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A Lot On My Mind by Lee Hodges

Picture1I had my 4th heart catheterization on the 15th. Of April. As they wheeled me down the hall to the Cath. Lab my thoughts were not on the procedure about to take place, but our Jordan Health Center in Dono-Manga, Chad. I don’t mean to sound flippant about the heart cath. It’s always critical and risky when someone goes poking around your heart. My thoughts were about the quality of care available to me as compared to that in developing nations like Chad. In reality there is no comparison.

 
I am thankful for hospitals like Centennial and their professional personnel. I am also so thankful for the Jordan Health Center.35 Year Old Moguira from Kanyoura Village a distace of 21km brought by seven relation in a charriot of Cows to save her (2).JP

35 Year Old Moguira from Kanyoura Village a distance of 21km brought by seven relation in an Ox Cart for treatment.

35 Year Old Moguira from Kanyoura Village a distance of 21km brought by seven relation in an Ox Cart for treatment.

This small health center was built a little over two years ago. It’s a small building not much larger than a one car garage. It’s nothing in comparison to the state of the art facility I was in for my procedure. But from the time JHC opened its doors until now thousands of men, women and children that have come for treatment, and there is no way to know how many hundreds of lives have been saved.

 
People come from miles around for treatment. Some walk, others are brought in Ox carts. One man, near death, was carried by his family on a homemade stretcher from their village 20 miles away.

 
In February of this year we began construction on a 1600 sq. ft. addition to the Jordan Health Center. This expansion is so desperately needed to handle the ever increasing flow of patients. The new facility will contain an office, an exam room and two wards with 4 beds each. What a blessing this addition will be. People will no longer have to lie on the floor during treatment. ??????????????????????Consultation and treatment areas will be a clean, sanitary and private.

 
In February when we began construction it was a step of faith. The foundation is now complete and the walls are up. We need an additional $11,000 to complete the building, $7,000 to complete construction and 4,000.00 for interior work and furnishings. Total construction cost will be under $20,000. That is a bargain at less than $12 a sq. ft.

 
Precipitation in Dono Manga  ChadIt’s urgent that we finish this project before the rainy season. Heavy, unrelenting rains begin in early June. They peak in August and begin to taper off by the end of September. There are heavy rains most every day during the peak period. Without a roof and exterior stucco to protect the walls the rain could cause significant damage to what has been accomplished so far.

 
Will you make a sacrificial donation to help us finish this critically needed addition? Beyond a shadow of a doubt, your gift will save lives!

 

Donating is simple. Go to our website and click on the Donate Button at the home page. Debit and Credit Cards are welcomed.

Or if you prefer simply mail your check to:
Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075


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A Lot On My Mind

JHC-Centennial ContrastI had my 4th heart catheterization two weeks ago. As they wheeled me down the hall to the Cath. Lab my thoughts were not on the procedure about to take place, but our Jordan Health Center in Dono-Manga, Chad. I don’t mean to sound flippant about the heart cath. It’s always critical and risky when someone goes poking around your heart. My thoughts were about the quality of care available to me as compared to that in developing nations like Chad. In reality there is no comparison.

I am thankful for hospitals like Centennial and their professional personnel. I am also so thankful for the Jordan Health Center. This small health center was built a little over two years ago. It’s a small building not much larger than a one car garage. It’s nothing in comparison to the state of the art facility I was in for my procedure. But from the time JHC opened its doors until now thousands of men, women and children that have come for treatment, and there is no way to know how many hundreds of lives have been saved.

35 Year Old Moguira from Kanyoura Village a distance of 21km brought by seven relation in an Ox Cart for treatment.

35 Year Old Moguira from Kanyoura Village a distance of 21km brought by seven relation in an Ox Cart for treatment.

People come from miles around for treatment. Some walk, others are brought in Ox carts. One man, near death, was carried by his family on a homemade stretcher from their village 20 miles away.

In February of this year we began construction on a 1600 sq. ft. addition to the Jordan Health Center. This expansion is so desperately needed to handle the ever increasing flow of patients. The new facility will contain an office, an exam room and two wards with 4 beds each. What a blessing this addition will be. People will no longer have to lie on the floor during treatment. Consultation and treatment areas will be a clean, sanitary and private.

Walls are going up quickly!

Walls are going up quickly!

In February when we began construction it was a step of faith. The foundation is now complete and the walls are up. We need an additional $11,000 to complete the building, $7,000 to complete construction and 4,000.00 for interior work and furnishings.  Total construction cost will be under $20,000. That is a bargain at less than $12 a sq. ft.

It’s urgent that we finish this project before the rainy season. Heavy, unrelenting rains begin in early June. They peak in August and begin to taper off by the end of September. There are heavy rains most every day during the peak period. Without a roof and exterior stucco to protect the walls the rain could cause significant damage to whatPrecipitation in Dono Manga  Chad has been accomplished so far.

Will you consider making a sacrificial donation to help us finish this critically needed addition? Beyond a shadow of a doubt, your gift will save lives!

Donating is simple. Go to our website and click on the Donate Button at the home page. Debit and Credit Cards are welcomed. Or if you prefer simply mail your check to: Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075.

Thank you for being Jesus to the people of Dono-Manga. Your gifts not only bring physical healing, but spiritual healing as well.

photo(2)aLee Hodges, President


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DONKEY CART FOR DONO-MANGA

Donkeys and Cart in front of one of the meeting houses in Dono-Manga

Donkeys and Cart in front of one of the meeting houses in Dono-Manga

Back in July we told you about a report published by Healing Hands International in their newspaper about how a donkey car was being used to haul the large quantities of water needed to supply drip irrigation farming in Niger. That report resulted in a number of people sending donations to Healing Hands for the purchase of more donkey carts to be used wherever there might be a need. Dono-Manga, Chad was provided with funds from these donations to purchase such a donkey cart for there needs. We are thrilled to report that they have been able to purchase not just one donkey, but two and the cart as well.

The purchase of these donkeys and cart could not come at a better time. As soon as roads are repaired into the Dono-Manga from the capitol, Ebenezer will travel here to oversee the repair of these out of service wells in this District of Chad. As we have reported elsewhere only 6 of the 25 wells in Dono-Manga are in service. We have raised enough funds so far to repair 16 of these out of service wells. Only three more to go! Water will soon be flowing again to this area where people are dying for the lack of potable water to drink. Once the water is flowing again we will be able to teach the skills of drip irrigation farming that will enable people from Dono-Manga to raise crops 12 months out of the year and not just the three months of the rainy season. The donkeys and cart will make it possible to service a broader the area.

If you or someone you know would be interested in helping with the repair costs of the remaining three wells drop me a note at hopespringsinternational@yahoo.com. If you are reading this on Facebook, just leave me a comment or internal email.


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Donkey Cart Fills A Vital Need

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Clean drinking water, necessary to sustain life, is a major concern when you live on the edge of the great Sahara Desert. Water sources are few and far between. In many cases much of a families’ day is spent traveling great distances to just securing water. During the dry season when no rain falls it makes it nearly impossible to raise food. One of the challenges we face in training people in the skills of drip irrigation is finding a way to get the water needed to allow this process to extend the growing season from 3 months to year round. In a place like Dono-Manga, Chad, where you do not have a local source for clean water and the nearest source is six kilometers away, it is incredibly difficult to provide large enough quantities of water for drinking and hygiene, much less drip irrigation farming.

Healing Hands International recently reported that this problem is being overcome in Niger through the use of donkey carts. Multiple and larger containers of water can be transported at one time by this means, thus conserving time and manpower. Resulting from a recent article about how these donkey carts were being used in Niger, a number of people responded wanting to provide additional donkey carts for use where ever they might be needed. Healing Hands International recently made funds available for one of those pledged donkey carts to be used in Dono-Manga.

While this will not remove the need for more wells, once wells are dug the donkey cart will extend our reach as drip irrigation farming begins to expand through out the Dono-Manga district.

You can provide a Donkey Cart for $500.00. More importantly, a well can be provided for only $1,000.