Linda Hopper (75) from Ayr, is determined to transform the lives of children with physical and mental disabilities at the Kitega Community Centre near Kampala by integrating them into the community. This inspirational grandmother of seven has proved age is just a number, gearing up for her 16th aid mission to inspire change in Africa.
The change of this effort was kick started early in February, 2017 when the children were branded as “Children of the Devil” and were often hidden away by fear. They needed a teacher, a teacher for the retards special to spark a hope, a hope of change in the city for the disabled children and get them out of the tag.
Her aim is to make a positive change in Uganda alongside a small team and is ready for her 15th trip. And with the countdown on her latest adventure beginning, said: “My doctor said everyone should complete an aid trip, it is such a fulfilling experience and I’ve come back feeling younger every single time.
Linda is reaching out for support to help her pupils through learning and play. She has been supporting from teaching children how to sign to building their social skills. According to Linda, she organize programmes for each child because she thinks that each and every child has a range of abilities and she develops them through her programmes.
Children who have physical and mental disabilities in Uganda have often been thought of as cursed, it is commonly believed that if a child is unable to work then they have no use and are kept out of sight by their families.