COVID Food and Health Relief – Round 2COVID Food and Health Relief – Round 2

Thank you to everyone who has continued their support throughout this difficult time. COVID-19 has affected people in ways we can only imagine and our organization wants you to know we are here for you, praying for health, safety and God’s protection!  With your generous donations we were able to get masks, money, medicine, food supplies and seeds to Uganda. Thank you for all your help and your continuous support.

Round 2 of COVID relief is in progress!  Thank you so much to generous donors and our “progress in the pandemic” efforts.

In addition to supplying the villages we partner with, Awere Side by Side community group adjacent to the Agape Training Center and Farm identifies 18 vulnerable people to benefit from COVID-19 relief. 18 people will also be graining 10kgs of their grain freely every month (from new the grain grinder) and be given fish from the fish ponds every month by ACFD once the fish are ready.

 

 

Below is 105 year old blind woman, Aceng Martina who is so grateful to recieve this provision.

+ We are also eternally grateful to Faith Chapel for their generosity, vision, wisdom and guidance!

 

 

Below you can see Emmanuel Clinic Village Health Team/Trainers (VHT’s), who are all volunteers, receiving much needed medical supplies, masks and soap for their villages. The 25 member Emmanuel Clinic VHT group serve 15 villages in this region.  The Northern Uganda VHT group are 12 volunteer members serving 9 villages. Hope 2 One Life has trained and supported these VHT groups for the past 10 years, with both practical training using a VHT manuel we developed and is approved by the local Ugandan government VHT/ministry of health, as well as leadership training in the great commandment and the great commision and unity through community groups who have a shared vision. They both have now been supported in a micro loan income generating project to help with sustainability and empowerment. Over the years the mentorship process also includes collaboration with the local leaders and pastors, who have yearned for bibles and discipleship material. Each VHT group has a pastor/leader.These photos show the Katamarwa, Rakayata, Kampala, Awal and Palabek villages receiving the supplies. These photos were taken on site by our awesome partner Agape Community Foundation for Development (ACFD) director Terence who personally delivered them with approval of the Ugandan Government.  We are grateful to the Giving Tuesday Donors and Faith Chapel for their amazing support in this relief effort! God Bless you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope 2 One Life is a 100% volunteer organization and all donations, funds raised benefit the impoverished in Uganda directly through our newly transformed process and NGO partner, Agape Community Foundation for Development – modeling the PRESM concept H20 has developed; Post War Recovery Empowerment and Sustainability:  Healthcare, clean water, educational/vocational resources, agriculture training, nutrition and income generation projects/small business micro loans; leadership training and psychosocial/ spiritual support.

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Kweyo Village Receives a BoreholeKweyo Village Receives a Borehole

1. Background and Mission of Hope 2 One Life, Inc.
Hope 2 One Life, Inc (H20) was founded in 2007. We are an all-volunteer organization, and all board members and mission team members pay for their own trips to Uganda. Most of our work started with pilot projects, based on the people’s need and village surveys, on the Family Empowerment Uganda – Canaan Farm, a safe haven for refugees of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) war. After several years of piloting the Post War Recovery Empowerment and Sustainability Model (PRESM) for community development, it has shown sustainable promise and we moved with implementation in other Northern Uganda villages that requested our presence and help with a “hand up” and hope for a rise up out of extreme poverty. H20 helped found the non – profit Ugandan Community Based Organization (CBO), Community Foundation for Development (CFD), and became partners with trusted Ugandans we have known since 2006. Terence Acaye is the Director of ACFD (formerly the financial accountant for Emmanuel clinic) and has a proven track record with UNICEF, World Food Program, Goal and other organizations. H20 and friends also helped two young men in this organization through university in development studies, Denis Odong who is now the farm manager and Bosco Tolit – both founding members/directors of ACFD. During the land title process CFD was changed to Agape Community Foundation for Development (ACFD), a not for profit, LLC and is in the process of obtaining NGO status.
One of H20’s core missions is to provide clean drinking water to the villages in which we work. Clean water is central to achieving and maintaining the health and prosperity of recovering and developing communities in Northern Uganda. Through 2020 H2O has sponsored and installed 13 boreholes (wells), the locations of which are provided in the map below. We have developed an excellent working relationship with a Ugandan-licensed well drilling company, DRACO-U, Ltd., based in Kampala, Uganda. This company has installed all boreholes we’ve sponsored since 2008. Critically, they provide accurate written cost estimates and then guarantee that a useable water supply will result even if it means they must make multiple attempts to obtain water. With the Kampala Village well, for example, it took DRACO three attempts to successfully install a borehole, but they did all the work for the initial cost they proposed. DRACO performs thorough well testing and a high-quality written report following installation. They typically install hand pumps on each borehole, but for our larger projects, they have provided turnkey solar-powered pumping systems with elevated storage tanks that have supplied both drinking water and water for drip irrigation and livestock usage.
Every single water project implemented by H20 begins with assembly of a community water board and includes introductions of each member and review of roles and responsibilities. The village is trained on the protection of the clean water source, sanitation, hygiene and handwashing. H20 mission trip volunteers have been training Village Health Teams (VHT’s) since 2009 and have developed a VHT manual. The water system for ACFD and the Agape Training Center and Farm was raised through grants and fundraisers and implemented in 2018. H20 contracted with DRACO who drilled a potable clean water supply – 46.5 meter deep borehole (well), as well as solar pumping system and 2 water storage tanks for $23,620.80. A typical hand-pump well costs $8,500 to $9,000.

2.0 Background of the Project
Kweyo village (also shown as Gwere on some maps) is a remote village in Kitgum District and is surrounded by seven villages with high rate of illiteracy, extreme poverty, poor sanitation, and lack of safe drinking water. Diseases and death, especially of vulnerable children and women are unfortunately common. A couple years ago there was outbreak of hepatitis A&B, cholera, malaria, typhoid and nodding disease.
According to the research carried out by ACFD, many of the deaths are related to inadequate hygiene and unsafe water. About 90% of the victims are vulnerable children and women. Every day they must walk long distances to collect and survive on dirty unsafe water from open wells and the traditional hand dug ponds in the rivers. Worst of all, people spent many hours at these water source because these rivers dry up in early January every year and so people are forced to dig deeper in the soil to find some little water. Many times, people go very early in the morning to collect water and come back at night with dirty water.
During the time of civil war when the people were in IDP (internally displaced persons) camps the government and other NGOs drilled boreholes in the camps. But after people left those camps, the rural health centers, schools and villages like Kweyo village were left without any safe water sources. When community meetings have been held to address the need of safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene in Kweyo village, almost everybody came because of the high need.

Kweyo Village will be incorporated in the mentorship program of ACFD, the Agape Training Center and Farm, will form a water board and community unity group, appoint village health workers to train and farmers to learn farming God’s Way.

Despite the struggles currently presented by the Coronavirus pandemic, H2O Life is still focused on our mission at hand. We are fortunate for farming with Farming God’s Way Uganda training that has helped the course of survival and resilence during this time. “Farming God’s Way is a resource given to the wider body of Christ, to serve the poor and deliver them from the yoke of poverty.” GW Dryden

“Farming God’s Way is an amazing Godly solution to the food security and poverty crisis for the rural poor. Farming God’s Way is not just a technology but a well-balanced biblical, management and technological solution for the agricultural domain, equipping the poor to come out of poverty with what God has put in their hands and revealing the fullness of His promised abundant life”

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We are also grateful to you all as our projects have provided food and clean water to the people of Northern Uganda. The village health teams have been well trained in handwashing and hygiene, Our beloved villages and friends are doing as well as can be expected through the isolation. It has been especially hard on the elderly and children.  16 farmers were in FGW training in Feb 2020 and this has helped sustain them and their villages. Denis Odong (depicted in the feature image), the farm manager of our new Agape Training Center and Farm, attended the in field mentorship training, as well as vegetable training. His goal is to become a national facilitator for FGW Uganda and able to conduct future trainings at our farm. He has been keenly interested in water, agriculture including drip irrigation and community development since we first met him in 2008. His mother carried him and other siblings and cousins out of the LRA war area to a safe haven at a young age, when we met him and started our pilot projects. He was sponsored in university and is one of the board members and founders of Agape Community Foundation for Development (ACFD), the partner organization formed with the mentorship and financial support of Hope 2 One Life, Inc.  Praise God!

+ Faith Chapel has generously funded this Farming God’s way training, as well as this COVID 19 relief effort. Terence, our partner Agape Community Foundation for Development delivered to all area villages we help train and support in the Post War Recovery, Empowerment and Sustainability Community Development Model (PRESM).

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Agape Training Center and FarmAgape Training Center and Farm

 

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Hope 2 One Life has implemented trainings for clean water, education, farming, healthcare, hygiene and sanitation, income generation and HOPE through the Love of Jesus for impoverished communities recovering from the LRA war in Northern Uganda, Africa – resulting in the demand for more!

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Matthew 22:36-40 where Jesus tell us to love God and love our neighbors. Serventship, living water and community unity is where all of our processes begin. 

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The only program and center of its’ kind in Northern Uganda, Hope 2 One Life and ACFD provide christ centered community mentorship, training, development and support to impoverished people, villages and areas affected by the over 21 year LRA war.    Our Postwar Recovery Empowerment and Sustainability Model highlights all elements of poverty from clean water, hygiene and sanitation to education to healthcare, income generation and vocational training, nutrition and agriculture to spiritual and psychosocial poverty.  We believe our model functions as a vehicle and without all working parts, people are unable to propel forward out of poverty.  Hope 2 One Life and ACFD trainings and projects have been piloted on smaller scales to assess sustainability, are replicable and self- independent allowing  men, women and children to  participate in creating  HOPE and EMPOWERMENT to the rise out of poverty. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why an Integrated Demonstration and Training Farm?

Hope 2 One Life planted their roots in Uganda in 2007 after seeing a great need for clean water while on a church mission medical outreach.  Later, with the help of Draco Drilling, several water wells were drilled throughout Northern Uganda providing clean drinking water. After establishing trust and relationships with many people, the demand for health care, food/nutrition and income-generating projects was at an extreme high.  Hope 2 One Life created a program called Village Health Worker Trainings/Teams (VHT) to tackle the issue of illness and healthcare. Ugandans from each village we are associated with, come together and learn ways to prevent diseases, learn about hygiene, wound treatment and when returning to their community, meet with other village members frequently to discuss the knowledge they have obtained. For those without land or the ability to farm we created another option in bead-making and tailoring projects, that gave rise to business training and micro loans for income generation/business.

With our village surveys and proposed community development model we began networking and finding a training venue for improved farming and partnered with a program called Farming God’s Way– that uses natural methods, technology and information, yielding more abundant and higher quality crops than traditional farming methods. :Farming God’s Way is an amazing Godly solution to food security and poverty crisis for the rural poor…not just technology but a well balanced biblical, management and technological solution….equipping the poor to come out of poverty with what God has put in their hands and revealing the fullness of His promised abundant life.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Praying in the field

There has been success in IMO piggery projects and Boer goat breeding, creating another avenue for revenue. Each program is self-sustainable and teaches small- business planning and micro-financing, resulting in self-independence.  We have also recently diversified with fisheries projects that can also be replicated for an excellent protein source, as well as income. Bee keeping and more is planned!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every village wants and needs a nursery school and Sunday school for young children. This involves a need for teacher training.  Hope 2 One Life has implemented successful Christ centered teacher trainings in the past and is working on a partnership with Our Call Missions and Roots2Fruits kindergarten to P-W christian curriculum.

 

 

 

 

In the year 2019 the impact of the LRA war is still prevalent in Northern Uganda. Many Ugandans are dying of starvation and preventable causes due to lack of knowledge and healthcare and are going without education as a result of poverty. Several villages have asked to implement our programs in their area showing that the need is still ongoing. This Integrated Training Center and Demonstration Farm would provide a place for people to stay cost-free for an extensive amount of time.  Our trainings currently only last for a partial amount of the day due to travel and rapid-changing weather conditions. With the option for people to stay at the Farm the knowledge retained and the impact can be twice as much.  This also provides a venue for growth, sharing the love of Jesus, discipling and serving in the image of Christ.

 

What does Hope 2 One Life and ACFD trainings look like?

Hope 2 One and Agape Community Foundation for Development have organized several trainings in which areas of improvement have been recognized. This proposed Development, Agape Training Center and Farm will achieve a lasting impact for the attendees, trainers, and surrounding villages. Below is a combination of real scenarios Hope 2 One Life and ACFD have encountered and made into one. This will give you an idea of what our trainings currently look like and highlight the areas of improvement that this Integrated Development Training Farm with fulfill.

Scenario

Bosco is from a rural village and has seen the improvement of a neighboring village who is attending trainings of Hope 2 One Life and ACFD. His village has asked to be a part of the trainings which include various trainings. The village leaders inform him of a Village Health Team Meeting that Hope 2 One Life and ACFD have invited the village to join. Bosco travels by boda-boda (Ugandan motorcycle that functions as a taxi) which takes him 2 hours to arrive at the venue rented out by the two organizations. His transportation is paid by the organizations and he arrives in a classroom setting, the first in which he has ever seen. He takes a seat, where he is one of fifteen others from various villages. The training begins and he follows the best he can, but there are topics he has no background knowledge of such as the importance of having a latrine (a Ugandan outhouse) a certain amount of feet deep and away from living quarters and a water source. The host starts talking about hygiene and “dressing a wound”, he has never heard this term and does not know what it means. It is explained but time is pressing because the rain is on its way, so he doesn’t ask any questions. There is a break in which Hope 2 One Life and ACFD pay for a meal prepared by the hotel. This is his first and last meal for the day. After eating, medical supplies are handed out. He receives iodine, several deworm packages, antifungal shampoo, antibiotic ointment, cotton swabs, and thin pieces of plastic with cotton on each side. He is told that these are called ear swabs and can be used to put antibiotic ointment on cuts. He wonders if he puts the entire tube of ointment on the wound but the class is concluding, and he best be on his way before the rain. He is exhausted and hasn’t sat in a classroom for that long and wishes he had more time with the trainers.

Village health trainers have all been mentored in leadership, the great commission and the great commandment. Matthew 22:36-40 where Jesus tell us to love God and love our neighbors. This serventship and living water and community unity is where all of our processes begin. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How the Development and Training Farm will Improve Scenarios like these:

 

1)      Increased Length in Trainings and Increased Impact:

This Integrated Developmental Farm will serve as a place for village members to stay and sleep which will allow the trainings to run for a longer period. This will allow for longer discussions, more questions to be asked and time for demonstrations. For farming trainings, village members will have visual aids when learning about irrigation, crop rotation, and other farming techniques. As a result village members will have more time spent with the material and a greater impact in their own village.

2)      Improvements for the Villages near the Demonstration Farm:

The farm is located in the heart of where the Lord’s Resistance Army began and much destruction took place. Villages in this area are still recovering from the impact of the war and are greatly in need. This farm will welcome all village members nearby to join our trainings. The farm will also employ people in nearby villages as well.

 

3)      Circulation of Income and Sustainability:

Rather than paying venues for meetings, that money will be given to the Farm creating a circulation of income that will be dedicated to more projects. Hope 2 One Life also has mission trips that visit Uganda, rather than paying hotels for places to stay the money would be paid to the farm, and missionaries could be hosted at the farm.

4) Hope and Faith in God and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through Christ centered community development

 

  • Acholi Bible distribution in 2019


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We are eternally grateful!

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