Empowering Children Today

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

  • It doesn't really, just that we sipped on one tonight as we sat and listened to two 17 year-old girls share their stories of how they became sex workers.

    I was recently visiting the AKAE housing project built by HOPE in Mtwapa, Kenya where 4 ladies and their children reside. I am a mother of 6 children and have a compassionate heart for children at risk. I was there as part of an intake process to receive young teens who are trapped in the commercial sex industry into our Night Patrol Housing Project.   

    Here is one of the stories told to me (we were given permission by the girl to share her story):

    One girl's parents had died and she went to live with people that abused both her and her younger sister. After placing her sister in boarding school, she travelled far across Kenya to Mombassa. Lured like so many, she believed she could make a decent wage in this tourist destination as a bar waitress. Reality soon set in as she struggled to pay for both hers and her little sister's living expenses.

    This beautiful tourist destination is not just known for its breathtaking scenery, but more well-known for its young prostitutes. Within a two block radius of where we were sharing a Coke, approximately 100 prostitutes could be found soliciting clients.

    Abusive men and police continue to steal profits, leaving little girls stuck in a situation with no hope for escape. That is, unless they have a friend like me, that works at a home for young women wanting to leave the streets.    -Nadine Willis, Ambassador of HOPE

    Find out how you can get involved with Good Samaritan Society

     

  • A story from Hope for the Nations Ukraine . . .

    While I’m typing this story, Carina is giving birth to her firstborn in one of the oldest and poorest maternity hospitals in our city. The father of the baby is not with her – he disappeared as soon as he learned about Carina’s pregnancy. Such situations occur again and again with many girls when they leave the orphanages in the Ukraine – and, to be honest, it happens with many young women, but the difference is that orphanage graduates can’t provide for themselves, have no place to live, and no family to help.

    Carina would have been going through her first labor all alone, if not for Natasha, one of the most faithful and devoted volunteers at Destiny Center. It was Natasha who constantly took care of Carina while she was pregnant: brought her food and medicine, took her to see the doctors when she needed it, prayed for her, and supported her in every possible way.

    The picture can’t convey the depressing atmosphere of the place. Actually, Carina could have been in one of the best maternity hospitals in the city, but for some reason the headmistress of the shelter for orphanage graduates where Carina has stayed lately sends all her girls to give birth in this old hospital. In spite of all the wrongs that Carina has to put up with at the shelter, it is still a blessing for her to be there because she would otherwise have to live in a ramshackle house in the middle of nowhere that the state provided her after she left the orphanage.

    Every day we face such desperate situations for orphanage graduates, especially girls, who have no place to go to after they leave orphanage. It’s no wonder that many of them end up turning to prostitution – sometimes it’s the only way they can provide for themselves and their children.

    Our dream and goal is to buy a property in Chuguev – a town where Natasha and her family live, firstly because it’s much cheaper than in Kharkiv, but also because there are many orphanage graduates in that area. We are hoping for a house with 3+ bedrooms for single mothers and their babies who are in need, and a piece of land where we could build a greenhouse, rabbit hutches, hen house, etc. Our volunteers are passionate about this project. We ask for your prayers and support to make it happen.

    If you’d like to get involved with Destiny Center and Hope for the Nations Ukraine or just learn more about how you can lend your support, you can visit their project page here

     

  • Ralph Bromley, Founder of Hope for the Nations, shares a story from his recent travels . . .

    I was recently dining at a street-side restaurant in Medan, Indonesia when the refrains of a small boy’s voice accompanied by a ukulele drifted my way.

    I dropped my conversation with my guests and turned to listen to a young lad singing with passion in his heart and exhibiting a fair degree of talent. He was but a youth, yet he sang with confidence. I was deeply moved by his presence.

    I beckoned him to my table when he finished his gospel song and, through a translator, asked him a few questions. I found out that he was an orphan boy, unable to attend school and used singing as a means to feed himself (note the little plastic bag at the end of his uke to collect money).

    I expressed my appreciation for his music but then asked him this question: “Do you know that you are not only a musician but also a businessman?”

    The question registered a look of both surprise and interest. I briefly explained to him that he was running his own business using a ‘means of production’ … his voice and a ukulele. As he continued to work, money would continue to flow and opportunities would come his way. He smiled.

    I tucked Rp 20,000 ($2) into his plastic bag and off he went … to sing another song with his ukulele.

  • Education is an integral part of a child’s development, and something we take for granted in the western world. However, in countries like India, education isn’t always readily available and when it is, poverty can make it difficult for students to attend school on a regular basis.

    Carol Jones with Destitute to Destiny in India are working to change that.

    23% of girls in India drop out of school because they don’t have sanitary pads. Due to poverty levels, pads are either unavailable or too expensive. While many girls try alternate solutions, the lack of pads all too often results in young girls dropping out of school.

    Destitute to Destiny has launched the Feminine Hygiene Project to help combat the problem and allow the children to go back to school. A donation of $15 will provide a kit of reusable pads and liners that will last for 3 years.

    $500 will provide an impoverished woman with a microloan to begin a sewing business to make and sell feminine hygiene kits and other items. The goal being to both solve the problem of the lack of sanitary pads and provide a source of income for a family to lift them out of poverty.

    The Feminine Hygiene Project will provide:

    40 industrial sewing machines

    10 industrial sergers

    sewing supplies

    fabric for 500 kits

    training workshops

    The women involved will make payments to the co-op, which will in turn enable more machines to be purchased, making this a perpetual project. In addition, 300 feminine hygiene kits made by Canadian women will be delivered to school girls.

    If you’d like to lend your support to the Feminine Hygiene Project, you can make a donation HERE  

  • Josh and Abby Rattin from Home of Love in Uganda have had the opportunity to experience life-changing events for children in the area over the past several years. Recently, they took part in a ministry outreach with Cause4Life at the Home of Love school to specifically reach out to children with disabilities.

    Disabilities Ministries are passionate about making God known by delighting in children with special needs and encouraging their families with the hope of the Gospel! This event took place in the first week of June, 2016.

    “We were thrilled to host a Joni and Friends team (Cause4Life) at our school during 1st term holiday,” said Abby. “Together we hosted a Vacation Bible School for children with disabilities who are within our community-based ministry and a sibling. It was remarkable to watch the impact that our children had on Ugandan volunteer students from Africa Renewal University as well as the American volunteers. We fervently pray that seeds of the Gospel were planted in each heart.  Pray with us for each of these children - each one so beautifully created by God and in His image!”

    The children enjoyed adapted games with enthusiastic volunteers. Children of all abilities laughed and were amazed at the crazy antics and games. The ministry is currently seeking donations of pediatric tilt-in-space wheelchairs for their precious ones who need pelvic and thorax support.  

    Exciting news on the staffing front, Monica who has worked with Dr. Abby since 2013, recently took on the role of Special Education Coordinator, and is learning about various disabilities and special needs. She has become a huge blessing to families in the community and is especially gifted in biblically-sound counseling with the moms.

    Abby also had the opportunity to learn from another ministry close by: “We were encouraged to spend time at a different ministry last week, where we were able to visit several times with their disabilities ministry and get new ideas, new inspirations, and mutual encouragement to press forward for these children and their families. Pray for Ugandans who have a heart for the most vulnerable children to step forward to work with these children - our need for more staff is a key limiting factor in how many children we can involve in our program.”  

    If you’d like to help support Abby and Josh’s work with Home of Love, you can learn more about them and how to donate and/or support by clicking HERE.

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