My Right To Hear

Help them hear the world.

Shreveport, LA   |  https://myrighttohear.org/

Mission

My Right To Hear is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides cochlear implant surgery and hearing rehabilitation to children with hearing loss in Palestine and Northern Syria. The organization is only provider of this service in those countries and the only hope for thousands of children to ever hear or talk for the first time.

Ruling year info

2021

President

Nimer Abushehab

Main address

3215 Knight St Suite 116

Shreveport, LA 71105 USA

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EIN

85-0565285

NTEE code info

International Relief (Q33)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Palestine with no hearing loss

Our mission in Palestine covers both the West Bank and Gaza. We provide a complete infrastructure for cochlear implant surgery, including screening, devices, training local surgeons, and rehabilitation centers. The program is the first of its kind in Palestine and is the only hope for thousands of children with hearing loss to ever hear and talk for the first time.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children who are successfully treated with cochlear implant surgery and are now able to hear and talk.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Multiracial people, People with disabilities, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Palestine with no hearing loss

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our main goal at My Right To Hear is for Palestine without hearing loss.

Short term goals:
1- Establish a cochlear implant program in West Bank and Gaza that is efficient and successful.
2- Lower the cost of the surgery and rehabilitation.
3- Domiciliation of the cochlear implant surgery program, starting from screening to surgery to rehabilitation.
4- Provide a sustainable funding source for the program through donations and grants.

1- Establish a complete infrastructure that includes hearing screening for newborns, early identification of hearing loss, identification of children with severe hearing loss requiring cochlear implants, preoperative testing, cochlear implant surgery, postoperative rehabilitation (Achieved).

2- Training local surgeons in West Bank and Gaza to be able to perform the cochlear implant surgery independently (Achieved).

3- Training medical supporting team that includes audiologists and speech therapists for screening and postoperative rehabilitation (Achieved).

4- Partnership with hospitals in West Bank and Gaza, and provide necessary equipment needed for the surgeries (Achieved).

5- Partnership with a well known cochlear implant manufacturer with a solid track record of successful surgery and good outcomes, and get the devices at the lowest possible cost (Achieved).

6- Obtain financial support for the surgeries through individual donations and grants (Continuous process).

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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My Right To Hear

Board of directors
as of 07/13/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Nimer Abushehab

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/13/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Middle Eastern American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/30/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.