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HOPE agent, Divine Inheritance, operating in South East Asia has a new education project in the works and we’re excited to share it with you. The HOPE Floats project will benefit children and families living in the Mindanao community in the Philippines. When a team from Divine Inheritance visited the area, they learned that many of the children have to navigate marshlands by boat in order to get to school each day. The school was also looking to start a mobile library that would help educate preschool children, those attending school, and their parents.
Divine Inheritance was able to provide boats to help the children commute to school, but the mobile library project has yet to be fully realized.
HOPE’s goal is to raise funding for the HOPE Floats project.
ABOUT THE PROJECT - The mobile library will serve 4 marshland communities comprised of approximately 400 families and 250-300 children. It will primarily provide a robust variety of learning resources for younger children, children attending school, and their parents who typically did not have access to education. It would also be stocked with basic medical supplies that help to treat common ailments, along with promoting healing and preventing infection. Additionally, it would serve as one of the few options to respond to medical emergencies; optimizing its already high utility.
The boat drivers will be made up of volunteers from the local government and will consist of both counselors and educators who are able to provide support and additional learning skills. The boat will be able to make two complete rounds every week.
Hope For The Nations believes the best way to address the immense challenges facing children-at-risk is through working with Agents all around the world.
Love Justice International is one such agent. Love Justice is combating the growing issue of child trafficking in Nepal and the surrounding region. Love Justice focuses on training staff to intercept people who are suspected of being trafficked while still in transit. Since their border-monitoring program began in Nepalgunj, over 13,000 people have been rescued from unthinkable situations, before they happened. HOPE is committed to raising $10,000 for this Love Justice project.
“What can I do? What more can be done?” If you’ve ever asked yourself these questions, you’re not alone. Author Linda Grace Smith came back to the refrain again and again: “As long as there’s one . . . there’s one too many.” From that emerged a children’s picture book, One Too Many, which invites age-appropriate discussion and action around social justice issues that affect children. Adults often wonder how to introduce the difficult topics of inhumanity and injustice to children. Parents, educators, and advocates have found a timely balance of simplicity and complexity in One Too Many.
Peppermint Toast Publishing, publisher of One Too Many, will donate $5 from the sale of each copy of this book towards Love Justice through Hope’s fundraising project. Enter the coupon code: LOVE JUSTICE when purchasing the book, and know that you are participating in ending human trafficking. Then share the story with children in your life to turn the next generation into children of change.
Visit www.pepperminttoast.com to purchase copies of the book.
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.”
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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:
Learn more on the Launchpad project page