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WORLD NEWS – THE LEHNHARDT FOUNDATION – Charity projects under Corona conditions

Publikation in EURO-CIU December 2020

The Corona crisis is having a profound effect on all areas of life as we are all experiencing.

We at the Lehnhardt Foundation also had to learn that the otherwise not easy handling of charity projects for deaf children who are supposed to receive a hearing implant did not become easier during this time.  Moreover, if these affected children coming from non-European countries are to be provided with a CI system in Germany, the task becomes even more complex under these conditions.

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Liza is getting access to better hearing – despite the Coronapandemic

This article was published in the EURO-CIU newsletter in June 2020

Regardless of the exceptionally challenging circumstances, caused by the Coronapandemic, which also affected CI recipients and candidates all over the world, wecould help Lize in the Ukraine to get her CI within a rather short time.We “met” Liza ́s mother Jana 5 months ago “Online“ and she convinced us about theurgency to support her daughter to get access to better hearing: Liza does not onlysuffer from bilateral severe hearing loss, she is also nearly blind.We collected all the necessary documents (medical / audiological / CT, MRT and adescription of the financial situation of the family as well as the social environment),translated and submitted them to potential sponsors in Germany.

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Мой мальчик уверенно говорит такое долгожданное “Мама”

Я, Ирина, мне 35 лет и я мама троих детей. Хочу поделиться с Вами своей маленькой историей жизни но Большими успехами…

Мой средний сыночек Артур “особенный” мальчик, так получилось что он тотально не зрячий и с третьей степенью тугохоухости-обычными понятными всем словами, это слепо-глухой ребёнок!
Узнав о диагноз сына, я как и любая мама пришла в ужас и под далась панике… “как?…”почему именно мой сын??… – всё время слышала эти вопросы у себя в голове…Скажу честно, очень тяжело принять и понять этот факт… Но суть не в этом…
Артуру было проведено кучу обследование, операций на глазах… – и всё… – окончательный диагноз :” темнота”….
Но не видеть и не слышать… КАК? КАК ЖИТЬ?! ЧТО ДЕЛАТЬ?…

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Anniversary

We had a reunion !
When I landed at the airport in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on January 22, 2019, Shakira’s father was waiting for me and welcomed me together with Shakira and her sister Jasmine, both with flowers in their hands. Her friendly, open smile did not disappoint that Shakira prudently appraised me first. When I thanked her for the flowers and asked her in English how she was doing, she politely replied “I am fine”. This initial shyness, however, came off very quickly when I was sitting in the back seat of the car with the two girls on the way to town and we started playing together.
If you did not know, you would not have noticed that Shakira was a CI recipient. Her vivacious nature, her uninterrupted talk with her sister on Bengali, her spontaneous response when addressed, in no way indicated this fact.
When I first met Shakira, she had been a 10-week-old baby and now, 10 years later, a self-confident girl with a beaming smile was sitting next to me, celebrating her 10th birthday the next day, which she was obviously looking forward to it.
Arriving home, I realized very quickly that Shakira, in her lively way, kept the whole family busy as long as she was not ‘floating’ around the apartment, singing and dancing. She was the living proof of a successful integration into the family after conquering the congenital deafness and I enjoyed this condition very much. In a later conversation with the parents, we recalled the time before receiving the CI at the age of three and the liberation for Shakira and her family when Shakira finally could hear and started catching up learning how to speak.
The birthday party was very joyful and when I, as a guest and as it is tradition, got a piece of the birthday cake shovelled into my mouth by the birthday girl, I also felt integrated. My conversation with Shakira went smoothly. Her English vocabulary was not yet enough to allow for a longer conversation, but her sister was always within reach to help out when Shakira spilled on me in her mother tongue, and I got the impression that there she did not have any lack of enough vocabulary.
This is all the more pleasing as Shakira goes to a ‘normal’ school, which ,however, places value on inclusion. Her class teacher, whom I met while visiting Shakira's school, was very fond of her student with a hearing implant being that eager to learn. Thanks to the fact that
classes with a maximum of 12 children are kept relatively small, the teacher makes it possible to successfully integrate such handicapped children into the class and to take their personal learning needs into account. I had the feeling that Shakira was in good hands with this teacher and the learning success confirmed that.
I do not know when the next reunion will take place. Fortunately, the digital connection will bridge the gap in time and give me the opportunity to continue sharing in Shakira’s marvellous development.

 

Klaus Gollnick

Danilkin Alyosha: return to the world of sounds

Good evening, dear Monica!

 My name is Danilkina Olga and I live in Ukraine, Kiev.

 I have two sons and the elder son Alexey, 22, was born with a handicap. He taught us a lot and helped us to understand a lot. We try to solve his hearing problems and constantly get to know wonderful people and you are one of those. Yesterday we received from you the most coveted and most necessary gift – the sound processor! Today the device has been successfully adopted. Next week we will have all the necessary adjustments made and Alyosha will be able return to the world of sounds, music and communication.

Our hearing aid is more than 6 years old already – it was adjusted in April 2012 and for more than one and a half years Alyosha has not been able to hear. The chances of getting such a hearing aid from the state are there, but so far very unrealistic: Maybe in March 2019 or may be in August. Alyosha is already a grown man and the fact that he is completely dependent on the device gets on his nerves. He tries to find solutions, and the unclear situation with the current hearing aid has brought him into such a sad mood, that he has already regretted the operation, and he has been afraid that the whole thing is going to be the same again 5-6 years later. It is possible for us to solve the problem here in Kiev, but in this case we would have to go such a long way – for example, pay for the device ourselves.

I am writing this to let you know that you helped us solve the problem. Not only did you send Alyosha the device, but you also gave my son a chance to hear again without any problem. The problem that took us so many efforts and time has been now successfully solved with your help. You gave us time to wait for the device and finally get it.

Monika, we are sincerely grateful for your participation and your desire to help! Thank you for having noticed our problems and big thanks for your help.If you have any problems and I can help you in some way- please contact me. I will do my best to help you!

I am very grateful.

Danilkina Olga

04/12/2018

Kiev

 

Mira kann hören!

[:de]Ostthüringer Zeitung 9.März 2018 Die Hör-Implantate des zweijährigen Mädchens aus der Ukraine wurden aktiviert.

Um 8.53 Uhr begann für die zweijährige Mira ein neues Leben – eines mit Tönen und Geräuschen, Melodien und Stimmen. Sie wird Wasser rauschen hören, Hunde bellen und Vögel singen, wird Lieder hören – und, zwei Jahre nach ihrer Geburt, erstmals die Stimme ihrer Mutter Katja.

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[:de]Emilia lernt spielerisch [:ru]Маленькая Эмилия учится играя[:en]Emilia lernt spielerisch [:]

[:de]Uns schreibt die Mutter von Emilia, Viktoria:

Jetzt geht es uns gut. Wir waren bereits zur 4.Anpassung in Ungarn und hatten unsere Übungsstunden mit einem Sprachtherapeuten. Außerdem fahren wir regelmäßig nach Lwiw. Emilia ist sehr aktiv und daher vom Unterricht nicht wirklich begeistert. Deswegen verwandeln wir den Unterricht jetzt in ein Spiel.

Sie kann bereits einige Wörter und Laute aussprechen (Mama, Wau, Muh, Miau), weiß, wie die Bäume
rauschen und der Wind weht, kennt das Geräusch von Fahrzeugen (Auto, Traktor) und kann Farben unterscheiden. Emilia ist sehr freundlich, liebt Kinder, hilft unserer Nachbarin, die Artikel in ihrem Laden zu platzieren, und liebt es, zu reisen.[:ru]

Пишет нам мама Эмилии (импл. 09.2016), Виктория:
Дела у нас теперь идут хорошо. Уже были в Венгрии на четвертой настройке и на занятиях с сурдопедагогом, но мы также ездим и во Львов. Эмилия активная и не очень хочет заниматься, но занятия мы  превращаем в игру. Она у нас живчик – чемпион. Уже умеет произносить некоторые слова и звуки (мама, гав, му, мяв), знает как шумят деревья, дует ветер, звук автотранспорта (автомобиль, трактор), различает цвета. Благодаря нашим педагогам мы потихоньку двигаемся вперед к нашей мечте. Эмилия дружелюбна, любит деток, помогать нашей соседке расставлять в магазине товар и любит путешествовать.

 



Справи в нас добре тепер. Вже були в Угорщині на 4 настройку та заняття там з сурдопедагогом.
Але і їздимо до Львова.Емілія активна, не дуже хоче заниматися , но ми ці заняття перетворюємо в ігру. вона у нас живчик -чемпіон.Вже знає вимовляти деякі слова та звуки.,( мама, гав, му мяв, ) знає  як шумлять дерева, віє вітер, звук автотранспорта( автомобіль, трактор) розрізняє кольори,Дякуючи шашим педагогам ми потихеньку рухаємося вперед до нашої мети. Емілі дуже дружелюбна, любить діток, любить допомагати в магазині розставляти товар нашій сусідці. Дуже любить подорожувати.[:en]Uns schreibt die Mutter von Emilia, Viktoria:

Jetzt geht es uns gut. Wir waren bereits zur 4.Anpassung in Ungarn und hatten unsere Übungsstunden mit einem Sprachtherapeuten. Außerdem fahren wir regelmäßig nach Lwiw. Emilia ist sehr aktiv und daher vom Unterricht nicht wirklich begeistert. Deswegen verwandeln wir den Unterricht jetzt in ein Spiel.
Sie kann bereits einige Wörter und Laute aussprechen (Mama, Wau, Muh, Miau), weiß, wie die Bäume rauschen und der Wind weht, kennt das Geräusch von Fahrzeugen (Auto, Traktor) und kann Farben unterscheiden. Emilia ist sehr freundlich, liebt Kinder, hilft unserer Nachbarin, die Artikel in ihrem Laden zu platzieren, und liebt es, zu reisen.[:]