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I love the “Why not” spirit of young people!

I love the “Why not” spirit of young people. When they see a challenge they don’t analyze it, they simply say, “Why not?” Recently I told you the story of what one 13 year old wanted for her birthday. She saw a challenge and said, “Why not?” Here is another “Why not?” story.

Nathan Hamm is a young man with questions. Three years ago he asked his dad, “Why doesn’t someone do something about all the suffering in the world today?” His dad then asked him a question. “Why don’t YOU do something about it?” Darin Hamm, Nathan’s father, then shared with him the work of Hope Springs International and how we teach Drip Irrigation Farming and the need for a variety of garden seeds used in this training program.

Nathan and his family

That first year over 400 seed packets were raised through Nathan’s efforts. The following year Nathan’s sister Madison joined the effort and over 700 seed packets were collected. 2012 is the third year that this family has been involved in collecting gardening seed for our work in Nigeria and Chad. This year Nathan stepped up his efforts and found a way to collect more seed packets that ever before. The follow video produced by Nathan’s dad tells this exciting story.

This is just one of numerous ways to be involved in making a real difference in the lives of suffering people throughout the world.  Jesus said, “And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.” (Matt. 10:42). Click here to learn more about Hope Springs International Or drop us a note at: hopespringsinternational@yahoo.com

(Poster created by Darin Hamm)

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Information On Our “Need For Seed” Program

All Types Of Vegetable Seeds Are Needed.

Several have requested more information about our “Need For Seed” program. Here is a reply I sent to a recent request.

Thanks for asking about our “Need for Seed” program. Hope Springs is involved in providing wells and drip irrigation farming workshops in sub-Saharan Africa. This combination of wells and drip irrigation farming training enable people who normally could only farm during the short three month rainy season to raise crops 12 months out of the year. Our program helps to provide seed needed to get people started in learning these skills.
 
Seeds can be sent any time, but seeds are usually only available for purchase here in the US in the Spring and Summer.
 
We can use all kinds of vegetable seeds. Many of the seed varieties we have available here will grow in Africa, but they simply are not available.
 
Seeds can be mailed to us here at Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075. We will ship the seeds from here to locations where we have Drip Irrigation programs working.
 
The program is simple. Here are some suggestions:
 
1. Make an announcement at your church, office or other places that you are collecting seeds for use in Africa. Provide a donation box or just have folks bring them to you.
 
2. Email your friends list and have them send seeds to you to forward on to us.
 
3. Talk to stores that have seed displays and ask them what they do with left over seeds at the end of the season? Ask them to consider donating left over seeds to Hope Springs.
 
4. You can promote our “Need for Seed” program on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, etc. Link them to our site or just spread the word through your own.
 
Here is a link to a story on our blog about this program: https://hopespringsblog.wordpress.com/2010/04/14/2010-need-for-seed/
 
Here is a link to a story on our blog about our work in Dono-Manga, Chad and how wells and drip irrigation work together: https://hopespringsblog.wordpress.com/2010/05/04/more-than-just-new-wells-in-dono-manga/
 
Hope this helps and thanks again for writing.


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More Than Just New Wells In Dono-Manga

25 Days after workshop

Not only is water flowing freely in Dono-Manga, but now crops are beginning to grow as well. The results of the recent Drip Irrigation Workshop held here in March are evident from the photo’s above. This valuable training not only gives people the knowledge and tools necessary to provide for themselves, it can be duplicated over and over again resulting in thousands of lives being changed. At Hope Spring International we are about helping people help themselves. 

Drip Irrigation field prepared

 

Twenty graduates and twenty observers from March Workshop