Greetings from Kampala, Uganda! It is always humbling to write this update to you as we reflect on the past twelve months. Year after year, we stand in awe of what God has done! Three years ago, we moved to Uganda with a strong calling on our hearts to inspire hope and raise voices of kids with disabilities through speech therapy. Little did we know then, God was going to use this step of faith to reach hundreds of children and their families. At that time, we had planned to partner with a couple local organizations to serve around 20 to 30 children. We are so elated to share with you that this year the Lord brought 548 kids through our doors! All glory to God! And because of generous donations, like yours, we were able to provide therapy support for all these children.
This year, we felt the weight of the work we do. Families come to us after facing years of hardship, stigma, and marginalization. Children with special needs are told that they are worthless. Mothers are told that they are guilty and being punished by God. Fathers are encouraged to abandon their families on a daily basis. They bring all of their pain to our doorsteps–and then God shows up.
This year, Hope Speaks implemented a holistic approach to serving the kids that we work with, their families, and communities. The Hope Speaks team has now grown to 25 staff members, including speech pathologists, social workers, nutritionists, special education teachers, accountants, and many others. We are so grateful for the passionate people God has surrounded us with!
We cannot overstate the impact you make when you invest in the life of a child. Words cannot express how deeply we appreciate your commitment to standing with us. Your contributions and support have encouraged us to keep pursuing this mission even on the hardest of days. It’s our prayer that someday you will all be able to visit and meet the families and communities you have impacted!
The stories you are about to read are a testament of your continued generosity, our staff’s passion and commitment, and the resilience of the children and the families that we work with.
On behalf of the Hope Speaks Family, thank you for your continued interest and support.
Ben & Kari David
Founders and Directors