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Taking a stand against witch doctors and human sacrifice in Uganda.

Perhaps you have seen the recent article in USA Today about human sacrifice in Uganda. Despite government intervention, ritual sacrifice is a growing problem in this landlocked country where superstitions run high and many people are desperate as they endure the most severe drought and famine to plague the region in more than 50 years.

Children live in fear of being kidnapped and sacrificed by witch doctors or those who believe human sacrifices can bring quick wealth and health.

As a means to combat these horrific traditions and evil practices, Bright Hope has launched a Family Empowerment Initiative through local churches to raise awareness surrounding God’s view of children and to equip them to better protect vulnerable children against predators. So far 45 churches and 225 church leaders have participated since the program began in 2015.

This Biblically-based training course teaches pastors, parents and church members about risk factors for vulnerable children and how to advocate on their behalf. The local church also offers a modified version of this workshop for children.

These trainings have helped children like eight-year-old Sarah* who was assaulted by a neighbor while her mom was away at work. Her teacher, David, had recently participated in one of these child protection trainings held by Bright Hope and quickly recognized some of the warning signs of child abuse. Following the steps he had learned in the training, David helped Sarah get the support she needed and partnered with the police to bring the perpetrator to justice.

Making a donation today towards our Most Urgent Needs Fund will help cover the cost of additional workshops, protect vulnerable children and help the mission of Bright Hope continue unabated. Thank you for your continued support in helping the extreme poor in Uganda.

*Name changed to protect her identity

 

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Hurricane Brushes Our Haitian Partners, Damage Reported, Irma Headed to Cuba.

Bright Hope has church partners in northern Haiti, which was pelted with strong winds and flooding rains as Hurricane Irma passed off the northern coast. Early reports say flooding and some damage has occurred. Families and churches in Ferrier, one of our communities, have been affected. As reports and photos come in we will post these here. Please consider making a contribution as God would lead you to give. Contributions to the Most Urgent Needs Fund are used to meet the most pressing and urgent needs of our ministry, including disaster situations. For more about Bright Hope, visit our About page.

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Families living on Mbabala Island in Zambia are facing significant food shortages and are finding a new way to feed themselves.

In response, Bright Hope is helping to establish agriculture as the main source of livelihood in his region where fishing has become less and less profitable.

By adding nutrients to the soil such as lime and gypsum and offering agricultural training, community members will have opportunities to not only feed their families but create steady income sources.

Your generosity will help bring financial security to Zambian families in need:

  • $30 will contribute towards the purchase of a water pump
  • $50 supports a farmer to get started with fertilized land and seeds
  • $75 will buy enough lime to enrich about 2.5 acres of soil

Planting season is in November and we need your help to feed as many families as possible. Materials will need to be bought, brought to the island by boat and distributed on the island before this timeframe so please consider partnering with us on this project today.

Bright Hope has been working in Zambia in partnership with the local church since 1992. Together we can bring Hope for Today, Tomorrow and Eternity to the extreme poor.

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