The Dominican Grimley School, situated in Hout Bay provides tuition to deaf children in the oral-aural method rather than in the manual (sign) system of communication. The majority of the children wear hearing aids which are battery operated, some have cochlear implants.
Up until the end of last year, the school provided the batteries for free to the learners. Unfortunately, with the current economic climate most organisations are forced to cut back on their spending and as such the school is no longer in a position to provide the batteries for free. As it stands, the school relies greatly on sponsorship for most of the school fees and is in need of ongoing financial support.
The school has had to ask parents to make a small contribution of R30.00 towards buying a packet of 6 batteries which is cheaper than the normal retail price. The average lifespan of hearing aid batteries varies from anything between 3 - 14 days, which means they have to be replaced regularly. The majority of the learners come from very low socioeconomic environments and the parents are struggling to keep up with the costs. Sadly, this has a negative impact on the children - if the hearing aid batteries are flat, they cannot hear and their learning is hampered.
Any amount of donation will go a long way.
For more information, please visit the school's website: http://www.dominicangrimley.org/ or contact +27217901052