Maryam is a spunky three-year-old little girl living in Pakistan. She is fiercely independent and full of energy. She loves climbing and hiking with her family, and helping them even when she doesn't know how. She loves to play and make people laugh. Unfortunately, she may never hear their laughter. Maryam is deaf.
Maryam was born with a genetic hearing loss, and had been wearing hearing aids since infancy. Over the last few years, her hearing loss has rapidly progressed to the point where hearing aids no longer help. Her language has not only failed to grow, but she has begun to lose the words that she had learned when she still had access to sound. Her world is now silent, and her ability to communicate is limited to her family.
There is hope for Maryam. If Maryam receives a cochlear implant within the next year, she will be able to hear again. She will catch up to her hearing peers, and be able to listen and speak.
Cochlear implants are surgically implanted devices that allow deaf people to hear. Within a month of the surgery, the patient’s implant is activated, and they begin adjusting and learning to listen with their bionic ears. While they don’t provide the same quality of sound as a natural ear, a person with a cochlear implant can perceive speech, and young children can learn to speak as well as children who aren’t deaf.
The only thing keeping Maryam from having her cochlear implant is the huge expense. Her family must raise $10,000 for the device itself, and another $14,000 for the surgery. Her family already struggles with the huge burden of speech therapy and audiology costs. $24,000 is an impossible amount to raise on their own in time to benefit their daughter.
You can help Maryam hear again. With the generous support of people like you, Maryam’s surgery could be scheduled as soon as the money is raised. If enough people are willing to give, Maryam could be learning to hear with a cochlear implant before the end of the year! She will be able to attend a mainstream school, talk to friends and family, and be as independent as she was meant to be.
Cochlear implants work best on very young children, so the sooner Maryam is implanted, the easier it will be for her. If her family cannot raise the money, she will not be able to participate in the hearing world. Pakistan’s resources and education for the deaf are both limited and poor. Not getting a cochlear implant would put Maryam at risk for a life of isolation and frustration. Getting a cochlear implant takes away that risk.
If you’d like to be a donor, please give today. Even a small amount can help. Your generosity means the world to Maryam and her family. The first twenty-five people to donate $25 will receive a small gift as a token of their gratitude to you.
Even if you can’t give anything right now, it’s easy to share this page. You can share it with friends and family on Facebook, through e-mail, or post a link on any social network site. Any way that you’re willing to help is greatly appreciated.
Thank you so much for your generosity and support!