Last week Catriona and I traveled into Kampala with Auntie Kate who heads up the special needs program. We took the little girl in the picture with us. Her story is another example of how vital the work that goes on here is.
Her mother first brought her to New Hope two years ago wondering if there was anything that could be done for her. Her age was estimated to be about 10 but she looked about 4. She had been kept hidden away in a hut because of the stigma her mother faced from her community. She survived on one drink of milk a day. She is unable to walk or talk, has repetitive behaviors and poor eye contact. How much of her condition is due to her living conditions is difficult to say but with care and adequate nutrition she is slowly gaining weight. This week she was diagnosed with TB and the hope is that with treatment she will make further gains. There are so many like her in the communities around us and our Special Needs team is seeking to provide encouragement and support through their community outreach program. It is a drop in the bucket when you consider the number of children and adults who are living with disabilities and the staff often has to turn families away because we don't have the resources required to meet the needs. Please pray with us that funds will be raised to enable this work to expand.