The children at Home of Hope, Uganda are a resilient bunch: suffering a range of conditions from Spinal Bifida, to Cerebral Palsy, HIV, Sickle Cell Anemia, as well as having developmental disabilities including Autism and Downs Syndrome is no match for their sweetness, strength, faith, can-do attitudes, and spirit!
Now imagine: you're months into lockdown with 75 siblings -- could you do it?? Well, Home of Hope can.
Like most of us, the kiddos have been on lockdown for much of the year due to COVID-19. They've been battling their daily battles while also focusing on physical therapy, education, play, creativity, and life skills with their dedicated family of staff members and volunteers.
In other words? These kiddos are a shining example of putting the 'abled' back in 'disabled'.
But, here's the thing: these children are growing fast -- and while we've been able to keep up with offering them nutritional, fresh foods and life saving medications, we are dangerously low on the funds needed to secure new mobility equipment and physical therapy tools required to keep up with their astounding growth.
See, wheelchairs suffer major wear and tear when healthy kiddos use them. Leg braces become too small as these kiddos grow bigger. And physical therapy tools don't last forever when they're shared among a family of 75.
Here's what we've been struggling to replace this year, and have had to put on hold due to the ramped up hygiene and medical expenses associated with COVID-19:
10 pairs of axillary crutches
10 pairs of elbow crutches
4 Thomas traction braces
5 standing frames
18 adjustable toilet seats
More than 50 therapy matts, wedges, balance boards, and other tools
A TENS machine
...as well as a range of more than 2 dozen bilateral KAFOS, AFOS, knee splints, knee pads, finger extensions, and more.
Will you help us reach our goal of giving these deserving children their 'new wheels'?
If we can raise $10,000 USD by the end of the year, these kiddos will be equipped to meet 2021 head-on!
Without your support, we must continue to make repairs until the equipment simply falls apart. HOH children deserve so much more than second-hand, taped-up, unstable equipment.
Ugandan children deserve the most safe and effective mobility equipment and therapy tools available to them -- we believe it is a human right. Don't you agree?
UPDATE: If we reach $15,000 USD by November 20th, a generous anonymous donor will MATCH every dollar donated!
Let's do this!
Home of Hope, located in Jinja, Uganda is home to 75 children with significant disabilities.
Many of the children have been abandoned by families or have been neglected & abused and found by local authorities.
The founder, Edith Lukabwe is a mother herself who had a son named Derick with cerebral palsy. Though Derick died several years ago, the legacy of caring for these beautiful children continues. Home of Hope relies solely on donations from around the world, as there is no government funding in Uganda for children with disabilities.
Home of Hope also actively reaches out to the local communities, educating families on how to care for their children as well as providing medication, therapy, and food.
The staff at Home of Hope believe that children are best cared for by their own loving family and do all they can to equip family members. For the 70 children who reside at Home of Hope -- we are family.