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I love to hear Faith tell her story. Every time a volunteer team is here I get Faith to tell them the story of how she started BHTF, so even though I’ve heard it several times, it is still amazing to hear how God led her to where she is now.

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Faith grew up in Kaihura but moved to away once she had finished school to work on the opposite side of Uganda. She had a good job, and she used most of her money to help support her mother and educate her younger siblings. When she would visit Kaihura she saw a community that was struggling to survive. There was no where to access clean water in the community, no electricity, and very limited access to health care. Faith also describes this a time in Kaihura when AIDS had taken over. Western Uganda has one of the highest percentages of HIV/AIDS in the country, and with better access to medical care people living with HIV/AIDS can go on with their lives normally, but before there was medical care, AIDS was a visible, prevalent, destructive disease.

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Faith never wanted to be in ministry. Every minister she knew was living in extreme poverty, and though she had grown up very poor, she had worked hard in school to get a good job, and she did not want to go back to being in extreme poverty. But after one of her visits back to the village, she felt very strongly that God was telling her to quit her job and come back to Kaihura and help the people there. When she is telling you the story she always says that was the beginning of her great battle with God. She did not want to sink back into poverty, especially with her mother and siblings depending on her. So she didn’t quit her job, at first, but the longer she stayed there the more God began to almost pester her to quit. She obeyed, quit her stable, good paying job, and took the bus back to Kaihura. When she got here she set up shop in two small rooms on the main road in Kaihura, and started visiting families who had been affected by HIV/AIDS. And from there things began to take shape, Faith never intended to create a children’s home, but when people began to bring her orphans to care for, Home Again was founded. Hope Again Primary School started in an effort to provide quality education for the children living at Home Again, and Hope Again Medical Center was started to provide HIV/AIDS care for the children at Home Again and the people in the community. Hope Academy has since grown to have more children from the community than from Home Again, and Hope Again is now a full medical clinic, instead of just an HIV/AIDS treatment facility. Click the links above to see the needs of each department for Bringing Hope to the Family.

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What I love about hearing Faith’s story is that she didn’t plan for any of this, it wasn’t her dream to start BHTF. She let God plan her life, and because of that BHTF is able to make a tremendous impact in their community.

– Kate

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Kyongera Farm was originally started as a method to help Bringing Hope to the Family (BHTF) become more self sustaining. It is also used as a site for the agricultural and carpentry portion of the New Hope Vocational School. Very soon, along with the carpentry and agriculture section of New Hope, the hairdressing and tailoring students of the New Hope School will be moving out to Kyongera Farm so that all of the students can get some agricultural training along with their other course work. Some of the BHTF staff visited Kyongera Farm last week, so I thought I’d give you a little virtual tour of the visit.

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The farm has an extensive green banana plantation. Did you know that a banana tree only produces fruit once and then they die and are used to fertilize the new trees?

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I also had no idea what a pineapple plant looked like before coming to Uganda, or that one pineapple takes two years to mature! But the pineapples here are delicious, so they are well worth the wait.

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Here some of the staff are inspecting the pineapple plants and checking their maturity.

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They grow a lot of coffee at the farm, and here are some of the raw beans. I had no idea what raw coffee beans looked like, so seeing them in their natural state was pretty neat.

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Apparently, early October is eggplant harvesting season in Uganda. Eggplants are eaten here much more than I ever ate them in the states.

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Prossy is showing off her harvesting skills with her latest eggplants.

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Even Faith got in on the action of harvesting. The staff had a lot of fun out on the farm for the day helping harvest the eggplants.

I hope you enjoyed seeing a glimpse into what grows here at the farm. We would love to have you come see Kyongera, and all the projects of Bringing Hope to the Family, in person. Email volunteer@knowthinkact.com for more information!

Nov
2012


When I first travelled to Uganda in 2006, one of the first things I noticed was not only the extreme poverty, but the lack of proficient agriculture and farming techniques, especially compared to other countries in the region.  The problems with hunger and malnutrition were not strictly due to lack of access (most families in this area of Uganda have property that has extremely fertile soil) but due to the lack of knowledge and tools.  Thankfully, over the past six years I’ve seen incredible growth in this area!  Many families are no longer struggling with hunger and on top of that, many have excess produce that they are now able to sell in the local markets.  I am so thankful and proud of the role Know Think Act has played in this – specifically in providing training and resources to these previously destitute families.

The agricultural needs on Know Think Act are constantly updated and evolving.  I encourage you to take a look at the different projects that are empowering people to better provide for their families and communities.  This is truly a gift that continues to give!  Click here to learn more about the agricultural projects we are hoping to support right now.

In what ways are you thankful for the food and agriculture that you have access to? Thank you for helping these projects and we look forward to a sustainable future!

– Brady

Chief Technology Officer

Aug
2012


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!