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Anna's Story | Giving Tuesday

Imagine being trapped inside a body where you have many thoughts, many feelings, many needs, and so many things to say but no voice. Meet 7-year old Anna, one of the children we see twice a week at our new outreach clinic in Kasokoso slum. When she came to our clinic, Anna was not making any clear sounds and was very limited in her ability to communicate. Another Hope Speaks family had told us about Anna, and we decided to do a home visit.

Following the home visit, her family came to an information session, and it was after that that Anna’s 9-year old sister, Nyakyo, began carrying her 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) each way just to receive free speech therapy. Through working with Anna and her family, Anna is now imitating sounds, she is forming words and is becoming especially good at calling the names of family members. Her sisters, mom and auntie eagerly participate and learn the speech exercises in order to practice them with her at home.

According to Anna’s mom, Rosemary, “Since beginning therapy, Anna is more active. She always has a huge smile on her face and she gets so excited and talkative around people.” In just 3 short months, Anna’s family has found a new hope, and Anna has finally found her voice.

You can make a difference in the lives of other children like Anna. Make their hope a reality by donating today!