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Dreaming BIG!

Posted by on Apr 16, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

“If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.” –Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia

When I read this quote from Madam President I think of all the women I have come in contact with as I traveled through Kenya, Ghana and Uganda throughout February and March of this year.  I know that many of them are facing a future that they deem as hopeless.  These ladies do not see a glimpse of any light. And, that is so sad! But—they are looking at how their government appears to not support road repairs, electricity that is sufficient to support their own population, jobs for the youth, and businesses for the widows.  Where are the vocational schools and skill centers for the youth whose family cannot afford to send them to college or the universities?  There are so many women, and men, who want to learn a skill. They would love to be able to support their families from the sweat of their brows; in their own farmland or in their own small businesses.  But…

Question—Are they dreaming BIG? A great example is President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.  She became the first female elected head of state in Africa.  This 24th president of Liberia has been in office since 2006.  Madam President is now serving her second term.  WOW!   What a way to support her statement made above, “If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.” Do you think she dreamed of being a president in Africa?  Her biography speaks to the fact that she wanted and fought for a better world for her people.  She was all about anti-corruption reform.  I think she dreamed BIG!

My purpose in this life is to continue encouraging the people of Africa.  They must dream big because one day they will witness a changed government, numerous vocational and skill centers; various outlets for them to become self-sustaining.  My heart aches along with theirs but when you dream big and have faith things happen!

The John H. and Marie Parrish Medical Clinic is a BIG dream of ours and look at what has happened beyond their imagination! This medical clinic will bring hope to the community of Fort Portal, Uganda.  The people are excited and have great anticipation for a clinic that will change their world.

The Grand Opening will be Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 in Fort Portal.  Get excited and partner with us to keep their hopeful futures alive!  Visit our web site and let us know how you can make a difference.

Our next challenge is to inspire supporters who will step up and accept the opportunity to educate an orphan.  Just a simple $30 a month will send a child to school.  Review our web site to see how you can be a change agent for the orphans of Uganda.

Help the people of Uganda realize they can DREAM BIG!  Visit us at www.hhcharities.org and click on the “Donate” button to make your financial commitment.  Or, you can email us at info@hhcharities.org with your suggestions for the medical clinic and the orphans’ educational support.

 

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Parrish Medical Clinic Exam Room

Parrish Medical Clinic Exam Room

African Proverbs’ Wisdom

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

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Kenya-Secondary (High School) Students in their combined assembly to greet us as visitors

“If you think you are too small to make a difference you haven’t spent the night with a mosquito.” ~African Proverb

Wow!  What a commanding and true proclamation!  Because I have been visiting Africa for several weeks now, this proverb really hit home with me.  You can put on all the mosquito repellents that you want but once it wears off the mosquitoes will find you!  Trust me—I know!  A mosquito in your bed and under your mosquito net at night will control your night.  You will not sleep until the little insect is eliminated!

But—on the other hand, what is this proverb actually saying to us?  For me, it is saying that as one person, and a woman in this world of ours, I can make a difference!  Our organization, Humanitarian Hands Charities, is small but we are still impacting lives.  Our first donor, a woman, gave us a hand-up so we could purchase land in Uganda to build a children’s home and educational facility in the future.  Another person believed in our organization enough to build a medical clinic in Uganda.

 “If you want to go quickly, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together.”

~African Proverb

This proverb inspires unity as you bind together with others to make a difference.   I met with a lady in Kakamega, Kenya that opened a vocational school.  Not all senior high students can continue on to higher education because their family is too poor to afford the fees.  The government seemed to be missing this avenue so this lady was empathetic to their plight because she also could not continue her dream to attend college or a university.  She utilized all of her saved funds and began to organize a vocational school that offers dressmaking, tailoring, mechanics, computer labs, etc.  One person made an impact in an underprivileged area so the young adults could learn a skill and survive in their community.

Will she receive assistance from her government?  Yes, but it is a very slow process and this opportunity of education cannot wait.  I know that with patience and determination, she will be successful in her efforts to educate beyond senior high levels.  She is preparing a community of skilled workers and that will bring unimaginable hope to these youths.  And, eventually, these skills will penetrate into their village life.

African proverbs are full of wisdom.  These are just two that caught my attention today.

Visit us at www.hhcharities.org and click on the “Donate” button.  Remember, you are not too small to make a difference!  Your financial commitment or your volunteer expertise helps us to go far.  Email us at info@hhcharities.org with your inquiry on how you can impact lives!

Our youth are the future of all communities!  So Build Hope…One Heart, One Life, One Community at a Time.

Secondary (High School) Students in Kenya

Secondary (High School) Students in Kenya

 

Strong Children or Broken Men???

Posted by on Feb 15, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

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gyavira Education changed their lives!

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Raising her sibling!

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Higher education in Uganda.

Frederick Douglass stated, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” What a profound affirmation and so very, very true!

People who think along these lines understand the importance of educating children.  The magnitude of educating children will build more effective governments (governments that work for the people) and thriving communities.

In references from UNICEF and other sources, disadvantaged children in the country of Africa face numerous challenges:

  • Parent Involvement—Active involvement reduces corruption (illegal accounting fees), encourages good record-keeping (records flow throughout the child’s education) and influences decisions in their child’s education.
  • Equal Education—because of poverty and if there has to be a choice between the girls or boys attending school – Gender Bias takes control because culture favors the boys. Their education means more money for the family.
  • Girls’ Stumbling Blocks—education interrupted by early childhood marriage (at age 12 or 13), hindrances because of duties as a wife and mother, household chores, responsibility of caring for younger siblings because she is the bread-winner, increased dropouts because of inability to keep up with homework.

African data proves females out of school greatly exceeds boys.  Until equal numbers of girls and boys are in school it will be impossible to build the knowledge necessary to eradicate poverty and hunger, combat disease and ensure environmental sustainability. Therefore, millions of children and women will continue to die needlessly.

One of my greatest joys as I travel through Africa comes when we visit various educational facilities full of children from preschool to high school.  That means there are people who care about the children’s education.  It also means there are sponsors who will reach out and give a hand-up to the impoverished children making strong children that will mature into men and women that bring hope for a future filled with dreams of success for not only them but for their community.  And I say to you—what a wonderful gift to give!

You still have an opportunity to change lives! HHCharities focuses on working to educate the orphans that reside in the Fort Portal Uganda communities, starting with the population of more than 2,500. Support can range from $30 a month, to $120 a term, or $360 for the school year. Visit us at www.hhcharities.org and click on the “Donate” button to make your financial commitment.  Or, you can email us at info@hhcharities.org with your inquiry on how you can be a part of our Orphans’ Tuition Program.

Help build strong children with a bright and promising future!

Commitment—Can Others Count on You to Keep Your Word?

Posted by on Jan 21, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Man Thinking“Without involvement, there is no commitment.  Mark it down, asterisk it, circle it, underline it,” –Stephen Covey

We are in a new year with new opportunities but also new challenges.  But—both avenues will help us to grow.

January 2016 reminded me of the word commitment. What does that word mean to you! Are you already thinking about the things you had committed to do last year but the task has not yet been completed?

Several years ago a friend of mine was passing me in the hallway and I reminded her about something I had committed to do for her. Her response was, “Why should I trust you to fulfill that promise when you did not complete your vow the last time.”  Talking about a slap in the face!!!  That statement has been carried around in my heart every sense then.  I vowed to always keep my word or give a good explanation as to why I cannot.

Do I have anyone’s attention??? Hello!!!  Are you one of those who makes promises but you think it is something that will not affect you if it is not done? Or will it?  The person you made the commitment to is aware that “your word is not your bond” because you have made too many promises that have not been fulfilled. Wow!  What an awful legacy to leave for anyone. What a sobering thought to know your reputation is not good. But—you slide over it and think, “It is no big deal!” Guess what?  Others know that they cannot count on you because your reputation follows you!  Is that how you want to be remembered?

My challenge to youCommit this year to be that person others can count on.  Commit this year to make life more about others and not just about yourself.  It is not about you and it is not about me.  It is how you impact the lives of others for positive change. 

What have you committed to do from last year that you can still complete this year to save face?  Remember, you will be remembered by your actions.  What is that saying—“Actions speak louder than words”? Yes—they do!

So do not miss your opportunity to do good to others! The Pastor John H. and Marie Parrish Medical Clinic is completed and will be ready for use in February. The clinic needs your financial, physical and prayerful help for its success. Join HHCharities in our commitment to assist with finances, medical supplies and medical teams for the next two years.

Visit us at www.hhcharities.org and click on the “Donate” button to make your financial commitment.  Or, you can email us at IPhone Photos_Videos Resizedinfo@hhcharities.org with your suggestions to medical avenues of assistance.

“The only limit to your impact is your imagination and commitment.” –Anthony Robbins    

It’s Not Just About You!

Posted by on Dec 10, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

IPhone Photos_Videos Resize IPhone Photos_Videos ResizedWe lead very, very busy lives but we always remember to take care of ourselves and those we love, especially in our own families.  But—what about others???!!!

Here is a light bulb thought—Life is not just about you! What!!! What do you mean?  I am glad you asked.   What matters is what you are doing in others’ lives to be a change agent.

Here is a list of questions you should ask yourself daily:

What have I done today to make an impact of positive change in someone’s life?

What have I done today that brought hope into someone’s life?

What have I done today that tells someone “I care about you”?

What have I done today that was sacrificial giving?

Yes, you must do things for yourself to help you grow in areas that will enhance your existence here on earth.  But—always remember that you do not know what tomorrow holds for YOU.  You can be on top of the world today but LIFE can bring tragedy that puts you in the same place of the person you neglected to assist yesterday.

Please remember this–It is not about you and it is not about me. It is what you are doing to reach out your hands to lift someone up out of their valley of despair. Bringing a “ray of hope” into the lives of others says—Yes, I care!

Do not miss your opportunity to do good to others! The Pastor John H. and Marie Parrish Medical Clinic will begin its health education operation in January. The actual emergency medical health assistance process is scheduled to begin in March 2016.  At that time, the clinic will need your financial, physical and prayerful help for its success.

Join HHCharities in our commitment to assist with finances, medical supplies and medical teams for the next two years.  Giving them initial support and then allowing them to grow into a self-sustaining status.

Visit us at www.hhcharities.org and click on the “Donate” button to make your financial commitment.  Or, you can email us at info@hhcharities.org with your suggestions to medical avenues of assistance.

100_2087100_1262Make a difference in someone’s life right now!  Donate your funds and your physical assistance!  And remember, life is not just about you!