"Being accepted to serve on the Bangkok HOPE Youth Corps as a family was a dream come true for so many reasons! Then the reality set in; we would have to come up with around $10,000 CAD (US $7,500) to cover our flights and the cost of the participation fee..." Krista Wiebe shares her creative, and successful, fundraising ideas.
"God has been blessing us in so many ways in our efforts to raise the funds and I want to share some of the fundraising ideas that we have tried (or thought of trying!). We started by creating a website explaining who we are and where we are going, including a link to the place where we are serving for HYC, and also advertised our events on our website. We also set up Gofundme pages. This was a great tool to get the word out as we could post a link to our friends on Facebook. We had a couple of bigger events that were a lot of fun and we were able to engage our friends, family and coworkers. Getting to share with them about what we are doing was a big part of our success. Some people didn’t go to the events but bought tickets or gave us money to support our trip.
A coffee house fundraiser is a great idea, especially if you have talented friends! We rented a venue and sold tickets (we needed to make sure we at least broke even on the cost of the venue). We purchased coffee supplies and asked friends to donate baked goods. We decided not to set a fixed price for these items, instead telling people to contribute what they wanted! We also recruited friends to perform, including singers, musicians and poets. We were able to borrow the sound equipment from our church and utilize some tech-savvy volunteers to make sure everything ran smoothly. Even with our costs (venue rental, a license for music, coffee supplies and printing tickets) we were able to make a profit of close to $1,000!
Painting parties are really popular in Canada and the US. I found an instructor that did private painting parties and she provided all of the painting supplies (canvas, paint, brushes, smocks, table cloths etc). Our friend let us use his business – a large open space with lots of long tables – for no charge, but you could also hold it in a church basement, a hall, or a restaurant (although bear in mind they would expect people to purchase their food and beverages). We sold tickets for $40 and, since it was a private venue, everybody brought snacks and refreshments. We had about 2.5 hours of instruction and everyone got to take home their masterpiece. We had 25 people come out and our profit was $500!
Bake sales (or other types of food) are also a fun fundraising idea! You can set up a table at your school or workplace and sell baked goods and other treats using donated baked goods or things you have purchased (samosas, spring rolls, chocolate bars, and candy – cheaply purchased around Halloween season! – are popular ideas) and sell these for a profit. You can get people to pre-order, or just take a chance and try to sell what you purchase. Be sure to put up posters everywhere so people are aware you are selling! One of our friends sold treats at her workplace for a different fundraiser and made $150 over the course of one lunch hour! Additionally, we brewed up coffee on Sundays and had it out before and after Sunday service. We purchased cups, coffee supplies and some people brought in baked goods. So far, after four Sundays, we have made around $400!"
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.