Deaf Children Australia has just launched its Christmas Appeal, featuring DCA client Eva and social worker Nicollette and their special bond. Read their story below, or see the Current Appeal page.
We hope you are able to help us this Christmas to assist the many deaf and hard of hearing children and young people who may sometimes feel overwhelmed with the challenges they face. We hope you can enable us to provide a mentor by their side to give them the confidence to pursue their dreams and true potential.
Sixteen year old Eva was feeling lonely, troubled and uncertain about her future. Her mum Shamiran told us, “Eva was born three months premature and only weighed 800 grams. We discovered our little baby’s cochleas had never developed and she was profoundly deaf. Eva was the first deaf member of our family so it was all completely unknown to us.”
At eighteen months, Eva had cochlear implants fitted which helped to some extent with her hearing and speech development. Yet as Shamiran explained, “Eva would ask ‘Why do I have this – and not my sisters?’ She felt there was something wrong with her. Eva has lacked confidence for a long time but this year, it’s been really bad.”
“Nicollette is someone that I have never had before. When I need someone to talk to, she understands me well.”
Eva’s school counsellor suggested Eva might want a youth support worker who could really understand what she was experiencing. Eva met Nicollette from Deaf Children Australia and the two immediately connected. As Eva explains: “Nicollette is someone that I have never had before. When I need someone to talk to, she understands me well. Nicollette supports me so I can talk about my ideas and my worries.”
Nicollette is deaf herself and shared with Eva how she also struggled to accept her deafness and how she was bullied at school at times. This has encouraged Eva to open up with Nicollette. Eva shared with us, “When I was in primary school, sometimes I didn’t really care so much about being deaf. But then sometimes, I was teased and bullied and I did care. Now, I care a lot – mainly because I worry about the future, work options, and friends.”
“I hope to have a family one day and more pets. I want to work with animals”
Through Nicollette’s mentoring and guidance with independent living skills, Eva can now imagine a brighter future for herself and told us about her dreams: “I hope to have a family one day and more pets. I want to work with animals and I would love to do something like teaching children how to ride horses.”
Help us reach out to more children
With your assistance, we can help children and young people like Eva who are deaf or hard of hearing so they can overcome their doubts and discover their own potential.
Deaf Children Australia is committed to providing holistic services to support children and young people to pursue their goals, whatever they may be. Can you enable us to reach out to other deaf and hard of hearing children and young people like Eva who urgently need our support? Please take a moment to make your tax deductible donation online or call us on (03) 9539 5356, and we’ll immediately put your gift towards our support programs. Thank you for your generosity.
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