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  • Here at HOPE, our narrative has been woven over the last 25 years from the threads of hundreds of children's stories around the globe. We hear stories of injustice, desperation, trauma, recovery, joy, victories, and so much hope.


    Every story, every child, every victory, no matter how big or small is a celebration of justice, of overcoming odds that once looked impossible.


    One such example is the story of Caris:


    Caris came to us directly from the hospital at just 5 days old. We received her with the paediatrician report that stated she might live a week, or a month, but she would never live to see her first birthday. We decided we would make each day of her life the best it could be.  One year passed and then two . . . and now Caris is about to turn 15! Caris was born with hydrocephalus, which didn’t allow her brain to develop. She faces many challenges and requires a great deal of care. She has a sweet spirit, and her smiles erase any fatigue that comes with her care. She changes the heart of everyone who has the opportunity to know her.


    Every young lady in Mexico looks forward to her 15th birthday, or “quinceañera”. A big party is planned and the young lady is celebrated by friends and family. As Caris’ Hogar de Amor family began to think about and plan the event, it was decided to bump up the event a few months so it would coincide with the visit of “Papi Dennis” and “Mami Diane”. Everyone pitched in with the preparations, food, decorating, set up! It was a beautiful party, befitting a beautiful girl! Balloons, flowers, delicious food, cake, dessert bar, and her very large family celebrating with her. Caris’ smiles were plentiful and she loved all the attention. In the midst of the celebration we couldn’t help but think of the miracle we were witnessing. The paediatrician’s report said one thing . . . God’s report says another! Happy Birthday Caris – we love you!


  • “The devastating cyclone that hit south-eastern Africa may be the worst disaster to ever strike the southern hemisphere, according to the UN. Cyclone Idai swept through Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe last month destroying almost everything in its path, causing devastating floods, killing and injuring thousands of people, and ruining crops.”- The Guardian, 2019


    Hope for the Nations project, Hope Village in Malawi, runs a village complete with schools, a clinic, farming, children's homes, and warehouses for storage. We serve thousands of families in this riverbed community.


    The village itself and the surrounding communities were hit hard and needed our immediate support. In a short period of time we were able to raise over $15K to assist with the recovery efforts. There will be a long road ahead, but we are already hearing positive reports.


    “Together, we have served 1985 people; over 300 families affected by the floods in our region. Most of these families have been placed in a small facility a few kilometres from where we reside. We have provided these families with maize, beans, sheets, medication, and seeds.” - Albert & Melody, Directors of Hope Village, Malawi.


    Thank you to everyone who gave their support - we couldn't have done it without you!

  • We couldn't agree more with this years theme for the 2019 National Volunteer Week. Without our many volunteers, both globally and locally, our programs simply would not be sustainable.


    We are so grateful for our committed team of volunteers each and every day. However we want to take this opportunity to honor all our volunteers who give so much and expect so little in return, and celebrate them throughout National Volunteer Week.


    Without your support, we would not have the opportunity to provide breakfast to over 1500 students in our community who are coming to school hungry. Without your help, we would not be serving thousands of vulnerable children in over 25 countries. Without you, none of the work we do would be possible!


    On behalf of our Board, our members, and staff we would like to say thank you for your unwavering support and the gift of your generosity, your heart, and your time.


    “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


  • I was recently introduced to a picture of despair, depression, and hopelessness.


    Painted in the late 1800’s, ‘HOPE’ is a portrait of a lady in deep depression. The painting is void of color and the woman’s posture reflects hopelessness. Sitting on a tarnished globe, hunched over, blindfolded, and leaning against the broken strings of her harp . . . surely the artist has missed the point. The colors, the posture, and the absence of any help on the horizon completely signal a life that is doomed and beyond help.


    Yet, look again!


    Upon close observation of the harp, we see there is one string still intact. Our subject is plucking the only string left and is intently listening to its welcoming sound. The sound of one string strummed with the strength of a dying breath ushers ‘hope’ into the gloom.


    Look closer!


    No, look again. Let your eyes move to a pinpoint of light located straight above her shoulder and up to the very edge of the canvas. Lo and behold, a ‘star’. A glimmer of hope breaks into the darkness only waiting for its illumination and warmth to break forth. The star shows that ‘hope’ will attract the help that is on the way.


    I have just returned from Liberia where, twenty years ago, HOPE FOR THE NATIONS entered a post-war nation of despair, depression, and hopelessness. A few of us crossed a small river from Ivory Coast into Liberia in a dugout canoe and planted the flag of HOPE in Ganta, Nimby County. After 8 years of rebel insurgency, the nation was left in ruins and poverty. Children had not been in classrooms for 8 years, the economy was in shreds and yet, there remained one string left on the harp!


    We bought some acreage, planted a flag and called it HOPE VILLAGE. In short time, UN trucks loaded with refugees from Guinea and Ivory Coast, told their drivers to stop as they were going to disembark. In the next few years, thousands of refugees settled around our ‘flag pole’. When asked why they alighted in a region far from their own communities, they said: “We believed in ‘hope’. We knew that wherever there is ‘hope’, there follows education, development, and a bright future”.


    Today HOPE VILLAGE runs HOPE ACADEMY, HOPE FARM, HOPE MALNUTRITION CENTER and 33 HOPE Homes. Around us has grown a community of thousands of individuals whose lives have been transformed from despair to relative prosperity through ‘HOPE’.


  • Thank you to all the donors who sent along extra Christmas money for the kids at Hogar de Amor y Protecciòn al Niño. It was such a treat for them to enjoy an outing to the local zoo!


    What a gift it is when we can not only meet the children’s physical needs, such as food, clothing, and shelter, but also have the opportunity to nourish their sense of wonder, imagination, and adventure through experiences such as a visit to the zoo.


    Our work with Hogar de Amor y Protecciòn al Niño runs long and deep. We have been working together with the team and children of Hogar since 1996. The staff and house parents continue to make such an impact on the lives and hearts of so many orphaned children in Mexico. Did you know Hogar operates 11 homes that currently care for 144 children?


    If you would like to get involved, either by volunteering or becoming a sponsor, we would love to speak with you.


    Learn more about sponsorship opportunities here


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