Repeat programs in the same location year after year, so there is continuity. When volunteers go to Dallas every summer over more than ten years, there is a lasting impact on the children they serve.
In Kathmandu, Nepal, the volunteers built desks and benches for the students. Those will be used for many years. They also built a kitchen, and furnished it with the necessary appliances, so the children can be served nutritious daily meals. On top of that, they paved the whole playground, so the children do not play in the mud and get sick. They planted a vegetable garden, so the school can have access to fresh food for the meals they cook. They also provided teacher training to the staff of the school. The volunteers fund-raised to meet all the above needs, and after going home, raised more money to provide the school with computers
In South Africa, the participants also got involved in fund-raising and capacity building for the early childhood development program.. They are staying involved months after going back to their home countries.
In Alaska, the volunteers work on a farm, helping and mentoring local underprivileged youth to grow their own food, thereby teaching them self sufficiency and promoting a healthy lifestyle.
Encourage the volunteers to be personally invested, and stay in contact long after the programs are over. Many of our participants adopt a program, fund-raise for it, and in many cases, now bring their parents to the sites.
Many of our volunteers go home and design their own programs. They start their own foundation, their own club, or even their own non profit.
Nick Shoff started his own non profit, JamQuest, to raise funds for African school children.
Esther Templer started her own club at her high school. Ten years later, the club is still going strong and providing support, funding, and dozens of volunteers for the HWW school in New Delhi. A group of volunteers went to Haiti several years ago, and started their own non profit, building two half-way houses for local youth. Many of our participants change the whole course of their career and spiritual life as a result of these trips. Most of our young people go into the non profit world, the full time ministry, medicine, teaching, etc. Of the unbaptized participants who go on the programs (roughly 10% of our volunteers), half of those get baptized in the few months after returning home.
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.