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In this week’s blog article, we want to share a story account from HOPE Founder, Ralph Bromley, about an inspiring young gentleman who’s beating the odds and cooking up a bright future in Nairobi, Kenya:
“I would love to introduce you to George Chege, a 23 year old student attending Amboseli Institute in Nairobi, Kenya with the goal of becoming a chef.
George’s life as a child was not an easy one. He grew up without a father and his mother had a very difficult time making a living for her four children.
I first met George at the age of 16 when he was living in a one-room home in a slum region of Mtwapa, a city along the Eastern coastline of Kenya. He enjoyed his school and was a good student. Along with his studies, he was accomplished at field hockey where he was able to travel to different parts of Kenya playing in tournaments. Along with field hockey, he is a die-hard Chelsea football (soccer) fan.
His interest in cooking came early. I remember watching him in his home chopping vegetables for the evening meal. Next came the cooking of family meals. His goal is to someday run his own restaurant.
His mother wrote the following: “George is an amazing son. He is very humble, highly disciplined, hardworking, and a man of high principles”.
George wrote the following:
“The reason as to why I chose Chef Training goes way back to 2013 when I first joined High School.
I met with a teacher, Mrs. Kaviha, who by then taught Home Science and explained to me the essence of having a well cooked and balanced diet in today's world.
From there I grew an interest in food and became more passionate and wanted to know more about food products and services. I ended up joining her class and never missed her lessons. She was an inspiration to all the students she ever taught. The boldness and courage to proceed to college was all thanks to her efforts and she deserves the best from the world.
The second reason as to why I chose Chef Training is due to my family. Being the first born, I took it as my responsibility to get educated so that I can give back to them in the near future and be a role model to my younger sister and two brothers.
The AMBOSELI INSTITUTE is a well-known and established school of HOSPITALITY. I chose to undertake the Food Production Course. Under this course, we are taught how to prepare, serve, and present different types of meals. We are taught how to communicate with both the customers and other prospects of higher ranks at the organization. We also learn how to do food costing and communicate in foreign languages. Computer studies are also available in every course to avoid illiteracy of technology in the society.
I have faced several challenges that occur while in this institution. It is said: "In every opportunity there must be a challenge ",
The delay of ingredients from the market and stores which makes the students impatient and angry.
Misunderstanding of feelings between teachers and students during practical sessions.
Theft of practical tools in cookery department and hostels.
Yet, I continue to believe that there's a promising future if you only consider the reasons as to why you joined the Institute in the first place. Life is full of challenges, the only thing that we ought to know is HOW TO OVERCOME THEM.”
George, we all pray that someday you will be a Master Chef!”
“Almost every country in the world now faces a serious nutrition-related challenge, whether stemming from undernutrition or overweight and obesity, with 1 in 3 people are affected. The 2017 Global Nutrition Report finds that the world cannot afford not to act on nutrition: it’s a critical lynchpin for the global effort to end poverty and achieve sustainable development.” - Global Nutrition Report 2017
Do You Have an Appetite for Change?
Hunger doesn’t just occur at Christmas, it’s an ongoing global problem, and we need a global community-based sustainable solution.
This Christmas, Hope for the Nations is inviting you to Freeze Hunger!
Through a series of events and online initiatives we will be helping support nutrition and farming programs in six different countries around the world; to help improve the health and emotional well-being of children in need.
Take advantage of this end of year giving opportunity to make a lasting change, to feed the hungry, and create a more stable and healthy future for children at risk.
Come together as a family, group of friends, home group, workplace, or team, or give as an individual. Sponsor a specific country or make a general donation this holiday season, show you have an appetite for change, and make a difference this Christmas season.
It’s not always easy to choose between regions or projects. How do you weigh the needs of one against another? If you want to lend your support globally, you can make a general donation that will be pooled and split evenly between the six countries.
HOPE founder, Ralph Bromley, recently visited Kharkiv, Ukraine and shared a moving story of the courage of an orphan . . .
“I want to share an amazing story from Kharkiv, Ukraine where Donna and I recently visited. It is a story of Destiny Center’s deep love and care for the orphan. It is a story of touching lives in a significant way, one person at a time.
When we were greeted at the airport by Kostyantyn (Destiny Center), we were asked if we would like to drive into the countryside to meet with an orphaned mother and her child in their home. We welcomed the invitation.
We drove through the lush countryside for over an hour and I was beginning to wonder if we were going to wind up in Russia. Our host informed us that it would be just another 45 minutes. It was then that I began to ponder, “wow, they are taking us on a two hour drive just to visit with one orphaned mother that they disciple and care for! This is quite a demonstration of love.”
We finally arrived and drove up to a somewhat dilapidated house and met Yessa and her son, Daniel. She was shy and ashamed of her poor home but welcomed us in. There was no indoor toilet or running water. The floors were uneven boards and the three windows sat loosely in their moldings. I sat on the one chair in the room and watched quietly.
Yessa was abandoned as a young girl by her parents and raised in a government orphanage. Life was difficult but she survived and soon ‘aged’ out. Cast into a troubled world of poverty, unemployment and no education, Yessa soon found herself pregnant. In her distress she made two important decisions.
1. To Follow Jesus - Yessa had learned about Jesus from the Destiny team who visited the orphanage. Her knowledge was very limited, but it made the difference between making wise decisions versus entering a world of prostitution and drugs which so many others choose.
2. To Buy a House - Upon exiting from the orphan institutions, the Ukraine government gives each orphan a lump sum gift to get them started in life. Most orphans squander the funds soon after the money is in their pockets and wind up destitute, but Yessa found this dilapidated house owned by the government and bought it! She freezes in the winter and swelters in the summer, but this house is her home. She was somewhat ashamed of it (she told our host 3 times that she was ashamed and embarrassed), but I was so proud of her. This was a lady of courage and determination!
I began thinking of practical ways we could help Yessa. My eyes turned to the windows. I knew from the cotton stuffed in the cracks for insulation that the cold winds of winter would enter the room unchallenged. Why not ask questions about replacing the three windows?
Kostyantyn got on the phone to a local friend in construction. Over the phone he estimated the total cost of replacing two non-opening windows would be $100 (including labor). I said “let’s do it!” A good friend had provided me with ‘donor’ funds prior to my travels to the Ukraine. I made the commitment.
The third window, which could be opened, would cost $150. Rather than ‘gift’ this window to Yessa, Kostyantyn felt it best that she learn to budget funds from her meagre monthly government pension. I suggested that if she raises $50 towards the window, that HOPE provides the balance of $100 as a gift.
When we went to leave Yessa’s home, she ran to her small garden patch and picked the remaining beets she had grown, cleaned them, and placed them in a bag for us to take home.
Knowing these beets were destined for her root cellar, we tried to decline her offer. In the end we accepted four of the beets, kissed her goodbye and returned to our comfortable hotel.
I left Yessa’s home deeply blessed. She, who had so little, gave us so much. I understand just a bit better why God’s heart is so lovingly turned towards each orphan.
A book written by a Kelowna local author is improving the health and nutrition of a community in Kenya! ‘The Urban Farmer’ is a book written by a Kelowna resident named Curtis Stone. The book details different methods of planting a sustainable farm on borrowed and leased land. Curtis’ book found its way to Kenya and HOPE partner Bethlehem Children's Care Center.
The Bethlehem home was founded by Joseph and Linet and provides a home for displaced children following post election violence that took place in 2008. The families at the home have worked hard to create sustainable food sources through farming and a fish pond.
Joseph recently received a copy of ‘The Urban Farmer’ and wasted no time in implementing what he’s learned to help improve the properties agricultural farming practices:
"For sure if I had this course when I started, I would have saved hundreds of hours and saved thousands of shillings. It has inspired me. Thanks to Mr. Dale Bolton for connecting me to such a course so that I can practice, educate, and change the living standards of the community. Also, for the author, I salute you".
Among farming practices, Joseph also stated that the book helped change record keeping, and introduced new concepts like community supported agriculture and specialized growing.
It’s great to see the Bethlehem Home flourish and become sustainable through hard work and community partnership.
HOPE Founder, Ralph Bromley, is visiting HOPE Agents in the Ukraine and shares his story from the road . . .
“Greetings from Kharkiv.
We were met by Kostyantyn (from Destiny Center) at the airport and driven to our hotel to drop off our luggage and then driven to the city center for a lovely Ukrainian dinner. We were surprised by the warmth and beauty of Kharkiv.
The following day we visited a vocational/technical training centre for 300 students. 70 of the students enrolled are orphans who reside in an adjacent dormitory.
Students train for one to two years in 'trader's courses' and are all employed at the end of their training. The courses are taught with a high level of excellence . . . both academic and 'hands on’ training.
I was most impressed with the heart that the school director and staff had for their students. The academic program is integrated with sports, the arts, exposure to social issues and local exhibitions.
Kostyantyn and HOPE work closely with the school director and run an Alpha course in the college residents facility. The relationship between the school, the students and Destiny Center is very impressive.”
Here are some pictures from the Trade's school, showing the masonry and carpentry training facility....
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