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you give life to these men and women. 

  Kim's Travels

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                                           A Small Collection of Photos from Kim's trips to Africa:








 The Artisans and Their Stories

Rose Manasseh
lives in Jinja, Uganda with her husband A. Massizah.  She leads the Jinja beading group at Light and Life Free Methodist Church where her husband is the pastor. Rose is also an ordained minister. They have 5 children. Two of them are pictured below. 

She says, “Beadmaking and selling through Jinja Jewelry is a great support to our family needs.  It has helped us to pay school fees and rent, and we saved a little at a time since 2007 to buy a small plot in a village.  We always pray for you that God will open the market for you to sell our products. Thank you!"

Rose requests prayer that money will come to finish building the pastor's house and for the believers in the church to grow spiritually.  She also wants to see the jewelry making and tailoring business grow to help more people.


Esther Ogola
lives in Jinja, Uganda with her husband Joseph.
They are the caretakers of the Light and Life Free Methodist Church.  They have 2 children.

She says, “Bead making helps us to pay school fees for our 5 year old and buy clothes, food, and household supplies.” 

One of her goals is to start a business in the market selling
used clothing.

Her prayer is that people will buy beads
every month and for her children to know God.


Mary Wandira 
is married to Richard. They take care of 2 orphans  and would also like to have some of their own.

Beadmaking helps them to pay school fees and rent.
They want to help the children progress in their schooling so they can start a business and care for themselves.

Mary is thankful to God that she has grown spiritually and
she knows that Jesus loves her.  She says, “He has encouraged me by meeting my needs and then I tell others.

Please pray for our family to be God fearing and to get more money 
to care for the orphans.”

Maria Abenakyo  lives in Mukono, Uganda, with her husband and 3 children;
Laurie, Mathan, and Matthew.

She studied Art and Design at McKererie University in Uganda with financial help from Hope Institute.  Maria was raised by her sister after losing her parents at age 8.  She wants to help other mothers become self-sufficient by teaching them to create and sell handcrafted items. 

 “In 2008 l had the good news about Jinja Jewely, the making of beads which l embraced with great vigor. l have been able to complete my degree in Education Art and Design with Kyambogo University and partly cater for my welfare and that of my children.(2 sons) l greatly appreciate the work of Jinja Jewelry in all their endeavors to move and improve lives. Great regards go out to all volunteers.”

She says, “Beadmaking helped me to finish paying my school fees and to pay for my son’s fees. 
Now I am working on opening my own small business. Please pray for my business to expand.”

Maria says,“Going to church has healed me a lot.  I have learned to think positively.  Life has been so hard but God provides just in time.  My husband has become stronger in his faith because he sees God providing and he’s learned to pray.  We are so grateful for the volunteers who sacrifice their time to sell the beads.  I pray for their families and the people who buy.” 

Rachel Naigino lives in Jinja, Uganda.                                                                                                                                                      
She takes care of her sister’s 3 children all alone.She says, “I started beading when I was in the Senior 4 grade in school. 
It was hard because I didn’t have money for registration fees.  The bead money came just in time to pay fees for Senior 4. 
 It has helped me to finish my A level.”

She says, “Please pray for me as I care for the children myself.   I want to go on to take courses in Education to be a teacher, if God will make a way. God has changed my life in very many ways.  I’ve been in a position to stand and have patience.  I trust Him to provide.”

Deo Bwire lives in Jinja, Uganda.  His mother left the family when he was 5, then his dad died in 1991. 
He was cared for by his uncle after his father’s death.  He is currently a leader with the Bible Training School led by Pastor Manasseh.  They are starting a church in the Bugiri district.

He says, “beadmaking has created employment to pay house rent, my own school fees  and essential needs like water, clothes, soap, and medicine.  It has also helped my colleagues.  I taught them how to make beads.  They made their own beading group and also make other crafts.”

His hopes/goals are to invest in a sustainable income generating business.  He wants to buy tools and then open a craft shop where he sells art, painting, woodworking, and bead items.  He also said that he dreams of taking classes on writing and reporting (journalism).

“Pray for me to find a good marriage partner who would also like to help care for orphans.” 

 Justine Nakku
lives in Jinja with her husband William and 3 children.  William studied to be a pastor. 
Beadmaking has helped her feed her family, buy medicines and basic supplies, and pay school fees for her husband and children.

Her hopes for the future are to save money from the beadmaking  to start up a ‘resale’ clothing boutique and  buy her husband a machine so he can get jobs cutting grass.

Justine says that God and the church has changed her life.  She says, “before I received Christ I was cursed by uncles because I was an orphan.  Today I have joy and peace and feel loved.  Please pray for me to be deeply rooted in Christ so I don’t backslide or fall.”

Pascaliah Anyango lives in Jinja with her husband, Godfrey and 4 children.
She is holding her daughter, Peace.

She says, “I thank you for the work you do for me.  This work on necklaces has helped me a lot.  I can pay school fees for my children and buy basic needs.  It also helps keep me busy at home instead of sitting idle.”

Her hopes for the future are for her children to complete University education and to build a better house and buy cows and goats.

She says God has changed her life by giving peace and joy to her and her whole family, and she is so happy that her mother received Christ.  She requests prayer that her husband would become a believer.

Pascalia says, ‘Thank you, and please keep buying beads from us!” 

Florence Nakayima lives in Jinja.  She has 5 children. 

Beadmaking helps her pay school fees and provide for household needs, and keeps her busy. 
Florence wants to educate her children to higher levels so they can get good employment. She would also like to buy land and construct a house.

She says, “The church has helped me to be hard working and not lazy, and has taught me teamwork.
Also through the beadmaking group we have created fellowship.  We pray on Wednesdays and Fridays for each other and the people who buy our beads.”

She requests prayer for her husband to receive Jesus and for more people to buy beads.

Mary Nufala lives in Jinja. She took in 4 of her brother’s 10 children after he died. 

She also raises, Newton, a boy she found in a ditch when he was 1 year old.

Please pray for Mary to keep her faith in God strong and for her health to improve.

Vincent Okema (cowhorn artisan) lives in Kampala, Uganda. He is married with 4 children.
Vincent has been able to expand his business twice in the last three years, and has trained nine men to help him, two are starting their own businesses.

I was born and grew up in northern Uganda. Because of the rebel disturbances at the time, I took refuge at my cousins in Kampala. During my stay with him I learned about cow horn crafts industry. Actually my cousin was the sole pioneer in the business in East Africa. Since he was working with the Ministry of Tourism, they used to preserve dead wild animal tusks or ivory. They would make soveniers, etc. I believe because of the international banning of trade in ivory and tusks he decided to try cowhorn and it worked.

 I watched as they experimented until success came in the production of bangles. They would hand file and finish just one bangle in a day.

During my holidays I learned how to go about making crafts out of cowhorn. I picked up interest and would win prize after prize since I was creative. Though I was bright in school, I could not finish my studies because the responsibilities became too big for my cousin to bear. Hence I only finished Ordinary Level, after which I joined and worked with him until he lost the business because of a loan default in payment.

Since then I have worked and help create many business named HORNCRAFTS. Less than a year had passed when I came in touch with HOPE INSTITUTE of UGANDA. After I met HIU, my life changed because I saw hope.  Since before it was as if, even if I was to work to my last atom I would not be able make it in life. I had a good exposure in 2008 when I won a trophy for being the best in crafts section at Uganda International Trade Fair, I moved into a better house, I even acquired some machines from HIU to help my business grow and most of all, now I know I have the potential, though there could be some hiccups here and there. All this because of HIU.
Thank you!

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 Read About Kim's Trip to Uganda 

She traveled to Uganda, Africa from Feb. 18-27 with her friend Lisa Erickson and a medical team from Janesville, WI, to support the work of Hope Institute of Uganda. 

Lisa and Kim brought spiritual encouragement and support in the form of teaching and prayer at the Jinja Light and Life Church, while the medical team performed surgeries at Buluba hospital.   

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