HOPE 2 ONE LIFE, INC., is a faith based, non-profit organization that provides hope, clean water, health care and educational resources for impoverished people.
Through personal contact and professional connection, HOPE 2 ONE LIFE, INC., supports water and sanitation projects, medical clinics, healthcare and education for people in need.
Each life is valued. All persons are respected as human beings. Non-discriminatory care and resources are available to impoverished persons, regardless of their sex, religion, tribe or color.
Women and family empowerment toward self-independence and a sustainable future. Christ centered community development.
registered as a 501(c) 3 with the IRS.
Tax ID number 64-0954902
Beginning with One Life
Our community’s interest in providing clean water for under- developed countries began with the life of one boy, Kenneth Mwanje. In 2004, A Ugandan boy with sickle cell disease was brought to Billings, Montana, by Nadine Hart, Physician Assistant, for medical help at St. Vincent Healthcare. He suffered from severe destruction of his hips making every step painful.
Bone destruction is only one facet of sickle cell disease which affects many young Africans like this boy. The most important intervention to prevent painful crisis in sickle cell disease is hydration. Clean water to provide vigorous hydration for those with sickle cell is not available in many countries. This one boy has now been blessed with two new hips, by Dr. Dean Sukin, so that he now walks without pain.
With Dr. Marty Lucas, Dr. Ed Malters and a team of physicians and healthcare providers, good nutrition and plenty of water, he now rarely has problems with sickle cell crisis. Now, healthy, Kenny, illiterate, has concentrated on his education through many volunteers, tutoring provided by Sylvan Learning and eventually attending Billings Central Catholic High School and Lincoln Center.
He obtained his GED and graduated from Rocky Mountain College with a BS in Computer Information Systems. Kenny completed his Masters in Information Technology from Denver University.
Hope 2 One Life has been formed by those who have been touched by this young boy’s life with the goal to help others like him by bringing them the resource of clean water, healthcare, educational resources and the knowledge to care for these resources.
Hope 2 One Life, Inc., an all volunteer non profit organization, was co-founded by Physician Assistant, Nadine Hart and Dr. Marty Lucas in 2007.
Recognizing the Water and Health Crisis
Desire to give Hope to people in need
In November 2006, a missions team from Billings, Montana traveled to Uganda. The team spent time in Entebbe, LRA war torn Kitgum in Northern Uganda and Family Empowerment – Canaan Farm near Masindi, a fantastic haven for those who had fled the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). We taught about hygiene, handwashing, sanitation and health issues. We brought medical supplies and helped with medical clinics in each village. We became acutely aware that we could treat illnesses with medicines, but the illnesses would recur unless we addressed the source of most of the problems – water. Unless the resource of clean water is available to the people teaching about health and hygiene is futile.
We went home and shared our experiences and stories of the people in need, raised funds for the first drilled water well and bio sand water filters. The following years, we went back with other teams, teaching hygiene, sanitation, health promotion and disease prevention, nutrition, maternal child health and more. It came to our attention that the people relished training of any kind to help improve their lives and the lives of their children. They shared even more needs; including better farming techniques and soils, access to markets and business training, educational resources, vocational and teacher training and more. We researched and pondered and listened to those affected deeply by the LRA war.
The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), formed in 1987, is a rebel self-proclaimed Christian guerrilla army operating mainly in northern Uganda. The group was engaged in an armed rebellion against the Ugandan government in what is one of Africa’s longest-running conflicts ranging over 20 years. The LRA is accused of widespread human rights violations, including mutilation, torture, rape, the abduction of civilians, the use of child soldiers (30,000 abducted) and a number of massacres. 1.7 million people were internally displaced. Hope 2 One Life has listened to the people of Uganda affected by the LRA War and is giving a hand up toward post war recovery community development.
This is their cry…. ”Help us to save the orphans and children and give them an opportunity for their future. We have no clean water. We have little food, no cattle and no seeds. Our clothes are rags. We are weak and struggling to build new huts. The trading center is very far and we must walk hours.
There is no school. No work. Look around you, the children are sick. We are all suffering. Remember, we are human beings too.
God help us.”
– Awal IDP Camp 2007
Hope 2 One Life has not forgotten. What first began with recognizing the water and health crisis in 2006, Hope 2 One Life has evolved into the development of a post-war recovery and sustainability model. In collaboration with Ugandans from Northern Uganda and other NGO’s, H20 has developed a post-war recovery community development model promoting empowerment of families and individuals with sustainable solutions: Clean Water, Sanitation and Hygiene; Shelter and Settlement; Food Security and Nutrition through Agriculture; Health Care, Education and Village Health Training Support; Psychosocial and Spiritual Support; Education and Vocational Training; Income Generation.
We hope that our efforts will begin a self-sufficient process to provide clean water, improve health, support education and training and give hope to people in need while sharing the love of God.
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak…those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
– Isaiah 40:29-31
Board of Directors
Nadine Hart, MMSc. PA-C
Physician Assistant, St. Vincent Healthcare; Billings, MT
Chairman and President
Tom Osborne, PH
Retired Professional Hydrologist, HydroSolutions, Inc.; Billings, MT
Anderson Zehrmuellen; Billings, MT
William P. Hart, Jr.
Retired Financial Executive; Pacifica CA
ESL teacher, Billings, MT
Consultant, Portland, OR
Practice Manager, St Vincent Healthcare; Billings MT
First Interstate Bank; Billings MT
Leigh Taggart, RN, MPH
Registered Nurse; British Columbia, Canada; MSU Billings
Dr. Marty Lucas, MD
St Vincent Healthcare Cancer Centers of Montana; Billings MT
Attorney, Crowley Fleck, PLLP; Billings MT
Counsel at Large
H2O in the News
See the link below to access a recent Billings Gazette article by Sue Olp, who wrote a great story about Hope 2 One Life’s World Water Day and the Walk For Water event coming up this Saturday, April 2.
His brother’s keeper: Family ties
come in all shapes, sizes and textures
By Dan Carter
For Kenny Mwanje, they reveal a life wracked by the pain of a deteriorating hip, too many hospital visits and living as an outcast. That’s a lot of life experience to see before you are 22.
For his brother, Ronnie Nsubuga, the eyes show a compassion and understanding beyond his years. At 29, he’s served as pastor and confidant for people taking their last breaths and he’s been big brother, parent and guiding light for three siblings…. Read More!
From Pacifica to Uganda, Nadine
Hart builds paths of hope and recovery (part 1)
By Jean Bartlett
Nadine Hart was just back in Pacifica for her 30-year Terra Nova High School reunion and had a wonderful time reconnecting with old friends. She also took long walks along familiar favorite places – Linda Mar Beach and Rockaway, and in the hills in the back of the valley. And as she walked she thought of the many here who have inspired her to go out into the world and make something of herself…Read More!
From Pacifica to Uganda, Nadine
Hart builds paths of hope and recovery (part 2)…Continue reading here
Ugandan boy brought to Billings
for medical help
By James Woodcock
Terry Fettig holds Roger Ssambatya, a 14-year-old boy from Uganda who will receive medical treatment in Billings.
Roger has been in Billings two weeks and his rescuers are still incredulous that he’s finally here…Read More!
Providers bring medical aid to
By Diane Cochran
Despite losing their parents in a ghastly war and suffering other inconceivable horrors, the children a Billings-based group of American missionaries met in Kitgum, Uganda, had the broadest grins the Americans had ever seen.
“They have such big smiles,” said Dr. Marty Lucas, an oncologist affiliated with St. Vincent Healthcare. “They can smile bigger than any other group of people. They smile with their whole faces.” … Read More!
By Eve Byron
Uganda is a long way from Montana, but the chance to help some small communities improve their water quality and quantity was a powerful draw for Dave Donohue….Read More!
For general questions or inquiries contact:
For information on PRESM model, In-kind donations and all programs contact:
Nadine Hart – email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org – 406-861-3166
For information on Clean water/Water quality projects contact:
Tom Osborne – email@example.com – 406-698-4120
For information on Handmade Crafts/Women and Family Empowerment contact:
Susan Hart – firstname.lastname@example.org
P.O. Box 21112 Billings, MT 59104