Welcome to Photo Friday! We hope you had a wonderful time celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends, and we look forward to you being a part of our Tis The Season campaign! More information will be coming on Giving Tuesday, so you have something to look forward to in between your leftovers. Here are some of my favorite photos from this past week working alongside Bringing Hope to the Family in Uganda!

Apparently there was something very interesting just over the wall at Home Again.

BHTF has started building a new well for the community of Ruhoko! This well will bring clean water to everyone in the community. Clean water is something very much needed here; last time I visited the old water source I found a dead frog floating on top of the water.

When I visited the site of the new well in Ruhoko this week they had just reached the water table. It was pretty neat to see the water slowly begin to puddle at the bottom of the well. This also means that by the end of this week the well will be completed and Ruhoko will have clean water!

This is my friend Jodie with Sam from Home Again. Jodie and three other girls from the UK are living in Kaihura for a year and teaching in the primary schools. They have been a great addition to the community and loving hanging out at Home Again getting to know the kids there.

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Ugandan spelling/grammar is often very amusing, like this gate in Kampala. I’m sure this message is meant to be somewhat menacing, but it always just makes me laugh.

Thanks for checking out this week’s photos! Let me know which one was your favorite in the comments.


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As you gather today with your friends and family, know that we at Know Think Act are so thankful for you and that you are a part of our community – a community that is helping eliminate extreme poverty through partnerships with local leaders. Thank you for all you do to serve and love so tangibly on our leaders and their organizations, Action Ministry and Bringing Hope to the Family.

We are so thankful for the leaders of those organizations, Peter Ochiel and Faith Kunihira, and their selfless dedication and service to their communities and to their staff. Each member of these great organizations has worked relentlessly and sacrificially to serve their community and we are grateful for each and every one of them.

Thank you for being a part of Know Think Act and for making 2013 one of our best years yet. Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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Living in another country you get to experience all new holidays (like Martyr’s Day), but you also realize how few western holidays get celebrated in Uganda. No 4th of July, no Halloween, no Thanksgiving. Uganda also has an Independence Day, and I’m not a huge fan of Halloween anyways, but I will miss Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because I feel like it is one of the few holidays that has remained (relatively) un-commercialized.

I’ve never thought of myself as a particularly ungrateful person, but this year I have a new appreciation of how much I have to be thankful for. Usually at my house after the Thanksgiving meal my family goes around and says what they are thankful for. I usually say something like my friends or family, for which I am very thankful for, but this year what come to mind are much more basic things, things I have always taken for granted.

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This year I am thankful that there was never a question if I would get an education or not. I am thankful that I always had access to clean water. I am thankful that I always had enough clothes to wear. I am thankful I always had access to medical care. I am thankful that I always had enough food to eat.

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But most of all, this year I am thankful that I have the chance to make a difference in someone’s life by helping them get an education, or clean water, or medical care, or food. I am thankful to be partnering alongside people who believe that everyone is entitled to the same basic human rights, and who work hard to make sure they get them.

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You can help make this holiday season an incredible one by partnering with Bringing Hope to the Family in Uganda, or Action Ministries in Kenya, and help make the things that you are thankful for a reality in others lives. Visit Know Think Act to see how you can partner with these amazing leaders who are changing their communities.

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Thanks for reading, I am grateful for each of you and your support!

Kate

 

 


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The holiday season is a time for celebration and a time for those we love. At Know Think Act, we love celebrating the Thanksgiving and Christmas season and all the significance that it holds. Tis the season for joy, hope, peace, and love! It is the season to give and to receive, and this year tis the season to change lives!

We partner with local leaders who are working to eliminate extreme poverty in their communities, and this holiday season, we want to come together to meet the needs of these communities.

Head over to www.knowthinkact.com and see the needs that we can be a part of meeting. This year isn’t just a time for friends and family, tis the season for clean water, to care for orphans, for education, and to meet health care needs.

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This past week while on our trip to North Carolina we were able to reconnect with AJ and Ana Overton.  We hadn’t seen them since they left Uganda in 2010.  For those that might not be up to speed on the Overtons, AJ and Ana lived in Kaihura and worked with Bringing Hope to the Family during our first two years there.  We had quickly become great friends and spent a lot of time together.  It was such a blessing for us to have fellow Muzungu’s (foreigners) to relate to and to share our experiences with while we were adjusting to life in Uganda.  Thus, this was a great week being able to catch up with them and play a few games (we played a lot of board games while in Uganda). This week we are just taking time to reflect and give thanks for the people around us who are a part of our journey. We wouldn’t be able to make it without the amazing community supporting us constantly. Thank you!Settlers of Catan!

until next time