June 5: Farewell dinner

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 Nelsons - founders of SHN and Milika the manager of the community care centers

The Nelsons – founders of SHN and Milika the manager of the community care centers

The Pediatric Center of Excellence which serves children affected by HIV and also has the only early intervention clinic in the area

Dr. Matthews, Alice and Pezo from PCOE

Dr. Matthews, Alice and Pezo from PCOE

Mthunzi Centre – an orphanage which helps children through education and other assistance

Mr. Malama, Project Manager at Mthunzi Centre

Mr. Malama, Project Manager at Mthunzi Centre

Cheshire Homes which serves children with physical disabilities

Ian - physiotherapist and much more at Cheshire Homes

Ian – physiotherapist and much more at Cheshire Homes

And of course Beit Cure Hospital which has the only audiologist in Zambia – Purdue alumnus Alfred Mwamba!

Alfred and Dr. Uta - ENT surgeon

Alfred and Dr. Uta – ENT surgeon

Audio techs and students in training: Olipa, Evelyn, Yaka, Patson and Precious

Audio techs and students in training: Olipa, Evelyn, Yaka, Patson and Precious

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…..

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. sibks
    Jun 05, 2015 @ 22:28:02

    What a treat to see photos of all the partners. I am picturing all the ‘ripple effect’ of each and every person!

    Reply

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