Special Hope Network | COVID-19 Response

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Our Response


Donate now to our #GivingTuesdayNow COVID19 relief fund!

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Email Updates from SHN


March 18 Email – read here

March 28 Email – read here

April 6 Email – read here

April 14 Email – read here

April 24 Email – read here

May 5 Email – read here

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COVID-19 in our Zambian Community


The effect of coronavirus in poverty-stricken compounds (where our Community Care Centers operate) can be devastating, spread fast, and make social-distancing and quarantines impossible. This reality combined with the fact that many individuals in Africa live with diseases that weaken their immune systems, including children with disabilities, leaves our community especially vulnerable to COVID-19. Additionally, our hospitals and local clinics are ill-equipped to handle the needs that come with mass outbreak, and already struggle to support the daily needs of our community, and specifically, the children with disabilities in our centers.


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Program Modifications


  • Our team is closely monitoring the situation in Zambia, as we want to be wise, compassionate, vigilant, and hopeful during this season
  • We are reminding our team at the Resource Center (RC) and Community Care Centers (CCCs) to thoroughly wash their hands throughout the day, and refrain from touching their faces (prior to the March 20th school closure)
  • Our CCCs and RC will close and the freezer space will be used to stockpile food for our community
  • All CCC parents will receive updates on COVID-19; how to recognize symptoms, what to do, efforts to make toward social distancing, and a reminder on sharing germs
  • RC parents will receive video tutorials on how to pursue their children’s goals at home so household staff can continue practicing the same skills during this unforeseen break in school
  • We are providing CCC parents with ideas and materials to engage and play with their child
  • Our speech therapy team is providing virtual therapy to the students they serve
  • Our team is developing ways to deliver additional supplies in the communities when the time comes, as needed
  • We are working with the local clinics and hospitals to stockpile additional medications for the children in our CCCs
  • All 299 children in our CCCs will receive calls every two days to monitor their health
  • We are working to ensure that we are able to provide our team with funds for food and living expenses even as our revenue services in Zambia
    are frozen.

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Please continue to pray for our community as we experience the COVID-19 outbreak. We will keep you informed as we learn more, and will continue to pray for you to be sources of hope in your community as well![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_column_text]

Donate to defend families


  • $15 – Talk time for one teacher to reach out to a family at our Community Care Centers for one week while our centers are closed
  • $25 – Additional meals for the families at one of our Community Care Centers
  • $50 – Food to stock one of our Community Care Center freezers for families in the compound
  • $100 – Soap for the families at our Community Care Centers and Resource Center

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Benevity is also collecting relief funds for our community through Special Hope Network!

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