|Gifty - before|
|Gifty in D Ward with Joyce - her incredibly strong albino Mama|
|Wanting a photo of her "Ship Mum"|
|Much improved writing|
In the HOPE Centre, they have activities like singing, board games and craft. There is a big group of people, united as they undergo a similar experience in physical transformation. Often this includes therapy - physical therapy to get seized joints working again or learning to do something for the first time. For Gifty, once her physical wounds were beginning to heal, it was time to get working on speech therapy. We don't have a speech therapist on the ship - mainly because our cleft lip and palette patients tend to be either adults who need no motivation to work on speaking correctly or babies - who if corrected early enough, won't have any speech issues. Of course, there are always a few kids that fall into the gap like Gifty. Which means they can already talk fine, thanks and they don't want to work on doing something that is hard when they could be playing with friends elsewhere. Then throw into the mix, Dieticians, who take on the task of speech therapy with a good guide; and some willing volunteers and you get the idea of how it works.