A decade of service to deaf babies and their families
2016 marks a decade of HI HOPES partnering with South African families to bring vital early intervention to deaf and hard of hearing infants.
What started out as a community service project launched by Wits’ Centre for Deaf Studies has grown throughout the country, serving families in Gauteng, Western Cape, KwaZulu Natal, Limpopo and a pilot project in the Eastern Cape.
Aimed at families with babies aged 0-3years (since these are the critical years for language and cognitive development), the programme offers language development strategies in the home environment. We prioritize support that is culturally sensitive, and view intervention as a partnership with the parents, allowing the baby to reach his/her full potential.
The impact that we have had over the last 10 years is largely due to a dedicated team of staff and interventionists, and the generosity of our donors. Every contribution, has indeed made a difference!
We look ahead with excited anticipation of how many more babies’ lives we can impact, how many families we can support and parents we can bring hope to. There are so many ways to partner with us. Please click here to donate online or contact us to find out more – and look out for several events we have planned for the year, to fly the orange HI HOPES flag high, as we celebrate our journey thus far. [ Posted 14 April 2016 ]