Itinerant service provision, Nepal
Kentalis started their cooperation with Shruti, the National Association of hard of hearing and deafened. To create a center of expertise on itinerant service provision. During the following 1,5 years, various Kentalis experts will train parents and experts of Shruti to support hard of hearing and deafened children.
Kick off Shruti project
After a few meetings in the Netherlands, Kentalis experts have visited Nepal in the beginning of July to start off the Shruti project! Lonneke Kersbergen, speech and language therapist, and Tonny Brands, child psychologist, gave their first training in order for Shruti to become a center of expertise on itinerant service provision for hard of hearing and deafened people.
Shruti, the National association of the hard of hearing and deafened in Nepal was founded by Neeta Keshary Bhattarai, who herself is hard of hearing. Shruti has been providing consultation to hard of hearing and deafened people, as well as advocating for awareness and the rights of this group. They have been working with different organizations in order to pursue their goals. Now, the collaboration with Kentalis begins.
Kentalis and Shruti
One of these goals is turning Shruti into a center of expertise on itinerant service provision. During the following 1,5 years, various Kentalis experts will work with a psychologist, a speech therapist and educational experts at Shruti on working with hard of hearing and deafened children. These trainings will take place in different forms. Various Kentalis experts will travel to Nepal for a two week-training, but training will also take place through online coaching. During this visit, the first few trainings on itinerant service provision were given to the Shruti staff. Lonneke, Maria and Tonny also met with the parents of the children who will participate in this project to answer their questions.
This week was all about new encounters and experiences. Lonneke, Maria and Tonny met the potential new employees at Shruti, the parents of the children who will participate in this project and they visited multiple schools in Nepal. Lonneke and Tonny gave presentations to the future employees of Shruti on itinerant service provision, cochlear implants and the early care and intervention for hard of hearing children in the Netherlands. The week ended with signing of the contract between Shruti and Kentalis.