Through the special needs education curriculum the children’s knowledge in English in Math has greatly improved with some close to being placed in local primary school. They can now read and write, speak simple English words, can spell and write their names. They understand and can recite the four rules of numbers i.e. (Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division).

13 children have been recommended to go back to the mainstream primary schools while 8 have been recommended for vocational skills training in 2015.

Physical Health

  • Reduction in seizures. 50% of our children go 6 months without a seizure, 30 % up to 3 months, 10% spend weeks/some months without a seizure attack, and the last 10% have not experienced a seizure in one year
  • Reduction in referral cases to an average of 1 per year
  • No deaths registered in the last 1 ½ years of children under our care
  • Reduction in infections and other diseases
  • Reduction in cases of burns with only one case being reported in 2014. This reduction was due to increased awareness and the education of the parents on their roles and responsibilities.


  • The nutrition program has improved the health of the children by increasing their body weight.

Social Health

  • The children are much friendlier and interact with others much better. There has been an increase in the social inclusion of children and their parents in community driven initiatives.
  • There is a change in attitude towards children with Nodding Syndrome. They are being accepted into their families and the communities. Discrimination against children with NS has decreased noticeably.

Family Health

  • Increase in family self-sufficiency through agricultural support, vocational skills training, and poultry and piggery projects.
  • Income generating projects for families has led to an increase in financial security for the future.

Medical Care Access

  • In Odek, over 200 children with Nodding Syndrome have access to medical care and health services as a result of our programs.


  • 99% of the affected communities now have access to clean water from the borehole drilled at the Hope for Humans care center.

Mental Health

  • Self-awareness and independency of the children improved. Upon recovery they can now bathe, wash, help work in the garden, and help with chores around their home.