What would you do if you had recently settled in a new country and discovered your child needed vital medical treatment — all while having to make school arrangements for your kids, without significant resources or a local address?
When Afghan native Andeisha Farid learned her 2-year-old daughter, Nehal, was born deaf and needed a cochlear implant — a procedure that can restore hearing — 92Y received a call asking if we might be able to help. 92Y embraced the family, providing ongoing scholarships for Nehal to attend 2s Together classes at the Parenting Center, and for 10-year-old brother Damoon to attend Camp Yomi during the summer and the NOAR after-school program during the school year. The 92Y community mobilized to provide clothing and furniture for the family, as well as camp supplies for Damoon. A hearing specialist was also brought in to assist with Nehal’s classroom experience. And when Nehal’s cochlear implant surgery was performed in late summer, Parenting Center staff were on hand for support.
Both children are now doing great. “Even though Nehal doesn’t have language and speech yet, every day when we walk to the Y you can see the happiness on her face,” says Andeisha. And Damoon is enjoying swimming, basketball and Lego robotics, and can’t wait to return to camp next summer.
That look of happiness on a child’s face when she has access to a clean, safe place to learn is especially resonant for Andeisha, who spent her childhood in refugee camps outside war-torn Afghanistan and struggled to find access to education. It’s what inspired her life’s work. Andeisha is the founder of the Afghan Child Education and Care Organization. Its mission: to provide a portion of the country’s 1.6 million orphans with the opportunity to receive quality schooling and a safe place to live.
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