This is where the families of Kyabajagara previously gather all of the water that they used everyday. BHTF works with KTA to help bring clean water to communities whose only source of water looks like this.

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Constructing a well is hard work. When money is raised, through the generosity of donors like you, BHTF works with the community to dig and construct a source of clean water. BHTF will provide the materials and a supervising engineer, but the community receiving the well pitches in and provides the labor for the construction of the well.

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Depending on the community and the site, constructing a new well takes between one to three weeks. Once the well is finished, it will bring clean drinking, cooking, cleaning water for years to come!

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Mbale’s original water source

For many of us, it is hard to imagine living without readily available clean water. Up until this week, the community of Mbale has been living with an extremely dirty water source for all of their drinking, cleaning, and bathing needs. However, because of you and your giving through knowthinkact.com, this week BHTF was able to build a well for the 125 people in Mbale! On Thursday, myself and some of the BHTF staff made the trek out to Mbale in the rain to hand the well over to community. It was so great to be able to see the difference that can be made by providing a source for clean water! I’ve been able to take some photos of the well building process and I would love to share them with you!

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Wells are dug by hand. Clean water comes at price, and the community jumped in to work hard for their new well.

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Clean water is worth the hard work, and sometimes you have to dig deep to access the clean water source.

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Carrying rocks and the building materials for the well.

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Some members of the community gathered to experience the new well.

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The first pump!

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Let the clean water flow for the people of Mbale! We are so excited for them and what a difference between this water and the original source. We are excited that the health and quality of life for the people of Mbale will greatly improve. Thank you for being a part of this life changing process!


Rainy season is in full effect in Uganda, but Photo Friday is our favorite post all week, so rain or shine, we will deliver some of our favorite pics from this week.

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I’ll be writing more about the well that was just completed in Mbale, but I just wanted to share with you this sneak peak of the well. Now the people in this community can get clean water here instead of a very dirty, very hard to access, pond.

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Juliet is a vibrant part of our Home Again community, and goes to the secondary school in Kaihura. Juliet is always singing and joking. She has such a love for other people, always greeting everyone with a hug and a smile.

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This week has been oddly filled with goats. This goat I met while visiting Kyongera Farm, which was a pretty uneventful way to meet a goat. He was the only kid interested in what was going on with me, why the other goats seem to be quite distracted.

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Later in the week myself and another BHTF staff member were each gifted with a goat while we were way out in a village at a well dedication. I was a little worried about how we were going to transport our goats back home, but they were unceremoniously loaded in the back of the car and made the ride home in the rain with us.

Thanks for looking at this week’s pictures and you can see today’s post and the 19 other Photo Friday posts here!

 

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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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When I met Faith for the first time back in 2004, I was so impressed by the work she was doing in her village of Kaihura.  She had made huge personal sacrifices to commit herself to serving the least of these in her own community.  She was four years into her work and had already accomplished a lot with the limited resources she had, most of which was educational.  You don’t need money to teach, encourage and love people.  She worked with what she had, but didn’t let her current limitations hold back her vision.
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One of the things that she wanted to do, but lacked the resources to accomplish, was help bring clean water to her people.  She brought me to a mud hole that her own family and 15+ other families were getting their water from.  She had vision for clean water, but lacked the resources to make that happen.  I was a young college student at the time, I didn’t have the money either, but I knew this had to change and if people knew about it, they would help.  I didn’t know it then, but that was the beginning of Know Think Act.
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Local leaders like Faith have vision and the community is willing to do their part, they just need some help… some one to meet them halfway and KnowThinkAct.com makes that possible.  We started with that first well and have since empowered Faith to bring clean water to thousands.  Let’s keep changing lives with the gift of clean water.  Click here to see the communities Faith is currently working with to dig wells.  They have donated the land and will provide all the labor… they just need someone to meet them in the middle and cover the expenses for materials that they could never afford.  Together we can make a difference.
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