Harvest Hands International - Building Communities for Jesus

While visiting vanilla farmers in Ibanda District, we met a Christian family whose son has a club foot. Clinton Nyesiga had an operation four years ago to correct his foot but because the family lacked the funds, they could not complete the treatment, so we offered to bring the boy back to the OURS rehabilitation centre to correct his disability.

Clinton and his mother were admitted to the OURS facility on Monday, January 14th. Clinton is a quiet young boy and he was quite anxious when we met him at the center. But even though he was anxious about the operation, he told us that he can’t wait for the day when he starts putting on shoes like his friends at school.

Please pray for Clinton and that the operation is successful. Thank you.

                                                                 Clinton with his Mother. 

In preparation for Christmas and end of the year, a special day was planned for the staff on the last day before the Christmas break. …a time to share a meal, celebrate our friendships that have grown over the last 5 months and lastly to thank the Lord Jesus for his goodness and mercy.

Tim with the Team leaders            

The event started with prayers, followed by introductions, and then a speech from Tim Specht, our Coordinator. A variety of Ugandan foods were served, including Matoki, millet bread and cow ghee (a white sauce that tastes like blue cheese). And after lunch, we walked out to the maize field for a group photo and then walked back to the office, where each staff member was given a Christmas gift to show Harvest Hand’s appreciation for their hard work and team work.

Tim handing out Gifts                                                      



Early on the morning of January 1st, 2013, Andrew, in the blue jacket and cap, met us at the farm having travelled from Ibanda district with the sugar cane clippings. He's been overseeing the collection of the clippings for two weeks and today he delivered them.



Right now, mulching is the order of the day. During this time of the year, it’s rainy in this part of the country. Too much rain washes away the soils and plants and the unwanted plants/weeds take this opportunity to grow. So, the team leaders and the farmers, divided in three groups, are carrying out the weeding while others are mulching or putting dry grass cover on the maize plantation. This mulching helps to maintain water and fertilizer in the soil, and stop rain from washing the soil away.

Bags of urea were brought in, on the morning of the 27th November. Urea will be used as a fertilizer in the farm, for the top dressing. It helps increase crop yield.

One of the team leaders suggested the use of elephant grass for mulch. This is more convenient and easy to get, since it commonly grows in this area. For future purposes in the farm, they later decided to grow their own elephant grass to cut the expenses. It was planted on the east, west and southern borders of the farm.

In the last management meeting, the team leaders suggested dividing the farm into sections to give each group responsibility of their given section, and it’s working out.

We purchased treated poles for fencing the farm. Lately, neighbors’ live stock have been invading the farm, eating up the maize stocks and destroying the plants, so putting up a barbed wired fence will help solve that problem. The fence is being put up as I write.

We purchased treated poles for fencing the farm. Lately, neighbors’ live stock have been invading the farm, eating up the maize stocks and destroying the plants, so putting up a barbed wired fence will help solve that problem.  The fence is being put up as I write.

At this time the farm needs a huller, husker and mill. This equipment will simplify work in harvesting and processing the maize when it is ready. Therefore donations for its purchase are appreciated.

We are now working on a program to disciple children in schools around the farm community. This will probably start around February next year, after the children return to their schools from their Christmas holidays.

Hebrews 6:7and Hebrews 13:16

Updates on Anatolia.

written by Emily Embabazi

 While working with vanilla farmers in Ibanda District, we found eight year old Anatoli Nuwandinda with club feet and we brought him to OURS for orthopedic correction in February 2012. Anatoli now walks, although not well yet...but he can’t wait to play football with his friends. 

I met up with him and his mother as they were coming from rehab; With a smile on his happy innocent face, he promised to walk to places he dreamt of going and play football with his friends. “I can now walk by myself to church, visit my grandmother and I’m no longer shy about myself. I have a hen and eight hundred Ugandan shillings at home to bring to this man who helped me. Without directions, I’ll bring them to his home and thank him for what he has done for me.”  In a period of a few months, this young boy who crawled from one place to another, can now walk. Isn’t God so wonderful?


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