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Hope Speaks International Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Down Syndrome, Health, Health Care, Mental Health, Mental Health Disorders, Rehabilitative Care

Mission: Inspiring Hope And Raising Voices Of People With Disabilities Through Therapy, Advocacy, And Social Services.

Results: Since our inception in 2015, we've worked with over 500 children and adults with disabilities to provide speech and language services, education, parent, teacher and community training and coaching. We also partner with other like minded organizations to raise awareness and advocate for people with disabilities.

Target demographics: Children with disabilities

Direct beneficiaries per year: 500 children

Geographic areas served: Uganda

Programs: Speech, language, swallowing services, Advocacy, Education, Social services, Parent, teacher, caregiver and community coaching and training

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope Speaks is genuinely bringing hope to the hopeless. The hearts of the staff are fully geared towards the heart of the organization: to help those with disabilities become accepted among friends and family and treat the rich and poor equally. I am sincerely grateful for my time spent in Uganda and the chance to help bring change through Hope Speaks.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope Speaks is doing so many amazing things for the people of Uganda! The work they have done and will continue to do is so impactful and done out of service for the Lord. I’m so humbled to have worked with the staff, clients, and families over the past few weeks.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope Speaks is an amazing organization run by such kind and selfless people. The therapy they provide and what they stand for is making a positive difference in the community. They are showing many families love and acceptance towards their children while helping them progress in their communication.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope speaks is an amazing non-profit organization focused on selflessly helping children with disabilities in Uganda. I loved my time spent with their team and encourage anybody interested to reach out!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope Speaks is an incredible nonprofit with truly a heart to love and serve in Uganda. The love of Christ is evident in all their interactions with kiddos in therapy and with the parents and the larger community as well. Hope Speaks focuses on each individual and serves them with an incredible passion. This nonprofit is amazing and I can’t wait to go back and serve more with Hope Speaks!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope Speaks is a great organization doing amazing things in Uganda! Loved working with them and learning from their staff.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

During my time at Hope Speaks, I had the opportunity to not only see speech therapy services provided, but also so much more. The love and hope of Jesus was extended to each and every person we interacted with, whether His name was spoken or not. I was able to clearly see the necessity of this field in all areas of the world, while also being able to see how we can use this career to bring glory to God and show His light and love to others.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope Speaks has put such thought and effort into creating a sustainable program of speech, language and feeding services for Kampala, and it is bearing amazing fruit. Thank you for providing this opportunity to volunteer our skills and grow professionally and spiritually. We were blessed to be able to serve and learn alongside other SLPs and SLP students, both Ugandan and American!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to work with such a great organization!! I was able to volunteer with this organization for a week and it truly was a life changing experience. Ben and Kari are such great leaders that help guide and teach the volunteers to serve with compassion and the true love of Christ. I am a teacher and recent MSW grad that learned so much during my time there. I was able to work with other teachers and social workers to learn how to properly serve the citizens of Uganda. They truly have the citizens best interest at heart. I would be more than glad to come back and volunteer with such a great organization.

Jessica G.10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Spending 3 weeks with Hope Speaks in Uganda has been one of the greatest highlights of my life. I was awed over and over at the way God is allowing this organization to be used in mighty ways. Kari and Ben are two of the most humble and wise servants I have ever met. I learned so much from them and was honored to be able to use my passion and my education to provide speech therapy to so many children. Hope Speaks does more though than simply provide speech therapy, they provide hope to the families of children with disabilities. They provide tangible instructions and understanding to teachers and parents. They provide a smile and encouraging word. They provide a love that is so deep for the people of this country. And, they provide HOPE!

Lauren Taylor K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I cannot speak higher about this organization, its staff, and my overall experience in Uganda with them!!!
I volunteered with Hope Speaks International (HS) for nine months (Sept 2018 - Jun 2019), which allowed me the opportunity to learn and grow alongside their staff and students. We traveled around Kampala and Uganda to various areas of ministry work. Throughout these travels, the HS Volunteer Coordinator taught me so much about the culture, people, history, and perspectives of our communities - especially when it comes to families and children with disabilities. Additionally, thanks to HS's abundant ministry partners, I gained first-hand experience in serving, training, educating, and supporting these families in response to their various needs. Truly being an integral part of accomplishing their organizational mission: "inspiring hope and raising voices of people with disabilities through therapy, advocacy, and social services." And what a joy to participate in this mission alongside fellow professionals (SLPs), undergraduate/graduate students, and non-professional volunteers (including my family!).
As a Speech-Language Pathologist looking for areas of extreme need to serve, HS is an exemplary organization. I firmly believe in their model to reach the vast needs of Uganda with the highest level of integrity and clinical excellence.
Personally, I always felt safe, cared for, and supported as a volunteer. I will continue to strongly encourage this organization and share their mission with others. It has surely changed my heart & hopes for SLPs across the world today and for the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough wonderful things about the ministry of Hope Speaks. I just returned from a one-month placement in Uganda, and it far exceeded my expectations. Ben and Kari along with all of the staff and volunteers, provided me with opportunities and space to grow professionally and personally. I am forever changed by my time serving with them. I grew in my relationship with Christ and in my clinical knowledge and skills. The moth I spent serving alongside Hope Speaks, was a springboard for continued advocacy and service in my community. I am so thankful!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Last month (Summer 2019) I returned home to the USA with a full heart and unforgettable memories from my time in Uganda volunteering with Hope Speaks. Being able to learn and help provide speech therapy services to children with disabilities in a third world country was a truly incredible experience. My eyes were opened to a beautiful culture and to the immense need for therapy services in Africa. Before I left, I was unsure of what speech therapy would look like in a location of the world with so much poverty and medical need. Three years ago when I declared a major in speech-language pathology, I had a narrow perspective of what my career may look like, picturing simply helping children say certain sounds. During my time in college I learned that speech-language pathologists have a very broad scope of practice–including helping with feeding and swallowing, neurodegenerative disease, stroke rehabilitation, and much more! Little did I know that my studies could have an impact in places like Kampala, Uganda. By loving and caring for children with special needs, the Hope Speaks organization helps give so many kids and their mothers a voice. During my trip, my team volunteered mainly with children with cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, and hydrocephalus. We worked to help these children make eye contact, follow directions, swallow their food without choking, use verbal and sign language to express wants and needs, and become exposed to literacy. The ultimate goal during each therapy session is to create a bubble of peace and love in the middle of the crazy lives of some of the most marginalized people. One of the most powerful aspects of Hope Speaks is their advocacy and education regarding people with disabilities. Answering mother’s questions about what speech therapists do and about specific disabilities provides them with empowering and useful knowledge. Although I came into my trip wondering how speech-language pathology could have a global impact, I left with the resolve that in places like Kampala, speech therapy is saving lives. Though the need is overwhelming, the focus of the people who work for Hope Speaks resides on giving respect, love, kindness, and hope to one life at a time.

1 Kacie Johnson G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization! I was really excited to see what God was doing through the community, and encouraged to see the vision of Hope Speaks. Their desire is to expand by empowering and training others to provide services to those in need. I also love the way they view all people as important parts to their team, and treat them as equals (house staff, hosts, security guards, etc.). Without these people, Hope Speaks would not be able to function, and the leaders of this organization recognize this. God is moving through Hope Speaks, and families are being changed by the love of Christ because the Lord cares about their needs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope Speaks is an amazing, Christ-centered organization! I served with them in Summer 2018, and plan to go back again as soon as I am able. They know how to enter into a community respectfully and provide services and resources to empower parents to be partners in their child's progress. They are impacting not only children with disabilities, but their families and neighborhoods as well. I also enjoyed the fact that they showcase the natural beauty and human fortitude found in Uganda- there is so much to be learned and appreciated as you serve with Hope Speaks.

Shay J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is one that changed my life. I got the opportunity to travel to Uganda with Hope Speaks in the summer of 2018, and it far exceeded anything that I was expecting. The amount of lives that have been and are being changed by Hope Speaks is profound. From providing speech therapy, to practicing ministry, to educating the public about disabilities, this organization does it all. We worked in outreach clinics in the slums, along with at a beautiful private clinic that they just opened up as well. We also traveled to the Kampala School for the Physically Handicapped and did therapy with their students too. So much is being done in Uganda right now, and Hope Speaks is at the heart of it all.