Our work takes us to some pretty incredible places and also gives us the opportunity to promote causes that we believe in. A recent project with the Starkey Hearing Foundation helped us achieve both of those when we teamed up with them to capture the good deeds that they are doing around the world to help combat hearing loss.
This 10 day swing took us to the countries of Rwanda, Malawi and Zambia. The focus of this trip was to provide hearing aids to those with hearing loss and to also train local people to help provide support after the traveling foundation team leaves. Check out some of the photos below:
Rwanda: Over 60 prisoners guilty of crimes during the 1994 Rwandan genocide were allowed to leave their prison for the day in order to receive hearing care.
Malawi: We arrived after three weeks of torrential rains which left more than 300,000 people displaced in one of the poorest countries in the world. Many of the people that we helped fit with hearing aids were able to hear in the past but cases of malaria, smallpox and dengue fever left it's victims without hearing as the diseases are still treated in Africa with medications that adversely affect one's ability to hear. Many of the smiles you see below are brought on by being able to hear for the first time in decades and possibly the first time ever.