Friday, December 31, 2010

Four Hour Wait for Doctor

Paparao Yelucuri talks with an elderly patient as
she waits to see the doctor.
 For some it was a long wait, but for those who queued up, it’s their only chance to see a physician. For four hours, outside on a dirt street, the Mission to the Nations medical team treated 125 patients in this impoverished Indian village 10 miles outside of Kakinada. It is free medical attention and free medications for people who don’t have easy access to medical services.

ou can Give to Mobile Medical Clinics in India 

Friday, December 17, 2010

These Kids need to Play Too!

School Children in Kakinada, India are excited about
the donation of Sports equipment
You have helped feed them, educate them and give them medicine but for Christmas it is time to celebrate Life! So the students in India received some playground sports equipment and are they very happy.

You can give to Educating Indian children from the slums and impoverished fishing villages

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Dwyatt's Favorite Causes: China Travels 2010

Executive Director Dwyatt Gantt recently spent two months in China, touched by the drama of love and compassion by people who have nothing but are giving everything. Out of his experience, two causes championed his heart as worthy causes.

Give to Mrs. Ma's cause and make it
a warm winter for children receiving
 cerebral palsy therapy.


When we lost our way a few times, a call to the valiant Mrs. Ma rescued us and we found her waiting at her center for children who have cerebral palsy, which is housed in an L-shaped dilapidated building in the middle of a weedy lot, behind other buildings trying to keep up their appearances but marked with neglect.
To meet Mrs. Ma is to forget all that. She was dressed simply, without make-up or distinguishing hairstyle, but the quiet passion of her heart and mission made me feel I was in the midst of greatness.
     Click here to read more…

Give to the Four Sisters cause and fill
 in the gap between fees and running
 a home for needy children.


We found the general area of our destination—a home founded by four biological sisters. A call brought one of the sisters to find us and she directed us to the correct street. We traveled a narrow walking lane and then up a flight of stairs to a two story townhome—simple but shining clean.

The beauty of the home mirrored the spirits of those four sisters and those who loved and cared… Click here to read a love story…

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

China’s New Orphan Network Made Possible by Florida Software Company

The creation of a nationwide orphan data base in China is now nearly complete thanks to a sizable gift by ASG Software Solutions of Naples Florida, a worldwide leader in business solutions for global enterprises. As a partner with Children’s Hope International, ASG provided computers, software and training for hundreds of Chinese orphanages over the past three years.

In a ceremony in Beijing, the China Center for Adoption Affairs (CCAA) honored ASG for giving such a significant donation to their new orphan network. ASG’s contributions to Children’s Hope made the purchase of 381 computers possible. Also ASG provided for system training. The social welfare staff from 430 Chinese orphanages attended one of seven training courses provided by ASG Software Solutions.

Dwyatt Gantt, Children’s Hope Executive Director along with Melody Zhang, Children’s Hope China Director, attended the CCAA ceremony in Beijing. The significance of this computer data project was expressed on the CCAA website:

“This work touches thousands of orphaned and disabled children in China, moving children’s welfare into a historic direction.”

The article went on to state that more and more welfare homes are using the new operation system in placing children with special needs and other orphans to international adoption

Thank you to ASG Software Solutions and the entire Allen Family.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

14-year-old Boy Walks for the First Time

With great pride, Tao, takes big steps through the therapy room to show how he can finally walk on his own. He could hardly move for the first 14 years of his life because there was no physical therapy available in his rural Chinese village to treat his cerebral palsy: Tao’s muscles and joints were locking down. But after a few months of extensive PT and massage, Tao was pedaling a stationary bike and eventually taking steps for the first time. A Children’s Hope program, which brings parents and their children with CP to Beijing, is creating a better quality of life for dozens of kids. The children receive extensive therapy while the parents are educated on how to maintain their child’s maximum range of motion.

You can give to this and other China Medical Projects

Monday, November 29, 2010

33 Water Wells for 2010

Over the weekend, we received reports on five more completed water wells in India. That makes 33 new drinking wells for the year. This number of wells will be a safe water supply for over 26,000 people.

You can bore a well by giving here $650 bores one Indian village well

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Video Shows How Christmas Giving has a Positive Impact on Orphans' Lives

The Children’s Hope International 2011 orphan gift catalog helps you adopt a new perspective on how to celebrate Christmas. Watch the video to see the children your gift will impact and then go to the links below to make a difference this year.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Adopting a New Way to Give at Christmas

Within the snow storm of department store catalogs clogging your mail box with promises of the perfect Christmas gift, you may soon find a little booklet with gifts of hope. You and your family can purchase seeds for a school farm in Ethiopia, bore a well in India, bring comfort to a sick Colombian orphan, or help a struggling abandoned mother start a business. The Children’s Hope International 2011 orphan gift catalog helps you adopt a new perspective on how to celebrate Christmas.

If you are not on the Children’s Hope Development Aid mailing list, you can look through the 12 pages right now and then give on a secure donation page:
The Children’s Hope 2011 Gift Catalog online flip book

If the flipbook doesn’t work well on your computer try this:
The Children’s Hope 2011 Gift Catalog PDF (you can control the screen size on this file)

You can sign up to be included on the Children’s Hope Development Aid mailing list.

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Indian Mothers Receive Medical Help

We all have complaints and even horror stories about our high quality, high dollar health care in America. In contrast, the mothers of Raparthy, India, are so thankful when the Children’s Hope mobile medical clinic comes to their village. With no available legitimate medical care, the physician check-ups and free medications for their sick children can be a life saver.

You can bring a mobile medical clinic to mothers in an Indian Village

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Flood Waters Inundate Slums and Fishing Villages

Those with the least, lose the most after four days of rain in eastern India.

Wading in hip high water, volunteers are delivering food to families trapped by flooding in eastern India. Today, Paparao Yeluchuri, Children’s Hope partner in India, cooked food and bought enough rice, bread, and milk for 1000 people. The Kakinada slums and poor rice farming villages are all under water after four days of heavy rain. A tropical system is expected to bring additional downpours Saturday night through Monday.

You can help with this effort by giving now

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Clean Clothes Bring a Chill to Inner Mongolia

Wearing damp clothes during an Inner Mongolian winter is far from comfortable for the orphans at ChiFeng Orphanage, but to wear clean clothes means to put them on a little wet. This orphanage of over 50 children with special needs has no clothes dryer. Also the washer is far too small for all the laundry, so the staff must wash most of the children’s clothing by hand. It is then hung to partially dry in any available out of the way space in the orphanage. It’s a time consuming task and all too often a chilling process for the children. Help us purchase the proper laundry equipment for these 50 Chinese orphans. Large washer-dryer combo unit will cost about $10,000 with transportation expenses.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Bright Hope Harvest

Two students at Bright Hope School in Ethiopia hold up part of a harvest of carrots. The vegetable gardens planted in mid-summer on the school grounds are going to help increase the daily nutrition of students. The 500 laying hens are also now delivering a daily egg harvest. Most of the 2100 children at Bright Hope have lost one or both parents to leprosy and AIDS.

Give to the Bright Hope Garden Project

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

After School Help

These northern Ethiopian children are receiving additional assistance with their studies through a Children's Hope tutorial program. All the kids come from struggling homes in the city of Mekele. Our Ethiopian Family Preservation project is providing love and support to help single mothers hold onto their families.

Give to Ethiopian Family Preservation

Monday, October 4, 2010

India: Women Sewing to Financial Independence

For the 50 women enrolled in this year’s seamstress training classes in India, successful completion of the course can mean financial independence and higher self-image. All of them are working hard to obtain an honorable occupation to help feed and educate their children. The nine month course will give the women the skills they need to start their own in-home business. Once the course is completed, the graduates are given a sewing machine, start-up fabric and sewing supplies.

You can help with the purchase of a sewing machine, sewing supplies or provide for a woman’s tuition.

Give to the Indian Mothers' Sewing Project

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Bus Arrives!

This is a week of celebration.
Tuesday morning was the first time for a bus ride to school for the children in Kakinada, India.

“The happiness of the children is so much that I cannot explain it in words. Today is the day of miracle for the school children because of this new gift of the bus,” said Paparao Yeluchuri- Children’s Hope India partner.

As you know, these students are from the slums and impoverished fishing villages along the Bay of Bengal in eastern India. Without the free schools Paparao runs for the Kakinada area poor, these children would be wandering the streets or working as child laborers. Today, the effort to get the children to school was made easier by this brand new school bus you helped purchase. The long walk from the villages to school will no longer be an issue during the torrential rains of the monsoon season.

Give to India Education
$60 can keep a child in school

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Books for Vietnamese School Children

In early September, additional study handbooks were purchased for the Vinh Long students who are assisted by Children’s Hope Vietnam Partners in Hope. The math, science, literature and social studies work books will give the children an aid in grasping the subjects. The Partners make school possible for 150 students by
purchasing their two required school uniforms, books and supplies. These children would have extreme difficulties affording school without your help.

Become a Vietnam Partner in Hope

Thursday, September 9, 2010

A Shop to Call His Own

Microloans helping preserve a family

For Habtom, 34, this is a day he again can feel proud. Along with his son, he is standing in front of his new shop where he sells candy, soda, fruit drinks and various household products. Children's Hope was able to loan Habtom the money he needed to purchase the container store and his inventory so he could again provide for his family.

After fleeing the war in their home country of Eritrea, Habtom's family was living in abject poverty in northern Ethiopia. Employment opportunities were nonexistent for Habtom and his wife, because both are blind. He owned a retail shop back in Eritrea but did not have the resources to purchase a shop in Ethiopia. But now, he has his shop and a new start.

Give to Family Preservation in Ethiopia

Thursday, September 2, 2010

From Rags to True Riches

Singing "Beautiful One" in the attached video are kids who over the past ten years have been rescued from the streets of Delhi. The second soloist in the video is 15-year-old Ranjita. The photo on the right is from when she was found wandering the streets alone back in 2001. It is an amazing transformation. Children's Hope's friend from the Good News Centre visited St. Louis yesterday and shared about their work with orphans in India.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Lining up for Food

This weekend, this little sweet girl waits patiently for a warm bowl of upma.

$50 feeds over 100 children in India

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

India: Mobile Clinics Bring Health Care to Women and Children

Villagers from three poor fishing communities along the Bay of Bengal, on India's east coast, received check-ups and medicine at free clinics this weekend. The sudden change from summer’s heat to the rainy monsoon season has created ripe conditions for the spread of viral infections. Mothers with their children and older villagers lined up to be seen by a physician. Nearly 400 patients were served this weekend.

Donate to a Mobile Medical Clinic

Monday, August 16, 2010

A New Pecking Order at Bright Hope School

The laying hens have arrived! Five hundred total. As opposed to chicks, more mature (several months old) hens were purchased for Ethiopia's Bright Hope School to help increase survivability during transport to their new home. It is expected that the chickens will start producing eggs by late September or early October. Laying cages along with the watering system have been installed in the egg laying room of the hatchery.

Donate to the self sustaining Bright Hope School mini farm project in Ethiopia

Read past Bright Hope reports

Monday, August 2, 2010

Surgery Gives Chinese Boy Complete Lip

For Hai Yan, eating was probably not foremost in his mind when the post surgical photo was taken (above), but it will be an easier proposition now that his operation is complete. Because of anemic blood, he had to wait many months more than his two orphan mates to get his double cleft lip repaired. The 17-month-old will eventually need a cleft palate surgery as well.

Give to China Medical Projects

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Look at Your Ethiopian Garden Grow!

Over the past two months at Bright Hope School, the garden plots where cultivated, planted and prayed over. Now the sprouts are up and it won’t be long before the 2100 students will be eating fresh vegetables.

Give to the Bright Hope School mini-farm project

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Warm and Snug in Ethiopia

Babies at the Numan Orphanage are warm at night in their new cribs with new blankets and bedding provided by the donors to the Numan Wish List Fund.

The most common struggle for Ethiopian orphanages right now, is being able to afford the high cost of baby formula.

You can help buy baby formula!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Hunger Pangs in India

Feeding program held on Saturday fed nearly 170 street children in eastern Indian village. The nutritious hot upma contains rice grains, onion, peanuts and spices.

$30 pays for one feeding station: Type in, “street children”

Monday, July 12, 2010

10K Scramble for Ethiopia

Early on Saturday morning, over 300 Runners hit the streets of Bozeman, Montana, to help the kids of Bright Hope School. You can watch a local TV station’s coverage of the event. The story includes an interview with Kate Townley, who was not only one of the race organizers, she spent a week in May with a team from Journey Church, at Bright Hope School, helping construct the school's protective wall. Proceeds of the race will go to the self sustaining Bright Hope Garden Project which will improve the nutritional needs of the 2100 students from this community ravaged by AIDS and Leprosy.

Watch the Bright Hope 10K Scramble as seen on local TV news(Note: The story incorrectly reports that the water will soon be flowing, where as the water well has been operational since early in the year)

Bright Hope School Project update


The main chicken house structure is complete but we are still waiting on the shipment of the laying cages. Those are expected to arrive soon. Once the cages are in place, dozens of chickens, that are around 3 months old, will be purchased. The purchase of slightly more mature hens is to help increase the initial survivability of the flock. About six to eight weeks after the chickens arrive; the hens will be old enough to start laying eggs. Hello Egg McMuffins!

Also, the chicken hatchery storage building and guard house are complete. In addition, a lengthy stretch of water pipes were laid from the new water well, in the front of the property, all the way down to the chicken hatchery, on the back side of the property, to provide water for the chickens.

The Garden plots:

The land for the first vegetable garden plot, in the three acre open area in front of the large school building, is prepared and seeded in advance of the rainy season. The second garden plot, on the other side of the school buildings, is being completed now. Fencing to protect the two gardens is being erected to protect the young sprouts.

Security Wall:

The front wall, along with the entrance gate, is complete. The second phase of the wall construction, which the Harvest and Journey churches were working on, now reaches all the way to the back corner of the property. Some more wall height is currently being added to this section.

What's left to do? From that rear corner, winding back to the other side of the completed front wall is around 300 to 400 meters. This leaves a little over half of the wall project remaining to encircle the entire 13 acre property. This is a HUGE job. With material costs increasing (especially cement) and the intense labor in constructing the wall, this portion of the Bright Hope project will have to continue several months after the chickens are clucking and the vegetables are cooking in a pot.

Give here to the Bright Hope project
Journey Church work team posing on the section of the wall they had worked.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Indian School Bus will Roll Soon

We are so excited to share with you that the final donations came in yesterday to buy the 40 seat school bus for the students in India.

In response to the news of the bus, Paparao in India sent us an email in all caps:

The new school bus will pick up the children from the impoverished fishing villages to assure they get to school. Many of these children can’t make the long walk to school during the terrible down-pours of the Monsoon season. They miss out on valuable weeks of school.

Thank you to all who prayed and gave to the India bus project.

Give to Education on India

Thursday, July 1, 2010

25 wells in First Half of 2010

When well #106 was completed for BreakDown STL, it marked the 25th well completed this year. Hundreds of people in the Parlo Ellage slum in India now have safe drinking water. Along with well #106, two other wells were bored last week adding to the thousands of villagers, who this year, now have freedom from their old contaminated water source.

A whole community receives disease free water for only $650 per well. You can deliver fresh water Now!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Runners Help Ethiopia School Garden Project

You can't beat the scenery runners will have at the Scramble for Ethiopia

The Scramble for Ethiopia, a 5K, 10K and Kid’s run in Bozeman, Montana on July 10th will raise money for the continued construction of the Bright Hope School self-sustaining mini-farm project in Addis Ababa. Last year’s run helped fund the building of the chicken hatchery and vegetable garden plots that will soon provide daily nutrition to the 2100 students.

If you are in the Bozeman area on July 10 or if this looks like your kind of race, find out more and register at: Scramble for Ethiopia

More on the Bright Hope School Garden Project

Give to the Bright Hope Garden Project

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Summer Jobs for Vietnam Students

The kids at Vinh Long school are enjoying their summer break from their daily studies. Most will work this summer by helping their parents, either out in the rice fields, fishing or with daily chores at home. When school starts up again in August, 138 children will be benefiting from the Vietnam Partners in Hope monthly support.
Without this financial help, many of the children would not be able to return to school. Their chance of emerging from their families’ poverty then lessens greatly.

Like 10-year-old Hong Yen who will start 5th grade this fall, she lives with her mother and her younger brother. Hong Yen’s father passed away so her mother provides for Hong Yen and her brother by working as a temporary farm laborer. Most of the children in the Partnership program come from families like Hong Yen’s; they don’t own their own farm land so their earning potential is extremely low.

The funds from Partnership provide for the basic books, supplies and uniforms the children will need. But again this year, Thuy in Vietnam, is asking for additional help in purchasing each of the 138 students a special set of books. These are Math, Literature, Chemistry, Physics and English exercise work books. The total amount to purchase 138 sets is around $22/student or $3000 total.

Help purchase supplemental work books for the kids
enter Vietnam and Education

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Survival for Ethiopian Families

Ethiopia Partners in Hope contributions are helping provide survival funds for 60 children in 27 families in northern Ethiopia. All of these families are one parent homes. Most are like Akeza's; her husband died from AIDS so she is left alone to raise her small child Yared. Since Akeza has no skills to find a job and is herself infected with AIDS, she is given enough money for rent and some food supplies every month. For special holidays, chickens are purchased for each family.

The Partnership goal is to increase job training so that most of the single mothers in the program can eventually be employed. Already, five of these mothers have received micro-loans through the Partnership program, to help them start a small business.

You can be a Partner in Hope for Ethiopia

Friday, June 4, 2010

Thanks to Church Work Groups, Security Wall Lengthens at Ethiopia’s Bright Hope School

Over 200 meters of additional security wall is nearly complete at the Bright Hope School in Addis Ababa, after mission groups from two Montana churches put in two weeks of hard work. The 17 workers from the United States labored side-by -side with people from the Bright Hope community.

The members of these two churches, Harvest Church of Billings and Journey Church of Bozeman, were the initial supporters of the self sustaining mini-farm project for the 2100 students of the Bright Hope School.

Donate to the Bright Hope School

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Two Boys with Healthier Future

Two of the three little boys from Kaifeng, you were first introduced to in the nurse photo below, now have their lips repaired. The third boy had a delay in his surgery because of a cold.

Help with China medical projects

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

India: 20 Disease Free Water Wells

With the additional five Indian villages receiving water wells over the past month, Children’s Hope partners have now completed 20 wells in 2010. Since the beginning of the year, wells numbered 82 to 101 have been bored in communities to provide a fresh water source. There are thousands of people in these impoverished villages and slums of India who are now drinking and cooking with safe water.

A whole community receives disease free water for only $650 per well.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

China: An Orphan’s New Smile

The two surgeries required to repair both sides of Ji Guang’s lip are now complete. He’s a happy boy with his new smile.

Donate to Chinese Medical Projects
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