Empowering Children Today

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

  • HOPE partner, Carol Jones of Destitute to Destiny, has been working hard to make a difference in the lives of those in need in India, particularly those in the Dalit communities. Most recently, with the help of funds raised by HOPE supporters, Carol was able to organize sewing machines to be distributed in the Rayadurgam Community in the state of Andhra Pradesh, with the intention that the machines will be used for micro enterprise purposes.

    Carol Jones visited Hyderabad in September, 2014, and saw the plight of these ladies first hand. Many of them worked long days for little wage and were often robbed on their way home.

    Now, a part of their own micro enterprise venture, the ladies involved can work from their own homes and earn a fair wage. During the last 6 months, a total of 20 machines have been distributed to help families in need.

    Mr. Venugopal, the Chairman of the Rayadurgam Municipality, and Mr. Rama Chandhra Rao, The Commissioner of Rayadurgam, participated in the distribution of the sewing machines to the parishioners. Fr. Joji Kurapati and Fr. Saji were also on hand to bless the machines.

    Later, Mr. Venugopal, the Chairman, expressed his strong appreciation for the wonderful gift of the machines and expressed his willingness to cooperate in any way possible towards a continuing successful venture.

    Find out how you can get involved with helping set up micro enterprises for communities in need.

  • “Why can’t the factory come to my village?” cries a young girl who was forced to leave her family living in rural Cambodia in order to work in the city.(1)

    Hers was a cry of deep pain. There was no education and employment in her village and so she had to leave the protection of family, becoming vulnerable at a young age, to shoulder the responsibility of being the family breadwinner. 

    It's in response to cries like this that Hope for the Nations works strategically in the quiet northeast quadrant of Cambodia to make sure children do not have to leave their families, but instead stay in their villages to go to school, receive relevant skills training, and help develop the economy so that jobs are created in their own region.  

    Stung Treng will be having the world knocking at its front door as it welcomes the world through one of the world’s fastest growing sub-regions, the GMS (Greater Mekong Subregion). On the bright side, economic activity will flow through the area bringing commerce and opportunity. At the same time, increased transportation and trade will result in more porous borders, making it easier to traffic vulnerable children to other cities and countries.

    With increased competition from neighbouring countries; China, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, those without education and skills will fall even further behind and sink to deeper levels of poverty.


    Many years ago, our key leader, Thong Romanea, envisioned Stung Treng as being a place of rapid development, which could put more children at risk, and he insightfully developed a proactive strategic plan.


    Today, Romanea and our partner and agent, Asian Outreach Cambodia, has developed a holistic community development approach that takes into consideration; education, skills development, health and nutrition, water and sanitation, and farming (economic development). The area that HOPE has helped pioneer is ACTS (Assisting Children to School). ACTS is about enabling children from vulnerable Cambodian families to receive an education by equipping and resourcing families and teachers.

    In October 2014, we pioneered ACTS in Stung Treng with 77 children, all who were not previously going to school and most of whom were working the fields. Visiting many of these children in their homes and in their schools, I was struck by the huge impact ACTS is already having, and am thrilled to see where these kids will be in 5 to 10 years. They will be leading their communities in welcoming the world to Stung Treng.  

    (1) Quote from critically acclaimed documentary, ‘A River Changes Course’ by Cambodian filmmaker Kalyanee Mam.

    To Find our more about ACTS click here.

    Click here to read a story of change; Vitou’s story.


  • Wow, what a busy and exciting summer we have had at HOPE !

    It is with great pleasure and excitement that we share with you four amazing new partners who have joned HOPE in the last couple of months.

    1. Floor Ball Canada:

    Floorball is an emerging sport in Canada and is governed by a national organization called Floorball Canada and is endorsed by Hockey Canada and the Olympic Committee. In poverty-affected parts of Canada, children do not have access to extra-curricular sports due to the high cost of participation. Surrey and Langley are communities where thousands of children are at risk of joining gang activities and the violence associated with gangs.

    Read more here to see how you can help children off Canadian streets.

    2. Pancha Mateo, Dominican Republic:

    HOPE is excited to announce that Dominican Feed the Kids will be expanding their programs into a second village, Pancha Mateo. The primary purpose of this program is to feed the many children in these villages through a nutritional feeding program and to help the parents be able to look after their children in a healthy and supportive environment.

    Read more here to see how you can help the children of Pancha Mateo.

    3. Sierra Leone:

    In Sierra Leone, teenage girls are faced with many challenges that inhibit them from completing their education. In addition, those without secondary school education are more likely to be unemployed, have untimely pregnancies, become victims of sexual exploitation and continue in the cycle of poverty that plagues the country.

    Read more here to see how you can help.

    4. Medan, Indonesia:

    Medan is situated in the north of Sumatra, and is the location of Indonesian Women Heritage Cooperative (IWHC). At HOPE, we are empowering women from urban poor communities with the opportunity to develop their own business through a tested and proven micro-loan model that has already lifted thousands of women out of poverty.  

    Read more about how this exciting program works here.

  • What happens when our society invests ‘good’ donor dollars into the lives of ‘bad’ boys? Boys who live in the slums, sleep on the streets, don’t have an education, and medicate their misery with drugs and alcohol?

    Hope For The Nations recently accepted a challenge to empower a group of young men through a ‘hand up’ program through the use of push carts which are used for the transportation of goods and supplies in the slums of Kenya.

    We invested in 3 push carts, bought T­shirts and uniforms, and had an official opening in the Soweto Slum in Nairobi, Kenya in March or this year.

    Today we have a team of very proud men. They no longer sleep on the street, and instead are feeding their families and are using a third of their profits to start a feeding program at the HOPE school in their area.

    A successful micro enterprise like this continually proves the true value of the investment made into the lives of the desperate and poor, bringing about dramatic change and transformation!




  • Women Hold Up Half the Sky


    Yes, this African proverb is very true, in fact our view is that women hold up much more than half  the sky when it comes to developing nations.

    In a poor village located about a 2 hour drive from Medan, Indonesia we had the privilege of attending a women’s coop graduation meeting where they celebrated their accomplishments:

    • Each of 15 women had been selected to receive the sum of 1 million rupiah ... which is the equivalent of $96.
    • Each woman had attended a 4 ­day training session on finances, business, accounting,and reporting.
    • Each woman had made an application to borrow funds with which to build their existing enterprise or business.
    • Each woman was dedicated, hard working, and eager to provide a subsistence income for their family.

    This graduation meeting truly showed the power and potential of the micro­loan program. Women were able to build on their existing business and provide funding for their child’s home and education. the women involved were able to work with pride and dignity as this was their business and the fruit from their labor would bring a measure of valued reward for their family.

    This program is helping over 1,200 such women ‘hold up’ their part of the sky. Our part in holding up the other half of the sky is to continue to invest in such programs that bring dignity, honor, and wealth to these and other women in need all over the world.

    Find out how you can get involved

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