From left to right: Shannon Knight, Ashley Bishop, Colleen Herle, Laura Frueh, Kristie Horrelt (Submitted photo)

From left to right: Shannon Knight, Ashley Bishop, Colleen Herle, Laura Frueh, Kristie Horrelt (Submitted photo)

Local health care professionals head to Uganda in the new year

Shannon Knight, Ashley Bishop, Colleen Herle, Laura Frueh, Kristie Horrelt leave January 12

Five local women are headed to Uganda with charity organization His Hope.

His Hope is a faith based organization founded by Kimi Toyota, that provides educational, medical, emotional, and spiritual support to children in need. They help cover fees for tuition, student uniforms, and a long list of other basic needs. His Hope runs a child sponsorship program that has sponsored over 150 children. They have also helped build over 40 houses, and 40 toilet facilities, as well as provide medical assistance to hundreds of individuals.

Shannon Knight, Ashley Bishop, Colleen Herle, Laura Frueh, Kristie Horrelt leave January 12, and will spend two weeks in Uganda. Each of them has a healthcare background. They will be helping screen people for HIV and AIDS. They’ll also be involved in a sanitation project.

Knight has been to Uganda before, this will be her seventh time returning to work with His Hope.

“I just love the people. I’ve sponsored a child through this organization since it started. He was six, now he’s 17,” Knight said.

The group encouraged the greater community of Ladysmith to get involved with the organization regardless of their faith. They welcome donations of toys, basic toiletries, and smaller items.