Pilgrim,

For most of December, I have been in Uganda working with our malaria project partners, fine-tuning the methods we’ll use to strengthen health systems and save lives. Most of our students are home for the holidays, but the school stayed open for a special party for our alumni on December 20th (more on this in a moment.)

The drive to end malaria and the desire to see these amazing students thrive are connected.

Our Beacon of Hope students come from some of the most malaria-endemic communities of Uganda, and alas, they aren’t immune to the devastation…

When term opens up after the holidays, 8 out of 10 students who seek medical attention at Beacon of Hope Clinic test positive for malaria. 

Collectively, over 240 students seek malaria treatment upon their return to school (more than a third of the student body). However, during the school year incidence of malaria remains low as all dormitories and classrooms are sprayed with insecticide, and Rotarians have provided nets for our sleeping spaces. So, supporting Beacon of Hope not only allows promising students to pursue a first-rate education, it also protects them from the scourge of malaria.

Because of your support, we’ve been able to provide life-saving health care for rural farm families. We’ve seen steep, rapid reductions in malaria transmission, and now Katakwi’s communities, freed of the burden of malaria, are strengthening themselves to maintain these gains. 

We also just had our first alumni party at Beacon of Hope school, with hundreds of graduates from the first 12 years! I wish all of you could have been there and ‘tasted the cake’. SO moving to hear our former students testify about God’s faithful care during and after their years at school, and such a thrill to see them grown up and looking “smart” (dressed beautifully) in their street clothes.

Thank you for all your love for these students, all your prayers and your financial support! Thank you for your tremendously encouraging compassion.

You are making a big difference.

May all your cups run over,

Dorothy Echodu

“A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” ~ Luke 6:38