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20.01.2014 - Swimming

And one more time: yippie! School is over. We are on holiday. We have to celebrate and celebrate with something  special. So we went swimming with the whole group. Oh, how much fun we had? See for yourself: 

January 2015 – Beatrice

GMHA is taking over a new child. Beatrice is a seven years old girl from the village Mutufu. In her young age she looks 

back to a very cruel past. She was born HIV-positiv and her mother died a few months after her birth. Her father full of 

shame to have a sick child, couldn't see any advantage in her for the future and looked at her as a waste of money. He 

throws his eight months old baby down  in the latrine and leaves Beatrice to her destiny. Fortunatly the destiny wrote a 

different story, Beatrice was found and rescued, Unfortunatly not rescued from her father. She was brought back to 

him. Often people in the villages get not accused for their crimes, often people ignore it totally. The people are too 

much occupied with their own poverty and suffering. Some weeks later the father throws her again down the latrine, 

this time hidden in a sack. Again she was found and rescued.  This time the sister of Beatrice dead mother sympathises 

enough to take her over. The father could be satisfied now to get rid of his sick child. But he is not. People could still 

ask for financial support. Beatrice gets attacked again and again in the coming years. While the aunt goes to the market 

Beatrice own grandma pours boiling water on her. After that incidence the aunt does not dare anymore to leave 

Beatrice alone. Beatrice aunt borrows a bassin from the grandma. After she found out that the child bathed in it she 

refused to take the bassin back and insisted to get money for it to disgusted to use it again. Beatrice is now seven year 

old, her aunt is suffering from HIV herself and gets weaker and weaker. She does not dare to send the girl to school 

fearing that she could be attacked again. The aunt tried her best. By now she  is too weak to take care and protect 

Beatrice. Besides the aunt has to take care for her own children as well. Beatrice finds a new home at GMHA. She does 

not have to fear to be stigmatised or attacked anymore and she can walk to school freely. Her loving and carrying aunt 

will visit her once in a while. 

January 2015 – Edith

Next to the childrens home GMHA supports people und children in their 

homes – people who are still able to stay in their homes though they are 

very needy. One of them is Edith, a woman from the village Mooni close 

to Mbale. She married in the beginning of her twenties and moved to her 

husband to a village which is further away from Mbale. Before she has 

lived in poor conditions, after her life turned out to be very poor. Her 

husband tried to earn money in selling his self brewed beer. The problem 

was he became his biggest costumer. Early in the morning he would leave 

to come back very drunk in the night, rarly with some money in his 

pocket. The soil in the village was not good enough to plant for herself 

and Edith’s meanwhile three children. So she could not even feed her 

family with veggies out of her garden. The family had to sleep hungry too 

often. To get something in her stomach Edith started to drink the beer of

her husband herself. Often her only meal in a day. Less and less she 

became able to take care for her children. Fortunatly family members 

got concerned and brought edith’s children to other relatives to take 

care for them. But Edith’s situation did not get better. She found out that

she is infected with HIV. The hunger and the high consum of alcohol 

weakend her more and more. In the end to the extent that she could not 

get up anymore. Finally her mother brought her back home. This 

happened three yeard ago. But Edith’s health condition hardly got better.

When she came home Edith was already half starved. Her mother did not 

succeed to bring her back to normal eating. Her mother lives in poverty 

herself and can't offer a vararity of food, what kept Edith’s appitit low. 

She refused to eat or just at little. Since these three years Edith has not 

left her bed anymore. Only to toilet where people had to carry her. She refused to take her HIV medicine because they 

make her feel sick. This side effect usually disappears after some weeks but Eiths never came beyond this point. When 

workers from GMHA visited Edith the first time in her home she was too weak to hold anything in her hand. Since that 

day four months have passed. We are supplying Edith monthly with a varierty of food what brought her appetit back. 

Besides we take her twice a week to physiotherapie to train her almost vanished muscels. Edith’s develops hope that 

her life could improve and agrees to take her medicine. She is getting stronger. By now she even trains at home. When 

we have vistited her last time she told us proudy that she recently walked herself 20 metres away from her home.  

January 2015 – Jonah & Mary

Jonah is just 24 years old. He has got two sons, who live with us. Some years ago he went together with his wife to the 

capital Kampala where he found a job as a carpenter. He was able to care for his family. But then the first news 

reached Bukunde, his home village. He had gone mad, the whole day he would just starr into nowhere and at night he 

would suddenly move the whole night to collect jackfruit, only jackfruit. The 

neighbors were angry because he stole those jackfruits out of their gardens. His 

wife had left. A relativ went to Kampala to see him and found that those stories 

where true. Jonah was brought back to his home village. The story kept on. He 

would sit in his small room starring the whole day into nowhere and at night he 

would move to steal jackfruits from the gardens. More then you could eat. His feet 

are full of worms. According to his father he doesn't allow anyone to remove them. 

Months and years have passed. By now Jonah is very dirty. His hear has not been 

shaved and it's full of sand. His nails are so long that they remind of crawls. His 

skin colour is unhealthy, maybe because of a lack of light, defenitly because of a 

lack of food. Similar to the situation of his mother Mary, the stories changed from 

one of our visits to the other. First the father told us, that they have tried 

everything to help him. Now we know he was only brought to hospital once, where 

he had run away the very same day. Most 

of the time Jonah is calm and even looks 

peaceful. Once in a while he gets an 

attack of anger and they tie him in his 

room. Once he has beaten his father. 

Noone has tried to wash him ever since. 

His father is bitter and desperate. After 

asking him how he could let it go that far he replied that he has an own life as 

well. It may be understandable but Jonah lives in conditions which are more 

than inhuman. His father carries Jonah out of his room and puts him in front 

of us. Together with his wife he wants to get rid of his son as well. How we 

will manage this situation in future we don't know yet. But we can't leave him 

behind. He is sick and in pain. His father says the reason is his walking at 

night. But he has got fever and sweats and moves like he is in pain. We take him to Mbale. He gets washed and people 

pray with him together. That was yesterday. Today he was taken to hospital, where he gets help. As soon as we know 

about his psychological condition, we will decide how we will help him in future. One thing is clear: He needs help and 

he can't go back to his family. 

Autumn 2014 – Caroline

Imagine: A baby is born. A cute one like almost all babies in the world. But it is not even 3 months old when the skin 

starts to change. Boils are growing, especially on the hands and feet. That much that people get disgusted. Hardly 

noone wants to touch the baby. Why don't you just go to a doctor and ask for help? In most cases that would happen. 

Sure, who wants to see the own baby suffer? It seems to be in pain and the skin is obviously itchy. But now imagine: You

live in a village in Uganda. The health system is not developed so much. But still the baby reaches the next hospital. 

The problem the doctors don't know what this baby is suffering from. So what can you do? It happens what in almost all 

cases like this in Uganda would happen: Nothing. It is the way it is. There is nothing you can do.

Sixteen years later this girl comes to Give me Hope Africa. The disease has become 

much worse. The boils have grown a lot. But even now the doctors don’t know how to 

help. They prescribe salves hoping that it will 

reduce the symptoms, but they don't help. The 

feet are especially effected. Caroline wears open 

shoe. The dirt and the dust and getting in the 

wounds which leads to inflamations. Closed shoes 

are impossible for her to wear. They would 

squeeze too much and even entering the shoes is 

too painful.  

 But this girl needs help urgently. Even if you 

leave the pain: people are starring at her, don't 

want to touch her and that every day in the last 

16 years. We contacted Sunrise of Hope e.V., 

requesting to get medical advises from skin 

doctors in Europe. And yes, a doctor seemed to 

recognize the disease and gives advices how to 

reduce the symptoms. Unfortunately there is no cure. In the coming weeks we will 

see if the treatment helps her.

We are very grateful that people from far offer their knowledge and help without even knowing Caroline. The best: 

Caroline will get a care box with bandages, gloves and closed shoes out of a material which will make it possible for 

Caroline to were them. Which will keep her hands and feet away from the dust and dirt and as well from the starring 

eyes of people. For this, many thanks to the company Lohmann & Rauscher GmbH & Co.KG/Neuwied (Germany). 

06.05.2014 – Brian and Annette as well as a thank you to foster mum Anna

The information about our project and our work has spreat in Mbale and its environment. People are passing by our 

office regulary to ask for help. That's how we have met Annette and Brian. Annette’s sister passed away from Aids some 

months ago and she left behind her small, one and a half year old son, Brian. Shortly before she died, she asked Annette 

to promise to take care of Brian. You can tell by her expression in her face. But how? Beginning with the clothes. 

Without an own income it's impossible for her to affort clothes for Brian. At the first time we met Brian was dressed in 

one of the two dresses of Annettes same aged daughter. Feeding and medical treatment are a big problem as well. 

Annette was in despair. Often the family has to sleep hungry. Shall we take Brian with us?” No, Annette didn’t want 

that. She wanted to be there for Brian, just like she promised her sister.

One of our members went with Annette to the place where the family stays. 

„Impossible“ was the statement when they came back. No toilets, no hygiene not 

even a proper floor. While the rain season the family lives in mud. There were no 

matrasses to save them a little bit.To our luck a visitor from Germany offers a 

fostership. Enough money to get a proper place and to start a small business. Not 

even a week later Brian, Annette and her daughter were able to shift to a better 

place. In front of their place Annette could open a small store to sell vegetables and 

chips. Brian got clothes and the family got mattresses. We wish the family all the 

best for their start in a better life- for sure will remain on their side and we are 

sending a big „Thank you“ to the foster mum Anna in Germany.

School and kindergarten

All our in the meantime 19 children visit the school or the nursery. That isn't a matter of course in Uganda. Many of our 

children were visiting the school unregulary or even have not been to school before. The reason is obvious: no money to 

pay the school fees. That makes the value of education even higher. Full of proud our children go every day in their 

uniforms and with their school bags to school or to nursery. Right now we are in holidays. To keep our brains activ, we 

have small lessons every day in pur childrens home. 

But sure: We have a lot of fun in our free time as well 

playing football swimming playing games movieafternoon dancing
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