Archive for May, 2018

This Week in Bukavu – 5/25

Raising Awareness for a Cleaner Bukavu

We had our first public procession on Sunday evening (May 20th) to raise awareness about the garbage in Bukavu. We walked a couple of miles back and forth in the streets of the Emery Patrice Lumumba Boulevard, ending a couple hours later at Mushere school.

During our walk we carried signs with different messages to raise awareness and to alert the population of Nguba about the bad waste management in our area:

  • My city is not a dump,
  • We need a clean city,
  • Filth is bad, GOD does not like it,
  • The streets are not your toilets,
  • Filth is bad for your health,
  • Cleanness makes us honorable,
  • and so on…

We used some of the same messages that our City Hall has used before so the people could see the collaboration between us and city officials on this event. After our event we posted those messages on walls in the streets.

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Our Mayor sent two local journalists to our event for press coverage and a few interviews were given. The Mayor supporting our actions is a good thing we can use to influence more change in the city. We have a few ideas about that!

We also asked 15 churches in the area to read a special message during Sunday morning services to encourage everyone that each of us has the responsibility to keep the place GOD gave us clean. We wanted to remind the people that church has a mission to help improve local conditions. It is a shame that people overlook that one aspect of the church mission.

FHA’s Young Leaders’ Clubs have some very ambitious projects for our environmental program and we’re happy to see these young people are learning how to impact their community in a positive way. We feel this helps them to be good leaders.

Our Young Leaders have selected a portion of the street to work on and clean up, and hopefully this will set an example for others to copy. We are hoping that soon a nice walk in the street can be enjoyable again without so much garbage everywhere.

We are so thankful for your prayer support. Everything went well, no incident or anything bad. We are really thankful to our GOD!

 

Prayer and Praise

First, praise the LORD with us!

  • For the breath and good health, that HE continues to provide to us here and to our sponsors all over;
  • For the procession on Sunday that went so well and with no incident!

Please pray with us:

  • For the children who are preparing for finals this week already and for all of the children who are soon ending this school year. That they may succeed;
  • For this year’s VBS funding, that the Almighty GOD will open doors, and for the team to come up with a divinely made theme for a transforming VBS training for our youth;
  • For our Focus Business School training ending this week and for the next training, that HE will provide and prepare the next people to be transformed by these entrepreneurial principles;
  • For our three clubs (Princesses, Princes and the Green club) that they will make great young leaders and positively influence many around them, for a changed Bukavu/ Congo

 

With love,

Bintu

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To DONATE to our VBS Campaign visit our Mightycause page: VBS 2018

Visit our website to learn more about all FHA programs: futurehopeafrica.org

Email us: info@futurehopeafrica.org


 

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This week in Bukavu – 5/18

Future Hope Africa Green Club

 

The population in Bukavu has multiplied so much from 1996 when the first war started. Now, a city built for a couple hundred thousand people is filled with 830.000 and counting, in 2018, and the household waste has grown proportionally.

Unfortunately, there is no system organized for waste management here. And the new population is not educated for that. Thus, the streets are full of dumps and houses are dwelling among small ones here and there.

One of the consequences of that being that people now, especially young ones end up not liking their city and strive to seek for life elsewhere, they think they can do nothing to help improve things here. FHA actions are showing that we can surely do something to improve things in our country!

FHA decided to take action about this as well. Our first Green Club for a cleaner environment was created last school year in one of our partner schools called Mushere, with the idea of  duplication in other schools.

Our youth in the Prince club and the members of the Mushere Green Club, about 30 young people in all, cleaned the three dumps that were surrounding the streets near our center. We are sending announcements to be read in the churches on Sunday morning to raise awareness among the Christian community, and then on Sunday afternoon (May 20th), we will march with messages to discourage bad and unsafe waste management. For our own wellbeing.

When we went to ask for permission at the city hall, the Mayor was so supportive and promised to provide press covering to the procession on Sunday. We believe they will help us in the follow up as well.

We will let you know how this procession goes!

Photos from our Cleanup Day…

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Here’s how you can help FHA:

  1. Ask if your church would help sponsor our VBS for 2018
  2. Pray with us:
  • For our Young Leader and Green Clubs event on Sunday May the 20th,  that all will go well and it will have the desired impact on the population of Nguba, to help create a cleaner Bukavu.
  • Did you know we have to write our own VBS curriculum?  Please pray as we are trying to decide about the theme for this year’s VBS, that HE will provide wisdom.
  • For the building expansion of the Kanega Education Center (we need more space to serve more students), that HE would open the doors that are still closed.

 

With love,

Bintu

Bintu head shot


To DONATE to our VBS Campaign visit our Mightycause page: VBS 2018

Visit our website to learn more about all FHA programs: futurehopeafrica.org

Email us: info@futurehopeafrica.org


 

This week in Bukavu – 5/7

FHA GREEN CLUBS

A program for the cleaner environment

 

Our first Green Club for a cleaner environment was started last school year in one of our partner schools, called Mushere, with the idea of duplication in other schools.

These are the Green Club leaders from the Mushere school.

 

Water gets into the classrooms at Mushere school during the rainy season so the Green Club members recently built retaining walls and planted grass to help control the water.

 

Our youth and FHA are preparing to officially launch this program with a procession and a street cleaning on the 17th of this month.

More about that next week, as we continue with the prep work for the launching event!

 

More about: FOCUS BUSINESS SCHOOL

 

FBS is a curriculum created by Marco Strömberg a Swedish fellow, who got a revelation from GOD during a mission in Burma. He decided he would join an entrepreneurial training to the gospel he was preaching to these local beneficiaries to help them raise out of poverty. The results that came after his very first try were very encouraging. There was born a course that has been translated in several languages and taught in many developing countries to fight poverty.

FBS is a course given in 48 lessons, summarized in the nine themes below.

  1. The Seed (included in the Introduction lesson)
  2. Bringing your personal finances into balance
  3. Dreams and visions
  4. Business plan
  5. Market mechanisms
  6. Business basics
  7. The character of a businessman
  8. Biblical finances
  9. The spiritual businessman / woman

Our fourth Focus Business School training is ongoing since February. We host a 1:30 min. lesson time for entrepreneurs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday after the school children are dismissed from their homework class at 16h30. Two-thirds of the lessons have been given so far in the first 7 themes.

We are expecting to finish the program this month and get ready for our fifth FBS. We are also praying that we’ll be blessed with more funds for the microloans to accompany and to encourage our graduates!

As we said last week, this program is a must for anyone who wants to be eligible for our microloan program.

 

Here’s how you can help FHA

 

Please pray with us:

  • That GOD will give the Kanega Center staff the wisdom, strength and vision to mentor and encourage our students.
  • For the Focus Business School participants to understand all the financial and Biblical concepts presented during this course.
  • For the Green club event on the 17th , and for its impact on the population of Nguba, Bukavu (more on the Green club later).
  •  Help us to have the vision and resources to plan vacation activities, particularly for VBS—that God will provide for what he wants us to accomplish.  
  • For the expansion of the Kanega Center as we see that our services could serve more people and make a tremendous change if we expanded our building.
  • For our sponsors and funders in the USA and everywhere else, that GOD would bless them in all they are undertaking.

With love,

Bintu

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For more information about FHA, please visit: futurehopeafrica.org

Our email: info@futurehopeafrica.org