Angel Chincoya Santiago is like other kids his age; he loves football, video games, learning at school and his group of friends. He generally has a bright smile pasted on his face. The only time his smile disappears is when the frustration of his handicap makes certain situations a little overbearing.
Angel was born in the Zapotec village of San Balthazar Chichicapam, Oaxaca, Mexico with a hearing impediment that was not diagnosed until his parents realized that he was not developing any distinguishable language skills.
Over the next 8 years, his mother Elizabeth tried tirelessly to find him the best care, but the news always came back bleak: Your boy has a hearing defect. For years there was no technology available in Mexico that could help him lead what most parents and doctors consider a normal upbringing.
Despite the constant setbacks, Angel refused to consider himself different. He dedicated himself to rehabilitation therapy and won over teachers and bullies with perseverance and smiles.
While he has been enrolled in a speciality school for the hearing impaired, he treasures the challenge of going to school with peers that do not share the same impediment. For the last three years, this he has attended public school.
In the last six months, his family learned of a new hearing aid that had finally been made available in Mexico. It is the Phonak SKY V-70 UP and has the capacity to help Angel understand everyday conversation and substantially improve his speech skills.
Unfortunately, a piece of technology this effective is much too expensive for his family to afford. Elizabeth approached a dozen NGO’s in Oaxaca and Mexico City. She learned that the cost of this apparatus was well beyond the budget of all the NGO’s she asked for help.
Running out of options, and worried that Angel’s development would be negatively affected as he moves from the second to third level of his primary education, she reached out to her cousin Isabel. Isabel’s husband Maximino produces Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal’s Chichicapa, along with his father Faustino Garcia Vasquez, who has been producing this enchanting elixir with Del Maguey’s founder, Ron Cooper, for the last 22 years.
The team at Del Maguey felt like Angel’s story was worthy of a crowdfunding campaign.
Del Maguey’s values are driven by creating opportunities for it’s partner producers and family members that might not have been possible in years past.
We want to help Angel overcome his handicap and we are sending this appeal to the greater Del Maguey family and community in the world in the hope that you feel the same way as well.
The money raised with this campaign will go directly to the purchase of two hearing aids (one for each ear) for Angel, and the the cost of fitting them correctly with his specialist.
The campaign will last 45 days and we would be eternally grateful to be able to share the results of this campaign with updates about the profound change this will make in 9 year old Angel’s life.
If we reach our goal with your support, any additional funds raised will go to CORAL, a Oaxacan Speech and Hearing Rehabilitation Center.
Thank you so much for the consideration. To the Del Maguey family spread across the globe, this is one Stigibeu that we will never forget!