Empowering Children Today

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

  • We are here!

     

    What a joy to be back in Burundi and Congo!  Hot, noisy, uncertain- wonderful!

     

    We’ve spent the last 2 weeks getting settled back and making a home-base for us here in Bujumbura, Burundi. There is much uncertainty and tension in the country at this time due to the upcoming political elections. Added into the mix has been a fuel shortage with long queues, empty gas stations, and a subsequent shortage of goods and services due to lack of fuel for transport. We managed to get 20 liters last week and have embarked on an austerity program as we’re uncertain as to when we might get fuel again.


    The children are doing well at our New Hope Children's Center. They are in the process of writing end of term exams and are doing well. This week we said goodbye to three of our children who have been accepted into the UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency) resettlement program and are on their way, with some extended family, to America.

     

    At the same time we welcomed a family of 5 children whose parents had been killed within a day of each other. The oldest child is 14 and the youngest is only 2 years of age. When they arrived they were very malnourished, but within a week they are already feeling happier and looking much healthier. We will be working to find schools for the three oldest and get them settled into our home-life.


    We made a trip into Congo to visit our school at Shalom Center and also our Najenga project and neighboring village. The children were very excited to see us at both locations and were especially excited to learn the progress of our plans for education in the village. A new football, skipping ropes, and of course "bonbons".


    We have just made arrangements for our new milk cow to be delivered thanks to the Twelve Days of Christmas at Hope for the Nations. We will send pictures as soon as they (cow and calf) arrive on site.


    Tomorrow I will travel into Congo again to begin surveying and layout of our building on our Najenga land, as well as arranging for transportation into the mountains after Easter. It is so good to be back in Africa although we do miss our family and friends in Canada. Thank you all for your support and care! Please continue to pray for the countries of Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo as they transition through these uncertain times.

    Ray, Mary Anne and Boss David

     

     

     

  • It’s early in the morning and time to leave your family at home, walk the 5 kilometers to work, and spend your day slaving away at a sewing sweatshop. You do this 6 days a week. In return for your 10 hour day, you will be paid $1.00. At the end of your long day, you’ll have to journey home, often in the dark, and you will likely be robbed and/or assaulted.......

     

    Hope partner, Carol Jones and Destitute to Destiny aim to change the lives of the women who find themselves in this destructive and unrewarding cycle that domineers their lives.

     

    This past Christmas we ran our first 12 Days of HOPE campaign. Working together with 12 partners in various countries, we launched the campaign to help raise funds for specific tangible projects that required support.

     

    Destitute to Destiny’s sewing micro-enterprise was one such project. The goal was to raise funds to purchase sewing machines so women trapped in the sweatshop cycle could instead work in the comfort and safety of their own homes.

     

    We are so pleased to share with you that, together with Carol Jones at Destitute to Destiny, enough funds have been raised to cover the cost of setting up 5 sewing machine businesses which translates to 5 families well on their way to being self-sustainable.

     

    Here are some pieces of the report that we received from India:

    • The girls in this community came together and formed a little cooperative, which they decided to also name Destitute to Destiny.
    • They appointed 2 leaders and opened a bank account.
    • They have negotiated contracts with agents for whom they will sew jeans, as they are already trained in this skill. They have a group that will monitor the quality of the work being completed.  
    • The women decided that every person who receives a sewing machine would repay the cooperative $6.00 CAD per month until the cost of the machine is fully repaid.
    • They will not be charged interest on this micro-loan.
    • The money that comes in will be used to buy more sewing machines in the future to help other women.

     

    Click here to learn more about Destitute to Destiny and get involved in the sewing machine project!    

  • An update from HOPE Executive Director, Patrick Elaschuk, on location in Colima, Mexico.

    Last Sunday, hundreds of runners took to the sunny streets of Colima to raise 146,000 pesos ($12,000 Canadian) for a very good reason. The annual event, hosted and sponsored by Ternium Mining, raises money for a chosen charity that is decided upon by the company.

    One of our house parents who works for Ternium, a mining company, submitted Hogar de Amor y Protección al Niño (Home of Love and Protection for the Child) as a potential candidate to receive funding. The children, staff, and volunteers were ecstatic to find out that Hogar de Amor was selected. Being chosen as the beneficiary for such a high profile event was a huge honour.

    Hope for the Nations (HFTN) partners with Hogar de Amor and church Grupo Amor to operate an amazing conglomerate of children’s homes and mercy ministries – a major social service impacting this capital city and surrounding states with parental love, emotional and physical needs, and a commitment to see every child through to their highest level of education.

    Originally focused on residential care for children of parents who were in prison, Hogar de Amor has been home for over 1000 children from birth to career training. It has hosted hundreds of teams volunteering both short and longer-term, impacting the lives of the children as well as themselves! With the recent establishment of a first-class private Christian school, the goal of financial self-sufficiency is closer to a reality.

    Hope for the Nations, Mexico Directors, Joyce and John Brinkerhoff are presently in Colima encouraging the leaders, visiting the homes, and brainstorming strategies to impact more children.

    Like our houseparent who shared about Hogar de Amor to his employer with great results, we too can share about the beautiful children of Mexico.

     

    You can read more about Hogar de Amor y Proteccion al Nino here.

     

     

     

     

  • Together, we raised $3,000 to provide warmth in Nepal this Winter!

    This past December we launched our first annual 12 Days of Hope Campaign. This campaign constituted an exciting new initiative for us here at Hope for the Nations, and a unique opportunity for our partners to have a voice and a way to highlight their own projects and needs in a very tangible way. It also presented an opportunity for our donors to engage in specific projects they could relate to and really throw their full support behind.

    The 12 Days of Hope offered several projects varying in size from organic gardens, building water wells, and purchasing cows, all the way up to fundraising for a new home for the Hope Team in the Philippines!

    Today, we wanted to follow up with one of the projects in Nepal. Nestled below Mt. Everest in the Solukhumbu region, you will find a girl’s hostel operated by Hope partners, ‘It’s a Small World’.

    In the Everest region, 7 out of 10 girls drop out of school after grade ten. In Nepal, parents prefer to send their sons to school and keep their daughters at home to take care of household chores. As a result, the literacy rate of women is only 23%.

    At ‘It’s a Small World’ the girls can live safely under the guardianship of the hostel and their education is provided through sponsorship which covers tuition fees, uniforms, and books.

    This year, the hostel was in dire need of many basic necessities required for running and maintaining the hostel. Through the 12 Days of Hope campaign, together we were able to raise $3,000.00! This amount covered the cost to purchase forty new mattresses, forty new blankets, and twenty one new warm jackets for the girls.

    Thank you to everyone who participated in this campaign and notably this project, it’s amazing what we can accomplish when we work together.

     

    For more information and ways to get involved in this project – visit them here.        

     


     

  • HOPE Partners, Donna & Bill Reimer, left behind their life in Canada to work with children and families in the Dominican to provide nourishment and work towards creating self-sustainability.

     

    The Dominican Republic has the second largest economy in the Caribbean region. Much of the economy was fueled by the manufacturing of sugar which in turn created a great number of jobs in local cane fields.

     

    Unfortunately, the closure of the local sugar factory has led to high unemployment rates leaving many struggling to find work, and making it difficult to provide for their families. As a result, children are undernourished and denied proper medical care.

     

    In 2010 Donna and Bill Reimer left their family and friends in Canada behind when they joined a small organization that quickly grew into what is now known as Dominican Feed the Kids. In 2012 they became official HOPE partners and their work in the region has flourished.

     

    “Our priority program is the Hot Meal for Kids program,” says Donna on Dominican Feed the Kids, “Three days a week we have a hot nutritious meal for approx 300+ children ages 1-12 years plus around 30 senior citizens.”

     

    In addition, there is also a baby program for underweight and malnourished babies called ‘Angel Care’. The children range in age from newborn to 2 years old. They are provided with nourishment or medication depending on their specific needs and remain in the program until they’re ready to graduate to the Hot Meal program.

     

    Finally, the Family Food Program caters to families in desperate situations who are unable to supply even the food basics. These families receive a monetary food allowance each week to buy food.

     

    The final goal for Donna and Bill is to create self-sustainability for the people that come into the Dominican Feed the Kids program. “This is a long and slow process, due to the fact that for generations these people have survived on handouts not hand-ups,” states Donna. “We start with the basics. Instead of giving them food bags we now give them a food allowance in pesos, teaching them to once again understand how to use their income wisely and how to budget for their daily needs. Hopefully someday , when they can find employment again this will benefit them.”

     

    Not all families in the region have proper legal status so Donna and Bill also work to secure papers for family members allowing them to legally work in the country. They also teach life-skills including, job searching, on-the-job best practices, budgeting, and birth control.

     

    “We have also opened a small second hand clothing store where moms can buy clothes for their children at a very low cost, hopefully instilling the understanding that the necessities of life are not free, you need to plan ahead.”

     

    Donna and Bill’s work in the Dominican hasn’t come without sacrifice: “We have received a lot of personal satisfaction in being instrumental in helping these people,” says Donna. “We have learned a whole new appreciation for culture, both theirs and ours, it has meant personal sacrifice in areas of letting go of personal ‘stuff’ at home in Canada but mostly not being able to see and spend time with family and friends.”

     

    To change your life in order to make a better life for others often takes dedication, hard work, and self sacrifice. Donna and Bill are a great example of committing their lives to a cause for the benefit of others. They plan to remain in the Dominican to continue their work and help the people of the region get back to a place of stability, both emotionally and financially, and into a state of self-sustainability.


    You can learn more about Dominican Feed the Kids here.

     

     

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