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Local to give presentation to help Ugandans


Uganda, a beautiful East African land astride the Equator known as the “Pearl of Africa” with a population of Canada tucked into a nation four times the size of the Kootenays.

Uganda, home to beautiful people who struggle through life with faith and a smile even though ranked 113th of the world’s 134 nations listed on the 2011 Human Development Index (Canada is 12th).

Uganda, home to Kimi Toyota who, in 2007, fell in love with 9 of those smiles and began a simple ministry to find 9 sponsors to ensure their education.

In the 4 years since, her small organization, “His Hope Uganda”, has blossomed to include over 140 children and her ministry, supported largely by families with their roots in the Cranbrook area, continues to expand, giving hope to a growing number of the needy.

As HHU moves into its fifth year, new opportunities are on the East African horizon.  To date, 21 collapsing shelters have been replaced with brick and metal roofed homes while 29 families now have safe and more sanitary private brick latrines with attached washing facilities.  More will be built in the coming months, thanks to the generosity of local contributors.

Medically, well over 1,000 individuals of many backgrounds have received medical treatment for ailments as diverse as malaria and typhoid to cancer, hydrocephalus, sickle-cell anemia and broken bones.  Partnering with a church in the Eastern United States, HHU is now looking into the establishment of a clinic to serve the needs to the villages in the area it serves.

A number of women have been trained in tailoring and small business opportunities have been provided to help sustain several families.

This growth in compassion has been made possible through the generosity of local people and the support of many local businesses.  Connecting to the people of the Bugembe region of Jinja, Uganda to Cranbrookians through sponsorship, letters, gifts and photos has been the backbone of HHU.

Two teams over the past two years have devoted two weeks each in building houses and latrines, distributing supplies, leading bible camps, meeting the people, and returning with a coating of light red dust, many life-changing memories and a determination to return.  Of the 37 who gave of their time, 28 are from the Cranbrook and Fernie communities.

On Saturday, January 5th, Kimi Toyota will be sharing stories of her home, Uganda, and video of the most recent team trip in October of 2012.  Information will also be provided on the next team venture, scheduled for August of 2013.

A silent auction will seek to raise enough funds to offset the operating costs for the year so that future giving will be directed entirely to projects and sponsorship.  The evening at the Alliance Church gymnasium is also intended to highlight the generosity and support of our local business community.

All are welcome.  Doors will open at 6.  Dessert, Domino’s pizza coupons and DQ treat vouchers will be available for all.  For more information on His Hope Uganda, you’re invited to check out

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