One of the exciting developments at New Hope this year is the opening of a special needs class. As well as a daily class for eight children, the coordinator of the program and her team also go out into the surrounding community to educate and encourage families caring for special needs children. One can only imagine the challenges caring for these children in rural villages without running water etc. Often these children are hidden away and have few if any opportunities for education.
Kakande(pictured below) is a 35 year old man who was often robbed and abused living in a village. He now lives at New Hope and has been taught basic self-help skills and assists the special needs class by fetching water, sweeping etc. His broad smile is a familiar sight around New Hope and it is wonderful to see him having a home in a place where he is accepted and loved.
Catriona has been helping out in the special needs class and one of her favourites is Brian a little boy with spina bifida. "I think he's just like Uncle Sandy. He's friendly, really smart and can push himself really fast in his wheelchair." As many as you know my brother has spina bifida so it's exciting to see another little guy who is being helped to reach his potential. They are hoping to mainstream him into of the primary school classes next term. There are many more children in the community that could be reached if additional sponsors could be found. Praise God that these children and their families are being shown the love of Christ in such a tangible way.