This past Tuesday at Faith’s house was very busy because it was Bringing Hope to the Family’s mid-year planning and review meeting. Two people from each department gathered to see what has been accomplished and make plans for the future. Each department of BHTTF was represented around the big dining table where our volunteer teams usually eat. There are eight departments at BHTTF: Home Again Children’s Home, Hope Academy Primary School, Hope Again Medical Center, New Hope Vocational Institute, the Agriculture Department, the Child Welfare Department, Village Art, and the Administration Department, so having everyone there made for a very crowded table.

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Meetings in Uganda are never short; and this department review meeting was no exception, it lasted all day, 8 to 5. While very tiring, I left very excited about the rest of 2013 at BHTF!

One of the most exciting things that came as a result of this meeting was a mentorship program by the staff for the older children living at Home Again. Where the staff of BHTF will commit to be responsible for mentoring, helping, and supporting two or three of the older children living at Home Again. It was so refreshing to see the staff at the meeting propose and get excited about this program, I am looking forward to seeing how both the staff and children benefit from this.

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It was also exciting to see the plans being made for New Hope Vocational Institute as they prepare to move the whole program out to Kyongera Farm. Currently only the boys enrolled at New Hope are living at Kyongera Farm (which is about a 10 or 15 minute drive north of Kaihura) being trained in agriculture, but soon the girls will be moved out to the farm so they can also learn the basics of agriculture as well.

It was great to see the staff so passionate about the work they are doing, and how they advocate for their children, or students, or patients, and programs.

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What does this meeting have to do with KTA? One of the main focuses of this meeting was to make departments more sustainable, in their operations and in the needs that are posted on KTA. KTA is committed to helping support all of our partner ministries, but we also strive to promote self-sustainability and meeting needs that will keep giving. For instance, building wells through KTA in partnership with BHTTF, is a need that is met once on Know Think Act but will continue to impact communities in Uganda for years to come. Similarly, giving to support someone going to school may be a one-time gift for you, but education is something that can drastically change the life of an individual as well as the lives of that person’s family. So know that when you are giving, even though a need may seem small, the team in Kenya and Uganda has strategically planned for it and believes it will make an impact in their community.

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Thank you for your partnership with Know Think Act. We are excited to continue to develop leadership skills and strategic planning with our Partners so that we can come along side them as they work hard to bring their communities out of extreme poverty.


It’s Friday, which means it’s another opportunity to check out our favorite photos from the last week from in and around Kaihura, Uganda.

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We came across this repurposed bathtub while visiting a potential well site. Can you guess what it is used for? This tub is being used as a watering trough for cattle!

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Prossy is BHTTF’s unofficial photographer, and is really developing a great eye! It’s awesome to see how much she enjoys taking pictures, and here she is taking a photo of the bathtub above.

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Can you spot the man in the tree picking guavas for us at Kyongera Farm?

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The Sasser’s old house got some new residents this week! All of the babies from Home Again moved in Wednesday. This is a much-needed shift, giving both the older children and the babies more room to spread out.

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This photo was taken while riding on the back of a boda (motorcycle taxi). First of all, you should be impressed with my mad photography skills (Ha!), but also with Peter Ajuna’s driving skills, I’m sure my moving around trying to take pictures didn’t make navigating those bumpy roads any easier.

Have a favorite photo this week? Anything you would like to see on our Photo Friday series? Let us know in the comments!


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Bringing Hope to the Family puts a big emphasis on education; education can make such a difference in a life. Education often means the difference between making a life for yourself and living in extreme poverty. One of the ways Bringing Hope to the Family brings education to their community is with New Hope Vocational School.

New Hope was started as a trade school to help young people who weren’t able to attend, or didn’t do well in formal school. New Hope offers courses for tailoring, hairdressing, and agricultural skills. Once a student has completed a two-year program in one of these areas of study, they can go on to get a job or start their own business.

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Currently all of the students studying agriculture are located on Kyongera Farm, a farm about a 15-minute ride outside of Kaihura, and the rest of the vocational school is located in Kaihura. One of Bringing Hope’s goals is to move all of the vocational school out to Kyongera Farm so that all of its student can learn some agricultural skills as well. We are currently, with the help of a team from Duke University, constructing new classrooms to help accommodate all of the new people and classes that will soon be moving out to Kyongera Farm. Today I took a boda out to the construction site to check the new building; I was so excited to see how the walls are beginning to take shape, and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for this building and for New Hope Vocational School.

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We hope you are having a great week, and to make it even better, it’s time to share our favorite photos from the past 7 days!

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This was Prossy’s precaution against getting her hair covered in red earth when we took a boda ride out to a potential well site. It worked pretty well!

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I’ve eaten guavas several times since I’ve been in Uganda, but I ate the best guava I’ve eaten thus far when I visited the vocational school at Kyongera Farm on Wednesday.

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Farm animals often wonder free around Kaihura, so it is not uncommon to see chickens, goats, or cows cross your path as you walk from one place to the next. This chicken visited the BHTTF offices earlier this week looking for something to eat; and it was very disappointed when it was chased away.

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Juliette lives at Home Again and is one of the sweetest, most affectionate girls there. Juliette has some physical and mental disabilities, so when I visit Home Again she is always there to give me a hug, and tell me the names of everything around me.

Is there a photo that stands out to you this week? Let us know in the comments and keep up on all our Photo Fridays here!


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Faith (on the right) stands with one of the staff of Bringing Hope to the Family at it’s sustainable farm project.

Faith Kunihira is an exceptional woman. As the founder of BHTTF she has done an incredible job of giving back to and pouring into the community of Kaihura and the surrounding areas.

Faith is an incredibly passionate person, someone who can be proud of the changes being made in her community, while still having a vision and work ethic to keep moving forward and striving to love her community fully. She is continually thoughtful, and can be a force to be reckoned with. Looking around Kaihura it is easy to see how much BHTTF has done to improve the quality of life for the people living here.

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The Tumaini Awards is an organization that honors individuals or organizations in Uganda who are working hard to improve the lives and wellbeing of children in their community. This year, in June Faith Kunihira and BHTTF were not only nominated, but were selected as award winners of this year’s Tumaini Award for all of the hard work they have done for the children in Kaihura and the surrounding communities.

We are so proud of BHTTF and especially Faith for all of the time, energy, and hard work she has done to impact the lives of those in her community.

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Read more about the Tumaini Awards here: http://tumainiawards.com/home/138-2013-finalists and congrats to Faith!