Happy holidays from Hope Speaks! We are so grateful for your partnership and support of our daily work, which brings us to countless clinics and homes in Uganda each year. We are privileged to visit communities in need and encouraged to know people like you, around the world, are lifting us in prayer. This year has been one of pruning, sowing deep roots, and honing in on the vision and mission of Hope Speaks.
Geoffrey is one of our newer clients at Hope Speaks, but we are so proud of the progress he’s made already, and couldn’t wait to share his story with you. He is a 27 year old, former speed skating champion in Uganda. In October 2015 though, he was out for a bike ride along the rode & was hit by a van traveling at a high speed. The crash threw him into a coma for 2 weeks, & during that time, he also suffered from a stroke. When he woke up, his ability to understand what was said to him was not affected, as well as his ability to read & write full sentences.
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.