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Food for Thought has made some great strides over the past year, increasing the number of schools in which we operate, and developing new and innovative programs to help combat hunger for children in need.
There are over 4,500 children in the Central Okanagan that live in a food insecure home and are at risk of going to school hungry. We know that a hungry child is more likely to act out and less likely to achieve their personal potential. We have seen happy productive classrooms with reduced behavioral problems, increased academic performance, and a stronger sense of community.
Here are the programs we’ll be taking into 2019:
The Breakfast Program provides free breakfast for up to 1600 school-aged children a day in 29 schools. This consists of bagels, bread, fresh fruit, muffins, oatmeal, cream cheese, cheese strings, yogurt, fresh jam, and more!
The Backpack Program ensures hungry tummies are filled when children are not in school. Our pilot project was launched this past April and has proven to be a great success. We developed a choice based model by which children and their families can access the community pantry and fill their backpack before going home each weekend. This year our pilot program served 23 students in one school with 11,120 pounds of food. It is our goal to expand this program to include an additional eight schools in our community.
Living Salads, in partnership with Hands in Service, provides planters to families filled with tomatoes, parsley, chives, leaf lettuce, and swiss chard that will replenish throughout the season. This year 181 planters were distributed in 16 schools.
Fruit Preservation, in partnership with the Okanagan Tree Fruit Project, received fresh Okanagan fruit that was donated throughout the summer months. Our volunteer teams then pitted, chopped, sliced, diced, and preserved hundreds of pounds of fruit. We now have over 500 jars of jam and fresh frozen fruit ready to be blended into a delicious and healthy smoothie.
If you’d like to learn more about Food for Thought, become a volunteer, or find out how else you can get involved, take a look at the Food for Thought project page:
Please join us in welcoming the newest member of HOPE Head Office: Jane Richert. Jane comes to us with a welath of experience as the Manager of our Food For Thought Project here in The Okanagan. Here's a little about Jane...
"I am excited to be joining Hope for the Nations! My background is in the nonprofit sector and more recently, in social enterprise. I am driven by the idea that change begins in our backyards and can have ripple effects around the world. A common thread in my life has been a passion for community and international development. I hold a B.A. in International Development Studies and a MSc. in Nonprofit Management. I bring experience coordinating programs for at risk youth, refugee, and immigrant communities. Most recently, I was involved with a start-up urban farm which sparked an interest in local food security.
This fall I moved from the land of red plates (Alberta) to Beautiful B.C. I attended International Development Day to learn about organizations in Kelowna. My first stop was the Hope for the Nations booth where HOPE staff enthusiastically told me about their amazing work. I loved the global focus but also the importance Hope places on their mandate locally through the Food for Thought program. I was sold.
I am thrilled about and thankful for the opportunity to manage the Food for Thought program. I look forward to learning more about Hope projects and meeting the community that makes this happen".
Are you ready to be inspired?
Hope for the Nations, and Encompass Benefits & HR Solutions Inc., are proud to present The Chasing Justice event. It is an engaging and informative call to action, to raise awareness of social injustice on an international scale. Featuring panel discussions and presentations from three amazing organizations about the work they’re doing and how they’re fighting injustice around the world:
Justice Rising - Transforming War Zones Through Education
Love Justice International - Loving People and Fighting for Justice
International Justice Mission - Ending Slavery in Our Lifetime
By listening to the stories these organizations share, we can take the first important steps toward taking action and encouraging others to join the global community in fighting injustice. If you’ve ever felt inspired to make a difference, to get involved in social injustice on a global scale, this event will be sure to educate and present the opportunity to contribute to growing initiatives around the world.
We invite you to join us from 6pm-7pm for a social mixer featuring passed appetizers and market table offerings from Start Fresh Kitchen. A cash bar will also be available featuring beer and wine options.
WHEN: Thursday November 29th
WHERE: The Innovation Centre Atrium and Theatre (460 Doyle Avenue)
6.00 p.m. Reception with Appetizers (from Start Fresh Kitchen) & Cash Bar
7.00 p.m. Presentations
8.30 p.m. Panel Discussion - Question & Answer Session
Purchase your tickets here:
Hope for the Nations Philippines works with poverty stricken families and children throughout Davao City and other parts of the country. The beauty of the country and the clear signs of economic growth exist in direct contrast to the poverty stricken and rampant exploitation that exist throughout the area. HFTN Philippines pilots and runs feeding programs for school-aged children, education and extra-curricular programs, and support business development and sustainability through micro loans and organic growing programs.
Most recently the Learning on the Streets (LOTS) program is working with students aged 12-16 to undertake weekly training sessions in bookkeeping and accounting. There are 3 certified accountant on the HFTN Philippines team, including Executive Director, Tancho Baes. Some of the children in the class are aspiring to become certified accountants and will hopefully be able to attend university to receive more formalized training.
“Right now, we are teaching them basic accounting to prepare them, as young as they are, because we envision having these children as our bookkeepers and accountants,” says Baes. “Since we are training these children on how to set up an accounting firm, it is our prayer that some of them will open their own firms.”
It’s programs like LOTS that empowers the children in the Philippines to strive for more, to open their eyes to new opportunities, and to create a better chance for a brighter future.
Thanks to everyone who has supported this and similar education-based programs. Your contribution makes programs like this more than just a concept; it helps to build and create ongoing, and much-needed, efforts that are delivered to children in need all over the world.
To learn more about HFTN Philippines, visit:
HOPE agent, The Hope Transformation Centre in Mukwa, located in the Bungoma region in Kenya runs a widow rescue program in the local community. Their goal has always been to feed and house widows in need, but recent events are presenting some unexpected challenges and they need your help.
To provide some perspective, here are excerpts from the most recent report:
“We have finally buried Fanis one of the widows that we have supported for quite long. Fanis was among the average aged widows that are on the support. She was the first widow to be built a house and be given a goat. Fanis has been staying with 4 children but 3 weeks ago 3 children left to be somewhere else because their house was very cold, with water coming out of the ground due to prolonged heavy rains. She remained with one child aged 9 years. On the 9th of June, they slept well but never woke up. It rained so heavily that night. One side of the wall of her house collapsed and fell on them, killing them instantly. She has left behind 4 children and 5 grandchildren. This family is in need of a house.”
The prolonged heavy rain in Kenya has caused a lot havoc. We have 5 other widows in Mukwa whose houses have also come down. We also have 11 pit latrines that have sunk or fallen, and therefore there is a great need for the toilets. We have 15 widows that have no beds, they spread their bedding out on the wet floors. Life has become a burden for these widows. We can save some before another tragedy strikes. Yesterday i was talking to a young man from the Kenya Red Cross and he promised me that once I have materials, he will mobilize some young folks to come and build for the widows, just for one week and the work will be over.”
If you’d like to lend your support to the widows in Mukwa, please follow the link to make a donation: