Empowering Children Today

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

  • We couldn't agree more with this years theme for the 2019 National Volunteer Week. Without our many volunteers, both globally and locally, our programs simply would not be sustainable.

     

    We are so grateful for our committed team of volunteers each and every day. However we want to take this opportunity to honor all our volunteers who give so much and expect so little in return, and celebrate them throughout National Volunteer Week.

     

    Without your support, we would not have the opportunity to provide breakfast to over 1500 students in our community who are coming to school hungry. Without your help, we would not be serving thousands of vulnerable children in over 25 countries. Without you, none of the work we do would be possible!

     

    On behalf of our Board, our members, and staff we would like to say thank you for your unwavering support and the gift of your generosity, your heart, and your time.

     

    “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” – Edward Everett Hale

     

  • I was recently introduced to a picture of despair, depression, and hopelessness.

     

    Painted in the late 1800’s, ‘HOPE’ is a portrait of a lady in deep depression. The painting is void of color and the woman’s posture reflects hopelessness. Sitting on a tarnished globe, hunched over, blindfolded, and leaning against the broken strings of her harp . . . surely the artist has missed the point. The colors, the posture, and the absence of any help on the horizon completely signal a life that is doomed and beyond help.

     

    Yet, look again!

     

    Upon close observation of the harp, we see there is one string still intact. Our subject is plucking the only string left and is intently listening to its welcoming sound. The sound of one string strummed with the strength of a dying breath ushers ‘hope’ into the gloom.

     

    Look closer!

     

    No, look again. Let your eyes move to a pinpoint of light located straight above her shoulder and up to the very edge of the canvas. Lo and behold, a ‘star’. A glimmer of hope breaks into the darkness only waiting for its illumination and warmth to break forth. The star shows that ‘hope’ will attract the help that is on the way.

     

    I have just returned from Liberia where, twenty years ago, HOPE FOR THE NATIONS entered a post-war nation of despair, depression, and hopelessness. A few of us crossed a small river from Ivory Coast into Liberia in a dugout canoe and planted the flag of HOPE in Ganta, Nimby County. After 8 years of rebel insurgency, the nation was left in ruins and poverty. Children had not been in classrooms for 8 years, the economy was in shreds and yet, there remained one string left on the harp!

     

    We bought some acreage, planted a flag and called it HOPE VILLAGE. In short time, UN trucks loaded with refugees from Guinea and Ivory Coast, told their drivers to stop as they were going to disembark. In the next few years, thousands of refugees settled around our ‘flag pole’. When asked why they alighted in a region far from their own communities, they said: “We believed in ‘hope’. We knew that wherever there is ‘hope’, there follows education, development, and a bright future”.

     

    Today HOPE VILLAGE runs HOPE ACADEMY, HOPE FARM, HOPE MALNUTRITION CENTER and 33 HOPE Homes. Around us has grown a community of thousands of individuals whose lives have been transformed from despair to relative prosperity through ‘HOPE’.

     

  • Thank you to all the donors who sent along extra Christmas money for the kids at Hogar de Amor y Protecciòn al Niño. It was such a treat for them to enjoy an outing to the local zoo!

     

    What a gift it is when we can not only meet the children’s physical needs, such as food, clothing, and shelter, but also have the opportunity to nourish their sense of wonder, imagination, and adventure through experiences such as a visit to the zoo.

     

    Our work with Hogar de Amor y Protecciòn al Niño runs long and deep. We have been working together with the team and children of Hogar since 1996. The staff and house parents continue to make such an impact on the lives and hearts of so many orphaned children in Mexico. Did you know Hogar operates 11 homes that currently care for 144 children?

     

    If you would like to get involved, either by volunteering or becoming a sponsor, we would love to speak with you.

     

    Learn more about sponsorship opportunities here

     

  • Lack of transportation, limited access to basic educational tools, basic and emergency medical care, and additional geographical challenges are all significant obstacles for children looking to attend school.

     

    Located deep in the marshlands of the Philippines you’ll find four “floating” communities comprised of approximately 400 families and 250-300 children who deal with these challenges each and every day. In order for the children to attend school they are required to navigate through the swampy marshland by motorboat.

     

    After significant discussions with school and community leaders in the area, they identified the need for a motor boat library as part of their outreach plan - to help educate preschool children, children attending school, and their parents. The mobile library boat is fully equipped with a robust variety of learning resources, and basic medical supplies to treat common ailments and to help prevent infection. Additionally, this boat will serve as one of the few options to respond to medical emergencies.

     

    The boat drivers are volunteers from the local government unit and will be comprised of educators and counsellors adding to the tremendous value of this project. Thanks to their training they are able to provide additional learning skills and psycho - social support. It is expected they can make two full rounds across the four communities each week.

     

    We are thankful for the generous support of our HOPE family who turned this community’s dream into a reality!

     

  • New Horizon Romania has had a very busy winter season with a number of projects on the go serving the local communities and helping children in need. This month we wanted to share a few updates from Romania and the results of your support for these ongoing programs and projects . . .

     

    INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL WORKSHOP - Galati, Romania

    6 children will now have normal lives as a result of the surgeries performed at the medical workshop in Galati, Romania. Thank you very much to Dr. Mircea Ardelean from Salzburg, Austria for leading this team and to Dr. Anca Stefanopol, head of Paediatric Surgery at the St. John hospital in Galati, Romania, for heading up the event along with her team. This is a new partnership for us and we were very pleased with the great results! It was wonderful to hear the heartfelt gratitude of the families whose children were able to benefit as a result of this workshop.

     

    WINTER SHOES FARM 11

    The winter shoes project started a couple of weeks early this year at one of the farms. We had our friends Wrenetta and Lia from Canada helping this year and the kids were very excited to receive shoes and boots for the coming season!

     

    WINTER SHOES FARM 10

    Distributed part 2 of our Winter Shoes Project with the help of Ron Kubek from Canada. Izabella, our Mobile Classroom teacher, did another great job of getting shoes and socks for 78 children this year. It was a windy brisk -11 degrees, but once we turned the van around to help block the wind, the sunshine felt good!

     

    CHRISTMAS HAMPERS 2018

    This year’s Christmas Hamper project was the most organized yet, distributing food, necessities, and gifts to over 300 people this year! Thanks to the organizational skills of our team member, Cornelia Iacob, things ran smoothly and efficiently! Our volunteers this year were Ron Kubek and a small team of youth from our farm project, who were only toddlers when this project began some 11 years ago!


     

    If you’d like to lend your support to HOPE projects and agents in Romania, you can learn more here

     

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