A FORMER teacher of the deaf is travelling to Peru this month to continue his work at a school which cares for children with hearing impairments.
Last year Eric Payn was part of a group of 12 which rebuilt the Hogar de San Francisco de Assis – an orphanage and school for deaf children with no family or whose family cannot afford to look after them.
The group, which worked on behalf of the Jersey Overseas Aid Commission, helped to rebuild the boys’ and girls’ dormitories and dining hall and carried out a number of other repairs and improvements.
An ear-mould-making facility was also constructed and the water supply was also reconnected.
Mr Payn – an audiologist – will deliver hundreds of hearing aids to the school when he returns to Peru later this month. He will train the staff in making moulds as well as testing children’s hearing. He will also advise them on how to properly select and fit the hearing aids.
Mr Payn said: ‘I need to collect £15,000 to buy and service new items as well as those already given to me by audiology staff at the General Hospital, where they are replacing most of the analogue aids with up to date digital behind-the-ear items.’ Mr Payn has already raised just over £7,000 towards the cost of the equipment.
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