SHAFIQ’S NEW WHEELCHAIR STORY

Every day, many families struggle to find funding assistance to get the things they need to improve a loved one’s quality of life.
It is one of the reasons Smile of Hope comes in to give you hope to face tomorrow.

On our visit to Mityana Referral hospital, it is where we met Ssempeera Shafiq a 15year old sicker who sustained a stroke at a very tender age. This  ended up affecting his mobility. His mother narrated to us the hardships that they go through as a family raising Shafiq because he cannot walk on his own.
This is where Smile of Hope came in and donated to him a wheel chair so as to help ease his mobility.

We therefore appeal to you out there to come in and support the works of Smiles of Hope so as to enable us bring more Smiles on thousands of people’s faces like Shafiq. Your donations can go to support a range of individuals and families in different situations.

10May/20

DRUG DELIVERY PROGRAM

OUR RESPONSE TO THE LACK OF ACCESS TO HIV DRUGS

In Uganda, people with HIV/AIDS are unnecessarily dying because of a lack of access to ARV treatment. Restricted access to medication has already proven true in all places where the government have implemented lockdowns to contain the spread of the virus.

Living with HIV under lockdown

Life under lockdown is especially difficult for people living with HIV including all those under our care.

Due to lack of access to public transport, it makes it hard for the patients to get their drugs on time. Because of this, we decided to go pick medicines in order to ease necessary treatment — to provide patients with at least two months’ supplies of their drugs direct to their homes until the crisis passes.

We use phone calls and weekly follow-ups to support adherence to drugs and to give guidance on how to properly use drugs in appropriate time and to manage its side effects (if any). So, we have managed to reach Patients from different communities in Mityana District and nearby districts like Mubende and Kassanda.
We are sure that at least these people are now safe with their health till next 2 months.

  

Sometimes we face Poor roads and fuel as our challenges due to long distances from one patient to another and this affects our target of reaching more than 300 people a month, providing them with drugs, food and other basic needs.

     

The Drug delivery program is to operate till the end of the Lock down, but our normal care, follow-ups, and routine drug delivering to most vulnerable people will remain the same and it is to continue as usual.

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Rakai Medical Camp

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08May/20

COVID FOOD DRIVE PROJECT

FOOD DRIVE PROJECT

The Covid-19 lock down has left many of our people helpless. Using Motorcycles (Boda-Bodas), we therefore decided to respond by food drives. Here we tried to make packages of food and other basic needs to share with the families that were heavily affected.

We have used this season fruitfully to demonstrate the love of Christ which has resulted into winning souls to Christ and encouraged many families. We give Glory back to the creator who enables us to offer a smile of Hope to these people.

We appreciate you for supporting us and continuing to stand with us even in this hard trial moments.

    

We continue to thank God for enabling us to serve him even in this hard moment. We pray that God uses us in different ways to glorify his name.

The corona virus pandemic have hit our people of Mityana hard with some of the families of our sponsored children hardly get what to eat. We extended our food drive to these people and shared the promises of our lord to these families.
Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.” Proverbs 22:9 ESV

Food, Soap and sugar ready to be given out.

“Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ Matthew 25:37-40 ESV

We have been able to feed 125 families including 20 families for pastors under training. The Covid food drive program has not only helped us build relationships but also restored hope for many.
One person said that “it has brought the full meaning of the lord’s prayer”.  We are going to continue ministering to those vulnerable people as we pray for the pandemic to end.

   

“GOD IS NOT UNJUST, HE WILL NOT FORGET YOUR WORK AND THE LOVE YOU HAVE SHOWN HIM AS YOU HAVE HELPED HIS PEOPLE AND CONTINUE TO HELP THEM” HEBREWS 6:10

This scripture encourages us to continuously doing good to the people in need because we’re sure there is a reward for us in heaven.

06Apr/20

COVID-19 AWARENESS

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered Coronavirus. A novel Coronavirus (now called SARS-CoV-2) was detected in three patients with pneumonia connected to the cluster of acute respiratory illness cases from Wuhan, China.
(COVID-19) stands for Coronavirus Disease 2019 because it was discovered In December 2019.
By the end of February 2020, several were experiencing sustained local transmission of Coronavirus disease.
The disease causes respiratory illness with symptoms such as Cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty in breathing (Shortness of breath). You can protect yourself by washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your face, Maintain a social distance (at least 1 meter or 3 feet) with people who are unwell.

How it spreads

COVID-19 is a respiratory disease, it spreads primarily through contact with an infected person when coughs or sneezes. It also spreads through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow and It also spreads when a person touches a surface or an object that purchases the virus on it, and then touches his/her eyes, nose, or mouth.

Signs & Symptoms

People may be sick with the virus for 1 to 14 days before developing symptoms. Among these cases, the most commonly reported clinical symptom was fever (47%), dry or productive cough (25%), sore throat (16%), general weakness (6%) and pain (5%). The frequency of these symptoms differs notably from those reported from China.
More rarely, the disease can be serious and even fatal. Besides older people, even people with other medical problems such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease, may be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill.

These are Common symptoms

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tiredness

Other symptoms include:-

  • Sore throat
  • Aches and pains
  • Diarrhea, nausea or a runny nose in very few people.

You can relieve your symptoms if you:

  •  Drink plenty of liquids
  •  Rest and sleep
  • Keep warm
  • Use a room humidifier or take a hot shower to help ease a sore throat and cough

Prevention

The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is to be well informed about the corona virus, what causes it and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands regularly for 20 seconds, with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub or Hand Sanitizers and make sure not touching your face and cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue or flexed elbow when you cough or sneeze
Practice physical distancing by avoiding unnecessary travel and staying away from large groups of people.
Refrain from smoking and other activities that weaken the lungs.
Another best way to slow down transmission (if not affected yet) is to stay Home till the situation gets stable and self-isolating from others in the household if you feel unwell

Treatments


At this time, there are no specific vaccines or treatments for COVID-19. However, there are many ongoing clinical trials evaluating potential treatments.
People with mild symptoms who are otherwise healthy should self-isolate and contact their medical provider or a COVID-19 information line to seek medical attention on advice, testing and referral.
In Uganda, The ministry of health provided emergency phone numbers in case of any suspected case
Toll free lines: 919, 0800100066, 0800203033 and 0800303033
WhatsApp: 0770818139

OUR RESPONSE TO COVID-19

Weeks ago, Uganda discovered its first case of Coronavirus. As a way of preventing the virus from spreading further at a rapid rate, the government banned all public gatherings such as weddings, Markets, concerts, and any other event as long as it was to consist of many people, this finally followed by 14 days Lockdown to slowdown the transmission of the covid-19.
As much as this was the right thing for the government to do to keep citizens of Uganda safe, it stopped a lot from work which created a moment of intense Sorrow, this is because many people get daily income for survival, and it’s very hard for a large number to get what to eat throughout all given days.

Food Donation Program

We are committed to protecting vulnerable communities from COVID-19

As SOHM, to bring smiles and hope to hopeless people in our communities is our concern by collecting unspoiled, healthy food, Sugar, Hand Sanitizers, Masks Soap, and other essential household equipment and donating it to our neighbors in need.
By donating food, we’re feeding people, supporting local communities, and saving lives.
We thank all our supporters for demonstrating generosity and compassion in helping Old people, children, families, and communities at-risk in Uganda.
“If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.” Isaiah 58:10 ESV
It doesn’t require a big budget to keep this work going. If you were to give up a coffee a week to support starving people in Uganda, it would help us to continue our work.

Support Our Work

You now have an awesome way of being a part of supporting our work to feed the needy in Uganda.
Our work is an important step to strengthen social welfare, human rights, care-giving support, social justice and gender equality around the world.
There are many ways you can support our work. All donations will help us accomplish our mission.

Anyone can be a Life saving Food Donor!

“Whoever gives to the poor will not want, but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse. “ Proverbs 28:27 ESV”

29Dec/14

Community Outreach

Community outreach programs where by blood screaming General medical checkups are one to improve lives of people in the Community.

We do school outreach every Friday of the week to where by bible study are conducted, counseling and guidance, career guidance e.t.c
We give Bible, tracts and other Christian to the schools Christian
Join us and help create lasting Smiles

02Feb/14

Education Sponsorship

We are responsible for bringing back lost smiles to Orphans by providing Academic support through giving Scholastic Materials, as well as meeting their basic needs. Our holistic educational approach supports orphans to achieve national educational levels like any other child in the country.

You can sponsor a child of your choice by pressing Donate button and follow the instructions and you can use the same button to sponsor a specific child.

Note:

Please our dear sponsor thanks for donating keep up the good heart

You can always see the results of your money by following the specific projects/programs you have sponsored and always remember to ask the administrator to send you the Quarterly reports.

The best way to support Smile of hope Ministries is to donate to a specific project/programs and keep following the success of the remember to ask Quarterly reports for its programs.

15Jan/14

Water For Life Project

Smile of Hope Ministries aim at  providing, clean water to nearby vulnerable communities to improve the hygiene and health.  This is because the big percentage of our people cannot access to clean and safe water almost 60%.

Smile of Hope Ministries aim at  providing, clean water to nearby vulnerable communities to improve the hygiene and health.  This is because the big percentage of our people cannot access to clean and safe water almost 60%.

15Jan/14

Adolescent Clinic

Adolescent Clinic commits to enhancing the quality of teens’ lives by improving adolescent health with dedicated service to our community through outstanding clinical care, and innovative research in the field of adolescent health.

We provide comprehensive primary care to teens in the region with services including sports physicals, mental health (depression, anxiety, and referral to therapy), reproductive (contraception and STD care), and routine primary care. We strive to provide quality, non-judgemental care for ages 11-21 regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual identity or orientation. We also offer confidential care to adolescents as recommended by national paediatric and adolescent medical societies.

15Jan/14

Menstrual Health Programming

In 2015, Government together with its partners signed a charter committing to promote menstrual Health management. In the same year, the Ministry of Education and Sports issued out a circular to all districts, schools and institutions of learning highlighting guidelines on Menstrual Health management(MHM). The Education and Sports Sector has also conducted capacity building programs of senior women and men teachers on MHM. Government of Uganda in the Second National Development Plan (2016/17- 2019/20) committed to support MHM including supply of sanitary towels among girls in primary and secondary schools.

It is against this background that SOHM has come up with a campaign Keep a Girl in School to support the Ministry of Education and Sports in the key functions of advocacy, coordination and resource mobilization for MHM in schools.

Menstrual Health Management (MHM) is a big agenda of the Smile of Hope Ministries (SOHM). Our initiatives aim at implementing interventions that will enable knowledge dissemination and to improve access to hygienic sanitation facilities and menstrual supplies for the continuous improvement of MHM both at community and school level.
Obstetric Fistula

In Partnership with some Hospitals, SOHM promotes fistula awareness and prevention through community outreaches and brings women for surgery to heal their injury. Fistula has been found to be a big challenge to adolescent’s girls and young women in the region.

15Jan/14

Peer 2 Peer

Doing it well takes experience, ingenuity and a stubborn insistence that tomorrow’s work must be better than today’s. We take a promising new way of powering a village in Uganda and adapt it to a village in a developed country. We embrace project management as a discipline, not an afterthought, so our clients get maximum impact for minimum risk. And we think big, about applying lessons learned across all of our projects, about bridging the gap between segregated technical fields and we aim to create a model for inclusive and sustainable community development using the principles of self‐help, diligence and cooperation.