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On July 8th, 3 generations of the Loge family, including an 85 years-young former school teacher, will be jumping out of an airplane to raise funds for classroom equipment and supplies for a secondary school nearing completion in Tanzania.
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Ralph Bromley, President of Hope for the Nations, has just returned from a trip, visiting friends and agents in Cambodia. Here we share one of his most recent accounts from the road . . .
“I am in my hotel room overlooking the city of Poipet which is rapidly developing, but is looking very ‘tired’. Dust, dirty streets, weaving traffic, and a poorly maintained infrastructure all seem to add to the fatigue of this border city. It has been a number of years since HOPE has been active in Poipet and and I have experienced mixed emotions upon my return.
Years ago we rode in on the invitation of friendships, partnerships, and opportunity, which we believed could bring a measure of change to this somewhat infamous city known for its trafficking, smuggling of goods across the border, and an economy based on casinos. We bought and developed property, built children’s homes, built a school, and started a number of businesses. We served the city by renovating and upgrading the HIV/AIDS center, facilitated a major Asia Development Bank grant to the city to develop its sewer system, and planted hundreds of trees along the main corridor. Outside the city, along the border of Thailand, we built Community Centers in Khmer Rouge villages and drilled a number of water wells. We rode on wings of optimism and satisfaction.
Then the ‘wheels’ came off. Our local agent used our generosity and collaboration to serve other agendas. Six years of service came to a grinding halt. We were devastated and had no choice but to leave the city.
Given that as a backdrop to my return, it is so interesting to note that the buildings still stand, the homes are used, the wells are producing water, the school is full of students, and the trees have all grown to 20 feet. Just maybe, we did not build “on sand”. I deeply ponder these realities and mull over the question of “failure”. I have few answers, but I have a strange love in my heart for this place.
Success comes through failure and often repeated failures. I believe we are back to try again. Why? Because of ‘at risk children’. Because of so many others who care for this place. Because we love to go into difficult places. Because we believe we came to make some measure of positive change.
Opportunities abound. The city is growing exponentially. Commerce and factories are moving to town. Buildings are going up and the youth are following an ‘emerging’ vision of the future.
My time here is spent researching and networking. Key individuals and corporations in the education and business sector have asked us to engage again. I’ll be leaving Poipet with a heart of encouragement and profound joy. Just maybe, those reading this blog will ride in on this invitation to help in Poipet!”
HOPE Agents in Mexico, Provision of Hope, have been very busy with the creation of a sustainable development in Cd Valles. With a lot of open land available, but sitting unused, the goal is to create a farm-based training center so locals can make sustainable use of their land.
The center aims to teach gardening practices, plant nutrition and medical uses, organic agricultural training, along with education in baking and tailoring, while also providing safe housing for children and families, and children’s feeding programs for those in need.
Most recently, moringa seeds were delivered to the site where they have already grown into tall plants. Compost and mulch beds have been prepped in order to increase their nutrient value over time. Key people have also undergone bio intensive organic courses and hands-on training under Carl Thompson, a volunteer and expert in organic farming.
If you’d like to get involved and support the growth of the sustainable farming project in Mexico, you can learn more here:
Divine Inheritance has been a field agent with HOPE for a number of years, and continues to train and care for children in the Shan State region of Myanmar. With a focus on care, education, and sustainability, Divine Inheritance provides the children under their care with long term training and solutions for the future.
Building sustainable systems that are trainable and provide food and resources has always been a priority for Shan State Children’s Village and School. The farming initiative results in lower or stabilized food costs for the children and families that take part in it.
This pilot project enables Shan State Children’s Village and School in Myanmar to start up livestock and agricultural components of its own food security system. Instruction, along with live demos and practical training for staff and children, are combined with site visits to monitor and coach project progress and success. Year after year, over one hundred children residents will benefit from this project.
Learn more here
The importance of a father in a child’s life is an important one. The role itself is a blessing and an honour full of challenges, discovery, and emotion. Dennis and Diane Unrau are HOPE Agents in Hogar de Amor, Mexico.
Dennis’ role as a ‘Dad’ is a unique one as he’s had the honour of being a father figure to hundreds of children over the years. This Father’s Day, he shares his story . . .
“I consider it a privilege to be a father and became a father in December of 1980 when our first child was born. Our first experience at parenting was a whole lot different than we expected as our son Jeremy was born with severe Cerebral Palsy. I learned about things such as seizures, surgeries, and caring for a child who could not verbally communicate. Jeremy was followed three years later by our daughter Jennifer, and three years after her our last child Dustin was born.
A few months before we knew that we were expecting Jennifer, we began to receive foster children into our home which opened our eyes and hearts to the needs of other children as well. Over the next five years, we cared for 13 children in our home; up to three at a time besides our own children.
When we felt a call to come to Mexico and work with children, it was a decision that we made with our family. Our kids weighed in and it was agreed that we would come with a one year commitment. That one year has become almost 22 and our own kids, after graduating from the university here, have returned to Canada and established their careers.
Since we have been house parents here in Mexico, we have directly cared for more than 200 children, walking the floors with crying babies at night, travelling with kids back and forth to school and church, shoe repair, camping trips, celebrating birthdays, hugs during TV time, etc.
We have been responsible indirectly for fundraising, role modeling, and mentoring for several hundred more children over the years. The ministry currently cares for approximately 180 children, from babies to university students.”
Happy Father’s Day from Hope for the Nations!
We’ve been hearing some inspiring and wonderful stories coming from Hope Village in Malawi! We wanted to share just a couple with you and ask for some assistance to ensure the ongoing quality of care and nurturing for the children at the local children’s home.
HOPE VILLAGE YOUTH CLUB VOLUNTEERS
The older children from the Children’s Home, Enoch, Edson, Mary and sometimes Elliness, have been consistently attending the Hope Village Youth Club, and have been doing great things. Recently the boys, Edson and Enoch, put their names down to join the volunteering program to help the community with acts of kindness, especially those who are frail/weak, sick, disabled, elderly, widowed, or experiencing other difficulties. They heard about an elderly lady living in the village who had her outside toilet (which is typical in Malawi) collapse because of the heavy rains in previous months. They decided to club together to build her a new toilet. They went out to ask any locals if they had any spare bricks or cement that they wouldn’t mind donating to a good cause, many people came forward to donate what they needed, which in itself was a major thing! Thereafter, the boys, with the help of the Youth Club team leaders, all worked together to build the toilet which took them a week to build. The end product was an excellent, strong, new toilet, and the elderly lady was over joyed! She has spread the word of what the Youth Club members are doing for the community and we are receiving more requests for assistance, which Enoch and Edson are keen to be involved in. The Youth Club is testament of how nurturing and guiding youths in the right way and teaching them about Jesus’ many good works, builds a solid foundation in their lives.
Joshua has autism and can display challenging behaviour at times. We are in the process of finding his likes and dislikes and introducing him to new toys and games that may occupy him and assist with his learning. At present, he likes to climb trees which can be dangerous. Recently, Joshua was given a new bicycle, and to our amazement, he got on the bike and started to cycle without stabilizers or much practice. He loves to cycle now and has hopefully stopped climbing trees!
HOW YOU CAN HELP
There are still a high number of instances of children in the community being forced into work or marriage when they are too young. Please pray for the parents of these children and for the community as a whole.
Hope Village is also in dire need of new bed sheet sets for the children’s home. If you’d like to support and contribute to the work being done at Hope Village in Malawi, you can learn more on their project page.