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WHEN DESIRE AND OPPORTUNITY MEET

Cecilia Omal

Cecilia Omal

Cecilia Omal rides her bike 15 miles one way on dirt foot paths through the bush to and from school every day. Most girls her age would spend their days walking miles to fetch water for their family. Many her age would have already been given in marriage by her parents to some man willing to come up with her dowry. But there is an important back story to why Cecilia is receiving an education and dreams of becoming a nurse one day.

When Hope Springs first heard of Dono-Manga, Chad it was through a cry for help. Out-of-service wells and contaminated water sources had resulted in the death of 300 people in a 6 months period of time. The majority of deaths were children under the age of 5. Funerals and the sound of mourners were heard on a daily basis.

Over the months that followed the funerals virtually stop. Hope Springs and

Well on compound grounds.

Well on compound grounds.

its partners would repair 26 out-of-service wells and drill 35 new wells. There were now enough wells that the daily activities of children no longer centered on walking miles for contaminated water. Wells with clean safe potable water were close by and easily accessible to all.

About the time these wells came online a school was started at our orphanage compound. Today that school has grown to an enrolment of almost 700 students in four primary grades. Cecilia was one of the first to enroll. Today she can read and write in French and English. She is also excited at the prospects of a new High School planned in the near future that will enable her to continue her education.

Some of the almost 700 students enrolled.

Some of the almost 700 students enrolled.

Our Director of Operations Rambi Ayala recently spoke with Cecilia. Rambi said, “She expresses the audacity of hope that is reverberating among the school children of Dono-Manga”. He continues, “Cecilia looks forward to her graduation next year to enable her to proceed to high school. When I asked her how she feels coming this far she said, “I am thankful to God and Hope Springs who provided us with the opportunity to go to school, and I look forward to serving my community as a nurse.”

Cecilia is just one of the hundreds of lives that have been changed forever because of those who partner with us at Hope Springs. If you would like to join us in changing lives you can donate at our website: http://www.hopespringsint.com or by mail at Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075.

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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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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!

Children in School (3)


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How Do You Say NO To Kids Who Want To Learn?

The thatch protects from the sun, but also hampers air flow.

The thatch protects from the sun, but also hampers air flow.

Sebastian and his growing number of teachers just can’t say no to children who are hungry to learn. Our teachers understand that each of these children is blessed with the ability to learn, a unique personality filled with excitement and joy. They just happen to be born in geographical area of deep poverty in rural Africa without opportunity or the education to change their circumstance in life.

Many of us remember our grandparents talking about how far they walked to school and the hardships they went through to receive an education. We find it hard to relate to those stories, but these kids know all about walking miles each way to and from school each day. They have dreams of becoming doctors, nurses, educators and leaders, but until Sebastian opened the school in

The Vice Chairman of Dono-Manga has moved his daughter to our school because of the excellent work of our teachers.

The Vice Chairman of Dono-Manga has moved his daughter to our school because of the excellent work of our teachers.

Dono-Manga, those were just “fantasy” dreams, dreams without hope and opportunity.

Today is a new day in Dono-Manga. I am confident that many of the children’s faces you see in pictures today will go on to continue their education and will become influential Christian leaders who will provide the solutions to many of the problems that Chad is facing today. One day they will look back and realize Christians in the US believed in them, sacrificed for them and they will gratefully do the same for others of their own nation.

L to R Marc, Sebastien (Director), Pierre, Matthew, Ivesco, Alphonse, Prudence

L to R Marc, Sebastien (Director), Pierre, Matthew, Ivesco, Alphonse, Prudence

Our group of dedicated teachers receives little or no income from their services. Sebastian has worked for the last two years since starting this school without one penny of support. Sebastian and these teachers are making a sacrificial investment in the next generation.

In 2010 we prayed for the completion of the Jordan Health Center and a new Orphanage Compound.  Today both of these have become a reality and an addition to the Jordan Health Center is underway.

So today we pray again. This time we pray for a permanent school building with classrooms instead of the thatch huts that leak when the rains come and school has to be postponed. We pray of a well-ventilated building making learning possible when the heat is oppressive. We pray of adequate school supplies, and uniforms required by the government.

Sebastien started the school and has not received compensation during this time because he believes in these children.

Sebastien started the school two years ago and has not received compensation during this time because he believes in these children. If you would like to help support Sebastian contact us for more information.

 

If you’re thinking, “That will cost a small fortune!” you are wrong. We can build this school, furnish it and provide school supplies all for less than $50,000. Yes a school for over 600 students!

Will you allow God to use you to answer our prayers and fulfill the dreams of our teachers and students for a school building? Make an investment in these children that will produce dividends of lasting change for years to come.

Send your gift to Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075 or make your donation online at http://www.hopesprings.int.


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Rambi reports, “New School Is Bursting At The Seams With 375 Students”

Sebastien, a recent graduate of the Jos School of Biblical Studies, returned home to Dono-Manga with a dream to establishing a school. Sebastien, a school teacher himself, realized the great importance of educating the next generation. What began as a small group of students meeting under a tree has now grown into a school of over 375 children and they turn away students every day.

In his report about the school Rambi said, “The school has been witnessing tremendous progress in spite of the challenges of lack of classrooms and instructional materials. Sebastien now works with four other staff and a security guard who ensures that the children do not loiter about during school hours. Enrollment is now 375 children, which is all they can handle without a permanent school building and more teachers.  The school provides bilingual education (French-English) which is not commonly found except in big cities like Ndjamena and it is also the only school in the State of Terr. We were entertained with English renditions by the school children, who are now doing very well. Djimrangar Fidel, Allasigneingar Tibngar, Adoumbaye Felix and Djimhitebaye Bruno are some of the children in our orphanage that I spoke to. They are so happy that they can now read and write, they are always looking forward to being in school. Maybe because we were there with a medical doctor, each of the children dreams of becoming a doctor someday. When I asked why, Bruno said,  “So that they can find a cure for HIV/AIDS.

”Sebastien told me that on a recent visit by the officials of the ministry of health, the school was given a high rating and recommends that a block of classrooms be constructed. In the meantime the community people assisted in putting up grass houses which serve as classrooms.

”The teachers are being given a meager allowance of about 20 dollars a month. One of the teachers Djimrabaye Pierre told me that they see what they are doing as service to God, a sacrifice to humanity. Djimrabaye continued, “It will be their joy to see that these children grow up to become something in society.”

This is one of the classrooms.

The Bible is a daily part of the education that each student receives. We have an unprecedented opportunity to provide this next generation with the Gospel of Christ as a part of their education. I cannot tell you in words how important this school will be for the Kingdom of God in this part of the world. We are waiting on cost estimates for a new school building that will enable us to teach 500 children. This new building will also serve as housing for future medical and evangelist campaigns. We will keep you posted on future developments.

Our kids love going to school.

Our kids are eager to learn.

Lining up for classes.


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“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.” Luke 4:18

Living in the USA with all of its blessings makes it difficult to imagine what it would be like to live in the poverty so common in Africa. Poverty without opportunity to change you circumstances.  But it is more difficult to imagine what it would be like to have Polio or to have been born with a birth defect. Poverty without opportunity is one thing. Poverty without opportunity and a handicap is a much different story.

Children with handicaps, if they live through the birth process, are most always doomed to a life of begging for their very livelihood. They are shunned, teased and become the outcasts of society. They can’t run and play with the other kids. They live on the sidelines of life watching others doing what they will never be able to do. They live day to day with one desire, survival.

Thanks for putting big smiles on the faces of our kids!

This would have been the case for Ndorhotodje and Ogoita, two physically challenged kids who are now attending our school in Dono-Manga. Ndorhotodje lost the use of  both of his legs to complications from Polio and Ogoita was born with a congenital birth defect. Rambi reporting on his recent trip said about these two, “They are so excited to have found this opportunity to learn. They lived so far away from the school that walking back and forth in their condition was not possible, but now they live here. They look forward to being useful to themselves and others after obtaining their education, instead of being a liability to anyone. They are not deterred by their handicaps.”

These two children and the other 373 kids attending school, made possible by your gifts, remind me again why God opened the door to work in Dono-Manga, Chad. The words of Richard Stearns, in his book, “The Hole in Our Gospel” come to mind often when I think of our kids in this remote poverty stricken area of southern Chad. “Does God have different levels of compassion for children based on their geographic location, their nationality, their race-or their parents’ income level? Does he forget their pain because He is preoccupied with other things? Does He turn the offending page to read the sports section or is His heart broken because each child is precious to Him? Every one of these children is His child – not somebody else’s”

Thanks to each of you who support Hope Springs International. You make this work possible.


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JSBS GRADUATES RETURN HOME AND JOIN WORK IN DONO-MANGA

L to R: Amine, Sebasten, Lazarus, Pierre

In May of 2009 the infant churches in Dono-Manga sent two of their own to the Pompomari Farm in Maiduguri, Nigeria for a three month crash course in Drip Irrigation Farming and the English language to prepare them to enter the Jos School of Biblical Studies in Jos, Nigeria. Neither Lazarus nor Sebasten spoke a word of English, but in this three month period they learned enough to enter the Jos school for training. Two weeks ago both of these men graduated and have now returned to their home in Dono-Manga and will use their talents toexpand the work there.

Lazarus will oversee all activities related to our dispensary. He will also be responsible for teaching new Christians and sharing the message of Christ with all of those who visit the dispensary. Lazarus is well respected in the community because of his age and because he is a leading member of the council of elders in Dono-Manga.

Sebasten will manage a new primary school that he established upon his return that already has an enrollment of 325 children, 41 of which are our orphans. We have just learned that the government has already given approval for the school to begin classes and if well managed will be accredited up to secondary school level. Rambi said in his report, “the first time I met him (Sebasten) in Dono-Manga on my first trip there, we communicated through an interpreter, but today he not only speaks English but is in a position to teach it.” Pierre, Lazarus and two volunteer teachers will also teach classes at the school.

These exciting developments mean that the next generation will be able to speak English and we will be able to use the vast material resources available in English at some point in the future to continue their education.

We continue to stand in awe as God continues to build His Kingdom in this remote part of the nation of Chad. We can only imagine what this foundation will mean for the spreading of the message of Christ to those who have never heard of Him. Truly your prayers are being heard and your financial gifts are being used to make lasting change. We thank God for each of
you!