A group of Canadians from the
Bruce Trail Hiking Club hiking in the Yellow Mountain region of southern China in 1995
asked the hospitable local people if they could visit their school.
The group, which included a number of teachers, watched and
listened as the children learned some basic English phrases in a tiny classroom. On one
wall of the room was a remarkable painting. The group inquired about it and soon
discovered the artist was one of the students a shy and withdrawn boy named Li.
The group discovered the reason for the boys shyness
he was severely deaf, and had been since the age of five. The hikers pulled some
strings to get Lis hearing tested and eventually, helped him get fitted with a
hearing aid. Today, at 15, Li is enrolled at the College of Art in China.
And so begins the story of the China Children Hearing Aid
Foundation. Since it first met Li, the CCHAF has helped more than 100 hearing-impaired
children in China. Where many live in impoverished conditions, it is nothing short of a
miracle, according to Tony Pau who has spearheaded the cause. In 1996, 60 hearing aids
were presented to the city of Huang Shan, all donated by Canadians from across the
For more information about the CCHAF, or to inquire about
hiking tours in China this summer, visit www.china-hiking.com
, or call (416) 605-7479.