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Every day, here at the Isabel Allende Foundation, we get requests to fund very deserving individuals. And every day we have to refer to the bylaws of our 501(c)(3) organization that state very clearly that we cannot fund individuals—and then explain the limits of the foundation to people and causes that are both worthy and that pull at our hearts in ways we didn’t know were possible.
Every day we wish we could make an exception…
For the past six years our executive director, Lori Barra, has traveled to the mountainous countryside outside of Oaxaca, Mexico, to visit and photograph a special family. This family includes two girls, Aylin and Andrea, twins who were born profoundly deaf. The girls have made it thus far through life communicating with one another using their own secret language and, in Andrea’s case, thanks to the help of a hearing aid. Unfortunately, Aylin cannot be helped the same way. Recently, however, Lori discovered that she is an ideal candidate for a cochlear implant, a miraculous device that will bring her—for the first time—into the hearing world. And not a moment too soon, since every day that goes by leaves Aylin a little more isolated and falling a little more behind.
Which brings me back to the beginning of this post and back to the foundation. Since the foundation cannot help Aylin, and since the girl has woven herself into Lori’s heart, Lori and her husband Nico (Isabel’s son), have decided to start a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to help Aylin hear.
If you have the means, or even an interest in learning more about this project, please visit the site, read about this remarkable girl and contribute if you wish. Help us help one girl in one small village—it isn’t much and it is everything, all at the same time. You will fall in love with her, too; we all have.
Through photos and frequent updates, the online campaign will chart Aylin’s progress, beginning with her journey to Mexico City, where the cochlear implant surgery will take place, and encompassing the post-operative and aural rehabilitation therapies she will require. Best of all, every penny will go to help Aylin who, with luck, will very soon be brought into the hearing world.