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In 2008, Global Hands of Hope began working in the mixed ethnic community of Bukeka, located near the source of the Nile with the mission to support vulnerable children’s well being by supporting sustainable community development interventions in local impoverished communities. The population is largely composed of people who fled their hometowns due to wars that plagued Northern, Central and Western Uganda. Unable to cross the Nile River, they settled in this beautiful land that was once part of the Mabira Rainforest. Working with community leaders, Ronald and Ritah Nalera developed a five-fold plan to bring hope to Bukeka and to open doors for the gospel to be shared.
In 2010, Suubi Children’s Center was established to serve the most-at-risk children in this community with a Christian school. Medical Clinics, staffed by Ugandan and American doctors donating their expertise, began addressing the diseases that endanger health in this impoverished area. Suubi Community Church was founded in 2011 with 30 souls. Ugandan and American evangelism teams introduced the community to the hope of the gospel. Through Christian love and the moving of His Spirit, God has blessed the church with significant growth in this Muslim community. Today, Suubi Community Church has more than 90 members. Marketing cooperatives such as the HIV+ and Widow’s Craft Group offer opportunities for members to support their families. A demonstration farm has introduced the community to the practices of farming for profit in order to improve food security.
In 2012 the child-sponsorship program was started to connect the vulnerable children of Bukeka to The Suubi Children’s Center, enabled by the loving support of a Sponsor. Each sponsored child receives a quality Christian education, 2 meals per day, a uniform, play clothes, 2 pairs of shoes and school supplies, as well as medical care at the on-site clinic. Children and their sponsors are encouraged to keep in touch through letter writing, and school reports are sent to sponsors three times per year. Many sponsors have even visited their sponsored child on short-term projects!
A Growing Hope
Our dream is to see the Suubi project (in English, the Hope project) in Bukeka become self-sustainable. Ultimately, we are laboring to lay a foundation for shared learning that will empower students to rise from poverty, live lives of faith in Christ, and lead future community development efforts. We also envision GHOH expanding to other vulnerable communities in Uganda such as Bududa, Mbale District, where survivors of landslides live in abject poverty.
Our Core Values
We love and serve children, their families, and their communities, because Christ first loved us. We are driven by this love to serve communities to help them realize how much God loves them. We believe that we are saved by grace alone and not by our good deeds or nature. Therefore, we trust in God to draw His people to Himself through our services. We do not save people; it is only God who saves. Because of His love for us, we love and care for all vulnerable children in the communities in which we serve regardless of their faith, political affiliation, or tribe, without prejudice.
Global Hands of Hope employs a five-fold strategy to foster community development.
- Education – Offering quality education based on Christian principles and two meals per day to the poorest, most vulnerable children in the community
- Health – A full-time pediatric clinic is open to children ages 12 and under. Medical clinics serve over 2,000 people each year. Health education is offered to the community.
- The Local Church – Evangelism and discipleship are allowing the church to grow and deepen in this Muslim community.
- Marketing Co-ops – Networking small businesses such as HIV+ Women’s Craft Groups and providing them with access to local and global markets.
- Agribusiness – Replacing subsistence farming by demonstrating farming-for-profit techniques and developing access to markets.