After seeing around 400 people in Mozambique, 30 audiologists and volunteers traveling with Entheos Audiology Cooperative made their way to a remote village in Zambia called Chibombo. The Oticon Hearing Foundation was excited to donate 100 hearing instruments and cases of batteries for the mission.
The team worked in collaboration with Princess Kasune Zulu who started a foundation called Fountain of Life, which works with children and orphans, especially those affected by HIV/AIDS in rural Zambia. Orphaned herself at age 17 and HIV positive, she was given 6 months to live and decided to dedicate her time to the greatest needs of her community – education and healthcare. 20 years later, she is still alive and is a world renowned HIV advocate and author.
The group worked in a local clinic and visited schools for 3 days. They saw around 400 people; many of whom were returning patients from last years visit.
“We would work until 7:00 or 8:00 pm, grab dinner, get things ready for the next day, be in bed by midnight and wake up early. We were exhausted, but there’s something about helping other people, it just keeps you going. – Dr. Kamal Elliot
To anyone who wants to give back Dr. Elliot says, “We can’t do it without the volunteers. They help to keep the patient flow, keep track of paperwork, move people from one area to the next, and make ear molds. You think you’re there to give to others, but what you get out of it is so much more.”
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