In 2018, Special Hope Network was chosen by the Women's Ministry at Montgomery Evangelical Free Church as recipients of their amazing sewing talents and sourcing abilities to find things our kids and Moms need to have. It has been an amazing connection, with the end result being the gift of hundreds of cloth diapers and cloth diaper covers, arriving in Lusaka in people's luggage (free delivery!), and in four huge boxes delivered on a container that came on a ship.  One...

Hello all! We are Katie and Kiki, two Resident Pediatricians from the United States, specifically from the University of Virginia. We spent a month in Lusaka, Zambia at Special Hope Network, and now that we have been back in the States, we have had some time to reflect on our time there and wanted to share! After only a short time in Zambia, we noticed immediately how welcoming and kind the people are. However, something that stood out to us very...

Hey there, and welcome to my post on the Special Hope blog.  I am a speech pathologist in my clinical fellowship year - a year of supervised practicing required after earning your master's degree in speech pathology before you can become certified to practice on your own.  I have been in Zambia since August this year, and what a feat it is to put that experience thus far into a single blog post. But I’m going to try my best....

    Hello! My name is Katie Schuelke, and I had the opportunity to serve Special Hope Network in Lusaka the past three months. I am an undergraduate Speech Pathology student at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, and have always felt called to serve children and adults with disabilities. Last year, I began to look into various organizations world-wide that served children with disabilities. While there are few to pick from, they generally all have a similar format; serving children who were...

We are very excited to announce that we are one of the winners of the Disability and Inclusion Challenge for organizations doing unique work with children around the world who have disabilities. We found out yesterday after a few months of different rounds of application, where the IDEO folks moved from almost 500 ideas, down to 82 shortlisted ones, to the final decision that we are one of six winning organizations! For the next 18 months Special Hope Network will receive...

  Through your faithful partnership with Special Hope, we labor daily to see transformation in the lives of the children, families, and communities we serve. At times, the progress our children and families make is exhilarating. On other occasions, we are reminded of the overwhelming obstacles children with intellectual disabilities face. Our ministry is marked by both joy and sorrow, and in this blog post, we invite you to share our grief over the death of one of our children, Ephraim. Ephraim...

One of the primary ways that your giving impacts the lives of the approximately 150 children and families we serve in our Community Care Centers and Resource Center is through our local staff members. In this blog post, I am pleased to introduce you to Janepher, one of our faithful teachers who has served in Special Hope’s ministry for the past 2 years. Holly Nelson first met Janepher in a local clinic where Janepher’s son, Brighton, was attending physio. Brighton had...

Today, we want to first congratulate and welcome Ben Menenberg as Special Hope Network’s new Board Chair.  Ben and his wife, Laura (Special Hope’s US Director of Operations), have been friends of Special Hope for four years and have participated in our ministry in a variety of capacities.  Ben has been Treasurer on the Board during the past two years, and in his new role as Board Chair, he will immediately begin working more closely with the leadership team on important...