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Lasting Change One Village at a Time


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A DIFFERENT KIND OF POVERTY

In Sub-Saharan Africa, poverty is not the result of laziness or unwillingness to work. It is poverty without the knowledge, means or opportunity to make lasting change.

I can’t tell you the number of times someone has told me, “We have plenty of needy people right here in our country.” The implication is, if I have to choose between the poor here and the poor there, I choose here.  Let’s talk about poverty for a moment. I will use a comparison between the U.S and the Nation of Chad, where we do a majority of our work right now. The following information if from the CIA website.

INDUSTRY

 United States: Farming, forestry, and fishing: 0.7%
Manufacturing, extraction, transportation, and crafts: 20.3%
Managerial, professional, and technical: 37.3%
Sales and office: 24.2%
Other services: 17.6%
  Chad agriculture: 80% subsistence farming, herding, and fishing (Defined: farming that provides for the basic needs of the farmer without surpluses for marketing).
Industry and services: 20% (2006 est.)

PERCENTAGE OF POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE

                                United States 12%  Chad 80%

So what is my point? In every city in America there are newspapers filled with help wanted ads. In nations like chad there is not even a newspaper outside the capitol city. To add insult to injury the growing season for farming is roughly 4 to 5 months. For 7 to 8 months there is NO rainfall in a country where 80% depend on farming to live.

Add to this the lack of clean drinking water, no medical care, or opportunities for education all of which results in a life expectancy of about 50 years of age. This average is so low because of a number of factors not the least of which is a death rate of children below the age of 5 at near 50%.

When a person wakes up to a new day in Chad the goal is not to find a job, it is survival. How will I live today? Tomorrow, next week or next month is not on the radar. Survival today is the only concern.

Hope Springs International is about bringing lasting and sustainable change to countries like Chad.  The combination of new wells, training in dry season farming, food preservation and raising small animals for food, followed by providing basic medications at an affordable price enables people to stand on their own two feet.

It is an often quoted statement, which is still filled with truth. “You can give a man a fish and feed him for a day, or you can teach a man to fish and feed him for a life time.” Your support of Hope Springs International is more than a gift; it is an investment that will bring change today and tomorrow.  Your gifts will effect generations to come.


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SECOND MISSION TO CHAD REPORT

WATER IS FLOWING AGAIN!

A five member team left Maiduguri on November 7th for Dono-Manga, Chad to oversee the repair of out-of-service wells and to bring much needed medical aid to those suffering in this district in the depressed nation of Chad. They would also bring a message of hope beyond the suffering of this life and fourteen would accept the free gift and be born from above.

Team members included Sajou Katsala driver, E.A. Akpan and Ahanda Jauro, one of the Shepherds and a Deacon for the Wulari Jerusalem Church. Bikang Mohammed, Evangelist for the Damaturu Church and team leader Ebenezer Udofia Operation Manager for our Pompomari Training Farm. After a night on the road our team arrived in Dono-Manga at 9:30 PM on Sunday evening. “The brethren and others at Dono-Manga gave us a warm welcome with songs, embraces and handshakes,” Ebenezer said.

The following morning team members went to meet with the head of the

MISION TEAM WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENT CABINET MEMBERS

 Dono-Manga District and area tribal chiefs. The Local Government Chairman gave a long speech of welcome.  He expressed his appreciation for all that was planned and at the same time made additional requests pertaining to the needs of the district. While noting that the most urgent need is water, he expressed that other needs are pressing as well. Among those were agricultural skills, health and general education.  Ebenezer reported, “He drew our attention to the havoc done to the community by HIV/ AIDS, water borne diseases and poverty resulting in a large number of orphans. He then issued a special request that we consider helping them to establish an orphanage as well as Basic English language classes to aid in communication.”

Ebenezer responded by expressing his thanks on behalf of the team for the warm welcome and shared that we have a desire to continue to help in the future. He then requested that the verbal requests made by the Chairman be put into written form so that it could be forwarded for consideration. The Chairman then assigned one of the cabinet members to accompany the team as they began the repair of out-of-service wells.

The days that followed were spent in repairing wells by day, and teaching by

VILLAGERS CELEBRATE AS WELL IS REPAIRED

 night. As repairs were begun it was learned that some of the wells were actually beyond repair and would require re-drilling. It was also learned that repair cost were under estimated, but in the end ten wells were repaired, some of which had been broken for more than five years.  Ebenezer said, “In each village we entered, the people came out in mass to receive us…In the area where the bore-holes were repaired people were full of appreciation for our organizations’ efforts in alleviating their sufferings. Some of the village heads presented chickens to us as a token of their appreciation.”

CHICKENS PRESENTED AS A TOKEN OF APPRECIATION

Although Dr. Eni, a medical consultant at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital and a Deacon for the Wulari Jerusalem Church, was not able to make this second trip, he gave detailed instructions to Ebenezer about the dispensing of needed drugs and minor First Aid he might be able to provide while there. This was done in each of the villages where wells were repaired.

The Dono-Manga district is made up of 92 villages that contain a population of over 126,000. Some of the villages are 20-30 Kilometers apart and connected by bush paths and no roads. This area has been devastated by

BLOATED BELLIES A SGN OF MALNUTRITION AND PENDING DEATH.

 disease and malnutrition.  The number of deaths in these 92 villages this year is the highest ever. More than 50% of the children never reach the age of 5 and are the ones who suffer the most. Bloated bellies of children are not a sign of overweight, but just the opposite. It is a sign of malnutrition and a buildup of toxins in the body. Rather than a sign of health it can be a warning sign of pending death.

Ebenezer closed his report by saying, “These people will be eternally grateful for any and all efforts to rescue them from their present situation. The government is also very receptive and supportive of all who would be willing to help.”

The repair of out of service wells meets only the immediate emergency need to get water flowing again in parts of this district. New wells are the long term solution to this ongoing problem. Wells not only prevent water borne disease, they provide water needed for the development of agriculture. During the long 9 month dry season when no rain falls people suffer the most because they cannot grow food. Clean water and vegetables dramatically

CLEAN WATER GIVES THESE CHILDREN HOPE

 increase life expectancy and when followed by basic health education can save thousands of lives and open many hearts to God’s love for them.

Will you join me in prayer for the people of Dono-Manga? Will you also ask God to show us how we might be best used by Him to express His love and concern for the 126,000 + souls in Dono-Manga?

NEVER TO OLD TO BE BORN FROM ABOVE

(More details and pictures in our upcoming December Newsletter. If you are not on our snail mail or email list, email us at rabboniblog@yahoo.com, or drop us a note at Hope Springs, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075