Sue and Lew Tuck from Whitsunday Hearing in Airlie Beach, and Burdekin Hearing in Ayr, Queensland, Australia are the founders and driving force behind the Himalayan Health & Hearing.
They started the HearingNEPAL Program in 2009 after becoming aware of the need for hearing services in the remote hill country regions of Nepal, and have developed it into a collaborative association whose goal is to secure services for the future.
Whitsunday Hearing supports Himalayan Health & Hearing through:-
- Sponsorship of office costs of Himalayan Health & Hearing in Australia. The Whitsunday Hearing staff are the backbone of Himalayan Health & Hearing admin in Australia.
- Loan of equipment to the program
- Sponsorship of staff airfares to Nepal
- Sponsorship of consumables used in Nepal – including hearing aids, moulds etc
- Actively promoting the objectives of the Himalayan Health & Hearing in Australia and overseas.
The Nepal Australia Friendship Association (NAFA) was formed in January 1989 as the Australian Nepal Friendship Association (ANFA) Queensland. The name was changed to NAFA in 1993. NAFA is a Brisbane based non-political, non-profit, volunteer organisation without religious affiliation. Our aim is to improve the well being of individuals and communities in Nepal with an emphasis on women and children. NAFA has a proven track record in supporting sustainable, grass roots community development projects in Nepal in both rural and urban areas.
NAFA has supported Himalayan Health & Hearing through: –
- Direct donations of funds, with a recent commitment to ongoing funding for the next three years
- Collaboration in ear camp projects
- Ongoing support for NAHOH.
- Active promotion of Himalayan Health & Hearing and its objectives.
Bernafon Australia supports Himalayan Health & Hearing through: –
- Promotion of the HearingNEPAL Program on their web site
- Donation of equipment used in Nepal
- Reconditioning of Bernafon hearing aids
- Provision of earmoulds for Nepal at no cost
- Sponsorship of NAHOH staff wages.
- Actively promoting the objectives of the Himalayan Health & Hearing.
Macrossan & Amiet Solicitors have supported Himalayan Health & Hearing through :-
- Donation of time and legal expertise
- Compilation of the Rules for HearingNEPAL Program Incorporation
- Ongoing legal advice and support with HNP’s AusAID application
GN Otometrics supports Himalayan Health & Hearing through: –
- Maintaining and calibrating our equipment for Nepal with good heart
- Bargain price equipment supply and set up
- Actively promoting the objectives of the Himalayan Health & Hearing.
- Is responsible for Himalayan Health & Hearing’s website and graphic design.
- Donation of time and expertise in updating the website and assisting with Management Committee paperwork.
Supporters – Nepal
Joy Foundation Nepal(JOY) is a non-governmental organization that was founded in 1996. As the name already implies, JOY was formed as an initiative to “Share the JOY of Giving” by a team of benevolent, philanthropic and socially committed businessmen. The main focus was right from the beginning on eye care, esp. eye camps and cataract surgeries in cooperation with Tilganga Eye Center. Over the years JOY has been involved in various further activities, such as health camps, training programs, emergency support, student scholarships and environmental projects (i.e. cleaning and sanitation programs) etc., always focusing on people that are especially challenged, disadvantaged, discriminated or socially and economically deprived.
JOY has established an efficient network of organizations specialized on issues mentioned above. This made it possible to organize health and education programs all over the year. In Nepal Australia Friendship Association (NAFA) JOY has a strong international Partner to cooperate on various programs and assist their Members during their yearly stay in Nepal and in monitoring their activities during their absence.
Joy Foundation has been supporting the HearingNEPAL program since 2009 by providing
- Support staff
- Office Space
- Translation Help
- General Support
Supporters – Australia
Sonic Innovations supports Himalayan Health & Hearing through: –
- Donation of equipment to the program, used by NAHOH including Ultra Vac and Video Otoscope equipment
- Donation of 20 new hearing aids
Word of Mouth Technology supports Himalayan Health & Hearing through: –
- Providing expert advice and support on Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)
- Heavily discounting the cost of ALDs purchased by the program.
- Donation of ALDs additional to the above
- Actively promoting the objectives of the HearingNEPAL Program.
Docs ProPlugs Australia supports Himalayan Health & Hearing through: –
- Discounts on the supply of stock ear moulds
Oticon supports Himalayan Health & Hearing through:-
- Donation of ear hooks for hearing aids.
Siemens supports Himalayan Health & Hearing through:-
- Donation of ear hooks for hearing aids
Mel Gray -Thompson from Port Macquarie Acoustics supports Himalayan Health & Hearing through:-
- donation of Assistive Listening Devices to be fitted in Dhanusha & Ladakh.
Australian Hearing centres, particularly Canberra & Cairns have provided support by collecting second-hand hearing aids and assistive devices for use by Himalayan Health & Hearing.
Just a few of the beneficiaries…
Donations are how the activities of the program will be made sustainable. As such, we value all support from financial and material to individuals’ time, skills and manpower to complete the many tasks required to achieve the goals.
So to all those who have made financial or physical donations, and to the many other “Hidden Heroes” who have donated their time and enthusiasm, we say a great big THANK YOU!
Major contributors over the last year have been…..
Who not only presented a fundraising concert for Himalayan Health & Hearing’s earthquake appeal, but added funds from previous concerts to make a $5000 donation.
Micah from Australian Hearing – Canberra Office – who has collected and donated over 700 pre-loved hearing aids and assistive devices, including a bone conduction aid for Samjana in Solu Khumbu.
Staff from Australian Hearing Shepparton, Reservoir, Epping, Broadmeadows and Braddon – for donating good, working hearing aids.
Staff from Australian Hearing – Cairns for specialist support in fitting a bone conduction aid for Samjana in the remote Solu Khumbu region of Nepal, allowing her to finally go to school.
Mel Gray-Thompson of Port Macquarie Acoustics has donated 50 ALDs that will be fitted in Dhanusha & Ladakh.
From Moscow, Russia, Andrey and Anastasia have followed our ventures on the web and our newsletters. They offer encouraging sentiments about our program benefits to so many, and regularly send financial support. True kindness from across the planet!
John Formosa and his family sponsored our 2014 ear camps in the Manaslu region of Nepal.
Natalie and Colin, with kids Freya and Callan in Oman. They enjoy a “good life” and so share in their good fortune by donating Sarita’s wages. Sarita is employed by NAHOH, and works with Keshab in our hearing program. Natalie and family visited Indira at PA Nepal, bringing clothing for the children Freya collected her birthday money and sent it to Indira. The family often donate towards buying fruit and sporting equipment for the kids in PA Nepal’s homes