Empowering Children Today

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

  • 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.

  • When a HOPE partner has been in operation as long as Hogar de Amor has, it’s a wonderful thing to be able to see the fruits of their labor spanning over a number of years. Hogar de Amor has been building and operating children’s homes in Colima, Mexico since 1996. They care for over 150 children on a regular basis ranging in age from newborn to college/university students.

     

    For twenty years, the staff and volunteers have watched as children at risk have been given a caring and loving home, access to food and health care, and have received fresh hope for the future.

     

    In their Spring Newsletter, Hogar de Amor shared some of the stories of the children who were raised in their children’s homes and where they are now and how the care they received changed their lives and we wanted to share some of those stories, long and short, with you here:

     

    Valeria (14) came to us along with her older sister Nidia at the age of 2. She now attends our school Instituto Adonai.

     

    Jorge (22) arrived at Hogar de Amor in December 1999 at just 5 years old. He was a nice little boy, although a little shy. School was a challenge for him, but with a lot of enthusiasm and hard work he was able to finish junior high. When he learned how to drive a motorbike and the orphanage pick-up, he became a great help around the home as he went here and there collecting donations and delivering children to different events. We offered to give him the opportunity to study a technical career, as we didn’t think he had the ability to finish high school. He took an electronics course for 6 months, but he insisted that he wanted to study high school. To our surprise, he finished his high school, all the while helping out as a driver while he studied. Once again he asked us if he could keep studying, and thanks to his tenacity he was accepted in university. He is presently finishing his Bachelor’s degree in International Commerce. He completed his social service in state government offices, and then his practicum in PEMEX, the national gas company. We give thanks to the Lord for Jorge and his perseverance. We have been amazed by all that he has accomplished through his tenacity and the help of God. Jorge’s faith, kind heart, hard work and dedication will help him realize his dreams.

     

    Monse (18) came to us at 2 years of age. She is helping in one of children’s homes,Casa Esperanza, until she resumes university in the fall.

     

    Noemi Monserrat Gonzalez arrived at the Casa Cuna when she was 2 years old. She was a busy (naughty!) little girl who insisted she wanted to sleep in a bed rather than a crib, and proved she was capable by never falling out. She is now 12 years old and has changed so much. This past school year, in particular, she has excelled to achieve second place in her 6th grade class. She has matured in other areas as well. She helps in the kitchen with lunch prep and preparing snacks for the children to take to school. She helps us keep an eye on the three younger girls in the home by anticipating their antics until the adult in charge comes out in the morning. It is wonderful when we see our kids mature and begin to use their energy to help and inspire those that are following in their footsteps. Way to go Noemi!

     

    Jaquie (16) came to us at the age of 3 months. She is presently in “Los Golondrinas” home, studying in grade 10.

     

    We love to hear these and similar stories of change in the lives of children at risk happening all over the world thanks to the hard work of HOPE partners, volunteers, and supporters!


    If you’d like to learn more about Hogar de Amor and lend your support, you can view their project pages HERE.

  • HOPE Partner ‘Love in Action’ operating out of Kenya, works to service the needs of widows and orphans by providing the means and tools to improve education and health through training and project-based programs. Over the past several years, they have pioneered organic farming programs, sewing projects, poultry and livestock programs, and much more, all to create self-sustainability and improve the overall health and wellness of the communities in which they work.

    Joni Eveleigh started ‘Love in Action’ in 2007 and here she shares some of her recent experiences in Kenya . . .

     

    Here's a glimpse into my day. I'm typing this in the dark (well, I've got my candles burning) as our Kenyan Power is out again and has been for the last hour. It can go out from minutes to many hours. We often eat in the dark with candles. It's normal here on a daily basis - you just never know when it's going to go out so we're always prepared with our solar lamps, candles, and flashlights.   

    Yesterday I went to Sibanga to visit a children's centre run by Jeff and Carla who have been in Kenya for 13 years now. They run a large centre on 20 acres and have 165 children, a school, a medical centre, dorms for boys and girls; and are currently having a huge water sewage treatment facility built on their property. They only take infants or babies under one year. Usually the children are found in corn fields, by the rivers, left at the hospital, or even found in latrines. People bring them to the Children's Aid, who in turn bring them to Jeff and Carla's.

    Let me tell you about Evans. One day about 6-1/2 years ago, while at the market, I felt this tap, tap, tap on my shoulder. I turned around and there was Christine begging me to help she and her 2 children. One was Ian who was 3 at the time and Evans who was 8 months old and weighed 7-1/2 lbs. He was so tiny, emaciated with deeply sunken cheeks, couldn't hold his head up, or sit up. He was severely malnourished (as his mother had no milk or food). My heart was so moved and they were all so very sick. We took the 3 of them to the hospital immediately. They all had TB and were malnourished. Their mother Christine had AIDS as well as TB. Fortunately neither of the children had contracted AIDS.

    We had to apply through the Children's Aid in Kitale to have Evans placed with Jeff and Carla's children's ministry. The doctors at the hospital said Evans wouldn't live out the month. But Mama Carla took little Evans, held him, fed him, loved on him and God had mercy on him - touched his little body, and strengthened him. As you can see from the picture above, he's now 6 years old, in school, active, and very busy. He's a quiet, gentle little boy with a very big heart and a huge smile.

    I took Ian, the older boy, about 6 months later because Linda, my co-worker, and I found him during the rainy season lying outside his slum home naked and soaking wet. A neighbour said he had been there for 4 days. He was cold, dehydrated, and so weak. We wrapped him in my fleecy jacket, snuggled him tight, and took him to the hospital. His mother was drunk somewhere in the slum. After we finally found her she begged us to take Ian as she couldn't look after him.

    We were able to place Ian in one of our children's homes with Kenyan parents, Linette and Joseph who have 7 other kids and he's been there for about 5 years. He's in school, healthy, and very happy.

    Unfortunately their mother Christine passed away a couple of years ago with AIDS. She was 36. We used to take her to visit her children and, of course, that made her very happy. I'm so grateful we were able to take Ian and Evans to these children's homes where they are provided for, and are healthy and thriving. God saw these 2 little lives and has a wonderful plan and purpose for them.

    Hence the picture. Yes, this is Evans! Doesn't he look sweet? Will see Ian this week as well. Look what love can do!

    Thanks for praying for Ian and Evans and so many like him. Kenya is full of orphanages and children's homes.

    In March we started the building of our multi-purpose facility & washrooms on our beautiful new 2 acres of land outside of Eldoret. Then we'll begin building the dormitories. So we'll be very busy. Thanks for your prayers for safety and security. We need assistance with getting 150 chairs, curtains, and all the musical instruments (guitar, keyboard, speakers, amplifier, etc.). Please pray with us about these needs.

     

    Get involved and help support Love in Action’s work in Kenya!

     

  • The 2015 12 Days of Hope Christmas campaign helped raise funds for specific, tangible projects around the world and has brought smiles to many faces at The Small World in Nepal.

    The three projects that were funded by the campaign reached a great many children and has addressed a number of their basic needs as a result.

    Project 1: Toilet and shower room construction at new girl’s dorm to support bachelor’s of education

    Our building in Solukhumbu now has the new toilet and shower rooms fully constructed! One shower room and two toilets have been built at the dorm from the funds provided by 12 days of Hope campaign. As these are the basic hygiene and sanitation requirements, the girls will now be able to begin their higher studies.

    Project 2: Need for new blankets for the orphan girls at Himalayan Hope Home

    The Himalayan Hope Home, initiated in 2013, houses 30 orphan Solukhumbu girls. The blankets that were purchased from the funds received from the campaign has helped The Small World replace worn blankets for the girls at the home. The blankets provided will continue to provide warmth throughout the cold winters in Nepal.

    Project 3: Providing bench and desk sets at earthquake-affected schools

    Funds for bench and desk sets have been provided to the School Management Committee (SMC) of Shree Kalika Devi Secondary School, Panchan, Solukhumbu. The funds were disseminated after signing an MOU with the school assuring that the funds will only be used for purchasing 40 desk and bench sets which will accommodate 120 students. The purchases will be made after completion of ongoing reconstruction of classrooms in the school which was damaged during the earthquake.

    Check out more photos of these projects on our Facebook page!

Show More