In our Project 4 - Hearing Aids for Honduras, we had the pleasure of meeting Rodger. Rodger, a 17 year old Honduran young man, came to one of the medical clinics established for medical outreach to the poor. Rodger was a fine looking young man, vibrant with a humble demeanor and a bright smile on his face. Rodger suffered from hearing loss, a condition he had experienced from his infancy.
At the clinic Rodger met Dr. David Parsons, an accomplished medical surgeon and specialist in hearing problems. For many years Dr. Parsons had participated in these medical outreaches and even established a non-profit for the purpose of providing medical care for people in undeveloped and underdeveloped countries. One of the services that Dr. Parsons provided at the missionary medical clinic was an auditory checkup to determine if a patient would benefit from hearing aids.
In fact, Dr. Parsons and those hearing aids, particularly designed for third world conditions, were the reasons eMite went to Honduras. We wanted to provide eMiters the opportunity to impact the lives of people who needed hearing aids but were unable to afford such devices. In walked Rodger, a young man who, at no fault of his own, was unable to hear and would, as diagnosed through the check up, benefit greatly from the hearing aids. We got to see Rodger receive the hearing aids and in such a beautiful moment we got to see him experience hearing for the first time in his 17 years. He cried. His mother cried. We cried! What an awesome experience! You can see it too via our Project 4 Celebration Video: https://youtu.be/Bvbba5WQf20
Those hearing aids that gave Rodger his very first opportunity to hear cost $135. Less than a Kate Spade Purse! That is what a Mite can do! Thank you eMiters for giving Rodger an opportunity he would have never had except that you were willing to Give Your Mite.