Burning Bush International helps people in Uganda
Burning Bush International nonprofit organization (June 30, 2013)
“We wanted to be as effective as possible,” said Jim, founder of Burning Bush International. “We wanted to get the word out about the need to help the people of Uganda.”
The couple wanted to make sure that the money was going directly to the people in Tororo, Uganda.
They wanted to personally see the people impacted by the funds they were raising for hospitals, schools and prisons in Tororo, said Jim.
Burning Bush International provides medical outreach for the sick, a prison outreach program and they clothe the poor and purchase books for a Christian school in Entebbe, Uganda.
Jim and Nancy said through their numerous trips to Uganda, while still working through Hope 4 Kids, they meet Pastor Eric Sabit.
“Pastor Eric was and is doing wonderful humanitarian work in Uganda,” said Nancy.
The nonprofit works closely with Sabit and he sends monthly reports to Jim and Nancy detailing how each dollar is spent.
“He sends us pictures and tells us the stories of the people in Uganda that are being directly impacted,” said Nancy.
Jim and Nancy said the nonprofit, although Christian-based, is not just about preaching but rather about being a good Christian role model.
Helping these people gives them hope that many of them have lost, said Nancy.
“Pastor Eric preaches the word of the Lord, but he also provides medical assistance to many of the sick people in Uganda,” said Nancy.
Nancy recalled one woman in particular that was helped through their medical outreach program.
Sabit was able to help one sick woman, a widow with six children. They lived in a tiny hut. She had a medical sickness that gave her a bad odor, said Nancy.
Funds from Burning Bush and help from Sabit were able to give the woman the medical attention she needed.
“When we last went to visit,” said Nancy. “This woman jumped up and ran to us. She thanked us and was grateful.”
Jim and Nancy said they are trying to gain more local support.
Thus far they have 150 people on their mailing list, said Jim.
“We want to make a difference,” said Jim. “If we could get the community involved we could change more lives.”
Nancy also works with local churches and schools to make pillowcase dresses.
“We sew and decorate the pillowcase to make each dress unique for the little girls,” said Nancy.
The girls stand single-file in a line waiting for their dress. They always curtsy and always say thank you, said Nancy.
“This may be the only dress these little girls ever get,” said Nancy.
To learn more about the organization you can go to bbicharity.org or call 760-604-6310.
Staff Writer Alexis Rangel can be reached at 760-337-3440 or firstname.lastname@example.org