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  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...

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...

  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...