Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Finishing touches on Bright Hope Kitchen...

Work on the walls and ceiling of the Bright Hope School kitchen is almost finished. Pretty soon the students will have a place to sit down and eat the eggs and vegetables they produce from their garden and hen house.

What we need now are tables and benches, and cooking utensils.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Bright Hope Kitchen - Almost Done!

Here's the original "kitchen."  
We've come a log way from this point.

The kitchen is enclosed now and supplies are
protected from outside elements.
The kitchen is enclosed and work is in progress to
finish the ceiling and floor.















"The ceiling work for the dining hall will be expected to be finished this week. And we plan to put the iron sheet for the kitchen.  There will be another layer on the floor before finalizing the work. Please enjoy the pictures. "


Mahlet Girma 
Keep Hope Alive, Ethiopia

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Visit our CHI Foster Home!


Ana , Melody and Maria with Lele, Jinhua and Beibei at Alenah's Home, our CHI foster home. Ana said she came to China as a result of the email and a talk CHI did at the reunion 2012. We are really ready for our adopted children to come to volunteer at our home! Welcome Email mary.house@chidrenshope.net to learn how you can visit Alenah's Home.

Monday, July 29, 2013

REPORT FROM CAMBODIA...KEEPING HOPE ALIVE

The following is a report from our CHI representative in Cambodia. This work requires a minimum of $360 per moth to continue to KEEP HOPE ALIVE for the unfortunate families in the Phnom Penh garbage dump.  Our Cambodian representative, James, tells us in his own words....

"My name is James. I’m working as representative for Children’s Hope International in Cambodia. I have been involved working at Slum village since 2009.

Slum village or Steung Meanchey ‘Garbage Dump’ is located 7 km from Phnom Penh city downtown, in a district of the city of the same name, Steung Meanchey. It is a part of the city with low-income neighborhoods and slums. The dump itself covers about 100 acres, or almost 6 hectares. It is flanked by private property on which rubbish pickers build makeshift huts and are charged extortionate rents by landowners. Roughly 400-500 families including 1,200 children live and work there. It is nicknamed “Smoky Mountain” because of the miasma of smoke that the dump constantly gives off. It is literally on fire; the waste creates methane as it rots and the methane burns. In monsoon season and throughout much of the rest of the year, the surrounding area is swamped and the children live and play in fetid water.

All the families who are living in the slum village are not originally from Phnom Penh city. They came from different provinces by expecting to find better life in Phnom Penh. Unfortunately, they could not get what they wanted because they are uneducated and have no skills in anything. So their dream to get better life in Phnom Penh was totally destroyed. Later because of their daily needs, they had to force themselves to do something to get food to survive and to feed their children.Although this work is very difficult and can not guaranty their long life, they must do. Their work is picking up and collecting rubbish. Finally, they ended up coming to the garbage dump area together to work and live there since 1985. This slum later built its own community and has been increased in numbers every year. For this community is crowded and the place is so tiny, the atmosphere is very fetid everywhere.

Our work with kids at the slum village, we eventually make friend with them. We then listen to their problems and try to figure out the cause of those problems. For instant, the kids want to go to school but their parents want them to pick up the garbage. As a result, the kids were so sad and don’t know what to do. So we know about this issue, we go to the parents, explain them and encourage them to love their children by helping them to go to school to get better future. In the same time, we always teach them and let them know how much God love them as we love them.  Besides that, we teach and play different games with them about “LOVE”. Mainly, we try to teach them to understand about love, unity and forgiveness with one another because in the community the kids like to fight each other. Finally, after the game we usually give them some gifts.

Koeun Chan Rattana is one of those kids who helped his parents to collect the scrap across the city every night from 4:00pm to 3:ooam. He is 12 years old. He told me that he really wanted to go to school.  He is 12 years old. His sister, Koeun Srey Leah, is 9 years old. She also went out with his brother and father to collect the scrap every night. She told me that she didn’t want to do this work but wanted to go to school instead. The father told her that she needs to wait til he saves enough money. I discussed with their father about how to help them to go to school. He shared with me that he sent his kids to school last year but because of poverty he stopped them - going to school. The father can earn around $7 per day and used this money to raise 8 people in his family and he also has to pay $25 per month for his rental land to build a small house to stay. When I saw this family’s poverty and the kids’ desire to go to school, I decided to support their kids to go to school such as school uniform, school materials and some pocket money. Through this help, I could see their joy and peace in the kids’ eyes and parents."

James will tell us more about his work in Phno Penh in futures blog posts.
It takes a minimum of $360 per month for James to KEEP HOPE ALIVE in Cambodia.  Won't you help?

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

THANK YOU from India...


One of our kind-hearted Partners in Hope received this message, along with the photo, from Pastor Paparao in India:

Greetings from CHIF-India Branch. I take this opportunity to thank you so much for your donation.  Your donation was used today to provide food to 135 school children.  All the children were so very happy for the food they received. All the children prayed for you by your name. Thank you so much fro your compassionate donation which is a great blessing to the children here in our rural area school.

We have started and running free schools where the children are receiving free education. Presently, in all our schools, more than 6000 children are receiving free education.  As and when we receive donation from the kind people like you, we are conducting food programs in our free schools. All these children are from low income groups, backward class families, Homeless families, untouchable families and their parents are not able to provide sufficient food for these children.  This is due to their deep poverty. Thank you for your kindness.
Please find that I am enclosing some photographs of this food program.

Kind regards to you,

Pastor. Paparao
CHIF - India Branch

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Not just talk...

Bonita Lim
CHI adoptive mom Bonita Lim lives in Shanghai with her husband and two adopted special needs sons. Bonita is the founder of Brown Rice Designs, a fashion design company  Bonita expalins that "Some families in Shanghai do not have incomes enough for basic needs like housing, food, education, medical expenses and heating. Brown Rice's main purpose is to provide opportunity, independence and hope to those families that need it most.Brown Rice provides employment, microfinancing, equipment, training and support to people whose personal circumstances make it near impossible to otherwise work. Our Livelihood Program aims to enable individuals to become self sufficient businesses within two years."
Zhang Yali
When Bonita learned of Zhang Yali, a 13 year old girl whose  destitute parents brought her to Beijing from their hometown in rural Hebei Province, she took action via Brown Rice. Yali suffers from leukemia, and the family didn’t have the money for medical care. Her case is not unusual in China, where funds for care of children suffering from birth defects and disease fall far short of the need. What is unusual is the story of how a good Samaritan who is a Shanghai businesswoman gave Zhang a new lease on life. 

Yali has finished the third of the eleven chemotherapy treatments required to enable her survival without a bone marrow transplant. “All talk, no action,” Bonita said, describing the numbers of people who say they want to help such charity works but never do anything. “I am always told that one person single-handedly can’t ameliorate the need. But if everyone took that view, the world would never get better.”

Monday, June 24, 2013

You're invited! Video Visit to Alenah's House...



Our staff at Alenah's House, our CHI Foster home, want to invite everyone to visit and work with the children receiving love and physical therapy there.Watch the video to see what awaits! 

Email  Mary.House@childrenshope.net
to plan your visit!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Helping at Alenah's...


Alenah's Home is our CHI foster home where orphans receive physical therapy and, equally important, individualized attentio and the loving care needed to grow and thrive.

Right now there are about 4 mothers and daughters from the U.S., volunteering for about two weeks at our Alenah’s Home in Beijing. It happens frequently and we would welcome a chance to tell you more about it. Email mary.house@childrenshope.net to learn more...

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Alenah's Home on Facebook!


Click on the photo to see what's happening at
Alenah's Home in China.
Facebook is back in China and Alenah's Home, our own CHI foster home, has its own page! 

You may not be able to read all the text but the pictures are definitely worth a thousand words (at least!) 

Click on the photo to take a look.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

More burn surgery for Haodi...

Haodi is growing in body and spirit as she continues to 
travel from China to Shriners' Burn Hospital in Boston for 
reconstructive surgery
Sheng Zheng Wei, nicknamed Haodi, from Shandong Province, China, and ‘adopted’ by many in America returned to China from Shriners' Hopital Burn Unit in Boston...once again.

Her first trip to Boston in 2007 saved her life. This current visit to Shriners Burn Hospital continued  the surgery needed to make necessary changes for Haodi’s life and looks. Haodi was less than 1-year-old when a tipped pot of boiled noodles poured down her face in 2006. The burns were so severe, that her neck and chest fused together making it extremely difficult to breath and eat. There was a national outcry for help in the media and on the internet in China.

With the support of donors, Children’s Hope was able to fly Haodi and her mom to Boston on the last day of 2006. It took expert surgery at Shriner’s Hospital to keep Haodi alive. After nine months of operations and therapy, Haodi and her mom were able to go home to family in China. The family knew however, Haodi would have to return to continue for several rounds of reconstructive surgery. In March (2008), Children’s Hope flew Haodi and her mom to Boston for a second trip, as well as finding volunteer families to assist with transportation and housing. The former visits were a success in literally saving Haodi’s life and working toward restoration of her face.

The care at Shriners is free, but there are transportation and everyday expenses for Haodi and her mom while in Boston.

To help cover those costs fro Haodi and other suffering children, please click here.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Rescue in Ethiopia...

Our staff in Ethiopia learned of an orphanage where funds had been misappropriated and the children were left pretty much on their own.

Two CHI workers traveled over 6 hours on rocky roads to bring supplies.  Our workers bought milk, food and diapers and stayed until all the children had been bathed, had diaper and clothes changes, food to eat and milk to drink. They were allowed to take Tamrat, an exceedingly weak baby, back to the CHI House of Hope.  “We left the city with Tamrat at 8pm in the evening as there is no hotel around to stay at. We have been praying all the way as the road is very rough and there was no light on the streets. Besides, Tamrat was very weak and has been suffering from stomach ache. After three hours, we have arrived at Hosana city, which has a hotel. We spent the night at the hotel but Tamrat didn’t sleep all night…. The Lord applied His mercy over us and Tamrat became better and better after 3pm. We started our trip again 7am in the morning and arrived in Addis around 11:30 am. When we arrived at House of Hope, all the nannies and staff welcomed Tamrat with love. We are writing this all as we feel very happy to be part of this blessing.”
We can all be part of this blessing .  Get started now.

Click the button to help in Ethiopia

Monday, June 10, 2013

Chocolate sales for YES School...



My wife Alice and I adopted our son Prasad from Paparao about 15 years ago at age 4. He is now turning 19 and is graduating from high school. The time has gone so fast!  
The sign at the top says FREE EDUCATION.  The sign at the
bottom says Thanks to donors who support the YES school.


For the past 7 years,  we have raised most of the money we've sent to support the YES school by having a chocolate stand at different locations in our current hometown of Fairfield, Iowa. The people in this town have been extraordinarily supportive of YES! by buying chocolate but also by sponsoring one or more children for $25 a year. Prasad wants to go to college in Oregon so we are moving back to our house in the Portland area at the end of June. I plan to continue to raise money to support YES in our town of West Linn, Oregon.

It addition, it is a VERY fortunate thing for the YES school that Ella Craig and her mother, Joy (with support from dad, Jim and brother Henry), want to continue the chocolate sales here in Fairfield at the farmer's market where they sell flowers etc. from their farm each week. Ella is a wonderful young lady who has helped me sell chocolate many times through the years and, actually, is better at it then I am! Her mother Joy has indicated that she will support Ella by helping with the ordering of the chocolate, sending 'thank you' emails, helping Ella send the monthly donation and fundraising check(s) to CHI Partners in Hope.
 
Ed, Alice and Prasad Monk
Fairfield, Iowa

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

update from Alenah's house

Alenah's House is our CHI foster home where children receive physical therapy and, equally important, a sense of family love.  Here's the latest from one of the volunteers:

Hi Everyone,
Annu and I went to Alenah's today and were lucky enough to find all the children playing out the back.  It is a little late tonight, so I shall just pass on some quick notes.
We're hoping to get some paper to do activities with the kids.  I looked for some at home tonight to pass to you to take but couldn't find any.  I will try to pick some up this week and get it to her but if any of you have any at home it may be handy to take it in.
Little HuiHui with one of the Ayis at Alenah' House
Hui Hui was wearing the large braces on both of her arms today but Annu removed them and kept Hui Hui happy and distracted with her big box of bricks and she never scratched herself.
While Annu was giving XiXi lunch today she had an epileptic fit.  Neither of us knew she had epilepsy and thought it was important to pass on to the rest of you.  It did not last for many minutes but was a little worrying as Annu had just put some food in her mouth and there was the risk she might choke.  We got her out of her chair quickly so her head and neck were in a better position in case she had food still in her throat.  We then called in an Ayi who came and held Xi Xi on her lap until the seizure was over.  Annu is hoping to learn if  Xi Xi has any medicine she should take when she has a seizure or is it not available to her? We keep hoping for  progress on getting Ru Huan a wheelchair.  I know many emails have expressed how much we would like to see her have this equipment.

More later.....

Monday, June 3, 2013

Running for Bright Hope School

My company Reed Elsevier created a fitness challenge about 5 years ago, designed to encourage its employees to get active around the first of the year.  In this competition, teams of 5 are formed.  Those teams can choose to log miles running, swimming, biking, or walking.  Around 80 or so teams competed for three months (Feb 1 - April 30).  During this time, each team logged their respective miles, the winning team in each respective category as of April 30 was awarded $1000 donated to their favorite charity.

Kate Townley got me involved in the Ethiopia Bright Hope School initiative about 4 years ago.  I have been passionate about the effort at the school ever since.  I enjoy running so it was a natural fit for me to join this competition and rally our team towards the cause at Bright Hope School.  Over the course of the three months, we set a goal of running 2500 miles, about 39 miles per person each week.  However, we faced some pretty stiff competition and had to reset our goals to stay with the competition.  At the end of April, we ran just shy of 2800 miles, averaging a little more than 42 miles per person each week.  Towards the end of the competition, we were all very tired, many of us hurting and aching in some way.  The vision of sending money to a community that was very much less fortunate than us drove us to push the extra mile to win this thing.  We even had a couple of guys who essentially ran a marathon (26 miles) the last 24 hours to ensure that we would win.

It was an enjoyable and tiring competition, but one that we are glad to have done in an effort to do for one community what we wish we could do for the whole country.
- Brad Dolesh
   Bozeman, Montana


Thursday, May 30, 2013

 
Alenah's House is our CHI foster home where staff and
volunteers provide children with physical therapy and a
loving sense of family.
A volunteer at Alenah's House reports:
T
his morning we volunteers were invited to join the ayis taking the younger children for a walk. It was lovely to see all the children and ayis enjoying the walk. We walked past the Green Tea House and stopped on a quiet side street where the children got a chance to sit down on a blanket for a rest and later on have a drink and snack. We then took turns walking some of the other children in the push chairs .We walked back in time for lunch, it was getting very hot outside at this point too.

Little John waited eight years to find his forever family.
Back at Alenah’s the children had lunch and I started feeding the little frail boy with muscle cramps, but it was very difficult. I asked an ayi if I was doing the right thing. It was really painful to watch him eat and being fed but he does really enjoy his food. We were surprised that he ate a full bowl of noodles!! I hope he carries on and manage to put a bit of weight on!!
We had some very good news today about John and Li Tao. They have been adopted and we got to see photos and letter of their families. It had us in tears seeing the letters written to John on his 9 th birthday from his family. We are so pleased for John who has been waiting so long for his forever family!!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

a visit to CHI foster home

News media in China recently visited with Melody and the staff and children at Alenah's House, our CHI foster home. The children at Alenah's House are all special needs children. They receive medical care and physical therapy while they are at the home. Most importantly, the children receive a loving connection with the volunteers and staff there. The goals is to provide the kids with a sense of family and connection with the staff and "brothers and sisters" in the foster home.

Click on the photo and you can visit Alenah's House too!

Helping Ethiopian Students...


Good news for the poor students at Bright Hope School in Addis. The new kitchen underway which will allow about 500 of the poorer children of the district around the Leper Hospital to receive one free meal a day. It had been stopped for lack of funds but, thanks to PARTNERS(!) we can now complete the building. But don’t be disappointed that you didn’t get to help on such a great project! We are still in need of funds for stoves, tables, cabinets and chairs. You can help with the equipment and help transform a community!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Our Severely Burned Haodi Again in Boston



For a 2-year-old burn victim, it must be hard to understand why she has to leave her friends and family behind in China, only to experience increased physical pain from yet another surgery. Sheng Zheng Wei, nicknamed Haodi, from Shandong Province, China, and ‘adopted’ by many in America is back in Boston again, on her road to health and normal appearance..

Her first trip to Boston in 2007 saved her life. This current visit to Shriners Burn Hospital is to continue the surgery needed to make necessary changes for Haodi’s life and looks.  Haodi was less than 1-year-old when a tipped pot of boiled noodles poured down her face in 2006. The burns were so severe, that her neck and chest fused together making it extremely difficult to breath and eat.
There was a national outcry for help in the media and on the internet in China.
With the support of donors, Children’s Hope was able to fly Haodi and her mom to Boston on the last day of 2006. It took expert surgery at Shriner’s Hospital to keep Haodi alive. After nine months of operations and therapy, Haodi and her mom were able to go home to family in China. The family knew however, Haodi would have to return to continue for several rounds of reconstructive surgery.  In March (2008), Children’s Hope flew Haodi and her mom to Boston for a second trip, as well as finding volunteer families to assist with transportation and housing. The former visits were a success in literally saving Haodi’s life and working toward restoration of her face.

The care at Shriners is free, but there are transportation and everyday expenses for Haodi and her mom while in Boston.
To help cover those daily living costs, please click here. : 


Look for Children's Hope International on FaceBook 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Mission Accomplished - 5 tons of rice for North Korean families



Add The first truck, loaded with one ton of rice
from you who gave, gets ready to rollcaption
Thanks to your immediate response to the need for 5 tons of rice for North Korea, it was met-
plus hundreds of 40 gallon containers of Kimchi, 170 bundles of clothes @ 45lbs each plus 10 sewing machines were sent in to a village of 400 who would otherwise be left without sustenance. I don't have adequate words to express my gratitude to you so I must simply say "Thanks!"

If you were unable to participate in this effort a few weeks ago, there is still time for you to join in.The need continues. New and genuine doors come open every week. I hope you can trust me when I say that I know the people doing this - and I know it is getting done with integrity!  There is real suffering and hunger and you are making a difference.

Can you buy a ton of rice to feed the truly deprived families of North Korea?

This is a nation closed to the world - but open to our help through my trusted friends .A ton of rice costs $1000 but you need to include another $150 to help us help them make it happen. Every gift helps!


You can help right here, right now:
   
With deepest Gratitude




Monday, February 11, 2013

Biruh Tesfa (Bright Hope) School Kitchen - Hope for Hungry Boys and Girls


Beante Ayehu Getahun, 11, is a grade 5 student at Biruh Tesfa (Bright Hope) Primary School. He is living with HIV/AIDS and has been supported by CHI Partners in Hope for the last three years. Beante must  take special HIV medicine every night.

Beante's family is so poor that they cannot afford to feed their son every day.  This is extra difficult for Beante, because, in order for his medicine to be effective, Beante must have proper nutrition. Through the Bright Hope garden and poultry farm, Partners in Hope can currently provide one good meal a day for Beante and around 200 other children like him.


Now a brighter future is rising at Biruh Tesfa (Bright Hope) school community. CHI Partners are constructing a huge indoor kitchen and meal center. Beante says that he is very happy about the new kitchen center construction because, when it is operational, students will not have to wait in long lines or struggle with one another to make sure heir plate is filled. They will be able to enjoy their food indoors, out of the hot Ethiopian sun.

Thanks to Partners in Hope, Beante and his many friends will be able to concentrate on their educations with full tummies and better health.
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School boys and girls like Beante, students in Biruh Tesfa Primary School are benefiting from developmental projects (water drilling, poultry and garden) that CHI partners have been helping in their school compound for the last few years. 


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Monday, February 4, 2013

Building upon the Foundation!



Progress is steady on the for the new kitchen and dining hall at  Bright Hope School in Ethiopia  The foundation and below-ground work was finished last month and construction has begun on the walls for this much-needed facility.



The kitchen will allow for indoor  daily meal preparation for over 200 hungry students.  Meals are currently prepared over an open fire in the school yard.Once the building is completed, an additional 250-300 students can be added to the children who currently receive the daily hot lunches.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Kitchen Foundation in Place


The digging is done and the foundation is laid for the new kitchen and dining hall at Bright Hope School in Ethiopia. The kitchen will allow for the current daily meal preparation, for over 200 hungry students, to be indoors as opposed to using the open fire pit in the two-sided corrugated steel cooking shack.  And once the building is completed, an additional 250-300 students can be added to the children who currently receive the daily hot lunches.
Fresh eggs and vegetables harvested from the school’s farm are frequently a part of the lunch menu. Other foods for the meals and supplies for the school are purchased with the sale of the large number of vegetables and eggs produced on the school’s grounds.


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