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Having just returned from an overseas trip to nations in the developing world, I find myself thankful on levels I usually take for granted. Are we driving home from the airport on air? The road is so smooth. Where are the bone jarring, head hitting the jeep ceiling kind of bumps? Where is the traffic we have to weave in and out of and the motorcycles squeezing by to get to the front of the queue while we sit in the interminably long line of traffic waiting our turn as the police officer is doing his best to organize the chaos? 
What do I do with the toilet paper? Where is the trash bin? Or can I flush it down the loo? 
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Checkout the Latest: A Traveler's Perspective by Cynthia Pearson

“O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike. Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way! (Mt. 11:25 NLT)  Read More

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Checkout the Latest: Revealed to Children

Our dedicated partner in Uganda, Richard, wrote to us on Monday to tell us it was nearly midnight and he had just returned from taking a van full of students to Nkobazambogo Secondary School. He said that it had been a time of celebration and excitement in Kalonga. It will be the first time for most of the students to sleep on mattresses with bed sheets and the parents and students are exceedingly grateful for the opportunity to attend Secondary school.  In December, the Primary 7 students, 17 in all, sat for their PLE (Primary Leaving Examination) and all 17 passed, making them eligible to attend Secondary school.  Read More

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Checkout the Latest: The Joy of Learning

Laughter and joking fills the shop and spills out into the street.  They are so happy, so full of life and hope.  Ben, who is currently in Kalonga, said that it is like a different group of people.  He hardly recognized Jane.  Could this be the same woman he interviewed nearly two years ago? Could this be, the woman whose face was downcast, whose children were sitting in the dirt, clad in scraps of dirty clothes, the one with nowhere to go and no way to feed her children?  Today, she is smiling and laughing, with a new hairdo, looking healthy and strong.  She is one of the women who received a quarter acre of farmland and has built a home for her family.  She is also one of the ten women who are working in the newly opened sewing shop.  Read More

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Checkout the Latest: Sewing Shop Starts Strong

Sewing Project-- Cooking Boxes Business

… The box is made of fabric and stuffed with sponge. The boxes are an efficient way to conserve charcoal, water and time. I taught the women to use the box. First, I boiled rice for 5 minutes, covered it with the lid and laid the pot in the cooking box. After 45 minutes the rice is ready. We cooked potatoes, meat and beans all in the box… Read more about the cooking boxes here.

Justin is 34, a single mother of 4 and lives a few doors down from Hope and Care. In 2008 she had a dream (night time dream). She dreamt she had a sewing machine and was sewing clothes. She told her husband and he laughed at her, telling her it would never happen. When she heard there were two sewing machines at Hope and Care she began stopping in to watch Ema, Stella, Esther and myself. We’d hand her scissors to help us cut fabric or she’d help pin. She would sit and watch as we used the machines. Day by day she learned more skills; she learned to use a needle and thread to finish button holes and close the openings in the cooking boxes, how to measure a person in order to make a skirt and finally how to use the machine. Her dream has come true.

One evening 8 women came to ask when they would be able to begin sewing. They are all eager to start working. These 2 machines were the first steps of a long process of transformation. Read more about the long-term plan here.   Read More
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Checkout the Latest: Four Weeks in Kalonga

Fatima is a young lady who has been treated in the dispensary for skin diseases and vaginal infection. We could not find any hope for her. Her body was not responding to the medicines for about a month. Perplexed we decided to visit her home, and we found out that she has been using the muddy water that runs by her little mud home. This canal is served to irrigate the rice field. Not having any access to safe water, she and her children have been using this water for everything: bathing, cooking and drinking.

“I just have to let it stand and sieve it through buckets, and use it,” said Fati.

“What do you do for the baby and the children?"

"Same process, for the baby we use this scarf to get the water cleaner.”

Since then, we have provided pastilles of aqua tab to Fati and her family, provided her with clean buckets so she can buy the filtered water when available, but we daily provide her with clean water for the baby. She has also learned to broil the water to serve it to the children and to use Chlorine in water for bathing water, in laundry, and in everything that calls for water use.

Fati came back to the clinic with her 2 children with clean bodies, clean faces. Also she can go to continue her micro enterprise initiative, since she has recovered her health. She was always worried about cholera but she said she had no choice. Now she said she has choices, and being educated about water treatment, she is feeling empowered against diseases. Fati is one of the many women awaiting with great joy the water filter project of Impact Nations.

Fati said, “being poor is not having choices”. She also said, “Now I am no longer having to be worried about having a death of one of my children. I had no choice in the water my children was drinking, or washing myself. Now I am educated about water utilization - now I know for sure how to treat the water I am giving to my children and the water I am cleaning myself. We are almost in no danger of dying of cholera, typhoid, and diarrhea. I know with a little effort how to keep my family safe. Thanks to the new clinic, and thanks to the health agents, I am already welcoming Impacts Nations and I Thirst International for even thinking of us. Thank you DD for sharing this good news with us. God bless you all”

We are happy to see the changes, in her body, in the lives of her family and the baby is getting healthier every day. (She has given us permission to tell her story).

Like Fati many women are awaiting with expectation and anticipating gratitude the arrival of the Journey of Compassion team in June.

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Checkout the Latest: Fatima's Story