Read the following article on Eleanor’s experience on HYC:
“My name is Eleanor Frost, I am a student from London, UK, and I am nineteen years old. This past Christmas, I had the privilege of spending ten days at the HOPE Worldwide school in Kathmandu as part of a HOPE Youth Corps program. This was a project that my family has supported and talked about throughout my childhood. Because of this, I felt very emotional going to the school for the first time.
Whilst visiting the school, I was able to spend time with the children, and be involved in reinstalling the toilet block, and building a basketball hoop. I was so inspired by how hard the children worked, the respect they held for their teachers, and their eagerness to learn. I was lucky enough to get to know Class 4 (those aged between eight and nine). Spending quality time with the girls in that class was very impacting for me. I felt that I could so easily have been in their position; the only difference being the geographical place of our birth.
The importance of the school was made clear to me when we visited the homes of some of the children who attended the school. I went to the house of Padma (6) and Dhan (5), who were so excited to show us around. Their home consists of one room with two beds, and the only water source is a communal tap on the street.
Visiting their neighbourhood, helped me to understand the extent of their poverty, and how much the school plays a role in taking care of them. The school has provided the children with opportunities that they wouldn’t have had otherwise. Government primary schools in Kathmandu are extremely overcrowded and have very few resources. There can be over 100 children in a class, and there is little opportunity to interact with the teacher. There is no chance to learn English or how to use a computer. The children at the HWW school experience the exact opposite with small class sizes, English taught from an early age, modern computers that have been donated to the school, and an interesting and nurturing learning environment. The children are also given a full midday meal, and for some, this is the only meal that they eat all day. It really showed me that the school is a light in the community. It is not surprising that many of the children go on to secondary education."
Interesting fact: After 2003, when overseas funding for Nepal pretty much disappeared, the Kathmandu HWW school was on the verge of shutting down. It would have been a real tragedy, considering the school had already been functioning for ten years. Eleanor's parents, Peter and Justine Frost and their small family group on the outskirts of London stepped forward, and supported the school for the next few years, until more funding could be found. If it weren't for their faith and sacrifice, there would be no HWW school in Nepal today. Hundreds of children have received free education through the school.
The team at Sonja Kill Memorial Hospital recently celebrated its 5 year anniversary. SKMH opened in April 2012 with the mission to meet the needs of poor children and women of Southern Cambodia. It is managed by HOPE worldwide . Since its opening, nearly 50,000 patients have been touched by the team. On May 26, the hospital honored 31 employees who have served since the hospital’s opening day. Through the dedication of its staff and supporters, SKMH has seen tremendous growth. Since its opening, the hospital has accomplished the following:
· More than 140,000 patient consultations with nearly 50,000 new patients
· 71% of visits have been for women and children
· Nearly 800 children have been born at the hospital since the opening of the Maternity building in November 2014
· 7 Cambodian doctors have graduated from three year hospital training program.
· Currently employs over 180 people
· The Neo Natal Intensive care unit opened November 2015. To date the NICU has served 49 children
· Centralized Medical Gas System for NICU and campus opened in November 2016.
· Surgical department opened in 2015
· Surgical team has performed over 360 surgeries in 2016, not including C-Sections. 86 surgeries have been for children
· Blood bank opened in August 2016
· A Learning Center for children of hospital staff opened on June 12
Sonja Kill Memorial Hospital has been blessed with international support from medical and administrative partners as well as volunteers from around the world to serve and teach. The local Cambodian staff continues to grow and serves as the primary patient care providers.
The team is grateful for all the support that has been given this past five years; however, there remains more to do. Future development includes the addition of a CT scan, upgraded X-ray diagnostic equipment, continued development of staff training programming and pursuit of international accreditations. Please consider how you can make a difference at the Sonja Kill Memorial Hospital. Go to https://www.hopeww.org/donate . Use the drop down box and select Sonja Kill Memorial Hospital. If you wish to learn more about the Sonja Kill Memorial Hospital, please visit www.skmh.org .
Dr. Rin Receiving the Empathy Amplified AwardClick here to watch .
Jenny Harkabus spent Christmas serving in the Philippines. She wrote this, and also made a short video:
I did not imagine that I would be spending Christmas in the Philippines for my first HOPE Youth Corps experience. This opportunity has deeply changed my perspective on the importance of service in my daily walk.
We are created in God's image, therefore we are meant to help and serve others. I know this to be true because I have never felt so used by God and fulfilled, than the times spent serving and pouring out my love in the Philippines.
James 1:27 says, " Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." Some translations refer to this as true religion. The bible also stresses the importance of giving to the poor (1 John 3:17, Matt 9:21, Proverbs 14:31). God considers caring for the poor and orphans as true religion, yet this can be an area of faith that is overlooked.
I was privileged to spend time with girls who have experienced trauma and abuse at the HOPE worldwide center in Laguna. Many of these girls have been separated from their families, becoming orphans, as a result of the abuse they have experienced. I also received the opportunity to play with children within the community as we rebuilt their homes and provided them with medical care. I witnessed the children’s precious value for human relationships, as they clung to me emotionally and physically. They showed me instant love and respect, which I find to be rare in today’s society. Our focus should be about investing in others just as the children in the Philippines invested in me.