She holds a Master’s degree and is currently working with a grassroots level NGO with a starting level salary. The salary helps her sustain a family of five, which includes her ailing father who has drug resistant TB, her mother who is a domestic worker and two younger siblings. During the pandemic, she has become the sole breadwinner for the family, given that her mother is unable to access regular work.
To add to this, our friend has been deaf in her left ear since her birth. Recently she was diagnosed with 40% deafness in her right ear too. The doctors say her right ear has started getting affected due to an excessive load of hearing on it. The doctors have advised her to immediately get a hearing aid for the left ear, so that further damage to her hearing abilities can be prevented.
Her current economic situation and the absence of structural support for persons with disabilities does not allow her to purchase the equipment immediately.
Our friend is determined and believes in the right to self respect and dignity for all human beings, and originally wanted to work and earn enough to afford the hearing aid. This process would have probably taken months, as she continued to lose hearing ,given that there weren’t any additional challenges that would come up in these uncertain times.
As friends we believe we must treasure and show up for the grit committed individuals like her stand for. As communities we are only as best as our most vulnerable, and we are all interdependent.
We encourage students, social workers, civil society members and anybody who feels for the cause to generously contribute towards our friends' treatment.
We have attached anonymised copies of medical reports below. For further details, you can reach out to any of the campaigners.