Joginder Oroan comes from Bajiatoli, a village 1 kilometer away from the facility. He is 16 years old and studies in the 10th grade. Joginder was in the first batch of children served meals by Food for People, Bantoli in 2006. “I feel safe and at home here,” he says. Joginder tells me that he used to be very aggressive and would fight with his peers all the time. Awhile after he started coming to this facility, he found there was “some kind of quietness and calm” within himself.
“One year later, I am proud to report that WaterAid has successfully established two well mechanic shops in Kako and Ghosi blocks in the Jehanabad district of Bihar. As of February 29th, 12 new mechanics have repaired 85 hand pumps, restoring access to clean water for 12,386 people in need!” Becky Straw, co-founder of The Adventure Project, an organization dedicated to helping people have access to clean water.
The three facilities AEC operates, two in the rural countryside of Cambodia and one in Phnom Penh, are shining examples of the organization’s ear care work. With very little money, these audiologists have created an environment of calm and beauty to reassure their anxious young patients. There is a curving line of small Buddha statues in the waiting room resembling the children waiting their turn. Wonderful posters adorn the walls picturing friendly animals that teach children about ear health. The technicians are gentle, caring professionals. The children we see today are all HIV positive, living in an orphanage.