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 2015 12 Days of Hope Christmas campaign helped raise funds for specific, tangible projects around the world and has brought smiles to many faces at The Small World in Nepal.

    The three projects that were funded by the campaign reached a great many children and has addressed a number of their basic needs as a result.

    Project 1: Toilet and shower room construction at new girl’s dorm to support bachelor’s of education

    Our building in Solukhumbu now has the new toilet and shower rooms fully constructed! One shower room and two toilets have been built at the dorm from the funds provided by 12 days of Hope campaign. As these are the basic hygiene and sanitation requirements, the girls will now be able to begin their higher studies.

    Project 2: Need for new blankets for the orphan girls at Himalayan Hope Home

    The Himalayan Hope Home, initiated in 2013, houses 30 orphan Solukhumbu girls. The blankets that were purchased from the funds received from the campaign has helped The Small World replace worn blankets for the girls at the home. The blankets provided will continue to provide warmth throughout the cold winters in Nepal.

    Project 3: Providing bench and desk sets at earthquake-affected schools

    Funds for bench and desk sets have been provided to the School Management Committee (SMC) of Shree Kalika Devi Secondary School, Panchan, Solukhumbu. The funds were disseminated after signing an MOU with the school assuring that the funds will only be used for purchasing 40 desk and bench sets which will accommodate 120 students. The purchases will be made after completion of ongoing reconstruction of classrooms in the school which was damaged during the earthquake.

    Check out more photos of these projects on our Facebook page!

  • HOPE Partner ‘Hope for the Nations - Romania’ shares some great news this month for one of the young girls from their Families Project in Budila. Back in March, Mark and Coreen Biech from HFTN Romania received the news that Angela had been accepted on the list in Bucharest to receive Cochlear Implant Surgery for free, courtesy of The Romanian Department of Health.

     

    A Cochlear Implant is a surgically implanted electronic device that provides a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing in both ears. The implant bypasses the normal hearing process by transmitting a signal to an array of electrodes placed in the cochlea (inner ear), which stimulate the cochlear nerve allowing the patient to hear. This procedure is now quite common in the US and is considered to be a remarkable advancement in medicine and technology. You can find videos all over the internet of people hearing for the first time after receiving the implant.

     

    Mark and Coreen were very excited for Angela and the opportunity this surgery would present for her. “It's so amazing and we are very excited for her,” said Mark and Coreen via Facebook, “We are raising sundry expenses for her travel to and from the capital, stay in the city, food, mother's travel etc. We expect to need about 1000 dollars. A far cry from the 35,000 dollars this surgery normally costs.”

     

    The week before the surgery was scheduled to happen the Romanian Department of Health made the decision to cancel the surgeries citing that the funds should be allocated elsewhere. With the surgeons from the EU flying in the following Sunday to perform the scheduled surgeries for Angela and four other children, the decision caused an outcry from HFTN Romania, the doctors at the hospital in Bucharest, and the parents of the children. A petition to overturn the decision was quickly formed and taken to the Department of Health. When there was no immediate response, Mark and Coreen spoke to the National Press about the situation who provided coverage including parent’s reactions and even interviewed the surgeons as they arrived at the airport.

     

    Two days later, the day before the surgeries were scheduled to begin, Vlad Voiculescu, the Minister of the Romanian Department for Health came in person to the hospital to congratulate HFTN Romania for fighting for the children. Mark and Coreen took to Facebook to provide an update: “He announced at the meeting just an hour ago that, YES, the operations WILL CONTINUE. The doctors from Austria have arrived and are preparing the 5 patients. Since there was such a stressful start, the minister told all the families that they will be put up for the night in Bucharest at the expense of the ministry so that they can relax and regroup. The surgeries will be tomorrow.”

     

    On June 1st, Angela received her implant and the prognosis is good. She’ll be recovering over the next month and during that time the implant will be monitored before being activated in early July.


    Thanks to HOPE supporters and all the ambassadors, doctors, and people involved with HOPE and HFTN Romania, and members of the press who covered the controversial decision, Angela will hopefully be the first of many children to receive the Cochlear Implant in Romania.

  • In the Soweto Slums in Kenya, East Africa, extreme poverty means that basic needs such as food, shelter, medical care, and education are not readily available. Children, particularly females, are often exploited and abused as a result and, unfortunately, the situation isn’t improving.

    Owing to the high poverty levels in the slum, the majority of the mothers spend most of their time either at casual work or in their small businesses. Teen girls are thus left with the responsibility of doing all household chores including cooking, washing, and caring for younger siblings.

    These girls are prone to sexual abuse and violence including rape, especially where the mothers are addicted to alcohol, hence failing to provide care and guidance to their daughters. The girls are discriminated against in education as the boys generally secure most of the education opportunities. Most teenage girls do not have access to sanitary napkins, a factor that adversely affects their school attendance and performance. Girls are forced to drop out of school. Some girls are exposed to drug and alcohol abuse either due to peer pressure or parent neglect. There are parents who are not keen on sending their girls to school and often prefer to hire them out as house maids or for other forms of child labor. Older women target teenage girls with the explicit aim of recruiting them into prostitution. Some teenage girls are forced to get pregnant and give birth so that the babies can be sold to child traffickers.

    HOPE partner, Hope and Bright Future, is working to protect those girls by creating a housing solution that’s affordable and will provide care for the children living in the slums. Hope for the Nations is liaising with the relevant government departments regarding a piece of land which can be developed as a housing and educational facility for these young ladies.

    The complex is being constructed using modified shipping containers and will house 4 bedroom units for 24 residents, seminar and training rooms, an office, and a unit for residential staff. The goal is to provide safe housing for girls coming off the streets, a safe and supportive environment for rehabilitation, and provide a loving community for single teens and their children. This facility will also provide an opportunity for the leadership of Hope and Bright Future to oversee the project while being accountable to and receiving mentorship and oversight from Hope for the Nations staff.

    Visit the project page to learn more about the container housing project and lend your support! 

  • Edwin Henkel, better know as ‘Ed the Can Man’, first joined HOPE after his daughter and grandchildren visited Swaziland and he was moved by the stories they brought back with them. Ed and his wife, Evelyn, started out by sponsoring a child but quickly found they could constantly contribute to HOPE projects by collecting recyclables. We got the chance to sit down with Ed to hear his story . . .

     

    1) Tell us about yourself before you came to be involved with HOPE?

    I've always been independent. I was self employed for the better part of my life. I did lots of volunteering - Over 17 years with the RCMP and 15 years serving on different city committees.

    2) How did you get involved with HOPE?

    Through my daughter and grandkids (age 10 and 12). They visited the Swaziland home for a couple of weeks and it really left an impression on me. Our grandson really inspired me to get involved. When he was in Swaziland, he kept a diary with journal entries and drawings from his time there. When he returned, he turned that into a book and had it printed. Hearing them talk about it got me thinking that we (my wife, Evelyn, and I) should do something. We started sponsoring a boy in Swaziland (and still do) and started collecting bottles. We would go for walks through the community, collecting what we found, and it just grew from there.

    3) At what point did you become an Ambassador and how did it come about?

    When HOPE started the Ambassador program, they asked me and I said, "Why not?"

    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?

    There are two main projects we support. One is the Bethlehem Children's Home. A few years back we had heard that the neighborhood dogs had gotten onto the property and killed over 100 of their chickens. We raised funds to build a gate to secure the property.

    We also support the work in Nairobi at Hope & Bright Future Center. We've bought a cart for the pull-cart business they’ve started. We've helped pay for textbooks and birth certificates. The children need birth certificates to take their exams at a certain level, but usually don't have one. We're now in the process of setting up a program for girls, since the guys have the pull-cart business. We are going to be helping create mobile vegetable stands. We also give money each month for teacher salaries. It gets divided among the 9 teachers there at the school. And we send money for the lunch program so the children are getting a meal every day in school.

    5) What are your plans for the future?

    Just keep doing what we're doing. Hoping people will carry it on when I'm not able to do it anymore.

    6) What’s next for you?

    It's always been a dream of mine to see other groups do the same thing to raise money for a charity. I'd definitely be willing to spend time to help others get started and set up.

    Other Can Man Facts:

    Ed’s truck is parked in the Trinity parking lot for drop offs. They do make the odd visit to homes, if there are numerous bags for pick up. A few high rises in town have contacted them to do their pick ups.

    80% of their cans and bottles comes directly from the church.

    On Thursday mornings, the team (7-8 people) come to Trinity to sort everything from the week’s donations. It's a very well organized operation - everyone has a place in the sorting line and they get through it pretty quickly.

    On average, they end up with 15-20 bags each week. Recent weeks have made over $300/week.

  • 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.

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