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Hope for the Nations began in 1994 with our first home for 25 children in Nepal.
We’ve grown rapidly since then, through partnerships with local organizations in the field, to help thousands of children.
Over the years, we’ve expanded into twenty-two countries around the world: building drop-in centers, community-based homes, and schools. We’ve also organized micro-enterprise programs, emergency aid relief, and critically-needed support services.
We consider Hope for the Nations to be a “boutique” NGO, which means we customize and tailor our work around our projects’ unique communities. This allows us to respond to the diverse cultural, political and economic environments children face in different countries around the world.
Our focus has always been the safety and well-being of children. By addressing the environment and care of a community’s children, our projects begin to transform entire communities.
We seek to empower children at risk to become children of change.
Dennis the Electrician!
EDUCATION opens the door to a better future.
Denis was born into a world full of difficulty and disadvantages. The curse of poverty touched every part of his life.
His mother was a worker on the streets when I first met Denis. He was one of 4 siblings and providing lodging, putting food on the table and clothing each child was a steep challenge for his mother. Yet, because of his mother’s deep love, Denis somehow remained enrolled in school.
When Denis reached his teen years, he fell into bad company. Drugs, absenteeism and petty crime changed the trajectory of his life. He dropped out of school, engaged in theft for his habits and got in trouble with the police. I remember the day I saw him off on the bus on his way to a ‘reform’ school near Nairobi. He had a tough exterior, but he carried the fears of a young teenager.
In boarding school, he was incorrigible. In short time he was badly beaten by school officials and required medical attention. For fear of his life, he was removed from the school and returned home.
Over time, Denis was able to reflect on his life. Where was he going? What were his abilities? What would he like to do with his life? On his own, he decided that he would like to go to trade school. With the help of a Canadian family who sponsored him, he was provided funds for enrollment at an industrial training school.
Today, Denis is finishing his two year degree as an electrician. He loves his studies at college and achieves top marks. He will complete an apprenticeship and then start his own business.
For Denis, EDUCATION has opened a door to a much better future!
New Hope Centre Graduates with their Mamas
Our children in New Hope Center have every reason to give up! For many of them, life has seemingly dealt them a losing hand. Refugees from war in Congo, survivors of a massacre in Burundi, forced to leave what had become home for them in our Center in Burundi, and now living in yet again another country. Most of them have lost parents, family members and friends along the way and in many cases survived both physical and emotional wounding. And yet, rather than giving up, or becoming bitter and resentful, they have survived and even thrived. They have had to learn another language, pick up their studies all over again, this time in English, and settle again in new and strange surroundings. But they have thrived, determined to be better and not bitter.
We recently celebrated the graduation of 8 of our students in Nyamata, Rwanda. This accomplishment is nothing short of a miracle. Having studied in the French language for their first 10 years, they were forced to enter the last year and a half of their secondary education in the English language. Through diligence, determination, hard work and God’s help, all 8 students successfully passed their Secondary school studies, and are now poised to enter university to continue their studies.
Pictured above is our Graduates with some of the mamas who have cared for them over many years.
Thank you to all who have prayed and supported these children as well as the others in New Hope Center these past 12 years. Thank you also to those who generously made it possible for us to celebrate their graduation with a dinner and party honoring their achievement. All of the children and staff of New Hope, as well as numerous relatives and guests, made this a very special occasion. New graduation suits, dresses, and accessories made the afternoon something to remember.
Please continue to pray and support these ones as seek God’s will for furthering their education. Economics, Psychology, Computer Engineering, Business, Pilot, Medicine, and Languages are some of the next steps for these ones.
This is a plea for prayer and support for our agents and friends in Democratic Republic of Congo, East Africa at the Emmanuel Center Children’s Village and other affected areas.
There have been a number of attacks on villages in the High Plateau of Congo near Marungu. Twenty six villages in the High Plateau area south of Marungu, where Emmanuel Center Children's Village is located, have been burned by various tribal and rebel groups. Many people have been killed and the rest have fled into the forest and to neighboring villages. Our country director has spent time in two of these villages, Rubibi and Masongo, as well as many of the other surrounding villages and knows many of the people there. Emmanuel Center is okay for now but there is, naturally, much fear. We are currently waiting to hear more from one of our associates as soon as he descends to the market, part way down the mountain, where there is cell service.
One old Pastor who Ray knows has been carried down the mountain to Uvira with his wife, and is being transferred to Rwanda to be with his son. Nineteen other families have made it down to Uvira where they are currently staying while many thousands more people are camped in the forest or have found shelter in other villages part way down the mountain. Some have made it to our center where we are helping to care for them. They have little choice but to remain there until there is some stability and they are able to return to begin the daunting task of rebuilding. Most have lost their homes as well as all their possessions.
Congo is experiencing much unrest and insecurity, yet again, with a political solution not in sight. It seems, in this vacuum, various rebel factions are trying to strengthen their position, hoping to be included in a future government.
This terrible situation comes on the heels of a successful baptism, and the beginning of our new church at Najenga this past weekend. In the past two weeks we were also able to transport 50 new mattresses to our children's home in Emmanuel Center along with "Christmas Shoeboxes" sent from Team Hope in Ireland. This in itself was a challenge, with us having to transport them half way by truck and then use porters to get them up the mountain, where the vehicles could not travel due to heavy rains, wash outs, and a lot of fear on the part of truck drivers. We give thanks that they were able to be transported prior to this latest outbreak.
Please pray for peace; for Congo, for the many families affected by these latest attacks, and for protection for our Children's Center and surrounding villages near Marungu.
If you’d like to lend your support to HOPE’s work in Congo, you can learn more on the project page here
HOPE ambassador, Stephanie Hunter visited Asia in the Fall to check in on a number of our agents and the projects they currently have underway. Here are her updates from the road . . .
HOPE is proud to continue working with agents Dianne & Fred Doell it's been an honor working with them through the ministry at Mercy Pattaya for 15 years. Lots of exciting things are happening and it is always so wonderful to get the opportunity to visit.
Haven Children’s Home – Pattaya, Thailand
We spent time with the staff and discussed successes, challenges, and needs for the children’s home. This past February, one of our social workers and the leader of Haven Foundation Children's Home, Sudjai, received the Social Worker of the Year Award from the Thai Government! "It is a privilege and an honor to serve the Thai Government and be a voice for those who have no voice," she stated. We are grateful for the Thai Government for coming alongside us in the fight for freedom!
Mae Sai, Thailand
HOPE has worked with agents Samrang and Jham with Divine Inheritance in the Mae Sai Hope Childrens Village for over 16 years, they are directors of the foundation and house parents. Due to their age they are in the transition to be ‘grandparents’ to the children and have their daughter, Ying, and her husband in place to become the overseers of the home.
Thai Border Region, Myanmar
Last year when Rob and I visited this home it was at capacity and in really sad shape. We posted a fundraising campaign on the HOPE website and within a year we had the funds.
Today, with the addition of two new bedrooms, bathrooms, and an open-air common space, the Children’s Border Home is now impacting 16 more children who are cared for. The children love the coziness of the bunk rooms with comfy beds and cubbies for their belongings, the new dining area for sharing group meals, and the common space for playing games, doing homework, and just being kids.
Learn more about HOPE projects that need your support by clicking HERE
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
Once cleaned up and modified shipping containers fit together like lego blocks in so many unique and interesting combinations. The walls can be cut out, the pieces used to build stairs or balustrades. All that's needed is a welder and some elbow grease! And a great builder with imagination and experience - in our case, Bill Hebner, originally from Kelowna.
With this vision our HOPE agent liaison Cathleen Loge has pursued the goal of building a high school in Tanzania relentlessly. After much hard work, and fundraising this dream is quickly becoming a reality. Scheduled to open fully furnished in time for the new school year starting January 2018
In a nation of systemic poverty, extreme unemployment and government corruption students in Tanzania stand less than a 5% chance of finishing high school in the public system where classes are hopelessly overcrowded and underfunded.
For the students at Living Waters Secondary school, caring teachers and values-based curriculum will give students the tools they need to become community leaders and employers. Their nation needs them to fulfill their dreams and together we can make that a reality.
Once completed The Living Waters High school will be a beautiful light blue with dark blue trim and mahogany wood doors. It might be hard to see, but it's coming!
Funds collected now will go toward desks chalkboards and equipment for the school. We aim to be ready for up to 500 students!
INVEST IN A CHILD'S EDUCATION 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.
The Hope Village farm is full of life and is assisting larger numbers. For example, our egg production is feeding more of the hungry and also eggs are sold to make the farm self-sustaining. In addition, we have 15 new piglets and 8 new kids.
Please consider helping us to continue supporting the community by making a regular donation to Hope Village each month. Every little bit helps.
Fleeing as refugees from DRC (Congo), surviving a massacre in Burundi, evacuation from Burundi to Rwanda, not to mention having to start school in the English language for the first time in their second to last year in Secondary School; now successful graduates from Secondary School in the English Language!
We are so very proud of our 8 graduates from our New Hope Children’s Center. As so many have commented, “This is nothing short of a miracle!” Now they are researching college and university options.
Now we would like to honor these young men and women, 5 boys and 3 girls, with a fitting graduation celebration and party. We would like to purchase suits, shirts, ties and shoes for the boys, and dresses, shoes and accessories for the girls, as well as have a banquet in their honor at our New Hope Temporary Center in Rwanda.
Would you like to be part of making this happen? We are planning the celebration for April 1, 2017.
We value your support, as well as ongoing prayers for these children, as well as the rest of our New Hope family. Here is the list of our graduates from left to right:
Fidele Raha, Bill Sebineza, Jonas Bigirimana, Genereuse Ndora,
Daniel Mpore, Joyce Uzamukunda, Mike Ndatabaye, Esther Nyabihimana
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