Empowering Children Today

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

  • What happens when our society invests ‘good’ donor dollars into the lives of ‘bad’ boys? Boys who live in the slums, sleep on the streets, don’t have an education, and medicate their misery with drugs and alcohol?

    Hope For The Nations recently accepted a challenge to empower a group of young men through a ‘hand up’ program through the use of push carts which are used for the transportation of goods and supplies in the slums of Kenya.

    We invested in 3 push carts, bought T­shirts and uniforms, and had an official opening in the Soweto Slum in Nairobi, Kenya in March or this year.

    Today we have a team of very proud men. They no longer sleep on the street, and instead are feeding their families and are using a third of their profits to start a feeding program at the HOPE school in their area.

    A successful micro enterprise like this continually proves the true value of the investment made into the lives of the desperate and poor, bringing about dramatic change and transformation!

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  • Women Hold Up Half the Sky

     

    Yes, this African proverb is very true, in fact our view is that women hold up much more than half  the sky when it comes to developing nations.

    In a poor village located about a 2 hour drive from Medan, Indonesia we had the privilege of attending a women’s coop graduation meeting where they celebrated their accomplishments:

    • Each of 15 women had been selected to receive the sum of 1 million rupiah ... which is the equivalent of $96.
    • Each woman had attended a 4 ­day training session on finances, business, accounting,and reporting.
    • Each woman had made an application to borrow funds with which to build their existing enterprise or business.
    • Each woman was dedicated, hard working, and eager to provide a subsistence income for their family.

    This graduation meeting truly showed the power and potential of the micro­loan program. Women were able to build on their existing business and provide funding for their child’s home and education. the women involved were able to work with pride and dignity as this was their business and the fruit from their labor would bring a measure of valued reward for their family.

    This program is helping over 1,200 such women ‘hold up’ their part of the sky. Our part in holding up the other half of the sky is to continue to invest in such programs that bring dignity, honor, and wealth to these and other women in need all over the world.

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  • While recently in Poipet, Cambodia Hope for the Nations had the joy of visiting a preschool in which we had invested.

    The pre­school was held in a dark, hot, and dusty room along the main corridor leading from the border of Thailand to the larger cities of Cambodia. Inside were 2 classes of eager and enthusiastic children.

    We were captivated by the contrast: a dark and simple room but host to a group of village children with bright minds!

    The children were oblivious to their surroundings. They desired to learn, they were delighted to be in school, and they loved their devoted teachers. In a nation of extremely low educational standards, these children were receiving an innovative and effective education.

    HOPE for these children is found on the pathway to good education and loving teachers who direct them towards a bright future.

     

  • The first time I heard about Hope for the Nations was five years ago. I was living in the Lower Mainland, recently back from a seven-month stay in Bangkok, Thailand. I was researching NGOs with the crazy thought that I could actually work for one.

     

    My background is in early childhood education. I’ve spent the better part of my life bringing storybooks to life, singing rhymes, teaching self-help skills, and showing parents how much their children are learning through everyday play experiences. I love my work. I’ve always felt the call to be an advocate for children, to see that they have quality care and interactions, especially in the formative years, and my travel experiences left me wanting to be an advocate for the at-risk child.

     

    In researching NGOs I soon discovered that either they weren’t hiring or I didn’t have the right degree to be considered. One website had caught my attention more than the others. Hope for the Nations talked about their work with at-risk children and their belief that helping one, influences many. As I read through their story and values, I knew my future involved similar work, but I kept that dream in the future and went back to planning art activities for preschoolers.

     

    Little did I know that four years later I would be living in the same city as the HOPE office and that my hopes of working with an NGO would be realized. I started out as a volunteer, coming into the office once a week to write thank you cards. It wasn’t long until a part-time staff position opened up and I was hired as an administrative assistant. I’ve been on staff for a year now, taking on various roles in the office. I work with some incredible people, all dedicated to empowering children at risk to become children of change.

     

    I still spend some of my days elbow deep in sand or finger paint. Whether I’m at the office or at the child care centre, I love that my work is on behalf of children. When I’m not doing a 9-5 shift, I’ve usually got a paint brush, pen, or camera in my hands. I feel most at home when I’m traveling and learning from other cultures. I look forward to experiencing some HOPE projects first-hand in the near future.


    Leah

  • In my latest short documentary, A World Without Orphans, Robert Glover (founder of Care for Children in China) states “we need choices for children in care.” These choices are what experts in the field have come to call alternative care. What is alternative care? Family reunification, kinship care (care by an extended family member), foster care, local and international adoption, and group homes. It is critical when addressing the needs of children without parental care we keep this framework in-mind, continually striving to adhere to standards of best practice. These standards are supported by scientific research and numerous case studies.  

    When comparing institutional care to family-based care, studies show that children are four times more likely to experience sexual violence and six times more likely to experience physical violence. For every year in institutional care a child will lose four months in development. (UNICEF) I came face-to-face with this reality when my husband and I became Panama’s first foster family under the pilot program in March 2014. Our two foster children went through rigorous testing by a developmental pediatrician to determine where they were developmentally. In almost every category their test results showed delays that exactly matched the time period they were institutionalized. In children eight years and older, these delays can be life-altering. It not only affects their education but also how they are perceived in social settings by peers.

    Unfortunately, in many developing countries alternative care is not available to children who need it. Most people don’t realize that until 2013, when Law 46 passed in Panama, there wasn’t a nationwide foster care program. Institutional care was the only choice for children, instead of being the last resort. Although local institutions do their best to address the needs, they are often understaffed and without the necessary resources to meet minimum standards of care. Institutional caregivers are the “everyday heroes” on the ground.

    The good news is that as public awareness increases, particularly through media and strategic partnerships, the alternative care framework is being introduced and established. Foster Care India recently partnered with UNICEF and the local government to launch a “pilot” foster care program recruiting safe, loving foster families to care for children in a family-based environment.

    Just over a year later I look at our two foster children in amazement, with the knowledge that they are receiving the individual support and attention they need to thrive. Our foster daughter has made huge strides in learning. We are blessed to have an amazing team of specialists surrounding our family to help address physical, emotional, and developmental issues. Now there are seven other foster families in Panama. The future is bright. I look forward to the day when institutional care is truly the “last resort” and a variety of choices are available to children without parental care assuring their future health and success. Our family is proud to play a small part in bringing this about. Will you stand alongside us?

     

    ABOUT BRITTANY

    In 2012, Brittany produced her first short documentary, Querido Panamá (Dear Panama). The documentary was recognized for film content at an international film festival in Panama. It was instrumental in lobbying for and passing new legislation related to foster care and adoption in Panama.

     

    Her second documentary, "A World Without Orphans," premiered at the Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit in Nashville this past May. The summit draws over 2,000 attendees annually. Currently she's working on her first feature narrative (Archivo Pendiente), a third documentary "The Eloy Project" and developing a media awareness campaign to recruit foster and adoptive parents in Panama.

     

    Brittany serves as Panama Area Director for HOPE. She and her husband have four children and are the first foster parents in the pilot foster program for Panama.

     

    There will be a screening of "A World WIthout Orphans" this Tuesday, July 28th in Kelowna. Event details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1011257555574618/

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