Empowering Children Today

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

  • After working with children at risk in the region for over a decade, HOPE now turns its attention to helping aid relief efforts for West Africa’s growing Ebola crisis.

     

    "It is the world’s first Ebola epidemic, and it’s spiraling out of control. It’s bad now, and it’s going to get worse in the very near future. There is still a window of opportunity to tamp it down, but that window is closing. We really have to act now." - Dr. Tom Frieden, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

     

    The Ebola crisis in West Africa is a very real threat, not just to Africa but, thanks to the ease with which the virus spreads, the entire world. The virus itself causes an acute illness which if left untreated is often fatal. Early supportive care includes rehydration and symptomatic treatments but at the moment there is no known cure and the virus currently carries a 50% fatality rate. This percentage is increased when the carrier already has a weak immune system which is why the virus has taken hold so quickly in areas like Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. These areas lack infrastructural resources due to natural disaster and periods of conflict that have left many families and individuals without proper care, nutrition, and education.

     

    The latest stats from the World Health Organization are staggering:

    • 5,357 confirmed cases
    • 2,630 deaths
    • 45% of the cases happened in the last 4 weeks
    • Over 1000 new cases in the last 3 weeks
    • 318 Health-care Workers have contracted the virus
    • Number of beds available to treat an Ebola patient anywhere in Liberia: 0

     

    The statistics from this outbreak already exceed the totals from all previous Ebola outbreaks combined. The virus is spreading the quickest through Liberia thanks to an outbreak in the highly populated capital city of Monrovia.

     

    Hope for the Nations has worked in West Africa for the past decade and has brought about positive change to many families and children through a number of projects, programs, and facilities. In the wake of this crisis, many HOPE programs have had to temporarily close down for the safety of the staff, children, and families involved. Many HOPE resources are now being diverted to help aid the relief efforts in the affected areas. “So many are hungry,” says Karen Barkman, HOPE Director in Monrovia. “Food prices have skyrocketed and many are dying daily from Ebola. Every day Provision of Hope and Hope for the Nations are doing all we can to help in this crisis!”

     

    HOPE is currently asking for help from its partners and supporters to help aid the relief efforts and support the HOPE staff members who are operating on the frontlines. Money raised for relief efforts are going towards a number of things including:

     

    • Sanitizing stations with disinfectants and anti-bacterial soaps for many communities
    • Clean pure water for affected communities
    • Medical drugs for common diseases like malaria and typhoid that are currently unavailable due to clinics being closed
    • Food for the HOPE Children’s homes, and for quarantined areas where food is scarce or unavailable

      

    “We need more funding to help us care for our communities and our HOPE Families,” says Ken McAllister, HOPE Area Director for Liberia. “Most of these families will be losing their incomes which will make it impossible for them to pay for the increase in the cost of their family’s needs."

     

    We’re asking everyone to help during this global crisis in any way you can. There are a number of ways you can get involved and help aid the relief efforts in West Africa.

     

    On Sunday, September 28th, HOPE Director, Karen Barkman will be hosting a fundraising event in Kelowna, BC called ‘Walk a Mile in My Shoes’ at the Mission Creek Regional Park. You can find more information about that over at the Walk for Ebola website.

     

    HOPE is currently raising funds and have a project page setup where you can donate funds directly.

     

    If you’d like to learn more about HOPE’s relief efforts you can check out the recent news report by Global News.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • 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"

     

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