Kissito board member and former NBA great Kermit Washington to be interviewed by Neil Haley

Kermit_WashingtonKissito Board Member and former NBA great Kermit Washington to be guest on the Neil Haley Total Education Network radio show. Kermit, founder of Project Contact Africa and board member of Kissito will be interviewed about his work in Africa over the last 20 years, his support of the Kissito White Storm Relief efforts taking place in Uganda, and many of his life lessons learned while working in Africa. You can tune in online or find an affiliate radio station in your market. The interview is scheduled for October 15th at 2:30 EST

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Conflict in South Sudan Creates Difficulties for Kissito

Kissito’s operations in East Africa have been a success, saving many lives in Somalia, Uganda, and Ethiopia. However, it has been extremely difficult to engage services in South Sudan due to the ongoing conflicts. Tribal disputes and raids constantly threaten the lives of many innocent families, and there is continuous tension with the neighboring (recently divided) north state. Shortly after arrival to begin operations in Pibor, Kissito was forced to evacuate.  Staff is still waiting for tensions to wind down peacefully enough return to the region.

Kissito’s project was accepted into the consolidated appeal of the United Nations Office of Coordinated Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) to provide lifesaving emergency nutrition services and local healthcare capacity strengthening for malnourished mothers and children in the state Jonglei of South Sudan.

The project is being funded jointly by UNOCHA and Plan International. In collaboration with Plan International, KHI initiatives include:

  • Performing rapid assessmentsSouth Sudan Juba Office
  • Establishing stabilization centers for mothers and children
  • Establishing outpatient therapeutic programs
  • Providing supplementary feeding programs
  • Providing community outreach and education
  • Building capacity of local health workers
  • Improving health management information systems
  • Coordinating with local partners and government health services

In the meantime, Kissito is working hard to develop some kind of model that will harness community peace. A successful model will be easily duplicated in multiple locations. UGANDA ONE  is a pilot program being implemented in Uganda that incorporates health, the environment, and community needs in parallel with Kissito’s mission: “The betterment and care of human life.”  As of now, a local church in Yei has donated 1 square mile of land for Kissito’s use. This land can be used to cultivate biomass for alternate energy production. 1 square mile is not enough to support an entire nation, but 1 square mile CAN be the beginning of a movement toward peaceful communities all over the region.

Virginia pastors to build church in Africa

Photo by: April ParsonsPastor Tony (left) with his delegation at the Butiru Cristco health center in Manafwa, Uganda.

Photo by: April Parsons
Pastor Tony (left) with his delegation at the Butiru Crisco health center in Manafwa, Uganda.

Almost a year ago, Tony, a pastor at New Life Christian Ministries, a church in Roanoke Virginia, decided to take a trip to Uganda with KHI President Tom Clarke. It was a trip that would inevitably change his life.

Ten months later he is on his second trip, along with five other pastors from Virginia, and they are making preparations to build a church.

“I really felt like God was calling me here,” said Pastor Tony. “There is so much good that can be done here, and I am really excited to see God’s plan for the work in Uganda.”

Pastor Tony has partnered with the Butiru Chrisco health center, only a few miles away from the KHI run Bugobero health center, as a foundation and home base for their work. At the same time, Kissito has also signed MOUs with the health center and will soon be putting our health system strengthening tactics in place.

“It’s a really great partnership,” said Pastor Tony, during a visit to the site. “Kissito will be working on saving lives physically, and we’ll be saving lives spiritually.”

In Uganda 83.9 percent of people consider themselves to be Christian, so there is always a need for churches.

The hospital grounds also have living quarters, where both missionary groups as well as health care groups will be able to stay when they come to visit.

Kissito is already working on revamping their health center, and in July of this year Pastor Tony and his group will be back to start the actual building of the health center!

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