Clean Water Can Change Communities.

March 1, 2013

On Thursday, I went with a couple of Bringing Hope staff members to visit a few remote communities that have requested assistance with shallow wells.  Two of these communities were truly in need of wells and we look forward toward working alongside community members to construct shallow pump wells for them.  Both of these communities live well outside of the nearest towns that have wells. In these remote areas locals with cattle graze their cows as close to available water sources as possible. The dilema is that these are the same sources of drinking water for the people as well.  The result is that these sources become very unsanitary and dangerous to the health and wellness of the community. We are excited to have this opportunity to assist them with gift of clean water.  If you are interested in being a part of this process please click here, and thank you for helping us provide for one of the most basic needs of these communities.

Thanks,

Chris

International Coordinator

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Meet Juliet…

February 25, 2013

While our last volunteer team was here we were introduced to a little girl named Juliet.  Juliet is a six year old girl who is in desperate need of help, because tragically, while she was still a baby, she fell and broke her back.  Her parents could not afford to take her to the doctor and her back healed improperly, leaving her deformed.  Due to the way her back has healed, she even struggles to take each breath.

Unfortunately, this families story does not end here. The mother died a few years ago and the father passed away last moth.  The children have been taking care of themselves since their father’s death, with the oldest sibling being 23.  He has been doing his best to care for his brothers and sisters.  Last week we, along with some of Bringing Hope to the Family’s staff members, went to visit this family.  It was agreed that the three youngest siblings, which includes Juliet, will come live at Home Again.  This will allow Juliet to get the care she needs and will allow her two younger siblings to be looked after as well.  The older four siblings will remain at their home and Bringing Hope will assist them with their education needs while making sure they are provided for.

I will be taking Juliet to one of the major hospitals this coming week for x-rays and evaluation. The doctors will make a game plan from there.  More information on Juliet will be coming within the next fews days as her need appears to be quite urgent. We wanted to introduce Juliet to you and would love if you would join us in praying for her. Her needs will be posted soon, but until then, please join with us in lifting up Juliet and her family! Thank you.

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Thanks Team!

February 18, 2013

The last three members of our medical volunteer team headed home yesterday. We had a wonderful time with the team and are extremely grateful for all they did. Besides the four outreaches and 800 people assisted, one of the main things I am excited about is Bringing Hope’s new prison ministry that came out of this team’s efforts. Our team visited the prison 3 times assisting inmates with various wounds and infections. Bringing Hope staff are now planning to begin a weekly Bible study/church service at the prison, as well as a monthly medical checkup. During the team’s first visit several people gave their hearts to the Lord and desire to make a clean start after their time in prison. We thank God for this opportunity to serve those in need.

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Visiting A Prison…

February 8, 2013

On Friday our team visited the community of Butiiti. They started off the morning by visiting the sub county prison. While at the prison, they were able to assist several people who truly needed medical attention. This was a great opportunity to show Christ’s love to these inmates and the fact that this team took the time to visit the prison and help these people had to speak volumes.

After seeing 60 inmates at the prison our team headed to the sub county headquarters which is located nearby. There the team was able to assist 114 people. This outreach wrapped up the team’s week of mobile clinics.  We are proud of all the tireless hours they put in this week and are thrilled with how many people received treatment this week.

The team is heading off to enjoy a day filled with safari adventures tomorrow before most of them head home on Sunday.

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Volunteering Looks Like This

February 7, 2013

On Wednesday our team traveled about an hour and a half to a very remote area.  We set up our clinic in the village of Nyedanda at a primary school/church combo.  As the need for schools continues to be an issue in remote areas, the local church in Nyedanda doubles as classrooms throughout the school week.  Today our team was able to assist 175 people.  It is exciting to see so many people getting help throughout this week.  Our team has one final outreach on Friday and we can’t wait to see how this team uses their talents and love to serve the community.

Interested in volunteering with Know Think Act? Email volunteer@knowthinkact.com today!

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Medical Team Outreach Update

February 6, 2013

Our medical team held their second mobile clinic in Kaihura today.  Being that Kaihura is on the main road makes it a central location for people to come to and for that reason Bringing Hope decided to hold outreaches there for 2 days.  Thursday and Friday we will be taking this show on the road and holding outreaches in different villages.

Yesterday our team was able to see 207 patients and today should be around the same. By 9 AM today there were already well over 100 people in line.  I think for many of the team members yesterday was an overwhelming experience.  These medical outreaches are a challenge to say the least.  Not only do they have 200+ people in line, but they are working with a bare bones setup and then on top of it all they are doing everything through translators.  It is a blessing to see this in action.  It is also wonderful to see several of the team members taking the time to pray with their patients after treating them.  The blending of both types of ministry is exactly as it should be.

Check back tomorrow for another update

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On the Ground!

February 5, 2013

Our latest medical team arrived from California early Friday morning. Their trip started off with a few challenges. They had to deal with flight cancelations, rerouting and missing luggage, but thankfully they all made it here safely. The team is having a great time as work is underway.

Early Monday morning (2:30 AM) several of the team members came over to watch the Super Bowl. Being from California, most of the team are Niners fans. (Those poor misguided souls, feel free to pray for them!) Right after the Super Dome’s electricity came back on ours went out. So, our party ended abruptly in the 3rd quarter, but it was fun while it lasted.

On Monday (just a few hours after the game) the team went out to a nearby village to visit families and hang mosquito nets in their homes. The team also brought along medicine in order to treat sick family members along the way. It was a great time meeting and helping families.

Currently our team, working alongside Bringing Hope’s medical staff, is hosting a medical outreach at Bringing Hope’s new clinic. The new clinic is not officially open as of yet, but it makes for a great place to hold an outreach.

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A to B – Why Transportation Matters

February 1, 2013

Know Think Act is based in Nashville, a modern city, a growing city. One of the things that Nashville is still fighting to figure out is it’s public transportation. It continues to need new ideas and expanding programs. I talked to a friend the other day who tried to look up a bus route from point A to B, and it would take 1 hour and 26 minutes. He then looked up what it take to merely walk the distance, and it came up with 1 hour and 30 minutes. While we struggle here in the USA with figuring out transportation, our friends and partners face a lot of the same issues in Kenya and Uganda.

In Kenya in particular, transportation is sparse. For our partner Action Ministry, being based out of Mombasa means a 45 min to 1.5 hour drive to reach Blessed Camp, if they have a vehicle, and that depends on how the ferry is running. Other than that, the option is taxis’, overcrowded buses and motorcycle taxis. These means of transportation work if you are trying to get a person from point Mombasa to Blessed Camp, but poses a bigger problem for volunteers, groups, or if you are carrying lots of supplies that are needed to run the food program, the school, and medical clinic.

Transportation is one of the biggest hassles and limitations to the work of Action Ministry and we need your help! We think you can change this for this amazing organization doing life changing work. We know that with our partner Bringing Hope to the Family in Uganda, that the van has made the work so much more effective. We know that this is a big need, but we also know that if we all join together, we could make this happen. To give towards the van, please click here! Thank you for being a part of changing the world, and supporting local leaders!

Brining Hope's Van in Uganda! We want to provide one for Action Ministry!

The type of van we want to provide for Action Ministry!

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Education Can Change Communities

January 28, 2013

When asked how people can work to bring their communities out of extreme poverty, almost everyone agrees that education holds the key. Whether those communities are in the US or in rural Uganda, everyone agrees that equipping individuals with the knowledge to move forward is imperative.

As we partner with our local leaders, education needs tend to be paramount for what their communities need. We would love for you to partner with us in providing education opportunities, and without your help, we aren’t going to be able to put these students through school. We need you to join us in providing for these students to continue with their studies. Find a full list of our education needs by clicking here. Thank you for what you do, and we can’t wait to see how these students learn and change the world.

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The Work of our Volunteers

January 22, 2013

The last of our recent volunteer team, Scott and Diana, headed back to the US on Thursday. Before they left Scott and several of the older Home Again and Dorcas Vocational School boys successfully installed the ceiling at Hope Academy.  Thursday morning before we took them to the airport the translucent roofing panels were installed. It is amazing how much light it provided for the hallway!  The classrooms have skylights in the ceiling to provide extra light in the rooms.  Continuing on with the work, the guys are finishing up the last classroom today.

We have thoroughly enjoyed having Scott and Diana here with us.  Diana invested a lot of her time into the secondary-aged girls at Home Again while Scott had been further building the relationships he started last year with the guys at Home Again.  The construction projects were great for the young men to get involved in.  I love to see mentoring being accomplished through projects.  It helps to build confidence in these young men while teaching them a skill at the same time. It’s an awesome thing to see.

Also work continues on with the new latrines for the school, as well as the staff quarters next to the school.

We are in Jinja enjoying a little more time with Nana (Katie’s Mom) before she flies out on Monday.  We have thoroughly enjoyed having her here with us.  Our volunteers play a key role in not only helping needs being met, but also in encouraging the leadership and development of the staff and students they interact with. We are excited for a new volunteer team to come in a little more than a week!

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