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Carl Thompson and Kim Warawa recently got back from visiting Provision of Hope located in Cd Valles, Mexico. Here are some highlights from their trip:
“The first day on the farm showed that there was good understanding of the things demonstrated last year and that they had put them into practice on a small scale which was becoming quite successful and will be quite scalable for the future. With a few lessons on soil amendment, pruning, and thinning techniques, the garden was quickly brought into order. The new ditches and reservoirs were well done and with a few modifications will be very good, not only for storing water and preventing flooding, but collecting good top soil that is being eroded from neighboring fields. The addition of two more reservoirs is needed to complete the first phase of this, and adding swales below each reservoir to best utilize the water and store it in the soil, will bring this phase to completion.”
“We visited several very poor widows and elderly with whom Javier has been working and also some families that are interested in seeing a church established in the community. It should be noted that attendance at the local Catholic church is very small. A piece of land with a building has been offered as a donation. It does not include the roof of the building as the owner and his family have moved into town and would like to use the roofing to add onto their home. This building really offers very little without the roof and is located in a small community of only a few families about three - five km from the main town. The land is quite good and it sits at the side of a small man-made reservoir so has access to year round water. It location would be useful for a future church plant but not for Tanlakut. It would be better to have something closer in.”
“The next day we went to Tamuin to meet the contact to help with the brick machine. It was a surprise to arrive at a meeting of strongly evangelistic pastors who were seeking strategies to reach various areas throughout the northeast of Mexico. It was also a surprise when the first person to speak after we arrived was a blind man sitting across from me who said, “So what are you doing here?”. I hardly knew what to say but proceeded to share that I was trying to help Javier. This was followed by dozens more questions that led to others from other pastors and, by the time it was over, led to a tremendous discussion on changing the communities where each was working through holistic means. Amazing. Almost all said they wanted to come to Casa de Obreros and see and learn. Huge open doors.”
“There were a couple of wonderful local visits that we made to meet widows and children of concern. At the home of Marina, we were greeted by four very polite and enthusiastic children just before they set off for school. We chatted with them for a bit and Kim decided to buy them all shoes which we did a couple of days later. When I saw her situation for raising these four grandchildren from her deceased daughter, I realized that it was not desperate but definitely needy. Marina has a small but good lot with a reasonable house. She cooks outdoors but under a good roof. Her demeanor is always cheerful. Being very close to the school, there is a possibility of her setting up a small business selling nutritious breakfasts to the children who leave home without. It would not require any further infrastructure and would be quite doable in her front yard. She already sells donuts and cream filled dough balls in the afternoons. This does generate some income and could be expanded. She has plenty of room to do some sack gardens and could produce quite a bit from them. She loves to garden and has lots of flowers already.”
“We also stopped by the sewing project. There are only three students and they have progressed almost as far as Christine and Alicia have the knowledge to take them. There is need for outside instruction. The old institute that is being rented for the project is bigger than is needed and is a bit awkward for Christine to access because Javier has to drive her there and pick her up. She mentioned at one point that it was much easier when she was teaching from her home. There is lots of room for the supplies where they are now but it definitely doesn’t warrant the rent right now.”
Learn more about how you can support Provision of Hope Mexico
The Agape Children’s Home located just outside of Accra, Ghana, is home to over 80 abandoned or orphaned children. The home employs a community care model with children living with ‘foster parents’ who raise them in a family model with up to six other kids. The home ensures the children are properly cared for and have access to both medical services and educational resources.
One child who has been with the home for some time is ‘Junior’: The Agape Children’s Home driver saw Junior sitting on the side of the road for several days before he stopped and asked where his parents were. Junior was 4 to 5 years old at the time and was lost and sick. He had no family to speak of. The children’s home took him in, treated him, and gave him a home.
Now, years later, Junior is a teenager and has a real talent for art and leadership:
“This month we would like to feature a young man at our home who has been blessed with real artistic talent: Junior. Junior regularly produces beautiful drawings and paintings that amaze us all. He also volunteers on Sunday morning with the children’s program, and participates in the church choir. At the Home, he leads the younger children in praise and worship. We are very proud of our older boys. Some of them have been with us for 13 years! They have become great leaders for the younger boys, and work hard in the church as well. God has richly blessed us.” -
Junior is just one example of the great work being done at Agape Children’s Home. It’s through sponsorship and support that these children are able to lead healthy and productive lives, and are able to look to the future with a sense of hope.
If you’d like to support the Agape Children’s Home, or learn more about the home and how you can get involved, head over to the project page for more info:
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We’d like to introduce you to one of our new HOPE agents operating in Kitale, Kenya. ‘Out of the Ashes’ provides free medical care, training, and counseling services to those in need.
Kitale, Kenya has a poverty rate of 60%; in some areas it can climb as high as 90%. While many people try to create a sustainable income through farming, the land has been subdivided to the point where it’s next to impossible for many residents who now find themselves with so little land that they’re not able to escape the cycle of poverty.
Launching in 2009, Out of the Ashes started out by treating minor cuts, abrasions, and burns for those living on the streets of Kitale. With the continuing demand for medical care, the organization expanded in 2011, renting a small shack in order to offer additional services.
Since that time, the clinic has continued to evolved, taking on a more modern setting and now has three Kenyans on staff along with a group of diverse volunteers. The clinic now treats approximately 800 patients per month, and has created a positive impact on the health and wellness of the community.
The staff are also able to provide regularly scheduled medical outreaches to remote areas to care for people who don’t have access to doctors or local clinics.
We are currently raising funds for Out of the Ashes to support:
- the construction of a new clinic that will meet the medical needs of the community better than the existing rented space
- the purchase of a mobile clinic vehicle to service those living in remote areas
Lend your support and learn more about Out of the Ashes and the work they do by checking out their project page
Every year, HOPE evaluates a number of new project applications that require support. This month we’d like to introduce you to a new project taking place in Tanzania, East Africa.
The Tanzania Girls Home is a joint venture of HOPE Agents ‘Living Waters Ministries’ and King of Glory Ministries’. Between the two organizations they run a number of children’s homes throughout South Africa, Uganda, and Tanzania. HOPE is proud to have been working with these organization for the past decade and we are excited to be a part of supporting this new project.
At present, we support four homes and have plans to build an additional fifth home, breaking ground July 2018. Kairos Girls Home of Hope will become home to ten of the most at-risk girls aged 2-5. We have already raised 60% of funding to construct the home, but still need funds for furniture, bedding, mosquito nets, kitchen supplies, and a water filter to clean the water supply. We are also looking for monthly sponsors to support each of the girls. The cost to sponsor one of these precious girls will be $80 CAD/month or $960 CAD/year.
Canadian Donors can Give by clicking Here
USA Donors can Give by clicking Here and select 'Tanzania: Kairos Girls Home of Hope' from the designation drop down menu
If you’d like to learn more about the project, you can do so by visiting: