July 16th is a HUGE day for Hope Ministries Uganda! We are taking our very first mission team from the states to Uganda! Our team is made up of nine amazing individuals who decided to take a leap of faith to go and serve.
Our agenda is very full and this team will be pushed to the max! Please keep us in your prayers as we are preparing to go to serve and for our time in Uganda. One of our major projects will be training on the importance of clean water to prevent sickness in one of our communities that is near a water source. Six of our team members went to Boone, NC to receive training from Wine to Water. Wine to Water is committed to serving in communities to provide clean water to those in need. They are an amazing organization, please be sure to check them out. We are partnering with Wine to Water in order to bring clean water to the Mukungu Batwa community, and they have donated 300 Sawyer Filtration Systems to help us to get started. We will be collecting data on this project and will do our first follow up in November 2017 when we take our second team over. This is really an exciting opportunity for the ministry as we work towards bringing clean water to the Batwa Tribe!
So excited to have so many young adults on this trip and their hearts to serve!
Below is a video of our founder, Sonya Schweighardt, taking some really muddy water and using the Sawyer Filtration System to make it clean! In order for us to make this project successful, we still need to raise funds for jerrycans. Each family will need to two jerrycans. One for collecting water and one for the filtration system. To help with this project, donate here.
We will also be traveling to the Isingiro District to officiate the opening of New Hope Discovery Vocational Training School for risk youth and teen mothers. There will also be an open air crusade and youth football tournament. We will travel up to Kanungu to visit our new land and evaluate the fence and look at options for water at this location. We will visit both of the Seeds of Hope Campuses and pass out 196 pairs of The Shoe That Grows to each of the children. We will be gathering child sponsorship updates and videos. We will have a day just to play with the children and do some follow ups with them. We will be discussing proper menstrual hygiene with our teen girls and passing out the washable sanitary pads.
There will be a sewing class for the adult women to evaluate their sewing skills and ability to sew. We have been blessed to have Roxana Avalos-Dessner (a fashion designer and owner of the clothing line Lamb and Dove) join us on this trip. We are evaluating the idea of starting cottage businesses in Uganda. We will also have a business meeting with the women and give updates on the entrepreneur program and how that has been going here in the states.
Beth Davis, a retired nurse, and Megan Carter, a nurse in training, will be joining us on this trip to help teach basic first aid to our local communities. Our hope is that we can teach basic sanitation and wound care. We will do a follow up with these communities when we return in November to assess how this program is working.
At the end of the trip we have been invited to attend a very special event in honor of a local Bishop in Kabale. During this event we will have an opportunity to meet the President's wife, Janet Museveni. This is a very special opportunity and we are praying for God's favor on this meeting.
If you would remember to pray for each of our team members by name we would greatly appreciate it! Sonya, Hannah, Hailey, Beth, Roxanna, Kareena, Megan, Morgan, and Jason! We really appreciate Jason coming and all of his experience from living on the continent of Africa! God has truly pulled together an amazing team!
Again, if you would like to help in any way with this trip and our projects, please just click on the donate button at the bottom of the page! We are still in need of boys underwear, ALL sizes and little girl's underwear sizes 2T-8.