Sentebale, the charity founded by Prince Harry of Wales and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho, recently partnered with Starkey Hearing Foundation to bring the gift of hearing to 1,000 people in need in the Kingdom of Lesotho, a small poverty-stricken country in southern Africa.
This partnership is an example of how celebrities and businesses can use their influence to make a difference, give back and change lives.
Patients, ranging from 4 to 101 years old, traveled from all parts of the small, landlocked country to have their hearing assessed and be fitted for hearing aids. For many it was an opportunity to hear for the very first time.
Hearing loss is a global epidemic, with disabling hearing loss impacting more than 360 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. Yet with the help of a hearing device, hearing loss can often be corrected in many cases, giving an individual the opportunity to better connect with family, the community and the world around them.
“Hearing brings meaning and purpose to our lives, and we never stop wanting to connect with our loved ones,” Bill Austin, founder of Starkey Hearing Foundation, said. “With our inaugural mission in Lesotho, Sentebale, Prince Seeiso and Prince Harry, and the government of Lesotho have helped us open up the doors to the world of sound for thousands.”
Starkey Hearing Foundation uses hearing as a vehicle to improve the lives of individuals around the world. Its work in Lesotho is part of the dozens of domestic and international hearing missions conducted each year. The foundation has fit more than 165,000 hearing aids to people in need in the last year and has pledged to fit one million hearing aids this decade.
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