“Listen to this!” the deaf child said

I am really happy to report that 15 friends gave generously to provide audio-assistance equipment for hearing-impaired children at the boarding school in Vitebsk, Belarus.

This means something will happen that has never been possible before: 
An entire classroom of children will be able to “hear” together, instead of just one child at a time!

It’s going to be a beautiful change for the children of Vitebsk, and for the teachers and workers who are giving their lives to teach and care for these kids.

Thank you so much to all who gave to make it happen!
And thanks to all for journeying with us!

Much love,
Doug Brendel
P.S. You can still see cool photos of the kids at Vitebsk here, if you like.

Meet the children

I’d like to introduce you to a few of the hearing-impaired children at Vitebsk.

I think you’ll enjoy these photos!
(Widen your browser to enjoy the photos fully.) 

I’m grateful for the 11 friends of New Thing who have responded to help these children “hear” with the aid of a new machine.
But I’m hoping that more of our friends can help in some way. 

I know it’s summertime, and people are busy. But if you’ll take just a moment to meet the children, and respond however you can, I know they’ll be grateful. And so will I! 

Thanks for journeying with us!
Much love,
Doug Brendel

What you heard, Sasha didn’t

  • The fireworks crack so loud, you jump.
  • The neighbor’s dog annoys you with his barking.
  • Children laughing and splashing in the pool … you smile.

Sasha can’t hear any of it. He’s deaf.

Sasha lives at a boarding school for hearing-impaired children, in the Belarusian city of Vitebsk, near the Russian border.

But Sasha has hope. A special machine enables Sasha to “hear” the essential audio portions of his studies.

The only problem is, the school can only afford 1 such machine.Sasha has to wait for the machine to be available.Till then, Sasha sits in silence.

If the school had 9 machines, a whole classroom of deaf children could “hear” at the same time.

I hope New Thing can provide $1,463.22 to make it happen. So Sasha can “hear” every day … instead of just on lucky days.

Each of 8 new machines will cost just $182.90. I wonder if 16 friends could give $91.45 each. Or maybe you and two others could give gifts of $60.97 to purchase 1 machine. If that’s not doable, any gift you can possibly give today will be a real help.

Please get back to me ASAP. School starts in 7 weeks. Clearing the funds into Belarus, and ordering and installing the machines, will take time. I’ll keep you posted on our progress.

Thanks for journeying with us!

Much love,

Doug Brendel