EEO Educating Special Needs Kids
In 1998 a young American teacher on holiday on Harbour Island decided to move here and devote her life to special needs kids. Today Lang Hudepohl works with the Bahamian Ministry of Education to pioneer the testing and teaching of kids with physical and mental handicaps. The organization they developed, Exceptional Education Outreach, trains teachers and volunteers to provide the special attention these kids need to be able to learn, on Harbour Island, on Eleuthera, and beyond.
EEO currently has three after-school programs running, including one on Harbour Island, that welcomes volunteer help. Signs around town tell what to do. EEO is now in 7 schools, reaching over 175 children daily in a specialized literacy program. Lang says, “It’s hard work but worth it. My teachers’ dedication makes all the difference.”
The EEO website lists a dozen ways you can help — everything from reading to children to purchasing a scholarship or educational supplies. See www.EEOBahamas.org for Info.
Lang is now married and living in Eleuthera with her husband and children, but is frequently on Harbor Island.