Healthcare. Opportunity. Potential. Education.

Our first benefit garage sale held, in 2008, was a huge success and was the birth of what is now Gotta Have HOPE, Inc. Annual sales continue every year in July with the support of hundreds of very generous volunteers. It is a fun, carnival-type atmosphere where all are working together selling new and gently used goods well under market value. This provides a service to our customers and supports our brothers and sisters a world away through our Uganda Intitiative. The efforts of our benefactors have proven very fruitful.

In November 2008, November 2010, July 2012, and July 2014, Gotta Have HOPE teams traveled to Uganda to work in schools and clinics. They witnessed poverty beyond belief! After each visit, the teams returned home inspired to do more to help those in need help themselves.
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Currently, the Uganda Initiative of Gotta Have HOPE assists the poor in the Mpigi district of Uganda, East Africa.  

Through our past fundraising efforts, we have provided solar power, textbooks, educational materials, medicines, a 60-seat school bus, a boda-boda (motorcycle), a pedal powered generator, and a well with a water delivery system to St. Joan of Arc Primary Day and Boarding School. This is a remote, rural area in the bush of Muwuuki-Kabulasoke, Uganda.

Sr. Paula Rose Jauernig, a Gotta Have HOPE board member and a Sister of Charity, Leavenworth, spearheaded a “Net-work” program with the Sisters of Charity and the Rotary Club of Leavenworth, Kansas. During our 2010 visit to Uganda, we delivered over 1000 malaria nets and blankets to the Ggomba area thanks to the huge success of the “Net-work” campaign.
In October of 2011, Gotta Have HOPE co-sponsored a 40-foot cargo shipment of donated medical supplies from local Kansas City hospitals worth over $200,000.00 to the clinics of the Diocese of Kiyinda-Mityana. We worked together with the Franciscan Mission Warehouse, run by the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Eucharist in Independence, MO. In July of 2012, our Gotta Have HOPE team was in Uganda for the delivery of the container at Saint Luke's Health Center in Mityana, Uganda, and was delighted to assist in the unloading of the cargo.

HOPE Technology is Gotta Have HOPE’s Volunteer Informational Technology Team. In 2012, Joe Gaudutis, director of the team, developed an educational format for donated Samsung Netbooks. In July of that year, the Gotta Have HOPE team on-site in Uganda, directed by Mr. Gaudutis in the United States via Skype, tested Internet connectivity at the school and local medical clinics, and in-serviced the teaching staff on the use of the netbooks. Over 200 Samsung Netbooks were donated to St. Joan of Arc, Uganda by St. Joan of Arc Elementary School in Evanston, IL. Gotta Have HOPE was thrilled to assist in this endeavor.
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Gotta Have HOPE is blessed with a growing number of motivated volunteers willing to assist with the various programs in different ways. We are extremely thankful for the support shown since our inception in 2008, and we look forward to creating more avenues of personal enrichment and the fostering of individual growth both at home and abroad.