He Tells Them They Will Heal

In northern Uganda, nodding syndrome is a parent’s worst nightmare. Nixon Odong discovered this when his two daughters were diagnosed with the rare and mysterious illness that occurs in children ages five to 15, and has afflicted the region for more than a decade. While treatment for nodding syndrome is simple, there is no cure, and most families can’t afford to feed their children the essential three meals per day to combat the disease.

Nixon brought his daughters to Hope for Humans, a care center that offers affordable treatment for nodding syndrome, and soon afterward started working as a caretaker of all children there. In his year there, he has worked tirelessly to save those he loves from hopeless circumstances.