Author: Martha Ramsland

Why I Want to Work With Kids With Intellectual Disabilities Mr. Berven works with students in the GLAD program at our Resource Center. He teaches them academics, adaptive, and social skills. I want to work with kids with intellectual disabilities because I believe they are human beings who are equally made in the image of God. Due to this fact, they deserve all the rights that pertain to the sustainability of the good life of a human being. Hence, they need health...

Hilda works with children at the Resource Center. She teaches them academic, communication, and adaptive skills one-on-one and in small groups. My name is Hilda Penge, I heard about Special Hope Network (SHN) through a friend who has a child with a disability, she attends Garden Community Care Center. She told me about how the organization helps and supports children with disabilities. This encouraged me to apply for a job to be part of the team supporting children with disabilities. Working...

Children with intellectual disabilities are like any other children in this world. They are children who can learn, work and do any other activities like all children. As a teacher, I like and enjoy teaching these children because they love being with people and enjoy doing different activities as well. Seeing such stigmatised children making progress in their lives makes me happy. My goal as a teacher is to help such children acquire skills and opportunities like any other child....

Hellen works as an educational specialist with children at our Community Care Center in Garden Compound. She primarily teaches and encourages growth and development in pre-academic skills. My job is personally my career path. Working with children with intellectual disabilities comes with unique challenges and opportunities. The children and parents I work with make every day fulfilling. I enjoy working with Special Hope Network because doing what I like is freedom and liking what I do is happiness. My happiness comes...

Please follow this link to see photos of the night: https://specialhopenetwork.pixieset.com/ On February 8, 2019, Special Hope Network along with the Tim Tebow Foundation and International Baptist Church in Lusaka helped put on the very first 'Night to Shine' prom in Zambia. The event was an overwhelming success. Over 70 adolescent and adult guests with intellectual disabilities attended the event as well as almost 200 volunteers and over 90 parents of the guests. The event required a great deal of preparation,...

My name is Enny Zulu, and I work as a educational specialist for Special Hope Network (SHN).  I would say am a kind of social & fun person to be around, I love to learn a lot of new things to better myself, love to watch movies, cartoons & spending time with family & people that build me up to being good at my inner being. Enny works one-on-one with students in the STAR program at Special Hope Network's Resource Center....

“I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor, for we are coworkers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building. “ 1 Corinthians 3:6-9 Hi, Special Hope Family, my name is...

  This summer I was able to visit my youngest daughter, Martha Fuechsel, and participate in her work as a special needs educator with Special Hope Network. While volunteering at the center and enjoying touristy activities on the evenings and weekends, I gained a more realistic impression of SHN’s mission and life in Lusaka.   As Martha showed me around, I was startled by the crass contrasts between rich and poor. The sprawling city has miles and miles of crowded communities called compounds....

        So far living in Zambia has been a series of ups and downs. Zambia is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been, but witnessing that beauty is marred by the bars on the doors and windows. You can travel across town for less than $1, if you don't mind squeezing four to a bench seat. The food here is delicious, but you must always be cautious to avoid getting sick. Just like in any city, Lusaka is...

Hello everyone! To introduce myself, I am Jessica Cramer, and I’m one of the newer additions to the Special Hope Network (SHN) staff. I arrived at the beginning of August and have been here in Lusaka for almost two months, and I love every second of being here! Although life here is much different than I had imagined, I’m finding each day that there are slices of daily life that when meeting people, experiencing the pace of the city, and exchanging friendly...