Newsletter Article

Graduate Student's Non-profit Expands Services in Zimbabwe

Susanne (far right) and PERSON (kneeling in center) are pictured here delivering books to a Zimbabwean school. The women in pink are the preschool teachers whose training and salaries House Of Stone had funded the three years prior to the visit. Child clinical graduate student Susanne Martin Herz, MD, MS, and her husband run a non-profit organization called House of Stone. Since 2000, House of Stone has supported community-initiated programs for orphans and vulnerable children in Zimbabwe through the fair-trade sale of Zimbabwean art.  Most of the programs provide education, psychosocial support and food for preschool-aged children.

This year, House of Stone received for the first time applications from groups supporting children with special health care needs.  They are now funding two programs for hearing-impaired children.

Susanne is “really excited to watch these programs develop in a country where the average age of diagnosis of hearing impairment is still over three years!”