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The Power Of One – Give the Gift of Hope

Posted on: December 13th, 2016 by Hope For Humans No Comments

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Give the gift of hope to a child with Nodding Syndrome this year.

While visiting Uganda 2 years ago Russ met Sarah, a child suffering with Nodding Syndrome. Their meeting had a profound impact on his life and Russ decided to support her through Hope for Humans. Sarah used to be severely malnourished and couldn’t stand or speak, now she is in vocational school and planning for her future!

Sarah has been given her health, education, and life back through the love and support of Russ. Hope for Humans is dedicated to supporting children with Nodding Syndrome in Uganda, please partner with us to save children like Sarah!

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Russ and Sarah in 2016

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YOUR GIFT

Any amount helps! Here is a guide to what your gift will do!

$10

gives entertainment and fun

$25

provides comfort and a good nights sleep

$50

provides nutritious meals for our children

$150

gives life-saving medication

$250

gives clothes and comfort for the entire school

$500

supplies education and learning for the entire year

$1000

gives health and wellness through nutritional supplements

$2000

sustains our children for a year on local food

$

You decide how to help!

Disease Knows No Geography

Posted on: February 3rd, 2016 by Hope For Humans No Comments
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Ocan Vincent, a child with Nodding Syndrome in northern Uganda

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Zika virus a global emergency. There have been around 4,000 reported cases of microcephaly in Brazil alone since October. The virus was first isolated in April 1947 from a rhesus macaque monkey that had been placed in a cage in the Zika Forest of Uganda, near Lake Victoria. For decades cases have been reported In Africa, then in other third world countries and now in the United States.

So the question we ask is why. Why do diseases that begin in developing countries like Ebola, HIV, and Zika not produce a more urgent need to investigate in impoverished areas outside the developed world?

Hope for Humans is very passionate about these issues, we fight for the dignity of children without a voice every day. Nodding Syndrome also began in East Africa and has affected over 10,000 children since first reported over 15 years ago and yet, no further studies are being done to find a cause or cure. This is grave injustice to humanity. Hope for Humans’ founder and CEO Dr. Suzanne Gazda says, “…disease knows no geography or boundaries, it is quite possible that one day nodding syndrome will show up in the Western World.”

Connecting the dots: Nodding Syndrome? Never heard of it.

Posted on: January 7th, 2016 by Hope For Humans No Comments

The business operations of a non-profit is a beautiful, giving, and challenging endeavor. It is (in our case) birthed from the desire to give to those, not only in need but despair. Our founder Dr. Suzanne Gazda made caring for children with Nodding Syndrome (NS) and discovered its mysteries her life goal. Upon the realization of her dream in 2012, she started Hope for Humans.

In 2011-2012, Dr. Gazda completed multiple trips with her daughters to Uganda. During those trips, Dr. Gazda saw first-hand the struggles and injustices the children, families and communities, who are afflicted with NS, experience. NS afflicted children and their communities impacted Dr. Gazda at her core. Her experiences developed into a passion, which created Hope for Humans and Dr. Gazda’s life-changing experiences live on today. She knew she could not stop here and began searching for others passionate about this same cause.
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A non-profit requires more than one person with a vision; it requires many people who are passionate about the mission of the organization. Passionate, compassionate and mission-driven people work or fund programs to achieve the organization’s strategic plan. Finding this group of people is vital for the sustainability of an organization, a goal Hope for Humans is always working towards. However, Hope for Humans struggles to create this passion in someone who has never heard of NS.

Other non-profits face challenges when searching for partners, but many have an established connection which draws people to the organization’s mission. For instance, if a non-profit focuses on funding after school programs they will find it easier to explain the importance of these programs because many people have been directly affected by these programs or know someone who has. In other words, the nonprofit already has an established connection.

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Nodding Syndrome is largely unknown across the world. Hope for Humans faces a larger challenge in not only needing to find partners, but creating awareness as to what it is Hope for Humans does, and why our programs are relevant. The majority of people have never heard of Nodding Syndrome and are unaware of its devastating consequences. People do not know NS causes children to waste away, be tied to trees, and burn in fires. Hope for Humans is not just challenged with explaining what we do, but also helping people recognize why NS is so essential and most importantly the desire to communicate to the world why should one care about these children’s lives and the injustices. Without this frame of reference, words do not have the impact that normally otherwise would.

Hope for Humans believes it comes down to connecting the dots, making a connection between children in Uganda to the business person in the USA, the dad in the UK, and the college student studying in Canada. This connection will be on shared ground, founded between these people from very different backgrounds. Maybe this connection is a special needs family member (children with Nodding Syndrome are considered special needs), perhaps they too have experienced a neurological issue in their life, maybe they have been a medical researcher, or maybe people have volunteered at a children’s health clinic. Whatever the reason is, Hope for Humans is broadening its scope by communicating and educating people about Nodding Syndrome, demonstrating how our programs are effective, and sharing how our operations allows people from around the world to connect with the NS afflicted children, families, communities.

Hope for Humans delivers hope to NS afflicted communities. We ask you, our potential partner, if you believe in caring for special needs children, providing education to underserved children, providing access to healthcare to children, research for understanding a medical mystery, and/or providing care for children with a neurological disease to support Hope for Humans, because this is what we do every week, and we would like you to be part of our team of passionate, compassionate and mission-driven people.
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Join our CHAMPIONS Team today!

STEP 1: Go to this page of our Website – hopeforhumans.org/donations

STEP 2: Provide your information and select the checkbox for ‘Join the CHAMPIONS TEAM by making this a monthly donation!’

STEP 3: You’ll start receiving personal updates from our kids on a regular basis!

STEP 4: Know that you are a Champion in the eyes of our kids! For that commitment, we are grateful!

Are you following us on Facebook and Twitter? You are going to want follow us and see first-hand what impact your faithful giving is making! Don’t miss it!

 

Hope for Humans December 2015 Newsletter

Posted on: December 16th, 2015 by Hope For Humans No Comments

 

Hope for Humans December 2015 Newsletter

 


The Lancet Neurology

This month the prestigious Lancet Neurology wrote an article about Nodding Syndrome. Writer Adrian Burton begins with Uganda’s initial attempts to understand the disease, challenges faced by the government’s health teams, and HOPE FOR HUMANS’ impact as the only NGO working to provide care for these children and their families.

We are honored to be a part of this publication and appreciate Adrian for recognizing our work with Nodding Syndrome and the need for urgency in providing care for children with this horrible disease.

Read the full article here.

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1474-4422(15)00350-6

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Our children in class at the Odek Care Center

 

 


Global Nurse Initiative

 

This month Sarah Richards with Global Nurse Initiative performed research at the HOPE FOR HUMANS Care Center. Sarah’s focus was to train our staff on data collection and best research practices to ultimately acquire data for tracking nodding syndrome children’s growth.

This was made possible by Geneva Global and their grant towards music therapy and research at our Odek Care Center. We are so honored to be working with both of these amazing organizations!

 

RN Sarah Richards training Hope for Humans staff

 

 

Nurse Winny acquiring and entering growth data for our students


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We need your help to continue providing care for children with Nodding Syndrome!

Share and donate to the end | NS Campaign below!

Are you following us on Facebook and Twitter? You are going to want follow us and see first-hand what impact your faithful giving is making! Don’t miss it!

 

The Lancet Neurology “How Goes the Nodding Syndrome War”

Posted on: December 10th, 2015 by Hope For Humans No Comments

This month the prestigious Lancet Neurology wrote an article about Nodding Syndrome. Writer Adrian Burton begins with Uganda’s initial attempts to understand the disease, challenges faced by the government’s health teams, and HOPE FOR HUMANS’ impact as the only NGO working to provide care for these children and their families.

We are honored to be a part of this publication and appreciate Adrian for recognizing our work with Nodding Syndrome and the need for urgency in providing care for children with this horrible disease.

You can read the article here.

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1474-4422(15)00350-6

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Hope for Humans – November 2015 Newsletter

Posted on: November 16th, 2015 by Hope For Humans No Comments

 

Hope for Humans November 2015 Newsletter

 


Odong Richard

 

Richard was admitted to the Care Center back in May of this year. Richard is an orphan who was left under the care of his grandmother and life has never been easy. On his first day Richard had bruises all over his face due to constant seizures. But after six months at the center, he has improved greatly, he is much healthier now with an improved appetite and reduced seizures!

 

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Richard in October 2015


Geneva Global

 

On 31st October our center was visited by our brand new partners, Geneva Global, who have decided to fund our music therapy program for children with Nodding Syndrome. We want to thank them for their partnership and for showing love and kindness to our kids. They danced and sang to a few of the songs our children have learned in class.

 

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Are you ready to join our CHAMPIONS Team today?

 

STEP 1: Go to this page of our Website – hopeforhumans.org/donations

STEP 2: Provide your information and select the checkbox for ‘Join the CHAMPIONS TEAM by making this a monthly donation!’

STEP 3: You’ll start receiving personal updates from our kids on a regular basis!

STEP 4: Know that you are a Champion in the eyes of our kids! For that commitment, we are grateful!

 

Are you following us on Facebook and Twitter? You are going to want follow us and see first-hand what impact your faithful giving is making! Don’t miss it!

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end|NS Campaign

Posted on: November 5th, 2015 by Hope For Humans No Comments

 

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The CAMPAIGN

Hope for Humans is getting ready to launch a large social media campaign through the exclusive giving platform GlobalGiving and we need your voice!

Nonprofits from all over the world use GlobalGiving to generate support for their programs and Hope for Humans is using it to fund our life changing care center in Uganda. Our end|NS campaign will run from December 1st to December 31st, 2015 and we are setting a goal of $19,000 raised by the end of the campaign.

Our services of daily health care, special needs education, nutritionally supplemented meals, clean drinking water, agricultural training, and community development are effective and life-changing but cost $76,000 every year. Our goal of $19,000 is only a portion of our operating cost but will give us the funds to continue operating for three months.


 

AMOUNT NEEDED

$19,000

WHEN

 Dec 1st – Dec 31st

 

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Your SUPPORT

How can you be a part of our campaign?

1. Use the button below to donate to our project page on GlobalGiving

2. Share your big moment on social media!

3. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and share our stories!

In our increasingly connected world we want to transform these connections into something positive and life changing and form a movement that provides care and hope for children with Nodding Syndrome!

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Champions We Still Need You

Posted on: September 16th, 2015 by Hope For Humans No Comments

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CHAMPIONS – We Still Need You!
Please join our monthly giving team today!

 

Last week we launched our CHAMPIONS team! We’ve already had many of you make a committment to loving and supporting children with Nodding Syndrome on a monthly basis. But we need even more!

We are grateful!

Please take a moment and consider signing up today to provide medicine, health care, education, food, and love to children with NS in Uganda. Caring for our children takes a large team of people, like yourself, working toward a common goal!

Please know your commitment will make a great impact on the life of a child today.


Sign Up Now!

 

STEP 1: Go to this page of our Website – hopeforhumans.org/donations

STEP 2: Provide your information and select the checkbox for ‘Join the CHAMPIONS TEAM by making this a monthly donation!’

STEP 3: You’ll start receiving personal updates from our kids on a regular basis!

STEP 4: Know that you are a Champion in the eyes of our kids! For that commitment, we are grateful!

Are you following us on Facebook and Twitter? You are going to want follow us and see first-hand what impact your faithful giving is making! Don’t miss it!

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Become a CHAMPION Today

Posted on: September 8th, 2015 by Hope For Humans 1 Comment

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Today, We Need You – Our Biggest CHAMPIONS!

As we approach the end of 2015 we are reaching out to YOU, our strongest advocates, to ask for help. During the month of September we are inviting you to join our CHAMPIONS TEAM! Becoming a member means you have made a commitment to become a Champion for children afflicted by Nodding Syndrome in Uganda.

As you know, we invest very highly into our children through our special needs education program. This program provides medical care, scholastic work, music and art therapy, and overall physical needs to each child in our care. Children, who once were forgotten, are now back in mainstream school with greatly reduced seizures – and have been given hope.

During the last 20 days of September, we are seeking 20 individuals to join our CHAMPIONS TEAM with a monthly commitment of $25 or more. You will have the special privilege of hearing directly from our kids through recent, first-hand accounts of their experiences at Hope for Humans and how your generosity has changed their life.

Thank you for considering this monthly commitment. We can’t do this important work without you!

Sincerely,

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Suzanne Gazda, M.D.

Founder and CEO of HOPE FOR HUMANS


Are you ready to join our CHAMPIONS Team today?

 

STEP 1: Go to this page of our Website – hopeforhumans.org/donations

STEP 2: Provide your information and select the checkbox for ‘Join the CHAMPIONS TEAM by making this a monthly donation!’

STEP 3: You’ll start receiving personal updates from our kids on a regular basis!

STEP 4: Know that you are a Champion in the eyes of our kids! For that commitment, we are grateful!

 

Are you following us on Facebook and Twitter? You are going to want follow us and see first-hand what impact your faithful giving is making! Don’t miss it!

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Newvision Uganda – 5/21/15

Posted on: May 27th, 2015 by Hope For Humans No Comments

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Rwot Achana calls for support for Nodding Syndrome victims

By Wilfred Lamony Jwee

THE Acholi Paramount Chief Rwot David Onen Achana II has urged the Acholi community to support the needy in order to consolidate the relative peace in the area.

Rwot Acholi argued that Acholi community is still faced with serious challenges of high suicidal cases, malicious killings over disagreements and mental health disorder.

He however noted that in Acholi custom, suicide used not to be as common as it is lately.

He added that to overcome these social evils, there is still need for cultural, spiritual and medical intervention to fight against the increasing cases of mental health disorder.

Rwot Achana also said that the fight against the Nodding Syndromes disease is still wanting and called for a concerted effort save the lives of over 7000 children affected by the disease in the districts of Amuru, Gulu, Pader, Kitgum and Lamwo.

The three treatment and rehabilitation centers established in those districts are faced with serious challenges of feeding, clothing, medication, rehabilitation tools and other social amenities for the victims due to limited funding.

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