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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.
Divine Inheritance has been a field agent with HOPE for a number of years, and continues to train and care for children in the Shan State region of Myanmar. With a focus on care, education, and sustainability, Divine Inheritance provides the children under their care with long term training and solutions for the future.
Building sustainable systems that are trainable and provide food and resources has always been a priority for Shan State Children’s Village and School. The farming initiative results in lower or stabilized food costs for the children and families that take part in it.
This pilot project enables Shan State Children’s Village and School in Myanmar to start up livestock and agricultural components of its own food security system. Instruction, along with live demos and practical training for staff and children, are combined with site visits to monitor and coach project progress and success. Year after year, over one hundred children residents will benefit from this project.
HOPE Agents in Mexico, Provision of Hope, have been very busy with the creation of a sustainable development in Cd Valles. With a lot of open land available, but sitting unused, the goal is to create a farm-based training center so locals can make sustainable use of their land.
The center aims to teach gardening practices, plant nutrition and medical uses, organic agricultural training, along with education in baking and tailoring, while also providing safe housing for children and families, and children’s feeding programs for those in need.
Most recently, moringa seeds were delivered to the site where they have already grown into tall plants. Compost and mulch beds have been prepped in order to increase their nutrient value over time. Key people have also undergone bio intensive organic courses and hands-on training under Carl Thompson, a volunteer and expert in organic farming.
If you’d like to get involved and support the growth of the sustainable farming project in Mexico, you can learn more here:
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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.
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.
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.
The importance of a father in a child’s life is an important one. The role itself is a blessing and an honour full of challenges, discovery, and emotion. Dennis and Diane Unrau are HOPE Agents in Hogar de Amor, Mexico.
Dennis’ role as a ‘Dad’ is a unique one as he’s had the honour of being a father figure to hundreds of children over the years. This Father’s Day, he shares his story . . .
“I consider it a privilege to be a father and became a father in December of 1980 when our first child was born. Our first experience at parenting was a whole lot different than we expected as our son Jeremy was born with severe Cerebral Palsy. I learned about things such as seizures, surgeries, and caring for a child who could not verbally communicate. Jeremy was followed three years later by our daughter Jennifer, and three years after her our last child Dustin was born.
A few months before we knew that we were expecting Jennifer, we began to receive foster children into our home which opened our eyes and hearts to the needs of other children as well. Over the next five years, we cared for 13 children in our home; up to three at a time besides our own children.
When we felt a call to come to Mexico and work with children, it was a decision that we made with our family. Our kids weighed in and it was agreed that we would come with a one year commitment. That one year has become almost 22 and our own kids, after graduating from the university here, have returned to Canada and established their careers.
Since we have been house parents here in Mexico, we have directly cared for more than 200 children, walking the floors with crying babies at night, travelling with kids back and forth to school and church, shoe repair, camping trips, celebrating birthdays, hugs during TV time, etc.
We have been responsible indirectly for fundraising, role modeling, and mentoring for several hundred more children over the years. The ministry currently cares for approximately 180 children, from babies to university students.”
Happy Father’s Day from Hope for the Nations!
The 2016 harvest did so well thanks to the support of generous HOPE donors and a lot of hard work at the Bethlehem Home! They now have a sustainable food source for the home. As well, they were able to contribute to HOPE's feeding program at the Hope & Bright Future School.
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