Empowering Children Today

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

  • Home to 16 children, the Thai Border Region Children's Home is a community ­based care project for orphans and children who were susceptible to conscription as child soldiers. The focus is to provide the children with the basic necessities for a fulfilling life. The project provides them with a family structure that includes parental care and education.

    The current building needs to be completely renovated or replaced in order for it to be a functional, safe, and productive place for the children living there. The following renovations would make a dramatic difference to the quality of life for the children at the home:

    Through the generosity of a donor, there is an opportunity to have all funds matched dollar for dollar up to $10,000 U.S. which would be a great start to begin the renovations of the home which are estimated to cost $30,000 U.S.

    Learn More & Donate Here

  • The Haven Children’s Home in Chonburi, Thailand has been providing programs of support to children at risk for over 15 years. Their aim is to help children who have been abandoned, are malnourished, or don’t have access to education. The home hosts a total of 34 children, most of which live at the home full time. Through the love, support, and care provided by the staff at Haven, the children are able to grow and flourish in a nurturing environment and create new stories for their lives. Here are two such stories . . .

    MEET DOW

    When Dow first came to us we thought her general tiredness was due to her former living conditions and lifestyle, but when she was 11 years old, it was discovered she needed open heart surgery to repair 4 holes that were preventing her heart from functioning normally – virtually robbing her body of vital oxygen flow.

    The surgery was performed in November of last year and was very successful. She gained weight, had better colour, and showed an increase in her energy levels. She still has a small leak in one heart valve but it will be checked again in a few months to determine if anything further needs to be done.

    Now 12 years old, we were able to find her family (mom, older half­brother, grandfather, and grandmother) and she returned to live with them in April this year. The community in which she now lives is very supportive and has pledged its help to ensure she is well taken care of.

    She will come back to our home in October for a few days when we will take her to the hospital to check the condition of the heart valve and learn what, if anything, needs to be done to allow her to continue to enjoy life as a normal teenage girl.

    MEET PRAEME

    Praeme, who will be 16 years old in November, is our oldest child and has just finished grade 9.  In grades 7 and 8 he was quite a worry to us as we wondered if he would ever be able to rise above his GPA scores of 1.43 and 1.97 to allow him to pass the tests required for attendance at a reputable vocational training school.

    We need not have worried – it seemed that he too realised his prankster teenage days were behind him and he thrilled us all by obtaining a GPA of 3.10 at the end of grade 9, and has been accepted at a well ­known, well established school in Bangkok where he will study engineering. He is very excited (and a little nervous) to be a first year boarder there, but he is wanting to show us all how well we have prepared him to meet the challenges he will now face.

    We also believe his English language skills (he was one of four children at our home to be chosen to take the Oxford English exam in Rayong earlier in the year, and acquitted himself admirably) will be of great help to him in a cosmopolitan city such as Bangkok and ultimately give him a tremendous advantage when he enters the job market.

    GET INVOLVED

    The Haven Children’s Home also runs additional programs that are in constant need of support in order to make them happen. These projects include:

    • Support for children aged 14­ - 18 who are in the youth prison and would like to have help. If they have children or if there is a child who is also brought into the prison, then we will accept the children into our home. We have already helped one little boy, 3 years old, who was picked up with his half-­sister. We currently have a plan in place to find his family.
    • We also had meetings with the network to provide help to a mentally challenged child and have sent him to a home that specifically helps children who have special needs (Teacher Chu).
    • We are also running a scholarship program which will help over 100 children to go to school. This is funded by Pattaya Street Kids.
    • We work as a network to help children. We will support the care and the temporary accommodation for the child victims of trafficking working together with A21 and XPmission.

    Get Involved Here

  • Many of you are aware of the current political situation that has shook Burundi over the past few weeks. The result of the decision by Pierre Nkurunziza, to run for a third term as President was met with intense international pressure urging him to withdraw from the June 26th presidential polls. The result of this decision, the ensuing chaos, and massive exodus from the country are being well-covered by media outlets so I won’t elaborate anymore.

    Many of the children and families of New Hope are survivors of the Gatumba massacre and have already experienced mass genocide in their short lifetime. The military presence, the gunfire, the blockades, and the surreal chaos in Burundi are serving as traumatic reminders of what many of the children have already been through.

    The political unrest and resulting violence has escalated to the point where New Hope’s place in Burundi is no longer a safe haven for the children and families who call it home. A contingency plan to evacuate New Hope and temporarily relocate outside of Burundi while the borders were still open has been put into place. In the last few days, we have been able to make arrangements to relocate all the children in our care to a neighbouring country which, as you can imagine, was no small feat.

    The uprooting and re-establishment of the children and families of New Hope has come at a significant cost, not to mention emotional price.  With the assistance of Hope for the Nations we’ve organized several different ways in which people can assist in getting our New Hope families and children temporarily re-established until it is safe to return to Burundi. 

    Many of you already support us prayerfully and financially, but we are urging you to stand with us once again.  At the bottom of this message you will see how you can practically assist us in responding to the upheaval.

    Love and blessings,

    Ray, Mary Anne, and Boss David


    With the assistance of Hope for the Nations we’ve organized several different ways in which people can assist in getting our New Hope families and children re-established...get involved here.

  • We first met Brenda on her mother’s poor ‘shamba’ (small plot of land for farming) in the village region of Western Kenya. She was charming, energetic, and bright but very underprivileged.

    Over the next couple of years, HOPE assisted with her school fees and then invested in her bachelor’s degree at the University of Nairobi. She graduated with honors. But that’s not the end of Brenda’s story.

    Meet Brenda today, not in rural Kenya, but at the United Nations in New York.

    “I was honored to be accredited by The Economic, Social and Cultural Council to attend the 48th session on Commission of Population and Development,” says Brenda. “The theme was ‘Realizing the Future we want: Integrating population issues into sustainable development’.”

    “Adolescents and young people account for 1.8 billion people in the world,” she said in reference the message she delivered during her speech. “Countries have realized we cannot have sustainable development without meaningfully involving the youth.”

    “My role as a youth advocate was to advocate and lobby to ensure that delegates will understand the importance of meaningful youth participation and that the outcome document will have a strong paragraph on issues affecting the adolescents and youths including sexual reproductive health and rights. We, adolescents and young people, were there at CPD to remind the governments of the past, the present, and the future that human rights for all must be at the core of any development agenda.”

    Listen to Brenda’s full speech here

    Brenda is a prime example of ‘Children at Risk’ becoming ‘Children of Change’. We look forward to watching as more children who are mentored and nurtured through various HOPE programs and partner programs throughout the world take on new endeavors and challenges in order to reach their true potential.

     

  • Things are getting very tense in Burundi, Africa. The protests began April 26th and the political unrest and resulting violence continues to escalate over the hugely contested decision for Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a third term as President. Nkurunziza, a former rebel leader from the Hutu majority, who has been in power since 2005, has come under intense international pressure to withdraw from the June 26th presidential polls.

    CNN reports that the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said a week ago that "nearly 21,000 Burundians, mostly women and children, have fled to Rwanda saying that they have experienced intimidation and threats of violence linked to the upcoming elections."

    A personal note from Ray & Mary Anne Bale:

    New Hope Children’s Home - Burundi

    Thank you for praying for the situation in Burundi. As we look over the city this morning it is covered with black smoke from burning tires and road blocks. Within the city there are many areas where we’re unable to travel due to blockades of burning tires and trees. Protesters are keeping control of who comes and goes. We have not been able to get into New Hope for a week because of this situation. Our administrator lives in the area and has been able to walk to the home and, for the past few nights, has been sleeping there. The children have enough food as we stocked up in anticipation of any problems. Many are afraid of the daily and nightly harassment of youth rioting near their compound and the daily shooting and grenade attacks in various parts of the city. Because so many have gone through traumatic experiences in the not-too-distant past, this is truly a brutal repetition of past events for all for them.

    Some of the older children have left temporarily to be with friends or extended families in Rwanda or DRC and we have helped with travel expenses to get them safely to their destinations. Two of the mamas have also gone with some of the children. They travel on buses which they take them from the city here either into Uvira, DRC  and then on to Rwanda or up to Rwanda North through Burundi.  

    The younger children are presently at the home with the mamas who care for them and we, along with Ruben and his wife, are in touch daily via phone. Ruben and Ray met yesterday having to find a passage through blocked streets and hundreds of police with riot gear. They have come up with a contingency plan for evacuating the remaining children if needs be. We bought insurance for the New Hope Centre bus and new tires so it could travel safely if necessary. We continue to pray this crisis will be over soon and all that is being done for the children is for their emotional and physical safety.  

    Ray & Mary Anne

    Please pray for Burundi.

     

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