Japan Tsunami Response
Phase Four

Providing Solar Ears to disaster survivors who lost their hearing aids in Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami on 11 March 2011.

Solar Ear
Hearing Aid
  • A solar charger with 2 rechargeable hearing aid batteries 
  • Can fit any behind the ear (BTE) hearing aid and last 2 to 3 years
  • Can be charged via sun, household light or using a Nokia cell phone charger
Solar ear

This project has been fully funded.
Thank you to all who contributed.

Problem: 

Many people lost their hearing aids in the earthquake and tsunami. Normal hearing aids require the batteries to be changed every week, a difficult situation in a location ravaged by natural disaster where the supply chain has been broken.

How we can help: 

We can connect solar-charged hearing aids with hearing impaired survivors of the disaster. The hearing aids, rechargeable batteries and solar-powered chargers will be distributed to people who lost their hearing aids in the natural disaster.

Who we are helping: 

We will reach people in Rikuzentakata City, in Japan's Iwate prefecture.

Distribution: 

The products will be distributed by the Secretariat for the Support of the Hearing Impaired in the Earthquake Affected Area, with the generous support of Winroader, a logistics company.

Timeframe for implementation: 
April 2011
Reaching 39 people
Local Partner Contribution: 

Using its experience and networks, the Secretariat for the Support of the Hearing Impaired will distribute the Solar Ears to people most in need.

Project Costs: 
Cost TypeCost DescriptionCost Unit AmountCost QuantityCost Amount
Product - Solar Ear
Cost of the technology
$19,170.00
Shipping, clearance, and local duty
$826.00
Wire transfer fee
$45.00
1
$45.00
Paypal/other processing fee
3.3% average based on average size of project and average donation amount
$684.00
Kopernik 10%
WAIVED
0
TOTAL
$20,725.00
Fluctuations in currency exchange rates and shipping costs may change the final quantity of technologies we ship for this project.

Location

Rikuzentakata City, 03
Japan

A huge Kopernik thank you to the 44 people who pitched in $23,179.00