If you’ve been following my personal Facebook page, you’ve seen the new project Grant and I and our friends Francisco and Michael have been working on – raising funds to help our little deaf friend Gael get a Cochlear implant. Gael is one of our children at Manos de Amor and he has been deaf since birth. He is now 6 and has only recently been seen by hearing specialists to diagnose his hearing loss. We now know that although he is profoundly deaf, he is a candidate for an implant – which means he WILL HEAR and speak someday.
But it is expensive – $45,000 USD for the operation and Gael’s mother has absolutely no possibility of even dreaming about such a gift. She is young and is trying to raise two sons on a tiny salary. That is why Gael lives in our Children’s Home during the week – his mom cannot handle the expense or his very active and unmanageable behavior, which most certainly stems from the fact that he cannot hear and has no language for communication. He is super busy and somewhat naughty – but he loves Grant and will calm down when Grant picks him up or cuddles him. He is smart and so badly wants to communicate.
We cannot stand the thought of this very bright boy growing up without ever hearing when we know there is a solution. We know we are rich in comparison to most of the children in this country. We know that all of you who are reading this are in the top few percentiles of wealth in the world. We know that none of us blink at spending $5 for a grande non fat double shot extra hot something or other. $20 for a bottle of wine when tap water would quench our thirst. New shoes because the color trend has changed this season. How can we let a little boy remain in silence? Without words? Without hearing his mom’s voice or his little brother’s laughter or his own voice?
If you can find a way, will you share some of your abundance with Gael? Even if the sacrifice hurts just a bit? Giving yourself away will always open the door to a fuller heart and deeper joy. It’s what we were created to do. Let’s give Gael the Gift of Hearing!!
Here are the links you will need:
- YouCaring Funraising Campaign page – donate online here
- Video – Watch this video to meet Gael and hear his story
- Facebook page – please like this and share this so we can spread the word. Come back often for updates to Gael’s story
- Manos de Amor website – more info about Gael and how to donate and get a tax receipt for larger donations
This is the little boy who grabbed my hand when I got to Manos de Amor yesterday. He wanted to show me everything. Even though I was a complete stranger, he was not shy at all!! He is one beautiful little boy!!!