AUGUST 2018 BULLETIN 

NEWS ON THE HEART OF NUBA FILM AND SOCIAL IMPACT CAMPAIGN

Just three days ago we received a message from the Nuba mountains of Sudan, from Dr. Tom to the friends and supporters of The Heart of Nuba, and the donors of our our Take Heart Foundation. We couldn’t wait to share it with you! 

As he points out, the needs for life-saving funds at Mother of Mercy Hospital are not abating. And nothing will ensure the success of his mission there more than your financial support. So if you can, please take a moment to donate to the hospital, or become a fund raiser. Remember that 100% of your donations to the Take Heart Foundation go directly to the hospital.  

Dear Friends —
We are finally getting a good rain now so there is hope for a decent harvest.  People are really in bad shape now as this is the time of the ‘hunger gap’ – the period after last year’s food has run out and before they harvest any of the new crop.
 
Suffice it to say, without the support of  Take Heart Foundation and AMHF, the Mother of Mercy Hospital would not be open now.  These two groups are paying for the salaries of all the staff (230 plus people) and providing all of the scholarship fees for our 21 staff who are outside for professional training.  
The needs will likely increase this upcoming year as other institutional donors have dropped out to take on other projects.  We have many plans for the future but can’t do anything without financial support.  
Suffice it to say we are extremely grateful for all of your financial support along with prayer support so here’s a sincere thank you from the bush!
Blessings to all,
Dr. Tom (and Nasima)
WATCH ON HULU, AMAZON VIDEO, ITUNES

 

We’re also very excited to let you know there are new ways of watching The Heart of Nuba, and even more coming. If you haven’t seen the film it is now at your fingertips. And of course this makes it much easier to share with your friends and loved ones! 

In early July The Heart of Nuba was released on Hulu — https://www.hulu.com/watch/1302771

We have recently added Amazon — https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Nuba-Cornelio-Catena/dp/B07DP1MFSR/ref=sr_1_1

and on iTunes through your iTunes app. 

Keep your eyes open on Google Play, Sony, and Xbox, which will be following soon. Also watch for it to come to a public library near you through Hoopla. 

 

SAVE THE DATE

 

There’s a very special screening of The Heart of Nuba coming up if you live close to or in Washington, D.C. — or if you have been thinking about a trip to DC in the fall and need a memorable event to inspire you to go. 

On Saturday, October 20 the Darfur Interfaith Network’s will screen The Heart of Nuba at Washington National Cathedral in D.C.

Mark your calendars now, and contact us at info@theheartofnuba.com for ticket information.

 

 

AND SOMETHING JUST FUN…

 

On August 8, Dr. Tom was inducted into the Capital Region Football Hall of Fame.

As you may recall from the film, he was an All-American nose guard at Brown University. In 2014, Catena was presented with the National Football Foundation’s Gold Medal, the organization’s highest and most prestigious award.

Understandably, he could not attend the ceremony, but he sent along a message that was relayed by his brother, Felix, who accepted on his behalf.

“I loved it. I loved everything about football, except perhaps the double sessions in the August heat,” he wrote. ““Working together as a unit, sacrificing yourself for the good of the team, continuing to perform despite fatigue and stress are all things I learned playing football 35 years ago,” his acceptance speech read. “When it’s late at night and 80 badly wounded arrive at the hospital gates, the game is on and it’s time to get the job done. The last operation at 3 a.m. is like the start of the fourth quarter and you’re behind – time to suck it up!”

Image: Felix Catena accepts the award on Dr. Tom’s behalf. 

 

COMMUNITY & EDUCATIONAL SCREENINGS

If you are interested in bringing The Heart of Nuba to your community, school or place of worship please visit https://www.tugg.com/titles/the-heart-of-nuba to arrange a screening through Tugg.

 

 

 

NEW WEB SITE

We have finished a redesign of the web site, to make it easier for you to navigate and find the kind of information you are looking for. Please stop by — at https://theheartofnuba.com — and tell us what you think. 

 

 

REVIEWS: THE HEART OF NUBA

 

LA TIMES calls The Heart of Nuba “gripping, inspiring documentary.” read

TRUTHDIG: A moving view of The Heart of Nuba through the eyes of the Director/Producer, Kenneth A. Carlson: read 

NPR’S FILM WEEK: Podcast calls the filmmaker’s worth “praiseworthy, almost Nobel Prize praiseworthy.” transcript | listen (segment on The Heart of Nuba starts at 10:46)

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: Saints don’t always look the way you’d expect. read 

NEW YORK TIMES: A Surgeon Performs Miracles in Sudan in The Heart of Nuba read

SISTER ROSE OF NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER: Caetena’s respect for the dignity of the Nuba people is profound. read

BOSTON GLOBE: Dealing with Life and Death in Southern Sudan. read

 

 

MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF THE NUBA PEOPLE

Donate to Mother of Mercy Hospital

One hundred percent of your donation goes to buy supplies, including vaccines and syringes, for Dr. Tom and Mother of Mercy Hospital, to support the local school and, most importantly, to continue to train the Nuba staff to one day operate their hospital independently. Find out how you can expand your influence even further and become a fundraiser for Dr. Tom.

 

 

 

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NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS

We would like to thank our coalition partners for their tireless work in promoting and protecting human rights, providing humanitarian aid, and advocating for the people of Sudan.