Storing Hope

Stories about love to restore hope in people's hearts


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Chicken Project for Jewelry Makers

Dear Friends,

Here are some of things that have been keeping me busy in Africa (Uganda).
As you may be aware, I have friends who make Jewelry in some vulnerable communities in Uganda. However, their businesses are not profitable enough to help them meet their living expenses. So, when I came to Uganda I decided to find a way to support them.

I helped them build a chicken coup and bought them 300 chicks (200 for meat and 100 for eggs); now they have a poultry project. Also I gave them a simple and affordable system of managing the chicken using locally available resources.
For brooding, I bought two sacks of charcoal and six clay pots for warming the chicks instead of using electrical heaters. I also got six bags of chicken mixed food, corns for drinking water, and two bags of coffee shells to avoid direct contact with the ground plus one hoe and a shovel, gloves, feeding boards for chicks, one bucket of disinfectant (liquid soap) for cleaning the chicken coup.

The 200 chicks for meat are white in color and 100 for eggs are brown. They will be raising the chicks for meat and will be ready for market within 90 days then they can buy more to sustain the business. At the same time they will be selling eggs too. It will therefore be an ongoing project for the benefit of the jewelry makers and they are so happy to have a new opportunity for their livelihoods.

 


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Using Manpower in Africa

I took time to understand the actual input of manpower in Africa. Grabbed a hoe, wore my gloves and helped my friends in the community who were digging a man-hall for a septic tank. Turns out that it was a very useful experience and also a lesson about cooperation and togetherness. We learn so much by working together as a team with love. Here is a video.

Do you like it?


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Solving Family Conflicts

Recently my friend told me about a situation she going through with her uncle and Her dad. Both have been sharing the same property they got from their dad before he passed away. My friend wrote and told me that her uncle burned the sugarcane field of her dad! All the family members are affected by that situation he created.

When I heard that, I meditated for a solution and came up with an idea of writing to the one who lost his field and sharing my thoughts with him, to help him handle that situation without creating more conflicts. Here are the thoughts I shared with him:

I know you lost your field of sugar cane and it has been part of your income, but don’t sue your brother for that mistake he made, because that is just continuing the conflict, and no good can come from conflict. What your brother did was wrong. He did it in anger, without thinking what is the result. That was a mistake. In time, he will calm down and will recognize the mistake he made to set fire in your field. He will see how your family and friends are affected by that mistake, which can help his soul to recognize that mistake.

Taking him to court or doing something physical will make him feel defensive, but solving the problem without anger and punishment will help him see things more clearly in time. Divide the land and then you can avoid future conflict. It is difficult to share property with a man who has such a bad temper. So this is the time for you to divide your property from him.

Invite the Local Council and present your agreement, which shows that you have authority to take your part because your father gave that property to both of you. The agreement is going to help you guys to divide your property, and everyone will have his boundary to avoid future conflicts.

Many people make mistakes because of anger! But after a while their mind calms down and they start recognizing the mistakes they made. So your brother will recognize that mistake himself, or maybe he is already starting feeling that in his heart, just he is afraid to ask you for forgiveness. I’m sure he feels in his heart that he made a mistake. Finally, when he can admit his mistake, it can help him to learn how to control his anger.

Please, try as much as possible to avoid giving him a hard time, even if it hurts you, and help your family members understand this, so they can do the same. Because if your family members give your brother a hard time, the conflicts will keep coming. This is the best way you can use to handle that situation, and it will help you to deal with other people too. Because the world is full of challenges.

I’m sure your sugar cane will grow up again and continue sustaining your family. And you can be sure there will be no conflict, because you will be having your own property.

The important thing is to bring harmony, because conflict only creates more conflict. When someone makes a mistake, we shouldn’t make the same mistake. I hope my thoughts about this will help other people too.


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Life challenges

In life we all face a lot of challenges and each challenge helps us to move forward! By considering things in a big picture we will find a solution for our daily life challenges. Each challenge has a new message or lesson for us to move forward, and it’s part of life.

For example, a friend disappointed me by forgetting something that was important to me. It was a challenge for me, but I didn’t want to reinforce my negative feelings. So I started thinking about how much my friend cares for me and how close we are with each other. I ended up feeling their love instead of feeling disappointed. I became very happy, with very good feelings about my friend.

Then I got to know that our friendship is much more important than the individual events of life. When something disappointing happens, we decide it means something very sad about our relationship, and it’s not true. But it took me some hours to recognize that. It was a challenge, but I learnt something from it.

I’m not trying to say that disappointment is a good thing, but when it happens accept that you can learn something from it.

All the challenges I have been facing are helping me to lift up my consciousness from one step to another step. You know, challenges can be part of our growth, people don’t realize it, but it’s true.

If you have any similar experience please bring it out so that we can share our daily life challenges with others.


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Consistency

Consistency is very important in each relationship. We all want consistency from our friends. Many people are hurting each other often due to lack of consistency in their relationships.

For example, many relationships fail because of moodiness. Some people argue a lot, this also one of the causes that can make their relationship inconsistent. People are unreliable because they don’t want to depend on each other; they want to do things how they feel without depending on others.

To maintain consistency in commitment is not easy when there’s not enough love. To be a consistent friend requires self-transcendence. We need to be understanding, forgiving, patient, trusting. We need to invest time and energy often for the good of our friendship. This isn’t easy. Also no one is perfect. We all hurt our friends’ feelings and irritate them sometimes. To be consistent means to love our friends even when it’s hard. Love is not a game, and it requires a lot sacrifice to have a better relationship. That’s why some people don’t value relationships or love, because they don’t want to be responsible.

Do you have experience about consistency? Please bring it out, we can discuss it here and help each other. Together we can help the world.


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A friend’s incredible experience when she was in jail

Jane is 34 years old and was one of my neighbors in Uganda, and we used to talk together about love. She moved to Kuwait to work and she started sharing love with her friends in Kuwait. She organized a group to talk about love and study the Cards for Living. She told me this story about the challenge she faced recently.

I had been calling Jane’s phone, and her phone was always off. And I was asking myself why is her phone off? She has my e-mail so why isn’t she writing to me? I was really worried about her, because we have never spent a month without communicating, either on phone or by e-mail.

Then, on June 25, 2014 I called her and she finally picked up the phone. She told me that she had been in jail for one month because the company where she was working didn’t follow the rules to bring people from different countries. The employees didn’t know about this and were happy to have a job. Then, suddenly one day the police closed the company and arrested the employees, including Jane.

When Jane reached the jail she met many different people, with all different cases. She was put in one large cell with 50 other people. They were all sleeping there on the floor, and each person had a little mattress and little blanket without bed sheets. She told me that it was an intense life there. For example, to take a bath they had to line up one by one until all 50 people were done.

At night all of them started sweating and couldn’t sleep so they told stories and made a lot of noise. Then, Jane came up with the idea of teaching love in jail and making a schedule of meditation every morning. They had all different religions, and all liked her idea. They started gathering to do meditation, and they took her idea to send love to those people who arrested them and the entire world. They did this every day for the whole month.

Now Jane is out of jail, but the police kept her legal documents, because the investigation is still going on. The workers have to keep reporting each week, and they are not supposed work in Kuwait just wait until they deport them back to their counties.

When I spoke with her on the phone, her spirit was so strong. After her difficult experience in jail, and now living every day with uncertainty, she might be unhappy and afraid, but she is not! She was feeling good because of her beautiful mission in jail.

Love heals the one who loves.