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We work through partnerships with local communities and organizations. We provide at-risk children with caring homes, health care and education.
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Many of you already know our faithful Financial Manager, Tony. He is one of HOPE's longest standing employees and just celebrated his seventh year anniversary here with us at HOPE.
Tony provides a wealth of knowledge, wisdom and expertise to both our partners and staff here in the local Kelowna office.
Tony is responsible not only for the regular accounting responsibilities of a busy office, but also for overseeing all of the funds that come into the office, tracking and wiring out funds to the various 57 partners at the end of every month.
We are thankful for Tony's spirit of excellence and commitment to making sure that everyone receives their funds on time in order to facilitate the work of all of our partners serving Children at Risk all around the world.
HOPE helps support over 57 partners, each with various projects that are benefitting children, families, and communities all over the world. ‘AK-47’ operates in several different regions with a focus on the rescue of child soldiers and their rehabilitation and reintroduction into society, providing care, education, and new opportunities.
KIDS WANT TO ATTEND SCHOOL
One of the exciting but hard situations we’ve encountered is an overflow of children in our Myanmar projects. In our Northern Children’s Center, we have 25 children officially registered. But we also have another 40 children coming to attend school from the local area. The kids spill out onto the porches. It’s so hard for our staff to say no – they give them paper and pencils and try to feed them a bit of lunch.
The same thing is happening at our Shan State Community School, where we have about 120 children in our care. But approximately 200 children are showing up from the surrounding regions. In classrooms where we should have 25 to 30 children, we have 45 to 50 crowding in from wall to wall. This is an especially tough space because the government feels it can come and take children whenever it pleases.
But we know every child educated is less likely to be poor in later life or end up a front line soldier. These kids are incredibly hungry for knowledge. It’s a good thing when our projects are successful and children are being impacted, even when it stretches us a little thin. We look forward to expanding our Myanmar projects and welcoming even more children!
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Urgent Need - Donate to our Shan State: Hope for 16 Project
We caught up with Nadine Willis, HOPE ambassador for Kenya, and found out a little about her history, her plans for the future, and how she first got involved with HOPE.
1) Tell us about yourself before you came to be involved with HOPE?
I was a regular, stay at home mom of 6 children. I have two sets of twins and two other children as well, and had all of them within 5 years.
2) How did you get involved with HOPE?
I saw Ralph Bromley speak at Life Tree Church in Victoria BC. I immediately felt stirred to action but began through prayer. When I moved to Ontario, I asked myself "What do I bring in my heart to my church." I knew it was children at risk, so I shared about Hope for the Nations with my pastor and we did some fundraising for a project.
3) At what point did you become an Ambassador and how did it come about?
I corresponded several times with Ralph and he asked me if I would be interested in being an Ambassador of Hope. I said "Yes!"
4) Is there a specific story or action you can recall of how your work has helped influence change in the areas where you work?
The largest impact I have initiated in the lives of girls is providing safe options for girls that are menstruating. A girl is not permitted to attend school while menstruating and often due to a lack of finances, they are unable to secure sanitary napkins. Unfortunately, that leads to creative ideas about how to handle this problem. Rags, corn husks, and dirt are just a few items used to try and absorb the fluid. There are always men with sanitary napkins willing to trade for favours which should never happen in a world filled with options. I have helped to create businesses making and providing a reusable pad for the girls. This creates employment as well a solution to an important issue.
5) What are your plans for the future?
My plans for the future are to continue to dream of ways to help children to become children of change.
7) What’s next for you?
I'm currently working on leading a team with Ralph to Kenya to bring hope and healing through various people like midwives, counsellors, art therapy, yoga, and handymen.
Click here to find out how you can get involved with Nadine’s work in Kenya
Meet HOPE partner, Advocate+ . . .
Advocate+ is a development and advocacy agency that strives to advocate, empower, and improve the socio-economic status of marginalized people, especially those in underserved communities in post-conflict Sierra Leone, West Africa.
The organization is also dedicated to promoting and protecting the social rights of the most vulnerable people, especially women and children, through grassroots action, income generating enterprises, entrepreneurship and education.
Here are two inspiring stories that have resulted from the great work that Advocate+ is doing in Sierra Leone:
Meet Isha Mansaray
At the early age of 14, I lost my father and my mother was unable to pay for my schooling since she had no means of generating income. She started petty trading, and encouraged me to join her in selling assorted food items in schools in order to get our daily bread. Fortunately for me, a former school friend informed me about Advocate+ and the Empower, Educate, and Esteem through Sports program (3E’s), and I was lucky to be selected to participate in this program.
With the intervention of Advocate+, through the 3E’s program, my life has changed for the better. As a teenager I now see myself as one of the key players within my community. The sporting activities have drawn my attention from being a prostitute (like some of my peers) to being a celebrated footballer in the southern province. With this project I have been able to realize my football talent, and I am presently the captain in one of the best female teams in the southern region of Sierra Leone.
As a trained team leader, on behalf of my fellow players I am appealing to donors and all stakeholders involved in the 3E’s project to please continue supporting and strengthening local female football teams like ours with football equipment and grants for Advocate Plus to continue paying our tuition fees. Also, we would immensely benefit from a new program that will improve the socio-economic capacities of the players such as Livelihood Skills Trainings, and support to attend football academy.
Meet Princess Lamina
As a teenager I took to the streets and was engaged in prostitution so as to make ends meet. I learned about Advocate+ and the 3E’s program when I met Megan Boyles, Project Manager, during one of the morning training sessions. Eventually, I was selected to be part of the 3E’s program and have been participating in trainings on Sexual & Reproductive Health, Gender Based Violence, and First Aid and life skills training for teenage girls. I have also benefited greatly from the Advocate+ adult literacy program as I am now able to read and am currently working on improving my comprehension and writing skills.
The football training program has drawn my attention from being a prostitute to a celebrated footballer in the southern province. I want to thank all donors for their continued support, and I am appealing to please help provide football training equipment which we can use for sporting activities in our township.
Find out how you can get involved in supporting the 3E’s program and other projects with Advocate+
From HOPE partner Ken McAllister upon his return from Liberia:
I have just returned from Liberia after being away for two years because of the Ebola crisis. We all knew the Ebola virus was bad and in all my communication with our staff I knew that it was a very difficult time to live in this country. But not until I was there and able to listen to stories directly from our staff and others did I realize the huge risk that everyone lived under.
Everywhere I went people were constantly saying “thank you for all that Hope for the Nations did during the Ebola crisis. Thank you for caring for our community. Thank you for the food. Thank you for not abandoning us.” It was amazing. Every day our team was out in the community, risking their lives, handing out food, offering whatever medical help we could. We gave out hundreds of bags of rice, and many hand-cleaning stations.
One day our team was meeting to pray and plan for the day. There was news of a small boy left alone in a village that had suffered from Ebola. His parents had died and everyone else left. Two members of our team, Rachel Gbatu and Yar Dolo, put on their simple protection clothing, and left to go to the village. Close to the village they had to cross a small river. This was a significant risk as dead victims of Ebola were often thrown in the river, contaminating the water.
They went into the home, carefully picked up the boy and returned with him to Ganta. They took him to the local hospital where he was put into seclusion and tested for Ebola. He was then left in isolation for 3 weeks until he was declared Ebola free. Yar then brought him back to our HOPE Children's Center where he was cared for by MaryAnn and Martha. When the Ebola crisis ended they were able to reunite him with relatives. We now continue to keep in touch with the boy to monitor his health and care.
I am so proud to be part of Hope for the Nations. I am so proud of our team in Liberia. Through war and Ebola they continue to stay focused on the children. Always concerned about others, trusting God for their own safety, as they risk everything for the one child.
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