Communicative Disorders Assistant
Driven by passion to work in the field of communicative disorders, Victor Musowa took advantage of an opportunity to study as an international student at Georgian, absorb as much knowledge as he could, and take it back to his native country of Malawi to help children with special needs.
In April 2013, he cofounded the Rehab Clinic and Children’s Education Centre in the city of Blantyre, Malawi. The clinic has grown into four rooms with 89 registered full-time children and a waiting list of 200 more. A team of eight full and part-time professionals, including Victor, offer support for speech, language and hearing disorders, and assistance to children with learning disabilities.
The clinic provides free services and receives no government funding. In order to launch it, Victor sought the support of a few working class parents of his patients to help rent the house and purchase supplies. Since then, the clinic has become a registered charity and this core group has developed into its board of trustees. Victor also fundraises via the network he built while living in Canada.
In 2014, students from Georgian’s Communicative Disorders Assistant program ran a campaign called Voiceless for Victor and raised $2,175 for the clinic. Victor’s dream is to see the clinic grow and receive support from the government to help more children.
An advocate for health care, Victor ran in the 2014 general election and became a member of parliament in Malawi. He also serves as vice chairperson of the Health Committee. His other priorities include safe drinking water, education for young girls and infrastructure development.
Victor was a 2015 nominee for the Premier’s Award.