Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Spring Birthdays Sprout Orphan Ambassadors

Brothers Peter and Joseph with Anna Rae Buschman
Inspired by her little brother, Anna Rae Buschman told her friends and family coming to her 9th birthday party to skip the trip to Target and donate to orphans in Vietnam. Her big heart for orphans led her to this big sacrifice on her birthday. She explained in the note that accompanied the donations, "...because my little brother was an orphan in Vietnam."

We’ve seen so many kids lately who are finding satisfaction in making a difference as opposed to getting "cool new things". Just yesterday, Zoe Lannert walked into the Children’s Hope St. Louis offices to hand-deliver checks totaling almost $600. Her 10th birthday wish is to help kids in Novokuznetsk Baby Home #2. Zoe had heard about her friend, Grace Vaala, adopted from the same Russian region, who was featured on the Hope in Action blog for raising money on her birthday for the orphanage where she was cared for prior to her adoption. Zoe thought this would be a great way to celebrate her birthday as well.

Zoe Lannert with Dwyatt Gantt-
Children's Hope Executive Director

So we salute these selfless girls and thank them for their desire to take a stand. They all are true Orphan Ambassadors.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

It Takes Four Wheels to Meet the Needs of the Poor

In order to continue to serve the poor of Kakinada, India, Paparao needs a new truck. Delivering food and medical supplies every day, over rough rural roads, has put his 10 year old vehicle on life support. In this video, you will see just a fraction of the loving service provided by the Mission to the Nations team that is becoming more and more difficult as their service truck slowing dies.

Donate Now to help buy a truck

It Takes Four Wheels to Meet the Needs of the Poor from Children's Hope International on Vimeo.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

China: Four Sisters Home is Overflowing

Shuai Peng is feeling much better now that he is in a Beijing Hospital
The four sisters’ Loving Center foster home in Henan province is full, beyond capacity. There are 17 orphans living in the home right now. The sisters received five more children with special needs from Nanyang orphanage in April; two of them had congenital heart disease, one had teratoma, one had hermaphroditism, and another one has an eye disease. There isn’t any room for extra children, but the local orphanage continually sends children with special need children to the sisters.

Recently the four sisters helped a family with a sick 2 year-old boy, Shuai Peng, who had an extreme extended belly. When one of the sisters found out that the family could not afford medical treatment, she used 3000 RMB ($450) from money donated from Children’s Hope to help with Shuai Peng’s medical fees. Two days later, the child was transferred to a Beijing hospital for more extensive treatment. Thank you for providing for the operational expenses at 4 sisters’ Loving Center which gave the sisters the ability to take action that may save Shuai Peng’s life.

These four biological sisters are caring for orphans with special needs

Give to China Orphan Medical

Friday, May 13, 2011

Bright Hope Kids Inspire Runners

A team of five determined runners put in extra miles on the roads and on their treadmills to raise money for the Bright Hope School Garden project in Ethiopia. They were competing with 84 teams from their parent company Reed Elsevier, who ran, walked, cycled and swam through the first quarter of 2011 to raise money for a charity as part of the re:fit2win competition. Teams competed to win their category, and the winning teams won $1,000 for a charity of their choice.

In a close battle in the running category, the LexisNexis employee team, Scrambling for Ethiopia, drew inspiration and strength, down the homestretch of the three month completion, from a photo of smiling children at Bright Hope School.

"My six and seven year olds have been bugging me lately about why I am spending so much time on the treadmill, so I showed them the pictures of the kids and they both gave me a big hug – they still don’t quite understand where these kids live and the conditions but somehow they knew it meant a lot to do this," said Rick Trainor, Alpharetta, Georgia during the last days of the contest.

The Scrambling for Ethiopia team finished with a total of nearly 2300 miles- bettering the second place team by well over 100 miles. Those hard fought winning runs deliver $1000 to the Bright Hope School Garden Project. This school farm provides safe water, eggs and fresh vegetables for the poorest of the students as well as operating income for the school. Most the 2100 children have lost one or both parents to leprosy or AIDS.

“We were going to either win this contest or lose laying it all on the line. We ended up winning the contest during the last week. I have never been so proud to be on a team than this one as I knew it involved sacrifice, effort, and passion,” wrote Brad Dolesh, Bozeman, Montana.

You too can Give to the Bright Hope School Ethiopia sustainable nutrition project

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

New Work Team Arrives in Ethiopia

Journey Church Team working on the Bright Hope Wall in January 2011

Another Journey Church work team is back in Ethiopia to help with the final stage of construction on the security wall at the Bright Hope School. This is the fourth group from the Bozeman, Montana church to come to Addis Abba over the past 18 months. The ten members will be working alongside the hired workers from the Korah community – the impoverished neighborhood where the Bright Hope students live. 


This school farm provides safe water, eggs and vegetables for the poorest of the students as well as operating income for the school. Most children have lost one or both parents to leprosy or AIDS

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