13Dec/18

Speak Up!

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.”

–Proverbs 31:8-9 (NLT)

Survival is often what dictates the actions of people facing extreme poverty. How can one dream of the future or think about any long-term plans when she is simply trying to find something to eat or a place to sleep?

This is exactly what happened to Juliet, years ago when she had completed Secondary 4 with her ordinary diploma. She did have dreams back then, dreams of completing her schooling and receiving her advanced diploma so she could go to university. She may have had dreams of her mother growing old and being there for her when she had her own children with a loving husband. Then, these dreams dwindled when her single mother became extremely ill and passed away, leaving Juliet without the means to finish school or even provide for herself. She felt at that time the only answer was to get married.

The man she married changed drastically as addiction and violence took over his life. He refused to care for his wife and two young boys, using all their resources to fuel his addiction. He turned on his wife, physically abusing her day after day, something which is tragically common in Uganda.

Thankfully, she had the courage to walk away, knowing that she had to protect her children and find a way to provide for them. She eventually was hired by one of our partner schools, Alpha Primary School, where she provides manual labor, proving to be diligent at work and at home.

Our Ugandan staff were moved in their hearts by her story and registered her son, Abraham for sponsorship. The waiting must have been painful for Juliet and Abraham, wondering if he would ever have the opportunity to reach his potential and trusting that God had not forgotten them. In fact, Abraham waited for an entire year and then just last week, he was sponsored! We rejoice with Juliet and Abraham, knowing that sponsorship will make all the difference in his life!

In October, while in Uganda, I received 27 new child registrations for sponsorship, each child with a unique story and difficult circumstances (like Abraham’s). We so desire to see these children receive an opportunity to become all that God created them to be, to experience hope, and to know the depths of His everlasting love and grace!

Would you consider giving a child a new opportunity as we approach the New Year? It is a simple, relatively small investment creating lasting change in Uganda. May we “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves”!

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10Oct/18

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

Rita’s mother didn’t know where to turn when her husband passed away, leaving her to care for seven children in rural Uganda. The children went to a government school, but still had fees to pay in order to go to school. They worked hard, making coal from firewood and selling it in town to help out with the family needs. Eventually, Rita was sponsored and was able to fulfill her dream of becoming a teacher. Today, she is a certified teacher at Amazing Grace Primary School, one of Hope Africa International’s partnering schools in Uganda. Rita is giving back to the program and her country by serving as a teacher and supporting her mother, nieces and nephews through the income she is earning. Sponsorship is one of the best solutions to alleviating poverty as it addresses the educational, physical and spiritual needs of children who are the future!

Want to learn more about how to alleviate poverty?

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25Sep/18

Raising Brighton

 

It is a daily struggle for most families in rural Africa who depend on sustenance farming just to feed their children. This leaves little room for the “extras”, such as school fees, clothes, or medical care.  In one girl’s situation, the “extra” was her Secondary (High School) School fees. After three years of Secondary School, her father could no longer pay for her fees, so she dropped out of school altogether. In the midst of her vulnerability, she found herself pregnant and alone, completely abandoned by the child’s father. She gave birth to a beautiful boy named Brighton.

With the additional mouth to feed, her already stressed parents became desperate. She also became desperate and gave in to the pressure of quickly marrying another man, hoping to relieve them. Tragically, the man rejected Brighton and forced her to give him up to the care of her parents.

Our hearts break when we hear of this kind of rejection, an all too common story for children in Eastern Uganda. Thankfully, Brighton’s grandparents love him deeply, but their ailing health prevents them from providing for his school fees. So, Brighton has been waiting (for over a year now) to be sponsored so he can receive a quality education, uniforms, medical care and the hope he is not forgotten.

We want to bring Brighton into our Hope Africa “Family” so he can reach his potential and follow his dream of becoming a doctor. Most importantly, we want to help Brighton to grow into the man, husband or father God created him to be. We believe this is how the cycle of poverty can be broken!

Most of our sponsored children have stories like Brighton’s, but are thriving in our program through the simple gift of sponsorship. They are excelling in school, growing in God’s love, and learning how to be leaders, all because someone extended love to them through sponsorship. Sponsorship does change the life of a child dramatically and you can be a part of this transformation!

Would you consider helping Brighton reach his potential? You can sponsor him today at www.hopeafricakids.com!
29Aug/18

Rejected

Imagine the pressure of trying to prove yourself over and over for something completely out of your control, something you must do in order to survive to the next day. In rural Uganda producing children, specifically sons, is often what defines women. If a woman cannot have children or if she only bears girls, she most likely will face rejection, abuse, and abandonment.

“You are worthless,” they said to her walking away and leaving her to care for her girls. Five of them thought she was responsible for the gender of the children they produced, failing to recognize they themselves created that gender. Five different men abandoned her and their collective ten daughters, leaving them to fend for themselves. Now, one child has passed away, and the three oldest daughters left their mother to seek whatever means necessary to care for themselves.

What happens, then, in the mind of these girls as they grow up knowing their fathers did not value them enough to stay with their mother? How can they learn in the depths of their souls that God created them, loves them and will never forsake them as a perfect Father?

Today, this woman and her six daughters struggle to survive simply because they are the “wrong” gender. They all live in a tiny rented room, each girl with barely enough to make it through each day. They sometimes go a day without eating, most days with only one meal. She waits despairingly, hoping for an answer. She waits for even just one daughter to be sponsored, so that her girl can have a better future than this.

Sponsorship gives girls opportunities they may otherwise never have, growing up in a hostile world. They are allowed to excel in the best schools, allowed to dream about their futures, encouraged by Hope Africa Staff who love them like their own children, taught what it means to be loved by God as their Father, and challenged to lead others as they grow older. Why wouldn’t we give them these opportunities to break this cycle of poverty and hurt?

UPDATE: Nine-year old Aisha is one of those six abandoned girls, who was waiting to be sponsored for over a year now. We rejoice that she was sponsored after we shared her story! What if now is the time for you to consider investing in a child’s life? We have more children, who like Aisha, have been waiting for a year!

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