COHAD

The COHAD (Children of Hope and Dignity) village is, in essence, a small community where children receive the care and education that they need. The

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A Day in the Life of a COHAD Child

Life at COHAD is pretty hard – the children all have very busy, physical days.  We have been amazed by the energy of these young people, how they fac

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Stories of Hope

The work that we are doing in Kumi really is making a difference. Here is an example of one of our “Stories of Hope”, Sarah’s story, a little girl who

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Seeds of Hope

Seeds of Hope started out in 2011 after a…

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COHAD

The COHAD (Children of Hope and Dignity) village is, in…

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Sponsor a Child

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Seeds of Hope is currently partnered with Mission Direct 

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A snapshot of our work in Kumi, April 2016

Watch this video for a glimpse of our time in Kumi in April 2016. Some of our lovely sponsored children in their new work places or moving into their new homes!

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It’s Easier than You Think to Make a Difference to a Child’s Life

At Seeds of Hope, we believe in the starfish principle. By that, we mean that although the heartbreakingly devastating poverty we’ve witnessed on our visits to Kumi is not something that can easily be rectified, and there will always be more children who are in desperate need of help, we CAN make a difference to the lives of each child sponsored through Seeds of Hope. We’ve seen the difference the hope and security provided by COHAD makes.

But, like we said, there are always more children in need of help, and our vision is to see COHAD operating at full capacity, providing hope and security for up to 80 children. To do that, we need more sponsors. Providing a home, food, education and health-care for a COHAD child costs £40 per month, but before you click away because that’s too much of a chunk out of your monthly budget, can we just take a moment to explain that it’s easier than you think to make a difference to a child’s life?

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Esther

Look at it this way: an average glass of wine costs somewhere between £4 and £5. If you and three friends each gave up just two glasses of wine per month, together you could sponsor a COHAD child like Esther, who lost her parents to HIV/AIDS and is now flourishing at COHAD under the care of Mummy Micah.

Spreading the cost of sponsorship between a group of friends – or family, or colleagues – makes changing lives in Kumi a more realistic endeavor.

If you would like to find out more about sponsoring a COHAD child through Seeds of Hope, please get in touch or look at our COHAD and Sponsor a Child pages.

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An Orphanage To Fill

Linda shares some thoughts about our recent trip to Kumi…

I could take you through our entire trip to Kumi piecemeal, but if you’re like me you’ll have clicked out by the third sentence bored, so how about we look at a snapshot of the best bit of our latest visit?

Back in 2011, our first trip to Kumi in Uganda we were introduced to COHAD orphanage (Children of Hope and Dignity)
through Mission Direct and took part in the building of house number 10. Four of the houses were vibrant with children, and it all felt warm and loving, with a sense of peace throughout. The children and the house mummies captured our hearts and we were smitten. This led to our spending time there whenever we headed back to Kumi, Uganda.

Our return visit this time, walking around the orphanage, we grasped a real sense of things being stagnant with no forward movement, which was both disappointing and demoralising. The older orphan children were at boarding school, so the houses had only 4 children in each, and there was an overall sense of despondency about the place.

Oh, what to do? Well, sometimes the answer makes itself known to you.

This trip was our first experience of seeing any street orphan children in Kumi and the 3 we met were wonderful characters, William, John, and Victor. Their stories were tough, and caused more than a few tears amongst us, their personalities cheeky, yet strong, (which they need to be to survive on the streets) and within a day they were hanging around the hotel morning noon and night waiting for us Muzungu’s (the local word for white people) to arrive. Like all boys, they loved football, and were keen for us to join in!

So, here we had 3 boys, homeless, and an orphanage half full. It’s not rocket science, you can probably see where this is going!

Again, one those quirky things in Uganda you just never know who you may end up talking to. We had gone to the local eating establishment (don’t imagine one of our restaurants) for dinner of local chicken and rice, and after an hour the Pastor we work with turned up with the local Bishop of the PAG church, John Michael to join us. Chatting about COHAD, and introducing the idea of the boys being allowed to move there, guess who then arrived? Yep, the boys themselves, to come and sit with us for a cup of tea. First hand with no effort on our behalf, a relationship had been created.

The result? That same evening it was agreed that subject to their stories checking out, they could be move into COHAD that very week, along with two other boys from the community. Yes!!!

Our promSeeds-of-Hope-Uganda-Vunerable-Children-get-a-second-chance-1024x682isSeeds-of-Hope-Boys-Children-Sponsorship-1024x682e? We would fund the 5 boys, plus 3 more with immediate effect. Yikes, this was no small commitment, and we knew it was still a drop in the ocean. With 5 more empty houses, (which in our opinion should be full to bursting,) COHAD orphanage was about to become our long term project, as we offered to partner with them, with the probability of becoming a member on their board.

So, here we are now a mere 4,000 miles away from this little place of safety called COHAD, great dreams of seeing it with a school, 100 children living there, a feeding programme for the vulnerable children in the local community, and what feels like a mountain to climb.

Do you think you can join in agreement to say Bring it on?

 

Originally Posted on the Choc-Affair blog: http://choc-affair.com/2016/05/02/an-orphanage-to-fill/
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Choc-Affair newsletter 24th October 2014

It’s been a busy summer, and as we now approach the season of what is meant to be Goodwill, but in fact for most of us business owners, and managers it can feel like Goodwill went out of the window along time ago!

I would like to give you a brief insight into the values that underpin Choc-affair and why I travel to Uganda during the summer to manage our charity Seeds of Hope.

This year I was out in North East Uganda for 2 weeks to monitor the progress of our child sponsorship programme: we currently support over 30 children as well as providing sustainable start up funding for an orphanage project called Children Of Hope and Dignity. We travelled around with goats and chickens, delivering them to families we support, we drove down tracks that no vehicle should ever travel, tried to avoid a hippopotamus on our camp-site, and stroked wild baby warthogs. More importantly i laughed and cried in the midst of the whole mess, and had my heart broken over and over again.

This area of Africa I have fallen in love with is a township called Kumi, it has a terrible history of war, the Lords Resistance Army, HIV orphans and destitution. It also has hope in the darkest of hours, the children have a joy we don’t often see in the West, where handing over something as simple as football is as if you have given a child the world.
Please, take a pause in your day to allow me to tell you about Isaac. During my visit to our nursing friend Flora at the local ‘health centre’, we saw a young mum with 6 months old twins and a small boy who looked about 6 years old. On enquiring, it turned out that the twins were in fact 14 months old and Isaac 11. They were so malnourished, and the twins were stricken with Malaria, their mum just 23 years old with 5 children in total. Their father had deserted her to go and live with another woman, so she lived with her mother in law in her village, 5 kms from the health centre.

So, we took action there and then buying them food, clothes and mosquito nets. Realising that this was not going to be enough, we decided to take Isaac onto our sponsorship programme, and we asked our bus driver to take them back to their village with all of their newly acquired belongings. Our person on the ground, Robinah, accompanied them, as the mum was quite overwhelmed with our group of white faces.

You would think the villagers would be jealous of the change in circumstances, but quite the opposite. The knowledge that someone from another culture cares, and is willing to do something, can transform a weary village into a place of joyfulness and delight. This was the effect that choosing to sponsor one child had on a whole community. This was for us an easy act of goodwill.

There are many more stories of children, hope and also heartbreak, and due to our continued investment in this beautiful place, many more to come I am sure. This is where the heart of Choc-Affair lies!

So, when we are tired and stressed with surviving this season within our businesses, how about we raise a glass, because we can and will get through it. Let’s remind ourselves we can choose to bring about some good will and cheer to others.

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Seeds of Hope

Seeds of Hope started out in 2011 after a mission trip to Kumi, Uganda, with Mission Direct. Our initial vision was to set up a Child Sponsorship programme with the support of Mission Direct.MissionSeeds Logo

We offer children who are disadvantaged, orphaned or at risk a chance to have hope in their lives through our sponsorship programme, which pays for things such as school fees (either boarding or day pupils), uniforms, accommodation and much more. We also fund medical care, water aid projects and micro business loans. Our aim is to change the lives of these young people who touch our lives so deeply.

Five years on, in 2016, our programme has expanded as we partner with COHAD (Children of Hope and Dignity), a project that provides homes and ‘house mummies’ for orphans of AIDS, civil war and disease. Although currently only 4 houses are occupied, our vision is to see all ten houses filled, so that more young lives can be touched and transformed.

During our April 2016 visit to Kumi, we were delighted to be able to see five new children move into the COHAD village, the first new children in five years!

Our work in Kumi is dependent on sponsors for the children. Without sponsors, Seeds of Hope would not be able to fulfill our vision to give the children a hope and a future. Having committed sponsors means that we can give a more holistic kind of care to vulnerable children, and help them grow to become independent and self-sufficient.

Seeds of Hope currently partners with Mission Direct to accept donations and sponsorship fees.

You can give for any of the following:

  • To sponsor a village child (£25 per month) or a COHAD child (£40 per month)
  • To sponsor a COHAD Mummy (£35 per month)
  • Make a one-off-donation towards a sustainable project at COHAD
  • Donate anything from £1.50 for mosquito nets to save lives.

The link below takes  you directly to the Mission Direct giving page for Seeds of Hope. It is important that you use the link below as it ensures that the money you give will be directed into the Seeds of Hope Account. Please do not use the general Mission Direct giving page as it will make it harder to administrate your gift.

There is a note box in which you can identify the purpose of your gift and leave us your email address.  

When you choose to sponsor a child or a mummy we will email you with information about your sponsored person, starting what we hope will be a special relationship. You will be invited to write to your sponsored person, and should you choose you can send photographs.

If you are a UK Taxpayer, please remember to use the tick box to enable us to claim Gift Aid on your donation.

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