In 2019, Grandma finally received an official diagnosis from doctors in Siem Reap that Kaka was partially deaf. Hospital tests confirmed she has 10% hearing in one ear, and 6% in the other. There is still no way to access Kaka’s birth history, but doctors suspect she may have
been born with a hole in her heart, and that complications from surgery affected her hearing
Having this diagnosis was monumental for Grandma, who could now enrol Kaka into a school that specialises in sensory care and are equipped to support her development. When Kaka took the massive leap on her first day at public school, CCT social workers and Grandma were by her side ensuring she had all the support she needed.
In three months at public school, Kaka has started learning the alphabet and how to count. She is also starting to learn Khmer sign language, which will help her communicate better with her teachers, peers and Grandma. The school has provided her with a hearing aid, which has been invaluable to Kaka’s educational development and learning so far.
CCT has covered the costs of Kaka’s public school enrolment and provided her with a new uniform, bag, books and shoes. On the days she is not at school, weekends or school holidays, Kaka will come back to CCT’s Youth Centre and join the programs. CCT will continue supporting the family and make sure Grandma has everything she needs to raise and support Kaka.