Empowering Children Today

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

  • Rampure lower secondary school in Kaku is the only school that teaches from grade 1 to grade 8 for the entire Rampur community of Kaku, Nepal. This community consists of over 200 households. Most of the people who live here are a minority ethnic group like Rai and dalits (a lower caste often referred to as ‘untouchable’). 90% of the population are subsistence farmers whereas few work as seasonal trekking porters. During the earthquake in 2015 the school was badly damaged and part of the structure collapsed. Luckily the damage occurred on a Saturday (a holiday in Nepal) so none of the students or teachers were injured. Unfortunately,  half the building suffered from multiple cracks, a falling roof, and numerous broken windows.

    The community and teachers have had no choice but to continue to use the unsafe building for teaching children every day. 250 students are risking their life everyday in these unsafe buildings. Realizing the immediate need to rebuild new classrooms for the students is now a priority for the local community, Hope for the Nations and The Small World initiated construction of 2 classrooms.

    The Small World believes in creating opportunities, taking responsibility, and giving back to the community. All projects are community owned, with locals participating actively in both the decision-making processes and the implementation of the project. Using this model has ensured a feeling of ownership by the community and the continuity of the project’s future. Since these small communities are generally “off the radar” for government support, communities learn how to organize and successfully gain aid from other organizations like The Small World and Hope for the Nations.

    The new classroom will be earthquake resistant and provide more natural light with a skylight roof. The goal is to finish the school construction by end of July before monsoon season begins so students can use the rooms for their new academic session.

    If you’d like to contribute to the construction of the new classrooms in Nepal, you can learn more about the project HERE

     

  • Doctor Martin Kim has traveled to Kenya several times, volunteering his time to provide free dental care to those in need. Here's an account from his most recent visits:

    During my last two visits to Kenya in 2016, I had the privilege of participating with Hope for the Nations in providing medical and dental procedures and health education to under-privileged Kenyans. Inside the city of Nairobi, I worked in the Sinai and Soweto slums where HOPE has projects.

    We set up a medical and dental camp where we provided treatment to over 700 local residents, with medical screenings (diabetes, hypertension, HIV), treatment of acute conditions (infections, pains, deworming), dental treatments (extractions, and fillings), and preventative health education and referrals.

    During this medical/dental camp, we trained 6 of the older students from Hope and Bright Future School to be medical and dental assistants to allow a more interactive experience.

     

  • We’re very excited to introduce a new agent with Hope for the Nations: Tiny Hands International. Working in Nepal, Tiny Hands combats the growing issue of child trafficking throughout the region. “An estimated 30,000 people are trafficked into India from Nepal and Bangladesh every year - with the average age being 15.”

     

    Girls in particular are often drawn away with the promise of money and/or marriage but are then abused, sold, tortured, imprisoned, along with numerous other atrocities. Tiny Hands is combatting this issue on three fronts (an excerpt from tinyhands.org):

     

    Data Collection and Analysis - Every week we encounter dozens of trafficking cases.  By interviewing intercepted victims in these cases, we are able to gather a huge amount of up-to-date information about trafficking to be used in prosecutions and investigations.

     

    Prosecutions - We believe that the prosecution of traffickers is one of the most important ways to fight trafficking. We assist trafficking victims in prosecuting their traffickers.
     

    Intelligence-Led Investigations - We develop actionable and timely intelligence from which a specific trafficking target can been identified.

     

    The other side of Tiny Hands International is ‘Children’s Ministry’; through which they are currently operating several homes in South Asia where children are cared for, educated, and given a place to call home.


    HOPE is excited to be working with Tiny Hands on new projects to help further continue their work in South Asia to the benefit of children at risk. You can learn more about Tiny Hands at www.tinyhands.org. If you’d like to support a Tiny Hands International project with HOPE, you can view their latest project here:

  • HOPE Founder, Ralph Bromley, recently returned from a trip from Asia and shares his experiences and stories from the ‘road’ . . .

    “I have recently returned from a trip to Asia where I spent time with staff and projects in Thailand, Cambodia, and Indonesia. One of my goals was to get an update on the issues of ‘Trafficking and the Commercial Exploitation of Children for sex’.
     

    The exponential increase in the sex industry was obvious at numerous levels on the surface, but most of the trafficking and exploitation is buried under layers of complexity, corruption, and covert operations. At every level of civil society the sex industry is increasing in it's reach; be it on the street, within government offices, inside the police department, sex tours, inside brothels, or networked through cell phones. The demand for child-sex is high and the supply seems endless.
     
    Through my conversations I came to realize that the industry of trafficking and exploitation is highly networked. Collaboration between politicians, police, gangs, internet specialists, ground agents, traffickers, and tourist agencies all allow this industry to flourish. Billions of dollars grease the palms of those who participate.
     
    It takes 'networks' to fight 'networks'. Those of us who try to participate in stemming the flow of this industry must realize that the best way to fight this 'evil' is through collaboration and partnership. ‘All hands on deck’ are required. A committed network of researchers, communicators, intervention, intercessors, donors, entrepreneurs, caregivers, counselors, and volunteers all contribute to the tools of battle. Together we bring hope and safety to those caught in the snares of the predators.
     
    My first stop was MERCY PATTAYA, Thailand.
     
    Over the years HOPE and MERCY Pattaya have worked together in providing community-based care for children who have been abandoned or trafficked. Children come to us through relationships with the police or the child welfare department. Over the years we have taken in scores of children and have provided a loving environment for growth and development. Many have been restored to their 'lost' families or caring relatives. Those who remain are loved, cared for, and educated.
     
    My second stop was ALIVE MINISTRIES, Phnom Penh (Cambodia).
     
    Located in a shopping center just two blocks from the university, ALIVE is a storefront training center designed to assist vulnerable women engage in training which will enable them to find work and cope in the marketplace. Working in partnership with CAMBODIA+, women receive professional help in writing resumes, searching for appropriate employment, learning computer skills, practicing interview skills, and accessing a wardrobe and make-up center for going to interviews for employment.
     
    It may not appear strategic, but if these women fail in getting a decent job, they will often default to their former work on the streets.
     
    My final stop was MEDAN, Indonesia.
     
    HOPE's collaboration with our partner here assists with micro-loans for women in villages (2000+), runs an inner-city slum school (300 students), and operates a health clinic for the poor. A piece of land has been identified for the development of a medical clinic and vocational school. This is an exciting vision and you are invited to participate in facilitating the restoration of hope and health in the lives of many slum dwellers.
     
    Having returned to Canada, I more fully understand that the battle against the evil of trafficking and sexual exploitation of children is a daunting operation. At times it seems impossible to stem the tide of this raging war. However, I was a witness to many small victories. Individuals rescued, children loved and cared for, women being trained, and hundreds being educated.
     
    These individuals stand as testimonies to the networks who have band together to help. These individuals are living proof that your contribution to their welfare has changed their life!

    Together, let us press forward in battle.

  • Many children around the world go to school hungry, including children in Kelowna. This makes learning difficult and often impacts educational outcomes and life potential. This Friday, Watson Road Elementary School's WE Club are holding a cake pop fundraiser to raise funds for Food For Thought Kelowna Breakfast Society, and a Hope For The Nations feeding program in Kenya.

    The children are learning to be problem solvers by leading in this awareness and fundraiser campaign. The WE club are teaching in the classrooms, talking about what food security is. They are inspiring solidarity, compassion, responsibility, equality, and co-operation.

    They are learning that we are all in this together, and what it means to value, care for, defend, and help others. Essentialy what it means to be a global citizen.

    Each student will receive a cake pop. If a child draws a ‘winning cake pop’, he or she will be awarded a fun prize that has been kindly donated by community sponsors.

    The goal is to raise $2,000, which would buy 660 breakfasts for the Hope For The Nations Kenya Feeding Program, and food for 1,500 children for two weeks here in Kelowna. We also want to encourage students to become responsible and involved citizens who have the confidence to make positive contributions in their world.


     “If you can’t feed a hundred people then just feed one”. - Mother Teresa

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