Many people have been asking us about the status of Adolf’s situation (for a quick refresher about his story, and why he needs help, click here). I have been holding off on posting an update until Bringing Hope to the Family had everything lined up, but I think everything is close enough now to fill everyone in.

We have some exciting, wonderful news about Adolf! Thanks to a friend of GSM and Bringing Hope to the Family, Adolf’s story has gotten into the right hands and a children’s burn clinic in California has agreed to provide Adof with corrective surgery!

He, along with a guardian, will be in the US for 6 months while he undergoes surgery and rehab. Bringing Hope is currently woking on their passports and visa’s. We will post again once things are underway. This is truly a blessing, and we could not be more excited. It’s wild to think that Adolf will go to the States in his current condition and return walking!

Praise the Lord. What more can be said?

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Last week Katie worked with the ladies at Village Art Craft Shop on a couple of firsts for them. The first project they attempted was to make a couple of Kindle cases and the second project was making a ladies wallet. Both of these ideas were born out of our own personal needs, but it was great practice for Village Art and an opportunity to expand their knowledge and enhance their skills. What do you think of their great work?

On Tuesday we held a fire extinguisher training at Home Again.  In the morning we met with all of the “House Moms” and trained them on fire safety and how to properly use a fire extinguisher.  In the afternoon we also met with all of the children at Home Again and discussed what to do in the case of a fire. One thing is for certain, the children have gotten the “Stop, Drop and Roll” method down.  (Honestly, our biggest concern with introducing fire extinguishers into the homes was keeping 50 kids from wanting to touch or play with them.)

So far we have purchased 3 fire extinguishers and we will be purchasing 4 more soon.  We want to thank everyone who gave towards the purchase of these fire extinguishers.  These, however, are the kind of blessings we hope to never need to use.

Last Friday and Saturday, Moses, along with 11 Bringing Hope staff members attended an agriculture training conference. This conference was held in Fort Portal at Calvary Chapel. The conference was taught by a group from the town of Mbarara, which is a couple of hours south of us. Andrew Martin, who is the guy heading up the ministry there, has been working with an agriculture process called Farming God’s Way for several years now. Farming God’s Way is a biblical approach to farming and it’s goal is to restore the soil back to it’s original condition and subsequently produce a higher and healthier yield each season.

On Friday, the team watched videos and discussed the benefits and techniques of this method of agriculture. On Saturday, the “on field” application was held at the churches’ property where they have a designated site for promoting Farming God’s Way.

The team enjoyed the conference and they are interested in seeing if it can be implemented effectively here. We hope to have Andrew and his team host a workshop at Bringing Hope’s farm in Kyongera soon!

Monday’s trip to the village of Kicuucu (pronounced Ki choo choo) to begin the construction of a well started off normal enough. Upon arriving at Kicuucu Primary School, we were greeted by hundreds of children that were amazed to see a group of 8 muzungu’s (white folk) show up at their school. After meeting a few of the teachers and talking with the kids, we headed down to where the well was to be constructed.

As we were walking, we came to where the materials were dropped off. So, we, along with many of the students started grabbing bricks and rocks and carrying them to the site. This process took us about an hour and a half – making numerous trips up and down the hill.

About an hour into this task, one of the men who had begun digging the hole for the well took me through some very thick brush to see the site. At this point, everything was still going according to plan. As the last of the bricks and rocks were making their way down the hill, a Ugandan man picked up his panga (machete) and began to clear out a lot of the brush and overgrowth in the surrounding area. As he was clearing the jungle, he came across a large cement structure. What was it? Well… it was a well! Apparently 15 years ago, the local Catholic diocese began digging a well for this community, and for reasons unknown, the project was abandoned without being completed. The hole was dug and blocked all the way up inside it, and a large cement base was laid around it. But, for some reason, they never capped it off or attached a pump.

After getting over the inital shock of our discovery, George, the local water engineer asked me if we should continue digging a new well or just complete this one. We both agreed that this well was in great shape and the hard part was already done, so we would just finisht the work that was started in 1997.

You never know what you will find around here. Community members have been coming to a contaminated water source over and over again for more than a decade while fifteen feet away, buried in a forest was a nearly completed well. How does that happen?

We nearly finished the project on Monday and headed back out on Tuesday to wrap this project up, and will be sharing the completion photos with you in the next post!