Bringing Hope to the Family (BHTTF) is a community-based organization in Kaihura, a city in Western Uganda, that dedicates its efforts to providing support to families and communities affected by HIV/AIDS, disease and illness, poverty, hunger and disaster.
The organization was founded in 2000 by Faith Kunihira, a Ugandan woman deeply troubled by the condition of her home region of Kyenjojo. Its community development programs now include the Hope Again Medical Clinic, Home Again Orphanage, High Hope Junior School and the Dorcas Vocational School. BHTTF now cares for over 3,000 children and provides medical services to an average of 330 patients per month.
For more information, visit http://www.bringinghope.org/
The Sisters of Notre Dame (SND) is an international congregation of Catholic women who serve the Church in educational, pastoral and social ministries in 17 countries throughout the world, including Uganda.
In 1992 the Bishop of Hoima Catholic Diocese in Uganda declared the need to raise educational standards and prepare children for Catholic leadership in Buseesa, a city in the country's western district of Kibaale. Four sisters from the SND Kentucky and California provinces joined together in response to this call and arrived in Uganda in 1995 to help begin build a new community.
With backgrounds in education and nursing, the sisters built a convent and school and started a farm in the Buseesa village. By 1998 they opened the St. Julie Model Primary boarding school, and just five years later opened the Notre Dame Academy Senior Secondary School. Now, the SND prides itself in serving more than 400 children per year.
Since the start of its involvment, the SND has expanded its efforts to include formation of religious life and vocation awareness programs, and the sisters also continue to collaborate with local health care professionals to serve the community through primary health treatment and disease prevention.
SND Buseesa Community Mission Statement:
Imbued with a missionary spirit here in Buseesa, Uganda, we are an international group of religious women rooted in the spirit and charism of Notre Dame.
In community, we strive to recognize the beauty and goodness of each one, drawing our strength from God and each other, so we can live a vibrant, expansive, and caring community life.
As community, we recognize the uniqueness of each person and welcome the gift of diversity among us.
Acknowledging we are on a journey of faith, trust, and love, we are open to new life and growth coming from each other, the culture, and the people of Uganda.
Living the Paschal Mystery here, we are filled with a new hope for ourselves and the people we serve.
For more information, visit http://snduganda.org/
Global Support Mission (GSM) is a U.S. national faith-based organization founded by Travis Gravette in 2006. Inspired by Gravette's trip to Kunihira's orphanage in Uganda where he spent a month volunteering, the Tennesse-based organization is committed to combatting poverty, hunger and disease in developing countries by educating and empowering communities through its affiliate programs.
GSM is a main supporter of Bringing Hope to the Family, and works closely with Kunihira to strengthen and improve the Ugandan community with an approach that is supported by a network of resources and informed by a philosophy of compassion.
For more information, visit http://www.globalsupportmission.com/.Bringing Hope to the Family's programs continually need funding. To donate, click here.