Empowering Children Today

We work through partnerships with local communities and organizations. We provide at-risk children with caring homes, health care and education.

  • HOPE Agent, the Small World, works in the Solukhumbu District of Nepal providing housing and education to children at risk. Many of the families in this area are unable to provide education for their children due to poverty, and the requirement that most kids need to start working in order to help support the family. Most of the people who live here are a minority ethnic group like Rai and dalits (a lower caste often referred to as ‘untouchable’), with education simply being unavailable to them.

     

    Rampure lower secondary school in Kaku is the only school that teaches from grade 1 to grade 8 for the entire Rampur community of Kaku, Nepal. During the 2015 earthquake, the school was badly damaged.

     

    The community and teachers have had no choice but to continue to use the unsafe building for teaching children every day. 250 students are risking their life everyday in these unsafe buildings. Realizing the immediate need to rebuild new classrooms for the students is now a priority for the local community, Hope for the Nations and The Small World initiated construction of 2 earthquake-proof classrooms.

     

    Thanks to an overwhelming amount of support, the classroom construction is well underway (see image above). While there are some issues, including internet outage from lightning storms that won’t be restored until October, the progress on these earthquake-proof classrooms will soon house many students eager to learn, in a safe environment.

     

    If you’d like to lend your support to the Kaku School Rebuilding Project, you can learn more on the project page: 

    https://www.hopeforthenations.com/project.aspx?asset=4057

     

  • There are over 300,000 child soldiers in the world. It’s a staggering number. These children are given no choice but to be subjected to the horrors of war and the consequences that come along with it. Out of those 300,000, one third are located in Southeast Asia. Boys and girls as young as 6 years old are forced into local ethnic armies where they are trained as soldiers for guerrilla warfare.

     

    Project AK-47 is an initiative of HOPE agent, Divine Inheritance. Their goal is to take child soldiers out of hopeless situations and care for them. Working in restricted access regions of Southeast Asia, they provide these children with shelter, food, clothing, education, spiritual care, and love.

     

    HOPE for 21 is a fundraising project that represents direct action to address the immediate and essential needs of children who have been liberated from a life of a child soldier. This includes covering the cost of medical needs, education, rehabilitation, and reintegration.

     

    Thanks to your generosity, the previous HOPE for 18 campaign raised over $10,000 to meet the needs of children who arrived at the home last year.

     

    Thanks to your generous support, these children now have access to much needed education and healthcare and now have the opportunity to make a positive impact in the areas in which they live.

     

    We’re asking for people to again lend their support to this cause, to help lift these children at risk out of the station in life they were condemned to, and instead help provide the opportunity for change and a better future.

    LEARN MORE: https://www.hopeforthenations.com/fundraiser.aspx?asset=4158

  • HOPE is always grateful for its many volunteers who help make the work we do possible. Without the donation of ‘time’, we’d never be able to execute and accomplish the projects going on all over the world.

     

    This month, we are actively seeking volunteers to assist with projects in Colima, Mexico. Below you can find a description of the ‘ideal volunteer’. If this sounds like you, contact operations@hopeforthenations.com or call the main office at 250-712-2007 for more information.

     

    CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

     

    While we appreciate and will try to utilize specific skills, education, or occupations of our volunteers, our greatest need is for people who will come and help with day to day activities, and in turn enhance the lives of the children by their friendship, love, and encouragement.  Lightening the workload of our full time caregivers offers encouragement and rest to them as well.

     

    Volunteers may be single, couples, or even families. Young people during their gap year, adults wanting to give, families wanting to inspire their children. We ask that volunteers be a minimum of 18 years old, and that children in families are respectful to their parents and get along with their siblings. Our focus is to care for the children. We are not a place to rehabilitate wayward teens or to show children “how good they have it” compared to the poor orphans.  

     

    An ideal volunteer would be the following person:

     

    A servant. A person willing to come alongside and support the work that is already happening. A person willing to grab a mop, broom, dishcloth or toilet brush. A person willing to walk the halls with a crying child, or bandage a scraped knee.

    A team player. Work together with and learn from those that are already doing the job, in spite of language or cultural differences.

    A good example. Respectful to others, modestly dressed, demonstrating God’s work in their lives in their language and behavior.

    Loving and caring. Expressing love and acceptance verbally and through appropriate physical touch. Coaching, teaching, inspiring and encouraging the children to bring out their best qualities.

    Wise. Know when to offer helpful suggestions and when to accept the tried and true way of doing things. Accept cultural differences.

    Enthusiastic. Fun loving and energetic, willing to play with the children and encourage the long term caregivers.

    Flexible. Willing to work in the home where there is the most need, adapt to schedule changes and different routines.

    Self-motivated. Able to work with little or no supervision, see what needs to be done and take the initiative to do it.

    Our homes are founded on Christian principles and the children are taught about God’s love and forgiveness. While being a Christian isn’t a prerequisite, we expect our volunteers to uphold and encourage the values being taught, and attend church with the children.

     

    Duties may include:

    Housework – sweeping, mopping, laundry, dishes, cleaning bathrooms, dusting, window washing, etc.

    Supervision of older children doing the above noted tasks.

    Help with homework.

    “Eyes” during playtime to make sure children are being fair and playing nicely with their peers.

    Driving

    Night time supervision and care (one night per week)

    Meal preparation

    Long hours. Just like in a real family.

     

    Volunteers should be sufficiently mature to arrive to and depart from Colima on their own. We can offer helpful information about arrival airports, bus lines, address, phone numbers, etc. Volunteers should be financially able to support their personal needs during their stay in Colima. Room and board is provided for full time volunteers, although food is sometimes very basic and may need to be supplemented, especially in the case of special dietary requirements.

     

    Volunteers must have travel medical coverage for Mexico.

     

  • 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:


    https://www.hopeforthenations.com/project.aspx?asset=4157

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