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If you follow Know Think Act on Instagram, you have seen Abia before and know a little bit about her story, but I wanted to share with you her whole story, so you can get an inside look at one of the ways Bringing Hope to the Family (BHTF) and Faith Kunihira are impacting the lives of the people around them.

I arrived in Uganda and in Kaihura in early June. Abia Kyarisima, age 10, and her sister arrived at Faith’s home around the same time. The local police had found them wandering along the road and decided to bring them to BHTF. They had grown up in a polygamist home with an extremely abusive father, who eventually kicked them out of their home, and gave them a rope to kill themselves with.

For a few days both girls were understandably very quiet, reserved, and skittish. They moved in at Home Again, and the longer they lived there, the more I would see them smile and begin to interact with the other children around them, as well as the house parents.

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Abia had never attended school before she arrived at BHTF, but she has started at Hope Academy in the nursery class and she and her sister are both getting a good education. More importantly, they are living in a stable, loving home.

Whenever I see Abia around Home Again or at Hope Academy, she always gives me the sweetest smile and a wave, I love being able to see the tangible transformation of Abia, and knowing that from now on she will have a loving home, and people in her life who care for her.

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We can’t wait to see how Abia continues to flourish and grow into the young woman she is becoming.

– Kate

 


Welcome to the latest edition of Photo Friday, where we share some of our favorite photos from the week in Uganda!

The road to Hope Academy is apparently also heavily used by cows. One portion is so littered with cow patties stepping on one is almost unavoidable. Just one of the many quirks of living in Uganda :)

While walking up to Hope Academy can get messy, I love it when I get to visit the kids.
They are always so happy, and ridiculously cute!

White ant season, or termite season, is in full swing here in Kaihura, which means you see swarms of these insects around lights, and you can also find the ground littered with their wings where ever you walk. White ants(termites) are often considered a delicacy, and can be eaten fried or in a stew. To gather enough to eat you dig a hole outside of one of their mounds so they fall in when they exit their home, then you can simply scoop them out of the hole and enjoy!

The rainy season has officially began as well. Which means it rains almost every afternoon, this shift of weather has caused most people here to pull out their cold weather clothes. Faith’s son Josiah has a surprisingly large sweater collection.

Thanks for checking out this week’s photos and scroll through every edition of Photo Friday here!


KTA just sent a team of nurses to BHTF to conduct a series of medical outreaches in the surrounding communities. This team of six nurses visited five villages in western Uganda to give medical care to these people who normally do not have access to any kind of clinic. A medical outreach, is a multi-faceted operation, so I’m going to attempt to give you an idea of how one works.

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The general set-up of an outreach consists of four stations: triage, lab, pharmacy, and physician. Things begin with triage, this is where the medical team gets the patient’s medical history as well as their basic vital signs (weight, blood pressure, temperature etc.). This station usually takes the longest, because of all the questions that must be asked to get a good medical history, and often times these conversations require a translator because many people in more remote villages don’t speak any English.

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After triage many people are sent to the physician. Because this team often only had nurses BHTF always brings one of the clinical officers from New Hope Medical Clinic to work with one of the visiting medical staff to get a diagnoses for a patient and either write a prescription or order a lab test. If the patient needs a blood test done, they are sent to the lab. The labs on the medical outreaches can test for malaria, HIV, blood sugar, typhoid, and syphilis. This station requires a lot of waiting, once a few drops of blood are drawn and deposited on to the  testing device, there is only the waiting for the results. This team was so happy that there were only a few positive test results, and most were negative. Visiting the pharmacy is usually the last place a patient would go. Here a patient would come with their prescription slip from the physician and get it filled with anything from cough medicine to de-worming pills.

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All in all, medical outreaches are usually slightly hectic and tiring events, but in the end it is all worth it when you see people who might have never received medical care being cared for and treated.

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Week Two of the UCLA medical outreaches! Here are our favorite photos from the week!

Every outreach has been completely different, some days we will see 30 people, other days 100. This little girl came on a very busy day, but she patiently, and almost somberly, waited her turn.

Chapaiti is always a favorite food for volunteer teams. This team got a chapiti making lesson while they were here, and then got to feast on their delicious chipats!

A lot of times medical outreaches are in somewhat remote villages, so it helps to have a volunteer teamed up with someone who speaks the local language. Here Rebecca is helping Amanda as she runs the pharmacy table at an outreach.

Lots of people waiting for medical attention in Kijagara.

Thanks for checking out this week’s photos!


Welcome to Photo Friday, where we share some of our favorite photos from this week in Uganda! To see each volume of Photo Friday, including this one, click here! There is a team of nurses here from UCLA so it has been busy around BHTF. Here are a few of my favorite photos from their last three days here.

This little guy had to get a blood test done. Poor little guy, didn’t understand and cried so much

While we were showing the team around BHTF this little guy wanted to help Amanda as she was taking pictures at Home Again.

In addition to going on medical outreaches, the team also brought lots of shoes to give to the children at Home Again! The great thing about this is that this team brought lots of shoes to fit the older boys, usually there is nothing big enough for them. It was so great to see all of the older boys so excited about getting new shoes.

I snapped this shot of the medical team walking up the hill to the outreach in Butiiti.

Do you have a favorite photo? Let us know in the comments.