This blog is a bit lengthy, but it is very very important. Please take the time to read it all. I would be most grateful.

It is so satisfying and rewarding to work with our network affiliates long term. Since I met Faith in 2004 she’s gone from supporting 600 orphans and a staff of two people (including herself) to now having over 3,000 children registered under Bringing Hope to the Family and a staff of over 40.

Faith is a woman of vision and action. She knows the process of seeing a need, finding a solution, and the hard work of implementation and then the even harder work of creating sustainability (which is a constant process). It’s how everything that Bringing Hope to the Family does has come into being.

One of the biggest needs she’s been working on over the last five years is good medical care that is accessible to her local community. The nearest hospital (that is of any quality) is over 50km away. That’s about a forty minute drive. Many people have died or just went without proper treatment, because of the distance. I’ve personally seen both… and it’s heart breaking.

About four years ago Faith started a small clinic to provide basic care to the orphans, widows and HIV positive individuals she was working with. Over time that clinic has grown and expanded it’s services and reach. It has moved rooms and buildings several different times to contain the growth. For the last three years Faith has been trying to build a phase one portion of a larger medical center plan.

Our friends from Embrace Uganda have been working on this project with Faith over the last year. Here is a description of the current situation from their project manager here in Uganda.

Overview of Hope Again Medical Center Outpatient Clinic (Phase I):

Hope Again Medical Center in Kaihura currently operates through an outpatient clinic offering support to HIV/AIDS-positive people, especially orphans and their caretakers. The centre offers free treatment to all the HIV/AID positive orphans as well as free HIV/AIDS testing and counseling to the entire public. The medical centre has a clientele of 1060 HIV-positive clients, of which 265 are children below the age of 17, 497 are women, and 298 are men. Most of the children are orphans.

The Joint Clinic Research Center (JCRC) and the District Health unit provide the ARV (anti-retroviral) treatment while HAMC offers free HIV/AIDS counseling and testing services, treatment for opportunistic infections, pays for X-rays and scans, and provides transportation to JCRC in Fort Portal. Also, HAMC offers allowances for physicians from the health centre V (hospital in the neighboring town of Kyenjojo) to visit HAMC twice a month to administer treatment. The medical centre also offers medical treatment to other people in the community, but it mainly exists to provide services to the HIV/AIDS patients in the community. The children tested are between the age of 6 months and 17 years. The majority of children is school-aged orphaned and vulnerable children in need of medical and educational support.

HAMC is currently operating in a rented building, where they cannot become a fully registered medical clinic under the government. Having full registration would enable the center to receive the financial support of the government. Also, HAMC cannot expand in their current rented facility, and it hopes that it can do so in order to offer a larger number of services to the surrounding communities.

HAMC facilities are now under construction. The construction of the proposed facility will occur in four phases. The first phase will complete the outpatient clinic, which will allow the center to continue to provide the current services offered. In phases 2 – 4, two patient ward buildings will be added as the services of the outpatient clinic also increase, and a structure that will include an operating theatre and a delivery room will also be added.

The phase I proposed outpatient clinic building is an approximately 3,200 square-foot structure. It will include two exam rooms, a treatment room, a laboratory, a counseling room, a 2-stage delivery room, two patient wards, a nurses room, a storage room, an administrative office, a handicapped-accessible bathroom, an open-air reception/waiting area, and a records/dispensing room.

Phase one is currently under construction, but is running out of funds. It has been years in the making to get to this point and we believe that this will be built. We want to give you the opportunity to be a part of making that happen. We need $154,764 to finish phase one. You can give on Know.Think.Act. We’ve broken that number down into parts. If you would like to give a donation of $5,000 or more please mail a check (to save on credit card fees) to:

Know.Think.Act.
1262 2nd Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37210

Please make checks out to Global Support Mission and put Medical Clinic in the memo. 100% of every donation, whether it’s a $5 donation online or a $10,000 check will go directly to finishing this clinic. I’ve seen $40 save a young girls life… I paid the medical bill. Every little bit helps and adds up! So please don’t fail to act, because you think that what you have to offer is insignificant… it’s not!

So let’s build this clinic! And bring Hope Again, to a community in need!

Compassion = Action,

Travis Gravette
Founder & Executive Director



We’ve had a great first week here in Uganda. I wanted to give you an update of everything that’s been going on.

We’ve been hauling materials down to where a new shallow well will be dug, within the next week. Its steep terrain, so getting the concrete blocks, brick, sand, etc. to the well site has been intense labor, hauling four concrete blocks at a time by wheelbarrow, down a steep hill and then back up again. The heat these days was intense. We’re excited to get digging though! We visited the current water sources and let’s just say, I’m so happy to have this well go in. It’s amazing to see what communities like this one rely on for their drinking water.

We’ve also been building playground equipment for the Home Again Orphanage. Cutting, sheering, hammering, welding all of the pieces into place. Once we’re finished, we’ll have a set of monkey bars, three swings and a slide for the kids to play on!

We have several other projects going on as well, but for now, I wanted to show you a glimpse of our time here in Uganda so far through photographs. A few of these are mine, but all the credit goes to David Molnar. David is an incredible friend of GSM as well as a Board Member. He also happens to be an amazing photographer. He’s here with us for the next week and has delivered some breathtaking shots. You can check out more of his work at davidmolnar.com.



















Jeremy Stanley
U.S. Programs Director


After nearly 3 full days of travel, we’ve arrived safely in Kaihura, Uganda! We started in Nashville. Myself, Travis & Maggie Gravette from GSM as well as our volunteers Josh Bronleewe from Nashville & Sarah Heath from Orange County, CA. We arrived at the airport and immediately had our first adventure! Sarah accidentally left her passport on a copying machine 2 hours away in Alabama! We thought she was going to miss the flight, but our flight ended up being delayed by an hour and she made it JUST in time! Was pretty amazing. So we flew from Nashville to Washington DC. From DC we flew to Rome, Italy where we refueled and then headed down to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. We got in to Addis late so the airline put us up in a nice hotel and had a really late dinner. We woke up, drove back to the airport and then flew down to Entebbe, Uganda. I had to post this photo. Doesn’t the couple sitting off to the right look like they’re posing for an advertisement straight out of the 1940’s? I thought so too. Katie Sasser, one of our International Coordinators was in Entebbe waiting to pick us up. This is also where Emilia joined us on the journey! She has been traveling all over Europe and had been spending a little bit of time in Cairo, Egypt. We’re really excited to have her here with us! From there we drove into Kampala by taxi, where we off-loaded our bags, exchanged money and grabbed lunch.
After lunch we bought our bus tickets and headed on a 5 hour bus ride to Kaihura!

We arrived around 11:30pm on Friday night. There was a group of people still awake and waiting for our arrival. It was great to see all of their beautiful faces, including Faith, who founded Bringing Hope to the Family, our Affiliate here in Kaihura.

We’re so excited to be here and there have been MANY adventures to tell you about, even after a few days here. Hauling concrete blocks for a shallow well, playground equipment construction, hand shucking corn with the community, motorcycles and many, many stories to come! In the next blog I’m going to be telling you about an urgent need hear in Kaihura and we are really going to need your help with this!

Thank you to everyone who got us here, who supports and loves us and who is praying for us. We’re incredibly excited to be here and cannot wait to see what happens on this trip!

Jeremy Stanley
U.S. Programs Director


P.S. Okay a few things here. First, I cannot explain to you how tired I was. I didn’t sleep the night before. At all. Didn’t go to bed. Second, my lips are NOT that red. I’m blaming Sarah’s camera. Third, I have and will continue to rock out the eye mask, no matter what color the airline decides it should be. Good, bad or whatever you would call this particular mask. That is all.


After nearly 3 full days of travel, we’ve arrived safely in Kaihura, Uganda! We started in Nashville. Myself, Travis & Maggie Gravette from GSM as well as our volunteers Josh Bronleewe from Nashville & Sarah Heath from Orange County, CA. We arrived at the airport and immediately had our first adventure! Sarah accidentally left her passport on a copying machine 2 hours away in Alabama! We thought she was going to miss the flight, but our flight ended up being delayed by an hour and she made it JUST in time! Was pretty amazing. So we flew from Nashville to Washington DC. From DC we flew to Rome, Italy where we refueled and then headed down to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. We got in to Addis late so the airline put us up in a nice hotel and had a really late dinner. We woke up, drove back to the airport and then flew down to Entebbe, Uganda. I had to post this photo. Doesn’t the couple sitting off to the right look like they’re posing for an advertisement straight out of the 1940’s? I thought so too. Katie Sasser, one of our International Coordinators was in Entebbe waiting to pick us up. This is also where Emilia joined us on the journey! She has been traveling all over Europe and had been spending a little bit of time in Cairo, Egypt. We’re really excited to have her here with us! From there we drove into Kampala by taxi, where we off-loaded our bags, exchanged money and grabbed lunch.
After lunch we bought our bus tickets and headed on a 5 hour bus ride to Kaihura!

We arrived around 11:30pm on Friday night. There was a group of people still awake and waiting for our arrival. It was great to see all of their beautiful faces, including Faith, who founded Bringing Hope to the Family, our Affiliate here in Kaihura.

We’re so excited to be here and there have been MANY adventures to tell you about, even after a few days here. Hauling concrete blocks for a shallow well, playground equipment construction, hand shucking corn with the community, motorcycles and many, many stories to come! In the next blog I’m going to be telling you about an urgent need hear in Kaihura and we are really going to need your help with this!

Thank you to everyone who got us here, who supports and loves us and who is praying for us. We’re incredibly excited to be here and cannot wait to see what happens on this trip!

Jeremy Stanley
U.S. Programs Director


P.S. Okay a few things here. First, I cannot explain to you how tired I was. I didn’t sleep the night before. At all. Didn’t go to bed. Second, my lips are NOT that red. I’m blaming Sarah’s camera. Third, I have and will continue to rock out the eye mask, no matter what color the airline decides it should be. Good, bad or whatever you would call this particular mask. That is all.



We’ve been planning and planning and now the time is upon us! In a few short hours, myself, Travis, Maggie & a couple of volunteers will be boarding a plane to Washington DC, from there to Ethiopia and finally ending up in Uganda!

We’re incredibly excited for this trip. We’re going to be meeting with our current Affiliates in Uganda, Tanzania & Kenya as well as beginning talks with several new potential Affiliates. A lot of vision casting, looking at the present and towards the future, as well as just enjoying being a part of these communities and being able to be with our extended family in these nations.

Another huge aspect of this trip is multimedia content. We are going to be finishing the Malaria DVD, as well as gather many, many stories to share with you. I am fully convinced that the power of story has the ability to radically change lives. From the local leaders who are doing incredible work into their own communities, to those that have been affected by HIV/Aids, Malaria, lack of clean water, etc. They run the full spectrum of emotions and NEED to be seen and heard. We cannot wait to share them with you!

We’re looking forward to helping you get to know the local leaders of these organizations. Faith in Uganda, Pastor John in Tanzania & Peter in Kenya are doing absolutely incredible work. They have given and sacrificed so much for the sake of their people. They have amazing hearts and souls and we believe you are going to be just as inspired as we were when we heard their stories and met them firsthand!

I’m off to finish getting ready for the flight! We’re going to stay in touch with you all so PLEASE check back with our Abroad Blog often. We’ll be updating that one from this point on while we are in Africa. You can also keep up with us on Twitter and Facebook as well!

A huge thank you to everyone that has made this trip possible! We are absolutely stoked for the adventure ahead!

Jeremy Stanley
U.S. Programs Director