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The center was having great difficulties because of the expensive cost of the artificial cochlear hearing aid (around 200 000 – 300 000 RMB) – just switching out the battery amounts to 400RMB every year per child alone. As many of the children enrolled in the center hail from poor migrant families, many have problems solely coming up with the annual maintenance fee. Due to lack of government funding, the center has opened classes for kindergarteners in hopes that their tuition will cover living fees for the hearing-impaired children. Funding now wholly relies on infrequent philanthropic donations and tuition revenue, which has proved to be far from enough. The lack of funding is apparent when they cannot even afford to pay for heating during the winter; the hearing-impaired children who have nowhere to call home other than school have to wrap themselves with thick blankets to keep warm. 

许多在该中心就读的孩子都来自贫困的农民工家庭。由于助听器和人工耳蜗(约20-30万人民币)的昂贵成本,加上每年要更换电池,许多家庭无法担负这些费用,康复中心方面也是尽其所能去帮助这些孩子。由于缺乏政府资金,该中心开设了幼儿园课程,希望幼儿园孩子们交的学费能涵盖这些聋哑儿童的生活所需资金。现在康复中心的运作资金完全依赖于一些慈善捐赠和幼儿园的学费收入,而对于去援助那些聋哑儿童、整体改善康复中心的条件来说,是远远不够的。这个冬天,康复中心甚至无法支付供暖费用,孩子们只得裹在毯子里保暖。

 

On top of the unrelenting living conditions, the children are also isolated within the center. With no family members to visit and nowhere to go, all they can do is stay put. Staff within the recovery center have noticed that the non-disabled students find it hard to socialize with the hearing-impaired students, sometimes even resulting in cases of bullying, leading them to separate the classes altogether.  Isolation is a big problem, but it also means that every new face is something for these children to look forward to. Hearing new voices not only bring them the joy of meeting new peers but can also help them stimulate their perception of sound, resulting in a faster recovery process.  

 

除了恶劣的生活条件以外,与社会的隔阂也是一个难题。这些聋哑孩子们每日待在中心内,没有家庭的温暖、亲人的陪伴。很多康复中心的工作人员也发现听力障碍的孩子很难与幼儿园的学生进行正常交流、活动,有时甚至会被欺凌。为了孩子们的心理健康,我们每周都会前往康复中心去陪伴孩子们。我们也在中心组织过大型活动如慈善音乐会、圣诞晚会等。我们从爱出发,尽我们所能令聋哑孩子们感受温暖与关怀,因为对于那些孩子,每一个新的面孔都是值得期待的,每一丝声音都可以激发他们对外面世界的认知。

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