Pooja, who has been deaf since birth, has grown up and become more and more isolated from her friends and the outside world. With no way of calling out for help she faced a future of danger from risk of animal attacks to even the potential of rape. In February we launched a special fundraising initiative in conjunction with The Tiger Tree Foundation to finance a cochlear implant for Pooja. A select group of generous givers each gave a minimum of £500 towards the cause.
Pooja is doing so well, she is at home in her village and learning the names of her friends and family for the first time. As soon as her operation site is fully healed she will be going to school and will start regular speech therapy sessions.