Hope Springs International

Lasting Change One Village at a Time


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Village of Landongor Lawampe to receive a well.

Next closest water is 5 miles away and looks about the same.

Next closest water is 5 miles away and looks about the same.

The village of Ladongor Lawampe’s only source of drinking water is pictured on the left. When Rambi Ayala, our Director of Operations for Africa, visited this village with the news that they would soon have a well, the people could not believe after so long a time their suffering was about to come to an end.

 
Rambi reported, “Sadly on my visit Saturday a child passed away while IMG_20140705_153018I was there due to complications from unclean water and treatable childhood ailments.” This serves as a reminder of why what we do is so important, and serves as well as motivation for trying to do even more.

 

 

From the time they learn to walk, this is a part of their lives.

From the time they learn to walk, this is a part of their lives.

Children are especially susceptible to disease under the age of 5 because their immune systems are not fully developed. Clean water is life, especially to these little ones.

 
I just learned this morning (7.7.14) that the well drilling for Ladongor Lawampe will begin tomorrow. This well was made possible by one of our most loyal supporters. I wrote a blog about Michael a few weeks ago. I hope you will read it and realize how important one person can be in changing the lives of thousands.

 
This is our 7th well in Gombe State, Nigeria. We have funds on hand for number 8

These are the faces of lives that are about to change.

These are the faces of lives that are about to change.

that will be drill soon after this well. How would you like to provide or help provide the ninth well? Through a special arrangement with a local drilling company we are able to provide a well for only $3,000.00 or half the normal price. Could you give $300 and find 9 other friends or co-worker who could follow your example? Could you give $100 and find 29 other friends or co-workers to give $100. When you break down the numbers it is amazing what one person and a bunch of friends can do to bring lasting change to hundreds and hundreds of lives.

 

Won’t you join us? Contact us if you need ideas. Click here to donate!

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I Cannot Get My Mind Around These Numbers!

8 of 15 kids that still need a sponsor.

8 of 15 kids that still need a sponsor.

It is estimated there are between 143 million and 210 million orphans worldwide (recent UNICEF report.) The UNICEF orphan numbers DON’T include abandonment (millions of children) as well as sold and/or trafficked children. The current population of the United States is just a little over 300 million… to give you an idea of the enormity of the numbers…
I don’t know about you, but I simply cannot get my mind around these numbers. But you and I can change that number by one or two. For only $50 per month you can feed, clothe, educated and teach life sustaining skills to one child.
That won’t solve the world wide problem, but it will be a solution for one child. We still have 15 opportunities for someone to change a life and give them hope. Will you choose one and make that difference in

7 Kids that still need a sponsor.

7 Kids that still need a sponsor.

their life?

Medical care is readily available at our Jordan Health Center which is only 30 yards from the orphanage compound. All children attend our school which is located within the the orphanage compound. The children are learning French (Major language of Chad), English and the Bible among other subjects.

Sponsorship is easy. Pick a child. Drop us an email with the child’s name to: hopespringsinternational@yahoo.com. Your donations can be made each month or you may set up a monthly debit by Check or Debit/Credit Card at our Website: http://www.hopespringsint.com. Just click the donate button and you will be taken to the donation site. Full sponsorship of a child is $50.00 per month or half sponsorship for $25.00 per month.

Sponsor a child yourself or get a group from you work place to do this together. This is a great project for a bible class or a family. This small amount will make all the difference to one child.

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Hope Springs School Judged Best in the Region

French class. English is taught as well.

French class. English is taught as well.

Exciting news just received from Pierre Rimorbi, project coordinator for Dono-Manga, Chad.

“Good news! School inspectors from Lai the state capital judged our school the best in the region this year after completing their inspection. We have more than 700 children enrolled in the school with eleven teachers and two guardians. The students are divided into ten classrooms.”

This school’s development and growth is an amazing story. A

Gathering for classes

Gathering for classes

young man from Dono-Manga named Sebastian, graduated from the Jos School of Biblical Studies and returned home a couple years ago and wanted to start a school. What began with a little over one hundred students has grown beyond our wildest dreams. Children now come from miles around to attend school.

Part of our teaching staff. Sebastian is second from left.

Part of our teaching staff. Sebastian is second from left.

One of the factors that has enabled such growth was our work to bring clean water to Dono-Manga. Many children were prevented from attending school because they spend their day searching for water. In 2009-2010 Hope Springs rehabilitated 26 out-of-service wells and drill 35 new wells providing clean accessible water to over 100,000 people. This has given many children the freedom to be able to attend school.

What is equally remarkable is that this has been done with a

Six more classroom have been added since this picture was taken.

Six more classroom have been added since this picture was taken.

mostly volunteer staff of teachers whose classrooms are makeshift thatch huts along the compound wall where our orphanage is located.

But what makes this most remarkable of all is that Dono-Manga is located in the middle of nowhere. This district is 60 miles off of the nearest paved road. When you get to that paved road from a cart path through miles of bush you are still over 100 miles from a city of any size. If you are not familiar with how this work began let me encourage you to take a few minutes and watch a short video of our beginnings. Click here

We will soon share plans for a permanent school building to house this growing school. We believe that through this school we will be able to bring lasting change to much of southern Chad.

If you would like to join us by supporting this journey you can go here to donate. CLICK ON PICTURE BELOW TO ENLARGE.

Proposed Building

Proposed Building


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Thank You Gabriel!!

Gabriel Hardin presents the money he collected for mosquito nets.

Gabriel Hardin presents the money he collected for mosquito nets.

I love it when kids look at the problems of the world and ask, “Why doesn’t someone do something about that?” and then they do! Gabriel Hardin learned of the importance of mosquito nets in the prevention of Malaria and decided to collect money to buy nets.  Gabriel began contacting his friends and family and on Monday presented me an envelope containing $100. That is enough to buy 10 nets and will protect at least 10 children. In many cases one net will protect more than 10 because multiple children can sleep under one net.

There is a great lesson in Gabriel’s story. It is simply this. None of us can do everything, but all of us can do something to save lives and alleviate suffering.

Thanks Gabriel for being Jesus to the children of Dono-Manga, Chad.

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She Donated Her Birthday

Isabella presents her birthday donations to Board Member Barb Hodges

Isabella presents her birthday donations to Board Member Barb Hodges

Isabella Patterson, daughter of Jason and Danielle Patterson of Hendersonville, TN, decided that she didn’t want the normal gifts for her birthday this year. She wanted her birthday to be a blessing to others. So Isabella requested instead of gifts for her that donations be made to Hope Springs International.  Isabella’s request resulted in a total donation of $600.00!

A big thank you to Isabella’s family and friends for honoring her request and celebrating her birthday in such a special way!

And Isabella, here is a big “thumbs up” thank you from all of our kids in Dono-Manga, Chad for thinking of them on your birthday! You are a blessing!

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Blessed By Our New Internet Connections To Dono-Manga

Children in School (6)Hearing them reminded me again that what we are doing is so very important.

Our new Skype connection with Dono-Manga, Chad has brought us so many blessing this past week. It was made even more special this morning as Barb and I watched and listened to our now 63 orphans sing, “We must follow Jesus no matter how rough the road”. Rambi Ayala, our Director of Operations for Africa, had taught it to our team of four as we traveled many hours across three nations in Africa in 2010. Now during his visit to Dono-Manga he taught it to our orphans.

As the song ended with hands waving with thumbs up and shouts of “Thank You”, I thought of the 7 ladies who have faithful

The well on the compound provides plenty of clean safe water.

The well on the compound provides plenty of clean safe water.

provided the monthly donations that enable us to feed these children. I remember also when we returned from our trip in 2010 sharing the dream of providing an orphanage “someday” in Dono-Manga and two families stepped to the plate and said we will do that. Within a matter of a few months the orphanage was built complete with a walled compound, their own well, and the location chosen was less than 100 yards from the Jordan Health Center that would provide for their health care.

Our orphans playing on the compound grounds.

Our orphans playing on the compound grounds.

It will soon be 4 years since we answered that first SOS from Dono-Manga. There has not been one day during that time that I questioned that this was the work of God’s hand. It is without a doubt the most humbling work I have ever been a part of.

To those of you who support this work, thank you seems so inadequate to express how we feel about you. You are not only a blessing to the people of Dono-Manga, you are a blessing to us as well. Without your willingness to be used by God we simply could not do what we do.


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Doubling the Blessing

???????????????????????????????Have you ever ordered yourself a meal and then found out you got a free dessert? How about receiving a gift you expected and then upon opening it discovered that the giver packed a little something else just to surprise you? It’s a wonderful feeling to be blessed more than you believed.

Hope Spring International is sending a blessing down to Dono-Manga, Chad in the form of a portable well drilling machine and a generator. This alone is more than a blessing to the people so desperate for clean water, but we have a chance to double that blessing in a unique way. Isn’t it wonderful when we see an opportunity that allows us to show the love, generosity and understanding of a people of Christ from across the ocean?

A shipping container containing this portable well drilling machine and generator will be on its way soon, but there is plenty of room left in this container for more blessings.

New rig has been tested and ready to ship!

New rig has been tested and ready to ship!

The school children in Dono-Manga, Chad are learning English and what if they were standing by the adults unpacking this equipment and saw loads of Children’s books, writing tablets, chalk, pens, pencils and other school supplies? How big do you think those children’s smiles would be to receive gifts?

Although this is easily accomplished by single contributions, Hope Springs International would like to issue a challenge to double the blessing to our communities, schools, churches and other groups who feel led to help us fill the empty spaces of the container with gifts of love.

Just a part of the 600+ kids in our school in Dono-Manga

Just a part of the 600+ kids in our school in Dono-Manga

Will you accept this challenge of a double blessing opportunity?

Meet with your groups and issue our call to action and let’s see if together we can fill these empty spaces and leave no room. If you would like to collect funds to apply to the purchase of these items, checks can be made to “Hope Springs International” and add “Double the Blessing” to the “For” line, then mail to 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075. You may also visit our website to donate through PayPal.: www.hopespringsint.com. You do not have to have a PayPal account to donate and will be given the opportunity to specify how you would like us to apply your donation. All donations will be used for the purpose you designate.

Our “double the blessing” list is as follows and needs to be collected by March 22, 2013:

  • French New Testaments ($1 each or a case of 48 for $50)
  • Children’s Books in English (new or used)
  • School Supplies (chalk, pen, pencils, writing tablets, etc.)

Collected supplies may be mailed to our address above. If you live in the greater Nashville area we will make arrangements to pick up your donations if the size is too large to ship. Call 615.390.2134 for more information.

by Alycia Neighbors

by Alycia Neighbors