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Answer the call to support long-term, sustainable hearing health care through our humanitarian trips

The vision of Hearing the Call is to create
long-term, sustainable hearing health care through humanitarian trips.

How is that sustainability achieved? It is a three-step process: relief, development and empowerment.
An analogy best explains the process.
If you give a man a fish, he will eat that day and experience immediate relief.
If you teach that man how to fish, he can catch his own food and eat every day. This is development.
Entheos believes in a very important and necessary final stage – empowerment. If you teach that man to run and own a fish shop, you now give him the ability to help himself and his entire community.

Humanitarian Trip Vision

STAGE 1: RELIEF

Hearing the Call provides immediate relief in a location which has very limited or no access to hearing healthcare. The initial stage can be a 2- to 3-year process, which allows the program the necessary time to develop relationships and understanding with partners and the local community. To be able to build long-term hearing healthcare, we need support from our local partner and buy-in from the local community. In the meantime, we provide much needed, immediate care for children and adults in the country.

STAGE 2: DEVELOPMENT

Development actually starts during the relief portion, after Hearing the Call, along with its partner, determines needs, resources, and culture. This is when buy-in from the community is very important because the program will fundraise for scholarships, training, and potential stipends for audio techs to perform follow-up and maintenance checks. If something more critical is needed, the audio techs have support from the program to help fix any problems that occur. In this stage, additional fundraising is also done for equipment that stays in country to support future work in the community.

STAGE 3: EMPOWERMENT

The long-term goal of Hearing the Call is to create sustainable hearing healthcare. This means helping the local audio technicians create a viable business. The tech will receive advice and help in executing a simple business plan supported by the program. The tech will also receive the equipment necessary to maintain the business and hearing healthcare for patients using best practices. This will include a continuing education plan as well as any support needed in repairs or replacement hearing aids for their patients.

Where You Can Go

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Zambia

In the southern region of Africa resides Zambia, a developing nation of almost 17 million people. It’s full of amazing wildlife and incredible cultures. However, with all those individuals, it has only one audiologist. Zambia was one of the first locations for Hearing the Call back in September 2013. We partnered with Fountain of Life, a nonprofit that builds schools and clinics in Zambia.


One local man who volunteered to help during our trips was Samuel Fundiwa. He fell in love with our philosophy. Each trip, Sammy took on more and more responsibility. He was excited to learn how he could truly help his people. He recently completed an audiology technician course in the United States. Sammy now has equipment to help him maintain hearing aids, as he continues to learn to become completely self-sustaining.

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Jordan & The West Bank

Jordan is a country defined by a mix of the past and present. Jordan is defined by ancient monuments, nature reserves, and seaside resorts. It’s home to the famed archaeological site of Petra, the Nabatean capital dating to around 300 B.C. Set in a narrow valley with tombs, temples, and monuments carved into the surrounding pink sandstone cliffs, Petra earns its nickname, the “Rose City.” Jordan has a population of 9.46 million.

Hearing the Call started in Jordan in September 2014. In the town of Zarqa’, a Syrian refugee camp, one mother shared her heart-breaking story with us.  When the bombing started, she raced out of her home in Syria with nothing except her purse with her children’s birth certificates. Through it all, she had hearing damage. The team was able to help her hear better and, as she says, restore her dignity. The mother says she will be able to raise her kids better, because she can now hear them and help them, which will reduce their frustration with her. Even though her face was covered by her veil, everyone could see the smile she had on her face, as her eyes lit up.

One of the difficulties with Jordan is the state of Syrian refugees. According to the United Nations, there are currently more than 657,000 Syrian refugees living in Jordan camps. A portion have hearing loss due to the war and other conditions. Through our work, Hearing the Call has partnered with organizations to get audio testing equipment to Jordan and the West Bank. A few local communities will now be able to provide hearing healthcare to the people who live there.

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Guatemala

The population of Guatemala continues to grow, but the number of audiologists in the country does not. In a country of 17 million people, most have little or no access to any hearing healthcare. With education resources being limited, kids who have a hearing impairment can get forced out of school.

During a recent trip, an audiologist noticed one of our translators, Hilda, who is also a social worker, was having difficulty hearing. She had been hiding her hearing loss because she wanted to see others get help first and she was scared that nothing could help her. So, on the last day of the clinic, the team fit Hilda with a hearing aid and she was moved to tears. Her hearing was restored and she can relate to all those who face hearing impairment.

Hearing the Call has been in Guatemala since February 2105. With its partner Woodland Public Charities, Hearing the Call is solidly in development. Currently, three students were given scholarships to attend school for audiology. They are preparing to graduate in 2020. Through the scholarship program, the students volunteer their time in exchange for the education. In addition, Woodland Public Charity built a clinic and dedicated a space for audiology services.

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Ecuador

Ecuador is a country straddling the equator on South America’s west coast. Its diverse landscape encompasses Amazon jungle, Andean highlands, and the wildlife-rich Galápagos Islands. The population of Ecuador is 16.6 million people and some areas are in great need. In April 2016, a devastating earthquake destroyed most of the coastal city of Manta. The following year in August, Hearing the Call began relief in Manta. Hearing the Call again partnered with Woodland Public Charities.  

One teen boy named Byron was struggling with hearing loss. His parents did not know what was wrong. His father had been taking him to a psychiatrist and telling people Byron was crazy. After Byron was fit with hearing aids, his mother broke down crying. His father had no idea this was the problem and was very happy to know his son was going to do better in school. Byron was happy he could hear better and looked forward to listening to rap music.

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Mozambique

Mozambique is a southern African nation along the Indian Ocean. The capital of Maputo is a modern city, while much of the rest of the country is rural. The population is nearly 29 million and the government of Mozambique has identified thousands of people with disabling hearing loss.

Hearing the Call partnered with the Rizwan Foundation in June 2017, in conjunction with the Health Ministry. Mozambique does have audiology technicians and equipment, which leaves great potential to move quickly into development and empowerment.

One mom there has twin boys and she says one of them has always been a bad boy. The boy’s name is Paolo, and he was having trouble in school and acting out because he actually had a hearing disability. After fitting Paolo with hearing aids, his mother was amazed. She believes this will help keep Paolo from acting out, because he will be less frustrated and able to communicate and connect better with others.

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South Africa

One of Hearing the Call’s newest locations is South Africa, which began in June 2018. With a population of more than 56 million people, the country is marked by several distinct ecosystems. Inland safari destination Kruger National Park is populated by big game animals. The Western Cape offers beaches, lush winelands around Stellenbosch and Paarl, craggy cliffs at the Cape of Good Hope, forest and lagoons along the Garden Route, and the city of Cape Town, beneath flat-topped Table Mountain.

The country has a very long waiting list for people who need hearing aids, which can be several years. We have partnered with the eMoyo Foundation in South Africa, which is making a huge dent in hearing healthcare. The founder created the Kuduwave, which allows for mass screenings, even under less-than-ideal conditions. In addition, eMoyo is working with the government in the fight against medications that are audiotoxic.

On the most recent trip, the team tested nearly 1,300 kids in the Kanana school in the township of Tembisa. The Kanana school is a level one school in South Africa, meaning they receive almost no assistance from the government. The team cleaned wax plugs out of hundreds of kids’ ears, which will not only reduce pain and discomfort, but also will allow them to hear better.

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