Hari Maya Rai is 40 years old. At the age of eight, she became hard of hearing. “I was studying in grade two at that time. Learning in school, social communication and engagement with friends became extremely difficult so I had to drop out of school,” she recalls.
She never made to the next grade.
Through all these years, Hari Maya has felt difficulty in communicating with others and so she spoke less. This also affected communicating efficiently with her customers who came to buy vegetables from her store.
When Inspire2Care Program came to her village of Banjho, in Ilam, two years ago with a disability assessment camp, she was referred to a specialist for an audiology assessment. The assessment determined that Hari Maya would benefit from a hearing aid, but soon she realized that the cost of USD 100 for something she had never worn, was quiet expensive for her.
With the support of a Dutch based organization, Stichting Maha Mata, that provided her with new hearing aid, Hari Maya informs us that communicating is much easier for her now. “I talk more now, even with my customers.” Hari Maya is encouraged with the change and her parents are happy to see their daughter prosper. Hari Maya is one of the 13 people, Stichting Maha Mata has supported with hearing aids already. One hearing aid brings opportunities for many new experiences.