Childreach International’s Relief Efforts in Sindhupalchowk, Nepal

Jeffrey Bussean is the president of an Alsip, Illinois, catering and banquet enterprise that organizes custom events at elegant private venues. Jeffrey Bussean is actively involved in community affairs and supports nonprofit organizations such as Childreach International.

Childreach International builds partnerships throughout the developing world that enable vulnerable youth to stay healthy and receive a decent education. One current Childreach effort assists children who were cut off from needed supplies by the tragic April 2015 earthquake in Nepal.

A particular effort has concentrated on reaching rural communities in the Sindhupalchowk region, which was isolated due to earthquake-triggered landslides. Through coordinated efforts, Childreach was one of the first aid organizations to reach approximately 50,000 people. On May 15, a temporary learning center was established. The structure was designed to provide shelter throughout the monsoon season and a place where more than 60 local children could be educated each day. The school also gives psychosocial support that mitigates increased risks following a natural disaster, such as human trafficking.


Hearing Health Programs from Sertoma

A catering executive for the past 40 years, Jeffrey Bussean also takes an active role in his community. Jeffrey Bussean supports a number of local and national nonprofit organizations, including Sertoma.

Founded as a hearing health organization, Sertoma strives for a society in which everyone has the opportunity to hear. Toward this end, it sponsors the development of hearing and speech care as well as educational outreach programs. Its hard of hearing or deaf scholarships support students with significant hearing loss who are pursuing a college education. Additionally, the Communicative Disorders Scholarship provides financial aid to students pursuing graduate degrees in speech-language pathology or audiology.

Sertoma also provides public education on noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Its SAFEEars! Program publishes and distributes materials targeted at individuals of all ages, from elementary school students to adults, and teaches both NIHL awareness and strategies for safe hearing. Students ages 11 to 19 are also eligible to join the organization’s community activism Serteen, and college students may become part of a collegiate Sertoma club.

Further, Sertoma publishes a list of organizations nationwide that support access to assistive devices. The organization as a whole advocates for support programs such as those that provide as induction looping. This simple technology enables hearing aids to receive signals from microphones and other public announcement devices. Groups across the country may also work with Sertoma to expand services, thanks to the organization’s Adopt-an-Agency program.