Take My Hand Uganda
Opening our hands and hearts to vulnerable families in Uganda. Isaiah 58:10

Clean Water Project 2019

Clean Water Project
 For several years we have tried different approaches for ensuring clean water while the kids are on Holiday breaks.  For many reasons those only worked short term.  Pictured here is Ivan at the water hole, where they currently go to gather water (lack of understanding and ease of access are the 2 main reasons for trips to this mud puddle).  This water is shared with livestock as well and as you can see is very dirty.  
On our trip last year, we began the process to explore drilling a bore hole / well for them at Pastor Peters place.  We have research and spoken to several different drillers and have found one that can complete the project within our budget constraints.  This would benefit not only our kids and Pastor Peter, but approximately 200 to 300 surrounding villagers.  We have had a generous donor begin the project with a $2000 donation.  This project will be ongoing until we reach our additional $3500 needed.  Built into this cost, we are also going to have a small open air bath house built, one for girls/women and one for the boys/men.  This is not a fancy bath house structure, but a simple structure to provide them with some privacy to take baths and wash.  

Please click on the Clean Water Project below to submit your donation.  Also, please spread the word to friends and family as this would be a beautiful gift to give kids, Pastor Peter and his family and all the villagers that provide support for each other and our kids there.    Thank you so much for any donation you are able to give.  

God Bless and thank you for all you do to help us build and spread love to Uganda.

CHRISTMAS 2018!!

This 2018 Project is Complete!!   Thanks to EACH ONE of you for responding to this need with generosity and joy! Merry Christmas!
CHRISTMAS 2018
 This Christmas you have the extraordinary opportunity to purchase a personal gift for a child in Uganda! Whether you are a sponsor, a friend of TMHU or you are just stopping by, you can choose any child and donate to buy one, two or even three or all of the gifts listed beside their name. Just click on the CHRISTMAS GIFT button, donate the amount of the gift(s) you'd like to give and include a note as to which item(s) you chose and who it is for. You can also use regular mail if you hurry! The deadline for this Christmas project is December 14th!
   These gifts will be purchased in Uganda and delivered with love by our "boots on the ground" friends. Christmas dinner will include chicken, beef, rice, matooke (cooking bananas) and soda and more!
   This is exciting! I can already picture in my mind the delight and surprise and joy that the children will experience as they gather near Christmas Day. These kids see Jesus in you. You represent Him when you love them like this. And they are amazed by how much people care and know them by name. How I wish I could be there to see it all unfold and I imagine you do, too!
This is the second year we have added an item to empower the children to give something back to their community.  This will be used to help members of their community or for those with extended family be able to provide an item of need to them; whether it is food or an item as simple as bug spray for the dung-mud huts to keep the ants out.  Trust me when I tell you this will go a long way towards helping a member of their community and teaching the children to give back to others less fortunate than them.  
Thank you for giving!  God Bless and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!
SPONSORS - If your child's Christmas is already marked as "complete" you can still give the amount you wish to donate. Your name will go on your sponsored child's package(s) and the money will be pooled to help a child who does not have a sponsor. Questions? Email me at takemyhanduganda@gmail.com.
 
Phionah Wibalala

New Shoes - $25     FUNDED

New Clothes - $20 -  FUNDED                         THANK YOU!!!

Something Fun - $ 13  FUNDED

Christmas Dinner - $10  FUNDED

                                                                  Empower Phionah to give something back to her community - $10  FUNDED
Winnie

New Shoes - $25    FUNDED

New Clothes - $20   FUNDED                THANK YOU!!!

Something Fun - $13  FUNDED

Christmas Dinner - $10  FUNDED

Empower Winnie to give something back to her community - $10   FUNDED

Joyce

New Shoes - $25    FUNDED

New Clothes - $20   FUNDED           THANK YOU!!!!

Something Fun - $13  FUNDED

Christmas Dinner - $10  FUNDED

                                                                    Empower Joyce to give something back to her community - $10  FUNDED
Charles  Kayumba

New Shoes - $25   FUNDED

New Clothes - $20   FUNDED            THANK YOU!!

Something Fun - $13   FUNDED

Christmas Dinner - $10  FUNDED

                                                                  Empower Charles to give something back to his community - $10  FUNDED
Kellen

New Shoes - $25     FUNDED

New Clothes - $20   FUNDED                            THANK YOU!!!

Something Fun - $13   FUNDED

Christmas Dinner - $10    FUNDED

                                                                  Empower Kellen to give back something to her community - $10    FUNDED                                                        
Sharon

New Shoes - $25           FUNDED

New Clothes - $20        FUNDED              THANK YOU!!!!

Something Fun - $13   FUNDED

Christmas Dinner - $10   FUNDED

                                                                 Empower Sharon to give back something to her community - $10       FUNDED                               
Scovia

New Shoes - $25  FUNDED

New Clothes - $20  FUNDED

Something Fun - $13  FUNDED           THANK YOU!!!

Christmas Dinner - $10  FUNDED

                                                                  Empower Scovia to give back something to her community - $10  FUNDED
Noah

New Shoes - $25    FUNDED

New Clothes - $20    FUNDED                    THANK YOU!!!

Something Fun - $13   FUNDED

Christmas Dinner - $10    FUNDED

                                                                  Empower Noah to give something back to his community - $10    FUNDED
Esther

New Shoes - $25              FUNDED

New Clothes - $20   FUNDED                      THANK YOU!!!!

Something Fun - $13      FUNDED

Christmas Dinner - $10     FUNDED

                                                                  Empower Esther to give something back to her community - $10  FUNDED
Diana

New Shoes - $25        FUNDED

New Clothes - $20      FUNDED                           THANK YOU!!!!

Something Fun - $13    FUNDED

Christmas Dinner - $10    FUNDED

Empower Diana to give something back to her community - $10  FUNDED

 
Wilson

New Shoes - $25   FUNDED

New Clothes - $20    FUNDED                         THANK YOU!!!!

Something Fun - $13   FUNDED

Christmas Dinner - $10   FUNDED

Empower Wilson to give back to his community - $10   FUNDED
Kenneth

New Shoes - $25   FUNDED

New Clothes - $20   FUNDED

Something Fun - $13  FUNDED          THANK YOU!!!

Christmas Dinner - $10  FUNDED

                                                                  Empower Kenneth to give back to his community - $10   FUNDED
Elias

New Shoes - $25  FUNDED

New Clothes - $20  FUNDED                                THANK YOU!!!!!!

Something Fun - $13  FUNDED

Christmas Dinner - $10  FUNDED

                                                                  Empower Elias to give back to his community - $10     FUNDED                                                                          
Barbara

New Shoes - $25   FUNDED

New Clothes - $20   FUNDED                                  THANK YOU!!!!

Something Fun - $13   FUNDED

Christmas Dinner - $10   FUNDED

                                                                 Empower Barbara to give back to her community - $10     FUNDED                      
Andrew

New Shoes - $25  FUNDED

New Clothes - $20  FUNDED

Something Fun - $13  FUNDED              THANK YOU!!!

Christmas Dinner - $10  FUNDED

Empower Andrew to give back to his community - $10  FUNDED
Emily

New Shoes - $25         FUNDED

New Clothes - $20  FUNDED              THANK YOU!!!

Something Fun - $13     FUNDED

                                                                 Christmas Dinner - $10    FUNDED

Empower Emily to give back to her community - $10     FUNDED
Sorange 

New Shoes - $25  FUNDED

New Clothes - $20  FUNDED

Something Fun - $13  FUNDED                           THANK YOU!!!

Christmas Dinner - $10  FUNDED

Empower Sorange to give back to her community - $10   FUNDED
Queen

New Shoes - $25  FUNDED

New Clothes - $20  FUNDED         THANK YOU!!!

Something Fun - $13  FUNDED

Christmas Dinner - $10  FUNDED

Empower Queen to give back to her community - $10   FUNDED
Shafra

New Shoes - $25   FUNDED

New Clothes - $20   FUNDED    THANK YOU!!!

Something Fun - $13 FUNDED

Christmas Dinner - $10  FUNDED

Empower Shafra to give back to her community - $10   FUNDED
Jolly

New Shoes - $25   FUNDED

New Clothes - $20  FUNDED               THANK YOU!!!

Something Fun - $13 FUNDED

                                                                  Christmas Dinner - $10  FUNDED

Empower Jolly to give back to her community - $10  FUNDED
Abraham

New Shoes - $25    FUNDED

New Clothes - $20   FUNDED                     THANK YOU!!!!

Something Fun - $13  FUNDED

                                                                      Christmas Dinner - $10  FUNDED

Empower Abraham to give back to his community - $10  FUNDED
Alex

New Shoes - $25  FUNDED

New Clothes - $20  FUNDED      THANK YOU!!!

Something Fun - $13   FUNDED

Christmas Dinner - $10   FUNDED

Empower Alex to give back to his community - $10  FUNDED
Sylivia

New Shoes - $25    FUNDED

New Clothes - $20  FUNDED             THANK YOU!!!

Something Fun - $13  FUNDED

                                                                       Christmas Dinner - $10  FUNDED

Empower Sylivia to give back to her community - $10  FUNDED
Phionah

New Shoes - $25  FUNDED

New Clothes - $20  FUNDED   THANK YOU!!!

Something Fun - $13  FUNDED

Christmas Dinner - $10  FUNDED

Empower Phionah to give back to her community - $10   FUNDED
Habert

New Shoes - $25    FUNDED

New Clothes - $20   FUNDED            THANK YOU!!!

Something Fun - $13  FUNDED

                                                                                Christmas Dinner - $10   FUNDED

Empower Habert to give back to his community - $10  FUNDED
Henry

New Shoes - $25      FUNDED

New Clothes - $20    FUNDED            THANK YOU!!!!

Something Fun - $13   FUNDED

                                                                 Christmas Dinner - $10  FUNDED

Empower Henry to give back to his community - $10   FUNDED
Ben

New Shoes - $25     FUNDED

New Clothes - $20   FUNDED              THANK YOU!!!

Something Fun - $13   FUNDED

                                                                       Christmas Dinner - $10  FUNDED

Empower Ben to give back to his community - $10 
Racheal

New Shoes - $25   FUNDED

New Clothes - $20   FUNDED          THANK YOU!!!

Something Fun - $13  FUNDED


Christmas Dinner - $10  FUNDED

Empower Racheal to give back to her community - $10  FUNDED
Simeon

New Shoes - $25  FUNDED

New Clothes - $20  FUNDED

Something Fun - $13  FUNDED             THANK YOU!!!!

Christmas Dinner - $10  FUNDED

Empower Simeon to give back to his community - $10   FUNDED


 
Janet

New Shoes - $25   FUNDED

New Clothes - $20  FUNDED    THANK YOU!!!

Something Fun - $13  FUNDED

Christmas Dinner - $10  FUNDED

Empower Janet to give back to her community - $10   FUNDED
Charles

New Shoes - $25  FUNDED

New Clothes - $20   FUNDED       THANK YOU!!!!

Something Fun - $13  FUNDED

Christmas Dinner - $10   FUNDED

Empower Charles to give back to his community - $10    FUNDED
Fred

New Shoes - $25   FUNDED

New Clothes - $20  FUNDED         THANK YOU!!!

Something Fun - $13  FUNDED

Christmas Dinner - $10   FUNDED

Empower Fred to give back to his community - $10   FUNDED
Rebecca

New Shoes - $25  FUNDED

New Clothes - $20   FUNDED              THANK YOU!!!!

Something Fun - $13  FUNDED

Christmas Dinner - $10  FUNDED

Empower Rebecca to give back to her community - $10  FUNDED
Pastor Mutabazi and his wife and children

New Shoes - $65  FUNDED

New Clothes - $65  FUNDED                THANK YOU!!!!

Personal Care Items - $40  FUNDED

Christmas Dinner - $35   FUNDED
This 2017 Project is Complete!! Four days ahead of the deadline! All glory to God for His love and provision for His beloved children in Uganda. And thanks to EACH ONE of you for responding to this need with generosity and joy! Merry Christmas!
   This Christmas you have the extraordinary opportunity to purchase a personal gift for a child in Uganda! Whether you are a sponsor, a friend of TMHU or you are just stopping by, you can choose any child and donate to buy one, two or even three or four of the gifts listed beside their name. Just click on their name button, donate the amount of the gift(s) you'd like to give and include a note as to which item(s) you chose. You can also use regular mail if you hurry! The deadline for this Christmas project is December 18th!
   These gifts will be purchased in Uganda and delivered with love by our "boots on the ground" friends. YOUR NAME and STATE with a sprinkle of love will be written on a tag along with the child's name! (ex. To Shafra with love from Julie Hawbaker, Maryland). Christmas dinner will include chicken, beef, rice, matooke (cooking bananas) and soda!
   Isn't this exciting!?! I can already picture in my mind the delight and surprise and joy that the children will experience as they gather on the dirt floor of their hut on Christmas Day.  (A new, concrete-floored home for the kids is going up as we speak!) These kids see Jesus in you. You represent Him when you love them like this. And they are amazed by how much people care and know them by name. How I wish I could be there to see it all unfold and I imagine you do, too!

Take My Hand Uganda will send a special Christmas card and a photo of the child chosen to someone you would like to honor, if you buy a child's entire Christmas list for $52 dollars. This is a special way to gift that person in your life who really would rather not receive gifts this year but would be so blessed to know that a specific, needy child in Uganda experienced Christmas because of them. Click on the child's name button, donate fifty-two dollars and include the full name and address of the person you would like to be honored in this way. All of the gifts will be labeled with this name and a card will go out to them within two days. Or if you prefer, we can mail the card to you and you can decide when to give it!
Thank you and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

boots on the ground

THIS PROJECT IS COMPLETE!  9-30-15! Stay tuned for updates from team and new photos!
Our annual fall trip is coming up quickly! In October, a team of three will be winging their way to Uganda to further explore our next steps forward. As we continue to do our best with the resources we have been given to care for the TMHU children, our hearts are being led towards the purchase of a beautiful piece of land north of Kampala. The possibilities are endless once we have ground to call our own and we are praying as we go, asking God to help us to listen carefully and take the next steps that He has planned for us.

The three team members for this trip have already paid individually for their flights through their own personal fundraisers and out-of-pocket planning.
We really need YOUR help now to meet the needs of in-country travel, lodging, food and for carrying over more supplies to the children.

Every time we put "boots on the ground" like this, we come away with more knowledge and a better understanding of the best ways to care for vulnerable children. Our passion for this mission is renewed and God always shows up in the most incredible ways. Time is spent with key people on the ground who God has so miraculously connected us with and the children are reminded of their incalculable worth through the love of their sponsors and our hands-on attention and love for them.

When we enrolled the kids into their new school in May, one of their greatest delights was finding out that we had left them each "pocket money" in an account at the school for them to use to buy a snack (posho, chapatis, sweet potatoes, bananas) during their school day break. (Thank you, sponsors!) In Uganda, a child who receives pocket money is a child that has a parent, relative or caregiver who is personally involved in their lives. They do not need to sit apart and watch the other kids run in delight for something delicious to settle their rumbling tummy. Breakfast and lunch are several hours apart with intense studying and learning in between. This simple gift speaks volumes to them.
They are not orphans.
They are not forgotten.
They are individually loved and provided for. 

Please put your hand in with ours to reach the goal of $1,500 for the upcoming fall trip. We are so grateful to have you all as part of the family for these most adored children!

 

Rebuild and restore

Our original goal started out a $2,000. As of August 10th we only need $40 more to complete this project!
Pastor Peter and his wife, who have faithfully and sacrificially cared for the TMHU kids for years before we came along, have lost their humble home in a fire. This was their main building where many of the children sleep. Fortunately the fire broke out on a Sunday while the pastor and his wife and two little girls were away at church and the TMHU kids are of course in boarding school.
The children are due to come home to Pastor Peter's in a few, short weeks and there is no place for all of them to receive shelter.

We are looking into the possibility of them remaining at the school for this upcoming break which lasts approximately four weeks. But the rebuilding of this home needs immediate attention and funding. We've estimated the cost to rebuild and to replace blankets, cookware, clothing, clean water, shoes and soap at $2,000. The home will be enlarged to give the children and the Pastor and his family more room
We are so, so thankful that no one was hurt. The cause of the fire is unknown. Please join hands with us today in grateful prayer and ask what you can do to help rebuild and restore. We cannot do this without you.

GOAL: $2,000  ***URGENT***
UPDATE: Our goal now stands at $40!!! Thank you!

You can give by using the gold  "Rebuild and Restore" button below or by mail to
Take My Hand Uganda
P.O Box 476
Hancock, MD 21750

 ****As of MAy 8th this project is complete!****


As we ready the children to pack their bags for boarding school, we realize that they have nothing to pack! They will need  such things as a mattress, blanket, bedsheets, a towel, soap, vaseline, a basin, paper, pencils and more. 

If we were sending our own children off to camp or college, these are items that would be easy enough for us to provide. But can you can imagine how impossible it would be for a child living in poverty where there is little to no family support and the  struggle  for food and shelter is ongoing?
90 dollars per child will be enough to send them on their way with the things that they need.  This is a one-time project to help us push forward to enroll these children at the boarding school. The new school term starts in May so the deadline for this project to be fulfilled is May 10th. It's a BIG goal but with a BIG God we very well may see a BIG miracle!

Goal: $2610 dollars
You can use the gold Project Donation button on the right to give. 
Thank you!

UPDATE: This project is wonderfully COMPLETE! 



Fall TRIP 

This project is COMPLETE! (11-14)

 You can  help three, heart-invested volunteers travel TO and work IN Uganda this fall. This trip will be crucial in establishing our focus in Uganda, training and teaching us (through experienced non-profits already there) and setting the course on where God wants to use us.
We need your help!

Stay up to date on how God is providing through YOU by following the
BLOG posts.

HUNGER RELIEF

UPDATE: THIS PROJECT IS COMPLETE!  (9/16/14)
And we say Thank You....

We currently have twenty-six children north of Kampala that we are working to provide emergency relief for.  And right now that means relief in the daily battle against hunger. They are very real children who I followed up on during my last trip to Uganda in November. And they have names; Winnie, Scovia, Noah, Emily, Alex, Fiona......
We are asking you to please help us feed them as we work towards a long-term solution and possible relocation for these children.

Here's what we need:

POSHO- FIVE BAGS-    $35 EACH-  DONE!

RICE- TEN BAGS-    $10 EACH- DONE!

SUGAR- FIVE BAGS-   $25 EACH- DONE!

BEANS- TEN BAGS-   $20 EACH-  DONE!

COOKING OIL- TEN JUGS-   $10 EACH - DONE!


The costs are close estimates as our contacts on the ground look for the best possible prices and use of the gifts given. I will update the number of items needed as they are purchased.
You can choose one or more items and specify what you are purchasing using the HUNGER RELIEF BUTTON below. THANK YOU!


it's Time

It's time to enlarge our small circle of joined hands and move forward into responding to the needs of some of Uganda's most vulnerable women and chilren.  This is where we dig in and get our hands dirty in response to Deuteronomy 15:11, "For the poor will never cease from the land; therefore I command you, saying, 'You shall open your hand wide to your brother, to your poor and your needy, in your land.'"
Please head over to the BLOG to read in detail our short term and long term goals for TMHU and how you can get involved and be part of the ever widening circle of joined hearts and hands. Thank you!

No Longer Abandoned

                             November 2013
Recently and with your ongoing support,  we were able to help with the transition of eleven of our children from a place of total abandonment to a wonderful, new home. One of our contacts on the ground in Uganda was able to visit them and take the photos I am sharing with you now. They were so excited to see him and they came running from all directions to grab his hand and soak up the love and special attention. He was there just for them!
           All of the children have started school and are enrolled in Nursery, and Primary one, two and three classes. I imagine they have some catching up to do after the their lives were uprooted and disrupted last October. Our commitment to these children has not wavered and we are in contact with their new caregivers.
Efforts are being made by Ugandan officials to confirm whether these children have any existing family who are able and willing to care for them. The goal is reunification of the family and kinship care whenever possible.
 

Medical Care

                           November 2013
With your help we were able to buy over 200 dollars worth of medical supplies for a large group of our kids up north. Our nurse traveled with us to identify sick children, administer injections, set up IV's and prescribe tablets. One girl had an ear infection that had ruptured and was oozing and crusted over the entire outer part of her ear. And a quiet but stoic young boy had boils that had his ankle swollen to three times what it would normally be. She lanced those boils and squeezed out volumes of pus that was green in color. Several children had fevers and all of them were treated with antibiotics. This nurse has been a blessing from the very first day we hired her and she continues to offer her help and heart for this mission.
The medical supplies were enough to set up a rudimentary clinic where the children can be treated.
 
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