Empowering Children Today

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

  • 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.


  • 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?



    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/

    Myanmar (formerly Burma) is one of the poorest countries in the world. While there are natural resources in abundance, the country remains impoverished due to two decades of harsh military rule by the military junta that ended in 2011. This has left the country in a state of ruin without a proper infrastructure and increasingly poor levels of health. Myanmar is also a source country for human trafficking. Men, women, and children are transported to other countries to a life of forced labor, servitude, and sexual exploitation.

    The Divine Mercy Children's Home outside of Yangon, Myanmar provides shelter, nourishment, education, and care to 53 children, 4 of which are HIV positive. In the past, HOPE has helped provide support and funding for food, shelter improvements, and self-sustaining programs. The biggest issue for Divine Mercy is the lack of power. There is no electricity that runs to the home causing discomfort and a lack of light which is limiting the children’s ability to study.

    The Children’s Home is working to raise funds for an off-grid solar project that would provide power to their home and improve the quality of life for the children that live there. This is truly a life changing endeavor. The new system will power an A/C unit, fans, refrigerator, lighting, and water pump. The Divine Mercy Canada team will travel to Myanmar and install the new grid and teach the staff how to use it. But they need help and support to make it happen!

    Find out how you can lend your support to the Myanmar solar project



  • My name is Jan (Whyte) and I am the newest employee here at Hope for the Nations in Kelowna, B.C. 

    I am a mother of two beautiful  and prolific daughters and nana to 10 loveable grandchildren.  My handsome husband Gord is a healing evangelist and his ministry travels take him to many nations around the world.  After enjoying retirement for five years, I decided to apply for a new posting at Hope which I thought would be a perfect fit for me.

    The position, “Compliance and Partnership Manager” was something I was quite familiar with (on Canadian soil) and Hope for the Nations was a charity that I was very familiar with and trusted. But to my surprise, what I thought would be a relatively easy position proved to be quite a challenge.

    The people I began working with in developing countries lived with challenges I couldn’t even imagine. Week long power outages, massive flooding, riots, civil war, drought, civil unrest, earthquakes, avalanches, alligators in the streets, huge poisonous snakes that have just killed their dogs, Malaria, Dengue fever, and things unmentionable due to the safety of our co-labourers.  Every one of these things happened in a two month period, and I finally ran out of tissues!

    At the same time, my job was to make the stringent  legal documentation and requirements  of a Registered Canadian Charity into something that could be understood and was entirely doable in a third world country regardless of the unreliable internet!

    A difficult, but not impossible task!  With the help of Ralph, Patrick and Josh, I began the task of making our agreements more understandable,  up to current standards, and making sure the i’s are dotted and t’s crossed. 

    The prize is knowing that once this is accomplished,  things are about to change dramatically for a group of beautiful children at risk! Hope continues to support these children on a regular basis in many countries and has also been able to send immediate disaster  relief when needed because we have made sure that things are well documented at the home base.  And, of course, we have some pretty amazing donors with big hearts, as well.  

     I love being a part of all things ‘Hope’ and working with a team of compassionate, kind, committed and focused friends who are working towards a common goal.  To see Children at Risk become Children of Change!!!

  • Coming off Canada Day and the 4th of July, it seems like a lot of ‘Independence Days’ happen in the warmer months.  The Philippines is no exception as tens of thousands of Canadian Filipinos took to the parks to celebrate their 117th year of independence.

    Philippines58, a Hope for the Nations project in the Philippines, was the beneficiary for the Metro Vancouver Philippine Days annual celebration of Philippine Independence Day which was celebrated under the warm sunshine at Waterfront Park in North Vancouver, June 13 and 14. 

    Sharing in front of the crowd of thousands, Executive Director Patrick Elaschuk and festival organizer Alvin Relleve inspired to the crowd to give a donations to support Philippines58, an initiative in the southern Philippines empowering children at risk to become children of change.

    A weekend highlight was when Honourables’; MP Andrew Saxton, MLA Naomi Yamamoto, Mayor Darrell Mussatto, Philippines Consulate General Neil Frank Ferrer and other dignitaries put their own donations together with hundreds of others into the big red Philippines58 box.  Click here to see short video.

    This year’s celebration highlighted the inherent values and qualities of the Filipino people; “Pananampalataya sa Diyos” (Love of God), “Pagmamahal sa Pamilya” (Love of Family), “Malasakit sa Kapwa” (Hospitality), “Sigasig sa Trabaho” (Hard Work), “Pakikipagkapwa-tao” (Fellowship), “Pakikipagtulungan” (Caring for others), and “Bayanihan” (Volunteerism).

    With strong values like these, Hope for the Nations is raising up a generation of young leaders not only in the Philippines, but in the 22 other countries it serves.


    Read more about the project here

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