Every Child Matters

The World Health Organization estimates that 2 of every 10 children in the developing world are disabled either physically, intellectually or both. Most of the children who have special needs world-wide are not registered at birth, and have no official or legal status– they may not be counted, but they still count.  Special Hope Network is a faith-based organization working in Zambia, Africa that was created to encourage, support, and train existing programs. We also provide economic solutions to address the needs of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Zambian community. We are looking for partners in this mission: Are you ready to help?

Our Impact


Every child needs a place where they are loved, nurtured and cared for. SHN supports parents and caretakers of kids with intellectual disabilities. We teach them to care for and challenge these exceptional children. We train them in every area of development so they can encourage their child’s growth every minute they are living life together.


Every child should be healthy– body, soul and mind. SHN provides medical care for children with intellectual disabilities, often for the first time in their lives. Our health team sources difficult to find medicines, and connects families with the doctor or specific health care their child needs.  We follow up to make sure that medicines are given correctly so that children feel well enough to learn in our academic programs.


Every child should be challenged to learn. SHN supports schools, churches and orphanages caring for kids with intellectual disabilities. We offer supplies, education and on-site guidance to organizations offering the care and education of kids with special needs. We also run 4 daily Centers that educate children with intellectual disabilities.

Connect with a family directly. Commit to giving regularly.

At Special Hope Network, we’ve created a unique Family Sponsorship program, where each family receives direct benefits through specific programs designed to meet their needs. These programs are run out of our Community Care Centers located in three high-density, high-poverty compounds around the city of Lusaka, Zambia. Those families and children who are sponsored by Special Hope Network directly benefit from your help… their families are supported and taught, and their lives and communities are impacted for good.