Friday, July 29, 2016

Pastor Dennis Singini USA Tour for WorldHope Malawi

Man on a Mission

August 1, 2016

Dear Friends of WorldHope Corps:

It gives me great pleasure to announce the appointment of Dennis Singini as Country Representative and Program Director, WorldHope Malawi!

For ten years, since 2006, I’ve been a ‘Man on a Mission to Malawi’ to help AIDS orphans, provide Hope Scholarships, and drill village wells in Malawi.  This year, rather than returning to Malawi, I’ll help a ‘Man on a Mission from Malawi’ raise funds for WorldHope Malawi—our partner organization he now leads. 
Pastor Dennis Singini served for 6 years as Program Director for CitiHope International’s USAID Food for Peace/Malawi program, and for several years as an Assistant Protocol Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Malawi. As CR for WHC, Dennis will continue as pastor of Rumphi Bible Believers’ Church and oversee other rural congregations in Northern Malawi.   I have known Dennis since 2006, we have worked together on many projects, and he is a man after God's own heart.

To inaugurate Dennis’s new role, and help him raise funds, I am pleased to partner with Ms. Josie Dittrich (former CitiHope staff member and film/ documentary producer) to sponsor Pastor Dennis for a 7-week, 10-city, training and fund-raising tour in the USA (Aug. 8 – Sept 26, 2016). I invite you to connect with him during this time, and help him raise his local ministry budget for 2017 (to fund core programs of water and sanitation, HIV/AIDS Training, Shalom Training, Hope Scholarships and Social Business projects).

Josie generously covered the cost of Dennis’ international travel.  Rob Robbins will sponsor Dennis for a one-week, intensive business course in Strategic Planning at Liberty University. Gaius Charles will sponsor Dennis for advance Shalom Training at the CCDA Conference in Los Angeles. Local hosts will schedule local speaking/training events, provide lodging, meals, and local ground travel for Dennis while he is in each area (see tentative schedule and local hosts attached).

We still need co-sponsors to help cover Dennis’s domestic travel in the USA (approximately $1,000).  Dennis's #1 goal is to raise $10,000 to cover WorldHope Malawi core programs in 2017 (water and sanitation training, mosquito net distribution, and educational support for youth).  That breaks down to $1000 in each city he visits.  He has more than 10 hosts, so each one of us should introduce him to, say, ten friends who may be willing to donate $100 (or $10/month). 

Churches and organizations, of course, will be able to do more. Once we cover core programs, we can help Dennis raise another $10,000 for special projects of particular interest to major donors (e.g. social business projects such as another chicken business or water store).  

Please consider a special gift this month, and share this letter with others in your circle of influence.  Look over Dennis' travel schedule and let me know if you have friends in one of the cities he will visit so that we can invite them to an event.  

Again, our base need is to raise $10,000 in 10 cities, in 7 weeks. I believe we will do it, but "it takes a village."  

Together,  we can help Dennis find new donors, raise his budget, experience regional culture, see old friends, meet new ones, and generally enjoy his preaching and fund-raising tour of the USA.  Thank you!

Michael J. Christensen, Ph.D.
Founder and Director, 

P.S. Tax-deductible donations for WorldHope Malawi can be made online at our website:   Checks can be sent to WHC, PO Box 7688, San Diego, 92167.

Dennis Singini, Certified Shalom Trainer
Dennis with Doug Smith (far right)

Dennis Singini, Pastor in Malawi

Pastor Dennis, Rev. Michele Robbins and Dr. C. at Shalom Coffee Coop

Pastor Dennis Singini USA tour for WorldHope Malawi

Current Hosts and Contacts:

- NYC: Dr. Caroline Njuki
- Northern NJ: Helen Hoens, Ruth Bashe, Stacy Radmore
- Greensboro, NC: Rob Robbins
- Lynchburg, VA: Wes Galden
- Atlanta, GA:
Rev. Ellynda Lipsey , Jim McGill and Harriett Kelly
 -Macon, GA:  Frank Austin
- Columbia, SC: Rev. John Culp
- San Diego: Drs. Michael and Rebecca Laird-Christensen
Los Angeles:  Dr. Michael Christensen and Dr. Rob Duncan
- SF Bay Area: Berkeley Shalom Team
 (Maxim and Karen Harber, Doug Smith,  Michele Robbins, Alan and Rose Kimber)
- St. Simons Island, GA: Josie Dittrich

Jossie, Dennis and Michael
Dennis' Travel and Speaking Schedule:

Tues, Aug 9            Arrive in JFK 
Aug 9-13                 Northern NJ/NYC
Sat, Aug 13             Newark to Greensboro, NC

Aug 14-19               Strategic Planning Course – Lynchburg, VA
Aug 19-25               Greensboro, NC. 
Sun, Aug 21            Osborne Baptist Church                                          

Thurs, Aug 25         Fly from Greensboro to San Diego
Aug 25-30               Donor Development in San Diego

Sun, Aug 28            San Diego First Church of the Nazarene
Tuesday, Aug 30    Water of Life ministry focus at First Church

Aug 31-Sept 3        CCDA Training Conference in Los Angeles  

Sun, Sept 4              Dennis brings greetings and meets with staff at Holman UMC, LA, Kelvin Sauls, Pastor
                                  Travel from LAX to SFO
Mon, Sept 5               Labor Day with friends in SF Bay Area

Sept 6 – 12                  Berkeley and SF Bay Area fund-raising

Sunday, Sept. 11         Hosted by Shalom Team, Eworth Berkeley UMC

Sept 13                        Dennis flies to JAX
Sept 13-16                   St. Simons Island, GA  (Josie Dittrich, host)

Sept 14                        Training with Dr. Millican for SureSight Vision Screener (SSI)
Sept 15                        Speaking at Lions Club Golden Isles – St. Simons Island (re: 1600+ eye glasses outreach - Lions Club has                                                 provided in Northern Malawi)

Sept 17                       Departs SSI with Rev. Ricky Bates & family for SC
Sun. Sept 18              Preaching in Columbia, SC   (Rev. John Culp, host)
Sept 19                       Meet with South Carolina UMC     Conference contacts
                                   Fly from Columbia to Atlanta        

Sept 20-22                Atlanta with friends (Jim McGill, Harriett Kelly)
Sept 23                     Macon City tour (Frank Austin, host)
Sept 24                    All day – Shalom Zones Event –11 zones, 600+ volunteers         
Sunday, Sept. 25      Preaching at Stone Mountain UMC,  Rev. Lipsey pastor

Sept 26                     Depart Atlanta for Dulles and return to Malawi.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

WorldHope Corps/SARS Water Project Progress Report for Second Quarter 2016

Sustainable Action Rural Sector (SARS) Progress Report for June 2016 by Julius Kasaija

WorldHope representative Maxim Schrogin purchases first jerry can of purified water in Feb. 2016.

Dear Dr. Micheal,

Greetings and best regards to you.
I will first of all apologize for slow communication this year. I have had problems with my health,  I have been down suffering from malaria for a second time in only two months, this has rendered me ineffective as far as field work and office is concerned; however our thin staff has been so reliable and effective thus moving SARS projects forward. Kindly find our report attached.

SARS/WHC Katikara water project, our much treasured gold mine, has now grown to four months since inception in February 2016. The project we have all positively sponsored has reached a stage where local people are benefiting from the water project which has positive effects to the community.  Today we can ably report that the water store is providing clean and safe water to the community is being served.

Project Financial Performance and Reporting:
We have compiled a summary of figures extracted from the daily sales Roster for the months of February, March, April and May (see attached).  Please note that the following totals: 

  • Number of jerry cans of water sold in April and May is 7,449  
  • We charge the equivalent of 15-20 cents per jerry can  
  • Total income for our first four months (Feb-May) is 4,186,300 Uganda Shillings ($1,239 US). 
  • Total expenses were 2,858,900 ($846 US).  
  • Our net income for savings is 1,327,400 ($393 US)

The sales are slowly increasing despite power and pump challenges.  One day we hope to be able to pay our volunteer staff.

Pump and Generator Replacement needed:
On a sad note; I am sorry to report that beginning with this week, we have not been able to pump water to the tanks due the fact that our pump has experienced a multi failure. It is a very unfortunate situation, and the only funds on our accounts is $500. Whereas there is a possibility to improve the pump efficiency, we have determined that a new kind of pump is necessary.  Since it is clear that the cost of the pump is $3200, SARS has so far saved $500 towards purchasing a pump for project efficiency.  

Project Debt Clearing:
In February 2016 SARS accrued a debt of $9270, which was as result of high costs of installation and insufficient funds. More than $20,000 was raised and spent so far to purchase plots for the source well, pumping station and water store, drilling the borehole, construction of a processing house, purchase of generator and plumbing materials, and costs of labour. But the costs were greater than anticipated to become operational.  WHCs has been able to pay part of the debt with a $4000 loan. SARS has also been able to clear part of the debt to a tune of $700 so far.  Currently we have a debt of $4500.

We have no paid staff and we depend on volunteers to execute our work. We have three volunteers on part time basis; we have the security guard (Bagonza John), pump technician (Murungi Godfrey) and a booth attendant (Birungi Charity) on top of (Mpunde Geoffrey) a project manager who doubles as SARS field officer Volunteer. All in all we work as a team entirely to see the success of the project.

Processing station and storage tank. 

Account Opening:
At the beginning of May 2016, we opened a Community Bank Account at local branch in Hoima 10310001985 with three signatories: Julius Kasaija, Jackson Sabiiti and Nyakato Salimat. This will be helpful in accounting for funds generated.

Power line extension 
We have been able to secure a power line extension up to the production well and process house. With the help of Dr. Kasirivu Atwooki we extended a power line to the point where we can easily access it for use, and the only remaining part is construction of a power house and subsequent wiring. This has been done at a cost of $500. We believe this will help us pump water at a lower rate.

Visit by the Minister of Economic Monitoring-- Dr. Kasirivu Atwooki:

Julius hosts Minister of Economic Monitoring
We were able to host Dr. Kasirivu Atwooki in the office of the President and Bugagaizi West member of Parliament.  He visited our production well and water store. He was happy that SARS--a small organization-- is implementing such a long term and sustainable project. He pledged support for our project and we agreed to begin lobbying government for expansion of the current project to carter for the greater parts of Katikara. He further lauded SARS and her partners for the economic aspect of the project, especially the purification system and the consequent plan of water bottling. He believes this kind of approach will ably sustain the project.

Water Management Team and Community:
We highly commend the community and water management members in Katikara who have been so patient with us.  At times we were unable to supply water due to pumping and generator challenges. Rather than complaining, the community sympathizes with our new operation.  We pray that hydro power is connected soon, and that we can replace the current pump and generator.

On behalf of SARS and on my own behalf I wish to extend our sincere thanks to all our partners at WorldHope Corps and Healing Waters International.  You all have patiently waited for this status report but today I am happy to send it to you.

We at SARS are happy and appreciative for the international and local support extended to us as we struggle to serve our target communities. No doubt we shall keep doing what we promise in most accurate and transparent manner.

Julius Kasaija
Chief Executive Officer
Sustainable Action for Rural Sector (SARS)
Uganda Africa

Friday, July 15, 2016

Update on new Ladderloo Project in Western Uganda

Here's an Project Update from Julius Kasaija  on new Ladderloo Project 
(latrine recycling 
demonstration) in Hoima District, Western Uganda.  This community sanitation and hygiene project, sponsored by Engineering for Hope, complements WorldHope Corps Water Purification System and Water Store in the region.--mjc

Dear Partners,
Greetings and best regards to you.
It is quite some time since I last communicate to you about the Ladderloo imitative. I will first appreciate the new venture and its complications of making it effective in the new communities. We successfully installed eleven toilets however only five are being used properly and effectively, the other families used them for a while and they abandoned them not because of their problems but poor attitude to change. We have since been monitoring the real users. They are satisfied and these are the homes that we will give a backing to our new deal with government officials.

Hoima District has a cholera out break especially along the shores of lake Albert bordering Democratic Republic of Congo; we visited  one of the shores with Dr Michael during his last visit to Uganda. The out break is too severe and at least over 150 people are already in a gazetted treatment centre, At least 4 people have died. 
Where as it is true that we had earlier met the health officers from Hoima and Kibaale district introducing our new initiative to sanitation and hygiene, we had not received the best answers and a clear time line to understand our project. however on 17/06/2016 we were invited to attend Hoima district High level planing meeting for health services where we presented our new project. It was such an exciting moment! I took time to explain the scheme and how it would help curb cholera outbreak along the sandy and breaking lake shores as every one was eager to listen and ask questions.
Since then we have had a series of meeting with the civil servants and political heads aligning how will will implement the project. It was resolved therefore, on 12/07/2016 SARS will host the district team in Katikara, this will be a study tour for the official to see physically how the Ladderloo works. There after a team will make its recommendations  to the district and government if SARS can begin implementation at the lake shores as a pilot system geared towards restraining the cholera problem.
Currently we are busy supervising the households that have gracefully taken on Ladderloo.

My simple request to you is if possible you support us with motivation funds to first of all to our promoters and SARS staff, these have been in the field for the last four months and are not motivated. Secondly we have so far held four meeting both in Kibaale and Hoima districts, these require transport, facilitation allowances and lastly, SARS is obliged to facilitate a five man team from the Hoima district both civil servants and politicians to and from Katikara with simple allowances and fuel. as you already aware that SARS is a small organization which depend on non salaried volunteers,  this can partly explain the delays in communication. Our Budget is Promoters - $600, SARS - $200, Meetings & Tour - $400 = $1200 

Kindly find the attached photos

Thank you,

Julius Kasaija
CEO - SARS Uganda