Sponsor a hearing aid to help a poor hearing impaired person by Turnstone Global

Sponsor a hearing aid to help a poor hearing impaired person

Impact

A hearing aid prevents Ananda from losing his livelihood

Ananda Ghosh is 61 years old. He works as a rickshaw puller in Napit Para, Nabadwip in Nadia district of West Bengal. Due to his financial condition, he has to work as a rickshaw puller even at this age.

He began to lose his hearing as he started aging. His hearing impairment made things worse for his work. Ananda often faced difficult situations with his passengers. They would offer him a fare which would be lower than what he would agree on before taking the passenger.

He ended up having many arguments due to this miscommunication. This miscommunication was affecting his livelihood as he often spent working all day and not making enough money.

**It was becoming harder for him to manage his expenses. He wondered if he had to stop working. **

A well-wisher then informed Ananda about Turnstone Global. Ananda approached them for help with his condition.

The organization conducted an Audiogram test. Once the analysis confirmed that Ananda's hearing could improve with a hearing aid, he was given a hearing aid at a distribution camp.

This aid worked like a miracle in Ananda's life.

Today his work has become more comfortable with proper hearing. His hearing aid has removed all the frustration that was preventing him from having a decent livelihood.

A simple support of a hearing aid changed Ananda's life.

You can also help poor people like Ananda for whom help is so easy but they still can't afford it. You can donate so that they can get the support which can make their lives better. You can give with confidence because every program listed is GIVEASSURED.

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About The Program

What the beneficiary gets
Enabling Aid
Eye Care
What you get
Tax Exemption
Periodic Reports
Program Description

Turnstone Global works with people with speech and hearing impairment. This program aims to help people whose hearing can be made better if supported with an aid.

One unit of donation to this program will cover the cost of Audiometrist for testing and a hearing aid to an underprivileged hearing- impaired person.

Turnstone Global while working with people suffering from hearing impairment came to note that many of them could improve their hearing if they used a hearing aid. Unfortunately, they were not aware of this solution. And worse still, they couldn't afford the aid.

Turnstone Global then started this program to offer assistance by providing "Hearing Aids".

They identify poor patients who suffer from hearing impairment, They are tested by a qualified Audiometrist to check if their hearing can be improved. He identifies the patients whose hearing can be improved with the help of an assistive device - a "Hearing Aid" and prepares a list.

When they get adequate donations, hearing aids are purchased and distributed according to the list. In this program, the patients are given the 'Analog type Super Master' hearing aid which is manufactured by ALPS.

Turnstone Global distributes close to 132 hearing aids every year.

When you donate to this program you become the reason for poor hearing-impaired people to hear and overcome their disability.

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About The NGO

Turnstone Global
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Turnstone Global

Turnstone Global is a not for profit social enterprise working with relentless effort for the overall improvement of human lives, irrespective of age, gender, religious beliefs, cast, ethnic origin, birth place or disability status.

The organisation started in 1952, for the betterment of the lives of the visually challenged. Turnstone Global is headed by Dr. Kanchan Gaba, a 100% visually impaired lady, who fought against all odds to obtain her PhD in International Law and established herself as a lecturer of Calcutta University. Today, apart from being a lecturer, she is a social activist.

They work for the betterment of lives of the disabled, in particular, the visually impaired; to provide education, training with a view to rehabilitate them and improve their livelihood. A major focus area of the organisation is early intervention and prevention of blindness.

The scale of operations of Turnstone Global spans across eleven states, West Bengal, Orissa, Bihar, Mizoram, Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Delhi, with more than two hundred gram Panchayats.

They have touched the lives of more than one million in the past decade. At any given point of time eleven thousand beneficiaries are under their care. Several hundreds of them reside permanently with them.

The organisation undertakes programmes and plans its activities based on field level in-depth analysis of the demography and socioeconomic condition of the project area. Their endeavour is to involve community based organisations directly in their project areas where they cater to project planning, phase to phase implementation, monitoring and constant evaluation.

Turnstone Global has been creating impact with a force of 250 staff, more than 500 volunteers and networking partners working in 11 states, 24 cities and 200 Gram Panchayats in India, with its headquarter in Kolkata, through over 62 programs and community-based services.

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founders
Founded in 1991
NGO Leadership

Kanchan Gaba

areas of operation
Area of Operation
Area of Operation

Non Formal Education | children

location of work
Location of Work
Location of Work

West Bengal

awards
Awards And Recognitions
Awards And Recognitions

2012: Late Sudhatai and Sadanand Varde Smruti Puraskar

2016: Certificate from Constituent Board of Quality Council of India

last audited
Last Audited
Periodic Compliance Checks by GiveIndia

Renewals FY 19-20

Program Updates

Program Updates

23 May, 2022

Gift them the sound of Life

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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

During this tenure ( July 2021 - December 2021 ) we gave hearing aids to another two beneficiaries ( Ms Charulata Biswas & Janbox Mandal )who were being advised for hearing aids from our previous camp in January 2021 at Bagula in Nadia District of West Bengal. In that Hearing screening camp, our audiologist did 121 screenings out of which 62 people were diagnosed with various degrees of hearing impairment and prescribed Hearing Aids. Till 57 detected beneficiaries yet to be received hearing aid from our previous camp. Both of the beneficiaries currently using their hearing aids on a regular basis and leading dignified life without facing any bullies or abusive behaviours from their families and neighbours


Challenges faced and next steps

The major challenge we faced was that due to old age most of the time the beneficiaries remain reluctant to use the hearing aid regularly. The strict follow up by our local body made them use the same on regular basis. During this time period due to Covid 19 second wave multiple district-level lockdowns happened which made our movement very restricted hence could not able to reach the beneficiaries in due time as well we were not willing to bound them to come out of their house to collect the hearing aid due to chances of getting infected with the deadly virus. Hence having made a request to the local administration we reached the door step of the beneficiaries to provide their hearing aids. Within the next 6 months, we are aiming to distribute the hearing aids among the rest 57 beneficiaries whom we have already screened at our camp in January 2021 The further delay will literally cause more damage to their ears


Stories from the ground

65-year-old Charulata Biswas and her husband live together in Bagula Station para. They are surviving through the support given by their son who earns minimum wage by working as a labourer. Being a woman she has already had a very unsafe life, she tells us of how she could never go out of the house alone during later hours of the day because she felt she would not be able to hear approaching danger or protect herself. Because of not being able to hear she has not even had any financial security. Charulata had tried to work as domestic help in many houses but every time she did she was abused and mistreated by her employers because she could not hear their instructions. With much difficulty, she recalled an incident where she was assaulted and thrown out of one such house where she was working because she did not hear when a thief had entered to rob the place and therefore could not stop him. Charulata was then duly tested and provided with the hearing aid, and as she received it she thanked us with all her heart hoping that she would never have to go through such abuse ever again


5 October, 2021

Gift them the sound of Life

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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

During December 2020 as the Covid, 19 spread was in little control so we choose a palace called Bagula in Nadia district of West Bengal to organize a Hearing Screening Camp in January 2021 after the initial reiki done by our field executives which exposed that a good number of inhabitants of the nearby places of Bagula are unknowingly /knowingly bound to suffer from hearing loss due to their lifestyle, ageing process, negligence or profession. In that Hearing screening camp, our audiologist did 121 screenings out of which 62 people were diagnosed with various degrees of hearing impairment and prescribed Hearing Aids. 3 lives have been impacted by the distribution of 3 hearing aids with our available funds. Mr Amrit Lal Majumdar, Mr Ashim Kumar Sarkar & Mr Abdul Khalek Mandal ,all of 3 beneficiaries are regularly using the hearing aids which make them to lead a barrier-free life . Understanding others statement enable them to communicate effectively.


Challenges faced and next steps

Due to Covid Pandemic and longstanding lockdown we faced a delay in distributing the hearing aids. We faced challenges to organized screening camps. Due to poor literacy in a rural area like Bagula we faced challenges to make the people bound to follow Covid appropriate behavior during attending camp. By the strong coordination of our field executives, volunteers with the help of local administration & clubs we were able to successfully organized such a camp on the ground. Within next 6 months we are aiming to distribute the hearing aids among the rest 59 beneficiaries whom we have already screened at our camp in January 2021 The further delay will literally cause more damage in their ears


Stories from the ground

Impact story: During door to door survey by one of the field executives of Turnstone Global at Ramnagar Village in Bagula, Mrs Jyostna Bannerjee found that Mr Abdul Khalek Mandal at the age of 80 was repairing his 3 wheel van rickshaw on the premises of his small hut. After a little conversation with Mrs Banerjee, she found that Mr Mandal is still working as a van puller as he needs to earn money for the livelihood of his 3 family members comprises of his aged wife and a 43 yrs old mentally retarded daughter. Within a very small span of time during conversation Mrs Banerjee noticed that Mr Mandal was suffering from some hearing loss for a long. Hence she made him understand to attend our hearing screening camp at Bagula in January 2021 He was diagnosed with moderate hearing loss for both of his ears and was gifted a hearing aid in April 2021. Now after using this hearing aid continuously he found his life easy to pull his van rickshaw without being scared of getting hurt from any other vehicle which is coming from his behind on the road as due to a moderate amount of hearing loss he intermittently can not able to hear the honks of the passing by vehicles. Now he easily communicates with the people around him.


23 March, 2021

Gifted hearing- The rebirth of a new life

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We are running this program of sponsoring hearing aid to the underprivileged hearing-impaired persons for 10 years and last for a few years we have got huge success due to the strong hand-holding of the Give India Foundation.
For years we explore different backward districts of West Bengal like South 24 Pargana, North 24 Pargana, Nadia to search for the underprivileged hearing impaired persons with the help of local village bodies, and out of our surprise we found that a huge number of hearing-impaired persons are living in our society without knowing their inability to hear because of the compensatory mechanism of human physiology. On meticulous searching, we found that the habit of taking bath in ponds, small rivers cause repeated Otitis Media ( one kind of ear infection caused from dirty water lodging in the middle ear ) which gradually causes hearing loss among the all age group in different villages.
Our direct intervention brings huge awareness among the villagers and the distribution of hearing aid among the underprivileged villagers creates a great impact in that village economy as well which can be measured sharply.
Due to our intervention by providing hearing aids we have been able to readmit many children in their village schools from where they were being barred due to their incapability to cope up with the studies due to their unnoticed hearing loss.
Many people in those villages went back to continue their profession like rickshaw pulling, street food selling, Hawkaring after getting a hearing aid which helps them to communicate with their customers.
Since last year and during the Covid-19 pandemic we have distributed 53 numbers of hearing aids among different age groups in the area of Krishnanagar, Ranagahat, Shantipur in Nadia district in West Bengal. We are expressing our wholehearted gratitude to the Give India Foundation and the esteemed donors whose hand-holding is making us eligible to create a meaningful impact in our society. In our database, there are a huge number of underprivileged people enlisted who are waiting to get the supply of hearing aids



5 August, 2020

The happiest people are the ones who make others happy

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The happiest people are the ones who make others happy




From 2014 Turnstone Global has been actively distributing hearing-aid to the ones in need. Having the ability to hear is important for everyone and with the growing age one slowly loses the ability to hear which not only has a physical impact but also mental impact on a person. Therefore, we at Turnstone global realise the importance of this and with this program Sponsor a hearing aid to help a poor hearing impaired person "we first start with the need assessment where", in the camp a test is conducted to test their auditory screening with the help of audiologist. Audiologist then diagnoses the degree of auditory loss. After the auditory screening camp, we identify our beneficiaries and we buy the hearing-aid which are later on distributed to the same brnrficiaries which we has earlier identified from our camp. In the end for us overall is always a happy experience to see a smile on the face of a person after they get their respective hearing aids and can finally hear!!



19 November, 2019

People happy to receive the hearing aid

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People happy to receive the hearing aid








22 July, 2019

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Program Update


Since 2012 – 2013, Turnstone Global started providing Hearing Aids to persons suffering from Hearing Impairment whose hearing can improve with a Hearing Aid. Beneficiaries are identified at Audiometry camps held at regular intervals in district towns and villages. Identified beneficiaries are provided with hearing aids. Generally it is believed that hearing ability degenerate owing to old age. However, we have identified a significant number of youths and even children suffering from hearing deficiencies. Our doctors have even identified and served children who were born with hearing problems. On an average, more than hundred beneficiaries are provided hearing aids every year.


Story from the field


Subrata Nandi, aged 56, lives in the suburban town of Nabadwip in Nadia district of West Bengal. By occupation, Subrata is a rickshaw puller, ferrying passengers to and from Nabadwip Dham Railway Station. His income barely enables him to secure two meals for self and family.


Subrata has been suffering from hearing impairment for several years. However, owing to financial incapability, the problem went unchecked. Often, a situation arose where argument broke out between Subrata and a passenger. Simple reason for such argument was that the passenger quoted a fare for a ride on Subrata’s rickshaw and poor Subrata, without being able to hear the amount properly, agreed to the fare thinking the amount to be different from what was quoted by the passenger. Sometimes, such arguments took a serious turn.


Our volunteers working in Nabadwip area identified Subrata and brought him to one of our medical camps. After obtaining Audiogram report, Subrata was provided a hearing aid. Today, Subrata happily ferries his passengers and arguments over fare has not been heard ever since he started using the device.


What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19?150
What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date136
Village/City/State where project is locatedWEST BENGAL
Total Budget for the project for FY18-19400000
Total Expenses for the project YTD379072