Empowering Children Today

We work through partnerships with local communities and organizations. We provide at-risk children with caring homes, health care and education.

  • As the HOPE Country Director for Southeast Asia, Stephanie Hunter is making an impact.

     

    If you ask Stephanie where her journey started she would tell you that it all began during a visit to India in 1991. Her interest in ethnic cultures, foods, and photography was what originally drew her to the area. While there she encountered extreme poverty among children. This experience had a profound affect on her and inspired her to do something more.

     

    In the mid-90’s she met Marcus Young from Divine Inheritance and was educated on issues surrounding child soldiers and orphans in the Golden Triangle of Southeast Asia. The Golden Triangle spans Burma, Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam and is, still today, one of the main drug-producing areas in the world.

     

    Before long, Stephanie found herself co-leading youth teams to visit Hope for the Nations projects in the Golden Triangle and around the world. In 2000, she became an HFTN Director overseeing projects in Southeast Asia. Her travels have taken her to the heights of the Himalayas, the desert regions of Afghanistan, northern Kenya, Liberia, the jungles of Borneo and the streets and slums of cities in Africa, Cambodia, Thailand, and Ecuador.

     

    Stephanie is an individual with a heart and eye for children at risk. To that end, Stephanie’s photography has been featured on websites, at global conferences and in several books, “ONE – A face behind the numbers” and “On The Fragile Feet of Children”.


    Stephanie’s goal is “to make the invisible child visible” and continues to work towards this goal as a HOPE Director coordinating and overseeing projects in Southeast Asia.

     

    Learn more about what's happening in South East Asia

  • Take a read of our summer edition of "Glimpses of HOPE"

     

  • Today, June 23rd we celebrate International Widows Day a United Nations ratified day of action to address the "poverty and injustice faced by millions of widows and their dependents in many countries".

     

    In light of this we would like to introduce you to a wonderful project. Love in Action was started by Joni Eveleigh who has been in Kitale, Kenya, Africa since 2007, working to improve the quality of life for the impoverished people of the area that she encounters every day. Joni's heart is gripped by an immense need, particularly with the widows who struggle daily to make ends meet. Many care for their grandchildren, since their own children have died of AIDS.

     

    One such widow is Esther Wangare. Esther is a 79 year old widow who lost 3 of her own children to AIDS. Since those tragic losses, Esther has been raising her 6 grandchildren as her own. She is an amazing woman who not only looks after her grandchildren but makes sure they get to school, cooks for them, and does their laundry. We have one word for Esther: Faithful.

     

    Esther walks 8 kilometers several times a week to come by the prayer centre, and is a recent graduate from Bible School where she attended for a year with perfect attendance. She is also faithful in the organic farming program, again with perfect attendance, and was awarded 3 sheep (2 female & 1 male) for her involvement. She got the highest honors of all those in attendance. We hold Esther as an amazing model of a woman of integrity, hard-work, and discipline.

     

    Click here for more information on Joni’s work in Kenya

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • HOPE partners create new opportunities by launching soccer programs in Central Africa for former child soldiers

     

    With all eyes currently on the 2014 World Cup in Brazil it’s easy to see the camaraderie that sports can create throughout the world. There’s a unification that occurs during international sporting events, not only at the event itself, but throughout the different communities and countries. HOPE partner and the Director of Justice Rising, Cassandra Basnett, has experienced what can be achieved by unifying children through soccer.

     

    In both Kenya and the Democratic Republic (DR) of the Congo many children are conscripted into the army to become child soldiers. For many, this seems like the only option in areas populated by broken families, orphans, abuse, and trauma. Fighting, war, and conflict have become an everyday norm for the families living in these countries. Joining a rebel army offers the children a form of escape. Cassandra and Justice Rising came up with a plan to offer them something more: Futball (AKA: Soccer).

     

    In the fall of 2013, the team at Justice Rising wooed some boys into their world with a soccer ball. The deal was for the kids to join Justice Rising, join the soccer team, receive a jersey, shoes, and water bottle. Along with being a part of a guaranteed dream team, the kids were also required to learn basic reading and writing.

     

    Six months later, these former child soldiers have changed their lives and their stories of ongoing transformation continue. Cassandra and her team are now faced with a different question: What are the next steps for these young men?

     

    This fall, Cassandra will be taking their Leadership League to the next level and starting an ‘Excellence Rising’ School specifically created to cater to the dozens of young men who’ve come out of the army.

     

    “What better way to give boys a hope and a vision,” says Cassandra about the project, “than to empower them with the opportunity to do what they love most? . . .  in one simple word it became so obvious: Futball!”

     

    This movement has the potential to create a positive change in the lives of children who felt they had no other option than to join a rebel army and commit their lives to one of tragedy and violence. By creating a safe, desirable, and fun environment, the kids now have the chance to grow towards a better future filled with potential and opportunity.  

     

    The secret of the team’s success is easy; unity and hard work - David Beckham

     

    To learn more about this project or to donate click here

  • Since 2003, HOPE partner Slava Mykhalchenko has been working with the state-run orphanages to improve the lives of institutionalized children in Ukraine by giving them the necessary tools to survive and grow. A father of four, Slava continues his work in the area through Destiny Center in Kharkov.

     

    Starting in 2004, in partnership with RU4Children in Texas, Slava launched the first bible camp outreach taking in just 20 children and operated it with only 2 volunteers. Since then the movement has expanded into a yearly summer camp for 60 orphans plus 2 hiking leadership camps that take in another 40 kids.

     

    The majority of orphans in Ukraine are social orphans that are the result of parental abandonment or imprisonment, or abuse. Eighty percent (80%) of graduated orphans in Ukraine end up engaging in prostitution and crime. These disturbing statistics outline the fate set before the children in the area as they are deprived of basic education and life skill training. Slava and HOPE have and continue to work on changing those statistics.

     

    Click here to read full article or to donate to this project.

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