Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Mission Trip 2017--Ready to go!

Dennis Singini, Michelle Robbins and Michael Christensen display Shalom Coffee
"I have come that you might have life more abundantly, life in all its fullness..." --Jesus in the Gospel of John

Michele Robbins, Doug Smith, Dennis Singini, Baamu Moses and Michael Christensen are preparing to spend two weeks in Uganda and Malawi on WorldHope Corp's 10th Mission Trip.

We'll be conducting HIV/AIDS consultations, meeting with Fair-Trade Shalom Coffee Coop board, doing Shalom Training and Graduation, dedicating a new village well (sponsored by the Ocean Beach Bible Study and Point Loma United Methodist Church), and holding two Women's Empowerment events in Uganda and Malawi (Sept 25-Oct 7, 2017.  Please for us and continue to support the mission at www.worldhopecorps.org

Shalom Training Graduation 2013
Nearly every year since 2008, WorldHope Corps has sent a Mission Team to Malawi and/or Uganda to support our partners in their ministries of compassion, health and wholeness and community development. 

This year, four veteran members of WorldHope Corps-- Rev. Michele Robbins, Dr. Doug Smith, Dr. Caroline Njuki, and myself--will join Pastor Dennis Singini and his team in Malawi and Pastor Moses and his team in Uganda for 12 days of ministry together (Sept 25-Oct 7, 2017). 
Rebecca Laird and friends in 2014

The theme this year is "Life More Abundant" in Time of AIDS" (John 10:10)

Our Goal:  To empower women to protect themselves and promote human dignity, economic sustainability and “life more abundant” (Shalom) in the community. To help men and women, youth and children, step up to the next level of positive living and good success through Shalom Training in asset based community development ABCD) 

More specifically, our work in Uganda is to help Pastor Justine (a local Shalom leader) facilitate a Women's Empowerment Conference focused on preventing domestic violence and abuse, HIV/AIDS education, and living healthy lives in the community.  Before and after the conference, we plan to present funds raised from sale of Uganda jewelry to the women’s group in Jinja; meet with Pastor Moses and Shalom Coffee Coop board to encourage progress; meet with Br. Julius and SARS representatives to encourage their progress on the Fresh Water Store project in Western Uganda. (Sept 25-30).


Women's Empowerment Event in Malawi
Our Mission in Malawi is to help Mrs. Marion Phiri (WorldHope Malawi board member) and her team lead a Women's Empowerment Conference focused on domestic violence and HIV issues; and help Pastor Dennis Singini (WorldHope Corps Program Director) conduct Shalom Training and Graduation of first Shalom Team (Oct 1-7).  And dedicate two new deep water wells recently drilled in rural Malawi, sponsored by the men of OB Bible Study, Point Loma UMC, and Val J. Christensen of San Diego.

We still need sponsors for the Women's Empowerment Consultation in Malawi. 

Your donation of just $50 to WorldHope Corps will help one more young woman participate in the women's empowerment conference.  

The easiest way to help is to donate online at  www.worldhopecorps.org or mail a check to the address below.

Thank you, dear friends!

Michael J. Christensen, Director

WorldHope Corps, Inc.
PO 7688
San Diego, CA 92167

Note:  Shalom Training is the name of our six month training program in Asset Based Community Development for economic empowerment and community transformation. 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Anti-malaria Mosquito Nets Distributed in Malawi to Families in Need

WorldHope Corps Malawi completed its assigned distribution of 1000 anti-malaria mosquito nets this month to 11 villages, 6 Community Based Organizations (CBO) and one prison in northern Malawi—thanks to the generosity of sponsors in Berkeley and at Holman UMC in Los Angeles.  

So many parents and guardians are happy and thankful for the ‘household to household’ gifts of high-quality, safe, insect repellant, mosquito nets purchased in behalf of sponsors in the USA.  

Due to heavy rains and unpaved, impassable roads to the targeted villages, our scheduled distributions in April were delayed until May when they were all distributed. Other obstacles encountered which had to overcome included tight schedules of our partners from the Ministry of Health and their Health Surveillance Assistants.  

Together, we were finally able to distribute nets to families and demonstrate how to care, hang and sleep under them (since 70% of the people sleep on mats and not beds).


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WE WERE ONLY ABLE TO BUY AND DISTSRIBUTE 1000 NETS THIS YEAR.  IN ORER TO AQUIRE AND DISTRIBUTE AT LEAST 364 MORE NETS IN OUR TEN TARGETED COMMUNITIES, WE NEED MORE SPONSORS.  OUR “HOUSEHOLD TO HOUSEHOLD” NEED IS  $10 PER NET X 364 PERSONS.  WE NEED DONATIONS TOTALING $3,640 TO COMPLETE THIS PROGRAM.

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Lonjezo (Promise in English) is three years old and was treated three times this year for Malaria.
WorldHope Corps training at Kholongo Health Centre.
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Healthy Surveillance Assistant  Pachalo Mwale at Thukutu CBO demonstrates how to hang, care and sleep under the net 
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Pachalo Mwale responds to questions and superstitions concerning treated mosquito nets
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Lonjezo, 3 years old, receives a net for herself at Thukutu CBO
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Madalitso (Blessings in English) is a happy, 3 year old, after receiving her very own net during the distribution at Thukutu CBO

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