Since 2010, the HOPE worldwide Community Service Brigades have brought medical relief to thousands of children suffering from the debilitating impact of poverty. We are excited to announce that on the 3rd annual CSB in El Salvador this November ( click here to see how many were helped ), we launched the "Nutrition Optimization Program" sponsored by our new partner, art & eden. Together with Susan Correa, founder and CEO of art & eden, we are beginning a journey towards providing anti-parasite medicine and a one-year supply of multivitamins to every child we treat. This equates to 1 million vitamins in just the first year alone! The essential anti-parasite medicine, Albendazole, coupled with a daily multivitamin supplement, combats the ill-effects of a severely nutrient-deficient diet and helps restore normal, healthy childhood development. We look forward to a brighter, healthier future for the children of Central America!
For more information about this program or to apply for a 2017 CSB, please visit hopeww.org/csb .
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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.