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Sospeter's story

Tuesday, 11 February, 2020

A young boy sits on his mother's lap, who is smiling at the camera. They are sitting on a sofa.

“We were heartbroken after learning that our baby was deaf and could not develop at the pace of other children.”

Sospeter was born deaf, with complex medical needs. The diagnosis left the parents desperate for answers, feeling alone, with no-one to support them.

Tabby, his mother says: “You are so desperate for answers, yet nobody has them, and it feels like the majority of people do not care.”

“Meeting the team at Sense International Kenya was the turning point for the family,” Tabby says. “They gave us a new hope and purpose for our baby.”

Sospeter’s parents were introduced to other families in a similar situation, and discovered that with the right support their son could enjoy a fulfilling life.

Through therapy,Sospeter has learnt to walk independently, feed himself, and communicate with his mother. Now, aged nearly four years, Sospeter continues to improve and his future looks bright.

Sospeter sitting on the floor. A man is holding a colour little ball in front of his face that Sospeter is looking at. Elly, his occupational therapist, says: “It is such a satisfaction watching a child improve and seeing their parents smile once more.”

In Kenya, children with deafblindness rarely get the support they need.  Many will lead short, lonely, lives, hidden away by parents who may not know how to support them, and fearful of the reaction of the local community.  Without support, these children will face a lifetime of isolation, struggling with mobility and communication, unable to form the most basic connections with those around them.

An image of Sospeter with his mother. The text in the image read 'Give a child like Sospeter a chance to shine'You can help give children like Sospeter a ‘Chance To Shine’ by donating to our appeal now. Donations made between 1 January and 31 March will be matched pound for pound by the UK government, doubling the impact of your support for some of the world’s most disadvantaged children and young people.

First published: Friday 7 June 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 20 September 2017