Recently, gospel singer Hopekid celebrated his birthday with special needs kids at the Nile Road Special School.
The Holiday and Delilah hitmaker alongside his fellow artists and sponsors prepared breakfast and lunch for the kids and spent some quality time together.
Hopekid in partnership with Autism Lights, a vocal advocate for families affected by autism, brings awareness all year round about Autism Spectrum Disorders.
The artist says he was inspired to work with autistic kids because of how the kids were mistreated.
As an ambassador of autistic kids in Kenya, he works to create awareness.
“I represent the kids affected with autism the best way I can, and educate as many people as possible about kids living with autism in Kenya and East Africa.”
He added, “Love autistic kids and the uniqueness that comes with their condition. Learn something about them so that the next time you meet a kid with autism, you get to see them for who they are.”
Autism is an umbrella term for a group of complex disorders of brain development.
Autism varies in degree, by difficulties in social interaction, as well as verbal, and nonverbal communications.
Autism can manifest in repetitive behaviors and is associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination, attention, and physical health.
People with autism also experience sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances due to mutations that affect the level of melatonin, a natural hormone that controls sleep, and inappropriate immune activation, causing inflammation of the tract.
However, some people with Autism excel in music, arts, visual skills, and maths.
“I have interacted with the most gifted humans on earth, but these Kids are very gifted in so many levels.”
Global statistics show that 1 in 88 children will be diagnosed with Autism.
Hopekid Finishing on his upcoming album
The talented artist said he’s currently in the studio finishing up on his album scheduled to drop next month.