21 Jul 2014
Hello! Can you hear me?
Toky is a fresh-faced 12 year old whose friendly smile and calm yet energetic manner do not reveal that both his parents died about a year apart. Their deaths resulted in Toky being looked after by his financially battling sister. His life involved school then hanging around with friends before going home to a poor meal in the capital city of Madagascar, Antananarivo.
In the latter part of 2013 Toky found himself being shipped off to a little village 7 kilometers from the town of Soavinandrina to become one of The Children of the Light (The Lights) – this is the name of Chosen Servant Ministries’ (CSM) orphanage there. Toky is currently the second oldest of all the kids there and the oldest boy and this gives him some responsibilities that he seems to be enjoying.
With The Children of the Light Toky now continues his schooling but with the necessary parental support. Sure he still has time to hang around but he also has chores and is given responsibilities. He is now guaranteed 3 meals a day, clothing, love, care and daily devotions in this well simulated family unit. When asked about the transition Toky responded by saying that he enjoys his new home and therefore did not battle to fit in – he also said that he enjoyed his life now with The Lights in rural Soavinandrina better than he did his old life in the city.
With all the above Toky also receives much needed medical care which resulted in an unexpected discovery. All his life Toky has been hard of hearing but no-one had bothered or could not afford to have him tested. His studies and general communication have suffered greatly as a result of this oversight. The staff at CSM, however, picked up on the problem and had Toky sent for an ear examination where it was found that this future policeman – with incredible dance moves, yes you need to see him dance – needs to get a hearing aid. With all the care and love that Chosen Servant Ministries can give Toky and the other Lights, the 1,000, 000 (USD $500) required to purchase a hearing aid is above our means.
Toky believes that his future is better served at CSM and CSM believes that too and that is why we are doing all we can to help Toky acquire that hearing aid. General medical care and expenses are usually seen to by Chosen servant ministries as it is part of looking after the kids overall well being but Toky’s need is far greater than what could have been anticipated. There is no amount one can place on their hearing and if Toky’s hearing is not seen to soon his schooling will suffer even more resulting in him having difficulty furthering his education and becoming employed. All these chain reactions can be averted with a hearing aid.
If you feel you want to help Toky get a hearing aid, sponsor a child at The Children of the Light orphanage or be part of feeding children from very impoverished families please think and pray about then get in touch with us.
For more information please visit www.csm.org.au or email us at email@example.com.