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Osana anti-mosquito soap company partners with non-profit organization ‘The Invictus Initiative’ to help stop and prevent The Zika virus in Brazil. Osana and Invictus both have similar missions to help create sustainable change in communities all over the world by empowering the local people as well as stop preventable deaths. The Invictus Initiative The Invictus Initiative is a non-profit organization building unconquerable relationships that bring together the skills and resources needed to initiate sustainable solutions, improve communities, and transform lives. Invictus Initiative in Brazil This organization has been working in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the last four years. They have been working in a community located in the mountain tops of Brazil through building relationships, construction, business development, and providing them opportunities to dream big and create a sustainable, life-giving community. Osana and Invictus Partner Together to Help Zika Virus in Brazil In a recent trip to Brazil, Invictus partnered with Osana to put together kits for the woman in this impoverished community. The kits including education and information about Zika and how to prevent it, mosquito nets, and of course, Osana all natural-antimosquito soap. The goal was to give it out to expecting mothers in hopes to protect them from the damaging virus. Invictus met with leaders and government officials in Brazil to see what was being done to stop Zika and to see how Osana and Invictus could fill in that gap. Simply providing the community with education, nets, and soap seemed to be the most effective option, and the communities received everything with enthusiasm and gratitude. On top of the kits, Invictus also created an incredible system within the local community that consists of: Partnering with the Local Health Professionals who were already seeing pregnant mothers and had them write prescriptions for each mother to receive a Zika kit and give the woman enough Osana Soap to last them throughout their pregnancy. Partnering with the local community center and stocked them up with Osana Soap. Instead of giving it away for free, as discussed in the book “When Helping Hurts”, the soap has a small price so the community members are invested. 100% of the proceeds go back into the community. Invictus plans to return to this community in November to follow up with the expecting mothers and community...read more
Lisa Shock, a resident of Captian Cook, HI reached out to us and was concerned about a Dengue outbreak in her area and was asking about Antimosquito Soap She wrote: We are fighting an outbreak of Dengue Fever here on the big Island of Hawaii, I live in one of the poorest areas: Ocean View, with many homeless people. My church ( St Judes) donates free showers to the homeless or needy people in our area once a week. If you have donated bars to distribute we could sure use all that you might want to donate. There is no Malaria here but we do have ongoing issues with dog heartworms being transmitted to humans via mosquitos. Our subdivision is is totally on Catchment water, so every home has a large place where mosquitoes can breed, efforts to treat these is a ongoing problem. We have about 10,000 homes in our neighborhood, and a few hundred homeless people that camp in tents or other primitive conditions. The health department has been spraying for mosquitoes since the outbreak started, and 2 beaches near us are closed due to the Dengue. We were delighted to help and send Osana natural antimosquito soap donation bars her way. Here is her report back after use of the Antimosquito Soap… So far everyone that has tried the soap likes the smell and noticed a reduction or elimination of mosquito bites. I have noticed it took about 2 days to start working and then it has worked 100% for me. Another person, Bill is one of those people that the mosquitoes love, he gets about 20 bites when he outside for about an hour. It also took a few days for him to notice it was working, and now he rarely gets bit. Actually, everyone that is trying it just loves it, I am giving them the web site so they can reorder, and will get some pictures for you as well. We are thrilled to be spreading protection and partnering with individuals to make a huge difference in their...read more
Because of the amazing Osana customer base we are able to share one of the latest “Follow Your Soap” stories. We are excited to share the news of a budding partnership with The Invictus Initiative. Invictus does great work all over the globe but we have partnered specifically with them for a special project where they are working with pregnant women through pregnancy centers within Brazil that they have existing relationships with. Osana sent over 650 bars of soap to a center that will sponsor and provide added protection for pregnant mothers and their families throughout the duration of the mother’s pregnancy. Soap will be supplied through these centers and will help prevent mothers and family members from contracting zika virus, dengue fever and other mosquito-borne illnesses that can impact families and pregnant mothers. Malaria and yellow fever are other mosquito-borne illnesses that touch brazil although are not typically contracted around the location of the pregnancy center that Invictus and Osana will be working with although adding another layer of protection against the uncommon for that area is helpful. We look forward to a continued and long-term relationship with this center and others and will be excited to share reports from this initial baseline trip. We are hopeful that the soap will bring peace of mind and practical all natural protection to the communities that are facing mosquito-borne viruses and illnesses. We want to thank you for your purchases as they are what make impacting communities possible and are the driving force of Osana. Thank you for sharing Osana with friends and family! Please don’t stop. Continue to join us in the battle to to help eliminate preventable death caused by malaria, mosquito-borne viruses and sanitation-based...read more
We were fortunate to connect with Parkview Church located in Orland Park, IL. They reached out to us about a small team that was going to the Dominican Republic for a short term trip in a community called Tamboril. They were interested in travel sized bars for the team as well as some bars they could leave behind with one of the communities they served. Although, they purchased travel sized bars for their purposes we wanted to be sure to share what about what they are doing in the community. Caitlin Courtney, our contact from Parkview Church, was fortunate to return to Tamboril for this trip and she sent back the following in regards to the soap… “…the whole team used their soap while we were there. We did get bitten a little but I think we would have gotten eaten alive if we were not using the soap. Some people got more bites from tiny little noseeums than they did mosquitoes. I personally got bit a few times on my legs but other than that, I was fine! People seemed to enjoy the scent of the soap and how it cleaned as well. We were filthy by the end of each day so good soap was a must!” Osana in the Dominican Republic We are excited about future partnerships with Parkview through what they are doing worldwide to help those less fortunate and approaching it in a way that most benefits the people, communities, and countries they serve long term. Caitlin also shares more about the trip they went on through an interview by GO Ministries. Watch that story here… MY GO STORY – CAITLIN COURTNEY Check back in the future to hear more about our relationship with Parkview as well as any future updates we receive about the soap that was left behind in Tamboril....read more
We have been proud to partner with “The Way Home” over the past year were able to send 150 new bars of soap for their community of staff members to test out over the next few months. You may remember that a similar donation went out about a year ago where we were able to collect and initial round of data and feedback. We are still working with the staff and founders at “The Way Home” to ensure the best way to introduce Osana into the community and what it looks like to have it be an option for malaria and mosquito prevention as well as contribute to the overall sanitation of the community. Osana is committed to finding ways to integrate into communities in a healthy way and impact it long term through our partners who are integrated heavily into communities and have forged meaningful relationships over time. The Way Home We eagerly await to hear back from our partners at from the way home so that we can continue to grow our relationship with them and share more about how your Osana customer are making a difference. If you are not familiar with the way home you should definitely check out our blog post, Sending Soap to “The Way Home”, from last year as well as their website. The Way Home supports and loves 55 Granny-Families who are raising a combined 302 orphaned...read more
You may have heard about our new partnership with Healing Faith. You may have read about the families on our blog. Healing Faith is an incredible and inspirational organization that aims to provide spiritual, emotional, and physical healing for the people of Uganda. The Segner family moved to Uganda in January 2012 and started Healing Faith. Since then, Healing Faith, with help from people like you, has been changing the lives of the people of Uganda. The organization has provided malaria treatment, education, and prevention to the local people. They have also worked to show God’s love and grace through the work that they do. It is inspiring to witness how these two families, the Segner’s and the McMorris’s, have allowed God to work so diligently in their lives, to see the obedience displayed in their actions and lifestyles. Healing Faith relies on help from people like you in order to fulfill the plan that God has set out from them. The help can take many forms. It can be to spread the word about Healing Faith: “The more people that hear about the plight of the orphans, widows and oppressed in Uganda, the more it will start an awakening of our fellow man.” Friend Healing Faith on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and Instagram, tell your friends about the wonderful work they’re doing. Or take it a step further – a step of faith – and visit Uganda for a mission trip or internship. Or maybe right now you feel drawn to make a donation to assist them, or even to buy a t-shirt and spread the word of Healing Faith everywhere you go. Take a look here and here to find out more about how you can get involved in the work that Healing Faith is doing in...read more
Botswari When I met Botswari he was a hardened and tough young man of 13 years. Just from the expression on his face and the coldness in his eyes, I could tell that life had dealt him some circumstances that I could never understand. Circumstances that no 13 year old should have to endure. When we gathered the children around for Bible time and prayers he was always around but would rarely participate. He would always sit on the outside of the circle and mock the other kids and heckle us at times. However, each week he would come back. As I would ask questions about the last week’s lesson, he would quietly answer in the back when no one else would. The crowning moment with Botsawari came the week of Easter. He has been kicked out of the school where we meet each week due to not having enough money to pay his school fees. The group of children was small that week. As we began singing and dancing with the kids that were there, I heard singing coming from the sugar cane fields. As I listened the singing got louder and louder, as we asked the children “Do you love Jesus?” they would echo, “Yes I do!” From the field I heard a resolute “Yes I do!” It kept growing louder and louder. Out of the field marched Botsawari leading a group of his friends with a huge smile on his face! Botswari seemed to be saying “you can keep me out of school but you can’t keep me from worshipping Jesus!” When his group arrived I asked if anyone wanted to share something they had learned about Jesus. This tough, hardened young man volunteered to step in the middle of all his friends, he said: “ I have learned that Jesus came to Earth in the form of a man and died on a cross for my sins so that I may have eternal life.” Jonah Jonah is 12-year-old little boy who always has a smile on his face and loves to dance! Any bit of music and Jonah is dancing! This was not the case one week when we drove into the village. At the school where we meet we found Jonah curled up in the fetal position wrapped in a dirty, ragged men’s blazer. I was shocked to see this normally happy energy filled boy crumpled on the ground. He was shaking uncontrollably, tears running down his face and there was no life left in his eyes. I knew right away that Jonah was in trouble and he had the worse case of malaria I had ever seen. As we tested Jonah I could feel the heat coming off his body from the fever ravaging his body. I knew the medication we had would have no affect on a case this bad, so we loaded Jonah up and took him to the local clinic. In this one-roomed clinic with a tin roof and dingy walls, they were able to get IV antibiotics running through Jonah. As we gathered to pray for Jonah I thought how could this little boy who is so full of energy and life be this close to death because of a mosquito bite. My heart was telling me Jonah would...read more
We have been blown away with the incredible organizations that Osana has been able to partner with over the last year. Each one has shown a dedication, love, and passion for helping the hurting that has inspired us beyond our imaginations. Because of this, it is our goal to continue finding incredible people to partner with, share their story, and provide them with resources that could saves thousands of lives. The Way Home: Taking Care of Orphans and Widows in Africa Our Journey has recently led us to an organization called “The Way Home”. The work they are doing is truly inspirational. The AIDS epidemic has left thousands of children orphans.The traditional response of the children in the wake of the death of their parents, is to live with their grandmother who, after no grieving period following the death of her husband and then her own children, opens her small mud hut to 1 or 3 or 6 or 14! orphaned grandchildren or great grandchildren to keep them from being completely abandoned. Every 15 SECONDS, another child becomes an AIDS orphan in Africa The Way Home supports and loves 55 Granny-Families who are raising a combined 302 orphaned grandchildren! The Way Home is working in this community in so many amazing ways including: Bible teaching and application: to Granny family groups, community & Pastors Food Security: Biblical Worldview Farming method that increases yield up to 10 times &teaches dependence on God alone. Shelter: Our national team builds a sturdy brick home that will remain with the orphans after their Granny is gone Osana is honored to be sending a round of all natural mosquito repellent soap to The Way Home for their staff to use over the next couple of months. If the first round of soap goes well, be on the look out for a campaign to raise bars to send to The Way Home for the children and Granny-Families to use. We are all planning for the soap to open a gateway for education and further communication and ministry between the staff at The Way Home and the community in Uganda. We look forward to sharing their story and being a part of the outstanding work they are doing. Click here to learn more about The Way Home and how you can get...read more
One of the main goals of Osana is to be highly involved with the people we send our bars to. This is why we offer the “track your soap” option for anyone who donates bars or buys an extra mile pack. There is just something about actually seeing and being connected to the person you are desiring to help. Osana is about action, accountability, and finding solutions to help other nations without hurting them. This is why we love to connect with organizations that already have roots in the communities we send the soap to. This allows for personal distribution as well as education about malaria prevention. Recently, Osana partnered with Lot2545 and Hour of Grace Orphanage. Courtney Morrow, an amazing volunteer involved with both of these organizations, was able to take all 520 bars down with her and personally give them to those that were in desperate need. Osana would like to send our most sincere gratitude to Courtney for gathering and distributing Osana to Uganda and Ghana. Courtney was kind enough to provide a video of the beautiful children receiving...read more
THE SEGNERS Jason and Kari Segner the founders of Healing Faith, were married in the fall 2001. Their first daughter, Faith, was born in 2003. She went to be with our Heavenly Father shortly after her birth. Since that time God has richly blessed and expanded the Segner family. When they moved to Uganda their family consisted of Karson (2004), Everett (2006), Hadlee (2008) and Pierce (2010). In the spring of 2013 the Segner family began a journey of adoption of another son, Joseph (2010) and another daughter, Eva Faith (2012). Unfortunately, after 8 months in to the process and loving Eva Faith as their daughter and sister, the adoption process had to end for her. It is a long story, but please keep praying for her as she remains in the orphanage to this day. She will always be a daughter and a sister in the Segner’s hearts and they are trusting in His plan for her life. In January 2011 Jason and Kari went to Uganda, Africa on a short term mission trip. They were immediately captivated by the people and the culture. The trip was life changing… Early in Kari’s life God placed a calling on Kari’s heart to serve in Africa, “that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6. God continued that work in Kari’s heart and has since called the Segner Family to serve His people in Uganda, Africa. In January 2012 the Segners moved the entire family to Uganda to serve as full time missionaries and start a ministry called Healing Faith. THE MCMORRIS FAMILY When Cara and Dave married 12 years ago, they had no idea what an incredible journey God had in store for their lives. Each had grown up in church, but in their marriage, God began to draw each closer to Him in very incredible ways. God began calling them to truly live a life with Him at the center. Glorifying Him became the focus of all they did. Living in Normal, Illinois, with Dave’s daughter Mara, who was 9 years old at the time, they began to feel the life of obedience to God’s call would be anything but normal. Dave, a public school 6th grade teacher, has been able to share his love of Jesus with students and families with the blessing of his administrators. Cara owned a home day care and pre-school for the last 10 years where she was blessed to be able to plant seed of God’s love in the hearts of over 80 children! As their family grew, first by 3 bio kids and then through the adoption of 3 kids from foster care, God’s call only became stronger. They prayed for God to lead them, as a family into His service. After years of serving locally, gentle nudges began leading them to explore ministry in Africa. In the summer of 2013, Chloe, Cara and Dave traveled on a 2 week trip to Africa. During this trip their hearts were shattered, and they placed the broken pieces at the feet of Jesus, knowing that only He could restore. Back at home, they prayed as a family to be open to whatever God was up to. In January of...read more
We are more excited than ever to announce that Osana will now be sending donations bars to an incredible organization known as Healing Faith. We are honored to be connected with such amazing people that are truly changing the world. Like most places in Africa, the area that Healing Faith reaches is dramatically impacted by the deadly reality of malaria. They work with many children and families that are effected and suffering by providing medical care and education to the communities. Osana is looking forward to joining resources and partnering with Healing Faith to end malaria and save as many lives as possible. What is Healing Faith: Healing Faith is a ministry that seeks to provide healing physically, emotionally and spiritually to the people of Uganda. They provide physical healing through enabling those in need to get appropriate medical care and seeking to educate about malaria. They also hope to enable an emotional and spiritual healing by showing the love and grace of our Savior to the people of Uganda. Healing Faith wants to seek God’s will in their lives as they serve his children and people in Uganda. Their Goal The ultimate goal of Healing Faith is to share the good news of Jesus Christ. The first thing they want to do when entering into a new village is to establish a relationship with the people. If you have a foundation that is built upon relationship you will have long term effects. If you build a relationship that is built upon giving, when the giving ends, the relationship ends as well. Short Term Goal The short term goal of Healing Faith is to provide the rural villages with malaria education, prevention and treatment. Did you know that every 60 seconds a child in Africa dies from Malaria? Uganda is one of six countries in Africa that accounts for 47% of all cases of malaria in all of Africa. Their goal is to educate the villagers about the causes and symptoms of malaria, to assist those in need who have malaria and most of all equip the villages to be self sustaining in the fight against malaria. Education is empowerment, they want to empower the villagers to help themselves in the fight against malaria. Their goal is to educate every household in the village and to provide mosquito nets for every household. Something as simple as a properly utilized mosquito net can mean the difference between life and death. They will work alongside established ministries in the area to help provide malaria education to the villages and people they have established relationships with. While providing malaria prevention they want to share the good news of God’s grace and love for his people. They want to show them they are loved, not forgotten, and that God has a plan for their lives. Long Term Goal In addition to the malaria education and prevention , all ministries and programs through Healing Faith will be with the purpose of giving Ugandans long term sustainability. They don’t want to merely put a band- aid on the problem, but heal the issue through faith based programs aimed at giving a hope and future to the people of Uganda. There is such a great need in Uganda that it is hard not to want to...read more
Today we are very excited to announce that we will be sending 497 bars to Ghana and Uganda, Africa this December. Osana’s goal is to partner with incredible organizations that are bringing hope, healing, and a homes to people all over the world. Lot2545 and Hour of Grace Orphanage have done just that. They are both working locally to meet the needs of children that are orphans and are facing things like disease, danger on the streets, and lack of basic food, water, and shelter. Learn more about Hour of Grace and Lot2545 here. Osana will be used in these two organizations to help prevent malaria in these children as well as provide sanitation support for many that are even lacking a simple bar of soap. I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do. — Edward Everett Hale A special thank you to Courtney Morrow who will be traveling to Africa this December to deliver the bars as well as serve the people in Ghana and Uganda. Another special thank you to the incredible group that is traveling to Thailand to serve and teach through the Council on International Educational Exchange. This group of individuals purchased Osana to take with them to Thailand to protect them from the mosquitoes while their donation bars from their purchases are being sent to a whole other part of the world to do the same for others with no access to such...read more