Every year we have the tradition of hosting a farewell dinner for all our community partners and this year was no different. What was different is that Gemma is leaving for the UK tomorrow, so the entire Beit Cure ENT/Auiology team including Gemma joined us! Dinner at Rhapsody’s turned out to be a HUGE event with 29 people – our network in Zambia is growing which is very exciting!
Our partners include….
Special Hope Network which serves children with intellectual disabilities….
The Pediatric Center of Excellence which serves children affected by HIV and also has the only early intervention clinic in the area
Mthunzi Centre – an orphanage which helps children through education and other assistance
Cheshire Homes which serves children with physical disabilities
And of course Beit Cure Hospital which has the only audiologist in Zambia – Purdue alumnus Alfred Mwamba!
As always, even though it is my fourth visit to Zambia and to most of these community partner organizations, it is an emotional time for me as we recognize how each of these people is working to change the lives of children with disabilities in Zambia. They are an amazing and inspiring group of people and it is humbling for us to be able to bring them all together for an evening where we recognize each of them and thank them from the bottom of our hearts for allowing us the honor and privilege of spending a little time working with them. We have gained and learned so much from these experiences and we hope our students take these lessons learned in Zambia and use them as they start their careers over the next few years…..