendship Association. NAFA has a long history of health and education programs in rural Nepal.
Sue & Lew quickly realised that a sustainable program had to be run by the local Nepali community, so they contacted the Nepal Association of the Hard of Hearing (NAHOH) who were already providing primary ear care services from their office in Kirtipur. The Abbott of Kopan Monastery was also very supportive of HearingNEPAL and offered their assistance in liaising with local communities, identifying areas of need and interest. Monasteries are often the heart of Nepal communities and are the location of local education and health services, so provide an ideal location for service provision, education and training.
The successful collaboration between HearingNEPAL, NAHOH, Kopan & NAFA commenced officially in 2010, and has since provided hearing services to several thousand people in eight regions of Nepal.