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[p] So, Laxmi, Nayan, Trishul and I, have all decided to take on this once in a lifetime challenge! Absolutely bonkers yet absolutely dedicated to the cause. To see the expression on a child when they first hear a sound is heart warming, something we all take for granted. [/p][p] [b]“Let every deaf child speak” - imagine growing up in a world unable to hear.[/b][/p][p] - Did you know 800 children are born deaf every year in Pune?[/p][p] - 650 of those children do not have the ability to receive a proper education in Pune[/p][p] - These children are born deaf but they are not born [b]mute[/b][/p][p] [b]“Early detection and intervention can help these children speak and lead a normal life” – Dr Avinash M.Wachasunder M.S. (ENT) Practicing ENT surgeon[/b][/p][p] Cochlea Pune for hearing and speech has been a growing charitable trust who specialise in supporting congenitally born deaf children from the age of 0 through to 6 years.[/p][p] Through early detection and intervention, the Cochlea team has become the trusted charity for mothers supporting their children. Starting with just one centre, one teacher and one student the centre has now spread its message and support across rural areas of Pune through to Goa.[/p][p] The charity now supports over 125 children to help them hear and speak with the assistance of over 35 teachers, hearing aids, providing speech therapy and most importantly through the specialist Swaranaad pre-school. The children learn language, mathematics and general knowledge. The Swaranaad pre-school encourages and gives each child the confidence to join mainstream schools and continue their education.[/p][p] The Cochlea team’s efforts and the Swaranaad pre-school has made it a beacon of hope for many families and children suffering. Last year they admitted over 22 children to the pre-school which has continued to grow.[/p][p] With the rate of admission, the Cochlea team have run out of room and they need your support now.[/p][p] Sewa UK are supporting Cochlea Pune to raise [b]£150,000[/b] to build a state of the art Swaranaad pre-school which will allow the Cochlea team to not only provide further support to current children but also allow the admission of more children.[/p][p] [b]90[/b] International volunteers from the UK, America, Australia and India, travelling over [b]2500[/b]km driving [b]30[/b] rickshaws across [b]5[/b] States – all raising funds for [b]Cochlea Pune via sewa UK.[/b][/p][p] All the participants are preparing to face the highs and lows of travelling through India, sharing a memorable yet tough journey which will see the Rickshaw Runners experience the successes of existing Sewa UK projects.[/p][p] Sewa UK is a charity very close to our entire families heart. [i]Sewa[/i] (Sanskrit for selfless service) involves performing an act of kindness without expectation of a reward. If you would like to know more about Sewa UK and what they do, please follow this link: [url=http://www.sewauk.org/][b]www.sewauk.org[/b][/url][/p][p] You can use this page to donate or you can text 70470 with one of the following:[/p][p] Text DEAF5 to donate £5[/p][p] Text DEAF10 to donate £10[/p][p] Text DEAF20 to donate £20[/p][p] SEWA to donate £5 each month[/p][p] Thank you for your support. [/p][p] #SewaUKRickshawRun?[/p][p] #ReadMyLips[/p][p][br][/p]
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