Empowering Children Today

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

  • In case you missed Global News earlier this week, HOPE was featured in a prominent story about relief efforts taking place in Liberia during the Ebola outbreak crisis. Country Director, Karen Barkman, and Executive Director, Patrick Elaschuk were both interviewed by Global News at the HOPE offices in Kelowna, BC regarding the relief efforts being made in Liberia.

    WATCH THE FULL STORY

    The Ebola outbreak has killed over 1500 people in West Africa and continues to spread. Many borders have been closed, food is becoming scarce, and daily life has been impacted to the point of civil unrest.

    HOPE has been working in West Africa for many years, aiding children and families at risk.

    We are thankful for our HOPE community that is rallying around this immediate need but there is more to be done. With the needs of the people in West Africa reaching an all time high, HOPE is seeking additional funding so they can continue their relief efforts, to provide food and health support to those affected by this terrible crisis. DONATE NOW!

     

     

     

  • President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf closed most of Liberia’s borders on Monday to try and halt the spread of the Ebola Virus.

    The countries affected are some of the poorest in the world and do not have the capacity or internal structures to deal with this outbreak. This is going viral and, if not contained, could infect many countries around the world.

    In order to attempt to protect the people, steps are being taken.

    “Preventive and testing centres will be established at the five entry points for all outgoing and incoming travellers,’’ the president announced.

    Johnson -Sirleaf also announced restrictions on public gatherings and requested hotels, restaurants, entertainment centres, and video clubs, to show educational Ebola prevention videos.

    “Communities seriously affected by the Ebola outbreak will be quarantined,’’ President Ellen stressed.

    One measure that HOPE is taking is to purchase 33 hand washing stations, one for each of our HOPE foster homes in the Ganta area.  Each one will have chloride so visitors coming and going can wash their hands which will help stop the spread of infection.

    Please donate here to help raise funds for this very important project.

     

  • 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

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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