I met Kenny* over two months ago,” said Daniel, a speech and language therapist at Hope Speaks. “He came in the therapy room with his grandmother and the she tried to explain the child's condition to me. She sounded so depressed at the time, but after our discussion, she was determined to do all the recommended exercises.” Kenny is an almost three-year-old boy who lives in the Nsambya slum of Kampala. He has cerebral palsy and seizures, which are now controlled by medication. After three weeks of therapy, Kenny was already making progress and formulating words.
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.
My name is Aubrey and I’m a clinical fellow SLP for Hope Speaks. I’m excited to have the chance to share a little about my journey and all the wonderful things that are happening because of Hope Speaks’ ministry!
When we landed in the pearl of Africa, we hit the ground running. Our days blur together as we shuffle from one place to the next offering our skills and time to provide therapy and support to as many kids as possible. We are overwhelmed by the need, but overjoyed by the opportunity to change lives here in Uganda. It’s easy to do our part, because every day we see kids in various circumstances doing their part to thrive. We began to contemplate designing a new logo to accurately capture the essence of our speech therapy ministry.