The beginning of a well

Friends, you did it!  Thanks to you we funded our campaign and the community surrounding Tusubira Village will have access to water from a well that is safe to collect.  We are so grateful for your incredible generosity and belief in this project.  With your support Tusubira Village is going to help improve lives~

We are so excited to share with you that the initial studies for installing a well in Tusubira Village have begun!  The hydrologist has been to the property and done a complete study of where the well will hopefully go.  Things look very promising so far and we are working with drilling companies to collect bids for installing the well itself.  The community is partially in disbelief that this well is actually going in.  It really isn't something they ever dreamed they would have access to- safe drinking water.  It truly will change the way of life here in this rural community.  

A new year filled with so much hope!




Today I spent quite a bit of time working with my bank getting organized for the next step in this adventure.  This year I hope to raise enough money to complete our pilot project as well as to expand some of our programs to include working with parents at the children's hospital, sending more kids to school and finishing our first (hopefully of many) chicken farms.  I am going to really push for this in the first half of the year so that when I return to Uganda (which I hope to do this summer) there will be so much to capture with my camera to share with all of you!  



My hope is that you will follow along on this life-changing adventure and see that by contributing to it, you will feel that you are a part of something big- something good - changing the life of someone and giving them a chance to not only survive, but thrive.  This year I hope to introduce you to some of the wonderful families that we have been working with.  When you see their beautiful children and realize the potential that each of them have to impact their communities through education, you will understand what drives me to dream big.  And let me tell you- I am dreaming big this year!




So I invite you to join me on this adventure.  I invite you to find your own ways to impact the lives of these families, these children, this community.  I encourage you to dream big, do good.  Wishing you an incredible year my friends, filled with laughter and triumphs and joy.  And big dreams.



Working together



I want to share some photos that were sent to me by Dr. Isaac over the past few months.  These photos sustain me until I can visit the project myself and capture these amazing people working to improve their lives.  I find so much joy in seeing them working together and creating a healthier village thanks to our amazing team.  The fact that they are so willing to learn about sanitation and hygiene and then put so much effort forth to implement necessary changes astounds me.  


By making these simple changes in their daily lifestyle, our hope is that we can improve the health and welfare of these families and thus give them an opportunity to not only survive, but to thrive.  


When we see these community members working together, helping each other and teaching others how to improve their living situation it gives us such hope that there is the possibility for a shift in the way these villagers live.


The Grow Hope Foundation and how it came about



Hello friends~


I feel like there is so much catching up to do!  I have so much to tell you and am not sure where to begin...  So much has happened since I was in Uganda in July!  The short version- I took my first (of many I am sure) trips to Uganda, met amazing people, fell in love with children, spent time with a doctor who shares my enthusiasm for problem solving, visited a children's hospital, connected with mamas on a mama-to-mama level, and returned home determined to do something to help them improve their situation.  


So, Dr. Isaac and I shared ideas and got excited and made a plan and even though we didn't have much to work with, we just did it.  50 homes. 50 families.  He got the village elders involved, he found a team of volunteers, and they sat out under the shade of trees with large groups of villagers, talking to them about where they were, and where they could be.  The discussed health and hygiene, latrines and sanitation.  They talked nutrition.  He taught them how disease is spread, and how that can be prevented.  They built tools that allow them to make changes in their homes, to keep things clean, sanitary. They built hand-washing stations.  People got excited.  They worked hard building proper latrines.  Then they helped their neighbors do the same.  They worked together!  And they learned that when they did that, they could do even more than then could alone.  They began sharing ideas, thoughts, concerns.  They were a "village".  And we all know- it takes a village.  


And then Dr. Isaac came across baby Prisca, with her swollen feet and constant tears.  Her mama Jussie couldn’t figure out what was wrong, but Isaac knew.  Prisca was suffering from protein deficiency as she hadn’t had access to it.  At all.  So our team member Sharon bought eggs and milk and instructed Jussie to give each of the kids an egg and some milk each day.  Within a week little Prisca was walking again and the swelling had subsided.  In the meantime, Dr. Isaac visited the children’s hospital- he wanted to see how many cases of the same deficiency were present there.  Sure enough- there were a number of cases at the hospital, which could easily be resolved with access to regular protein.  And so the Chicken Farm project was conceived!


We are currently working to build a chicken farm.  The structure is up thanks to our very generous realtor Ray Gonzalez and the company he works for - Real Living Real Estate in Bothell, WA.  Now we will work to raise funds to purchase the baby chicks, the feed, feeders, vaccines, waterers and fencing to secure the project.  Once that is accomplished we will have a sustainable business in the community that will pay for itself as well as provide employment.  When the hens are laying, it will provide protein for the community through egg sales, and we plan to set up a program whereby eggs are donated to the the mamas at the local children’s hospital.  It will be a win-win for everyone, with the only input from from The Grow Hope Foundation being at the beginning.  After that, with the encouragement and support of SCHEP Uganda, they will be able to run a sustainable program that will benefit their community.  The whole thing brings me such joy- knowing that with just a bit of help, these wonderful capable people will be able to improve their own lives and the lives of their children.  


And, if everything goes according to the numbers and spread sheets that Dr. Isaac has run, little by little the cost of the initial project to get the chicken farm up and running will be repaid into a fund, managed by SCHEP that will be able to then be used to build another chicken farm, in another community.  And hope goes on~


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