Every year, thousands of people join the Ukrainian Festival Parade at the Toronto Ukrainian Festival. This year, HOPE worldwide Canada invites volunteers to march in the parade on Saturday, September 17 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in support of the Helping Hand for Ukraine project. The aim of this project is to collect and deliver humanitarian aid to forced migrants from Eastern Ukraine and to provide psychological assistance to children traumatized by the war in Eastern Ukraine and their families. This is a unique opportunity to support Ukrainian children and raise awareness about our partnership with HOPE worldwide Ukraine. Please come and join us; we are looking for as many friends as possible to walk with us! Feel free to bring your friends and family to enjoy the festival afterwards! Click for more information.
HOPE worldwide would like to invite you to participate in an exciting 5K walk/run on Saturday, October 8 at 9 am to raise funds to provide care and support for orphans throughout Africa. The theme is inspired by the numerous superheroes in movies and comic books who were once orphans as well as the fact that we want to be superheroes for the orphans across the African continent who are so easily forgotten. You, your family, your friends and your employers are invited to walk in the event, donate funds or support volunteers participating in the event. The orphan epidemic in Africa due to AIDS continues to grow; UNICEF estimates that 18 million orphans now face increasingly desperate challenges due to increasing poverty and a lack of health care, education, nutrition and child protection services. Millions of young girls are at risk of rape, abuse and violence. HOPE worldwide has worked with children in Africa for 20 years, providing care and support to over 170,000 orphans and vulnerable children in Kenya, Ivory Coast, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana and South Africa. Funds raised will supply food, educational materials, health care, staff training, capacity-building and program development for these initiatives.
Donations can be made by cash, check (payable to HOPE worldwide with “Atlanta 4 Africa Walk” in the memo) or credit card online at www.hopeww.org/superheroes. All supporters will receive an official receipt from HOPE worldwide for tax purposes. Please visit hopewwafrica.org or click for more information.
You’re invited to join the 3rd Annual Celebration of Caring Golf Classic in Key Biscayne, FL on Friday, November 11 (tee times start at 1 pm with dinner to follow) benefiting HOPE worldwide Bolivia and the Hospital Arco Iris. HOPE worldwide’s medical partnership with Arco Iris provides critical assistance to one of the poorest countries in South America as they reach out to impoverished individuals in La Paz, Bolivia. Their outreach includes operating mobile medical units and providing care to more than 30,000 street children as well as initiating leadership development, nursing education and patient safety. VEmbling_151027small.jpgHOPE worldwide Bolivia is also focused on the operation of the Centro Medico Internacional HOPE clinic, a state-of-the-art medical facility opened to create a sustainable social enterprise in Bolivia. Profits from the clinic help fund social programs such as early childhood development programs within Hospital Arco Iris (with 15,000 child visits thus far), a children’s library, preschool educative and recreational activities, a community center and many other initiatives supporting orphans, teenage moms, impoverished families and the disabled. Click to register and for more information.
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.