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The Villages of Hope, Zambia is dedicated to sharing God's love by rescuing and nurturing orphans and vulnerable children. They provide essential needs such as food, shelter and healthcare; however, they also provide the children with an exceptional education, and give them hands on experience and knowledge to better care for themselves in years to come.
House of Hope holds daily classes for 24 school age children and blind students. Two teachers help the children to become independent, to take care of themselves, and to maximize their abilities. The blind young people are taught mobility and orientation as well as learning to read and write in the Braille system in both the Arabic and English languages.
Thirty-six years ago Frank Juelich founded Prem Sewa Shikshan Sangh and a year later, in the outskirts of the city of Nagpur, 17 acres of land were purchased to develop a home for underprivileged children. The first hostel for boys had its beginnings in a small hut that housed 10 students and 3 staff, including Frank. The first of 3 schools began in 1987 and the home for the girls was established in 1992.
Fusion is the weekly gathering for teens from grades 8 through 12. The Canadian youth culture propels many at-risk young people into gang involvement, drug and alcohol use, violence, and sexual experimentation. Fusion offers a safe, fun, and challenging alternative to the youth of Surrey. Every Friday night, the Metro Kids Society sends out vans to the roughest neighbourhoods of Surrey and brings in some truly amazing young people to Fusion events.
Huldah Buntain was recently in Calcutta to celebrate the 100th anniversary celebration for the Assemblies of God of North India. She comments, "I was so happy to see hundreds of national pastors attend this celebration from the 16 states of North India. However, I was even happier to know that out of the hundreds of pastors present the largest number were from the three States where we have our Bible Schools that WWCF is helping to support."
The children who live in the Watoto villages feel comfortable and at-home. The setting, 9 houses positioned in clusters, reflects a familiar traditional dwelling for people in Uganda. Each house provides all the essentials of a basic home. The outdoor spaces have sports fields and landscaped areas that give the children plenty of space to play and develop their social skills.
Branching out from one stable, central location has made a huge difference in the daily feeding program. Now 2000 children are fed every single day, rain, shine, storm or cloudless skies. The children learn a memory verse and learn to pray. The daily, consistent presence in the area has received the attention of some local businesses, schools and hospitals. Some hospital s are now partnering to provide medical services and some businesses doing special things for the children as part of their social responsibility program.
The Republic of Zambia is a land locked country in South-Central Africa. While the overall economic outlook in Zambia has been brightening, many Zambians have yet to share in the benefits. Zambia has been hard hit by HIV/AIDS, and though the incidence is declining, the country's rate of economic growth cannot support the increase of population or the strain which the medical issues place on the economy. Life expectancy is averaged at age 52.
House of Hope is a school and a home for the blind and children with special needs. It began, over 50 years ago, as a vision to create a home for children who otherwise had very few alternatives within the mainstream school system. In addition, many of the children come from difficult home situations where the parents are either unwilling or unable to care for them. At House of Hope they are given a home and an education and are able to blossom and expand to the extent of their capabilities.
Shamroni's family, consisting of her mother, grandmother, grandfather and two sisters, live in a small, wooden hut. Her father is absent, often drunk, living in another village with another woman. He does not help in any way.
Shamroni first came to live and study at the Indira Bhavan tribal girl's home and school in 2013 when she was in the 2nd grade. Now she is in grade 5.
Start with an ordinary cardboard shoe box. Add a few school supplies, a warm pair of socks, some new mittens, a stuffed toy, a toothbrush and a comb for boys or hair clips for girls. What goes into a box can be fun, but what comes out is priceless! It can have an eternal impact in a young child's life. Over 800 at-risk children in the Surrey area were delighted to open their Christmas shoe box and discover their hidden treasures.
Jessica was the very first child rescued by Watoto in 1994. Found at only 18 months old, Jessica has grown into a strong and lovely 22-year old. "When I tell my story, most people see it as a sad story. But for me, it was God's first step to lifting me up. My entire life has been at Watoto. My mom, my friends, everyone I love is here. Everything I have, I got from Watoto.
Dedicated young men receive their Bible education through the Buntain Theological Institute. Girls born in Calcutta's red-light neighborhoods are at extreme risk for forced prostitution. Hope House, a safe residence located away from the dangers of their home neighbourhood, will help to break the cycle.
Currently Cathedral of Praise is able to feed 2000 children daily in two adjacent areas that they have affectionately called "Happy Land" and "Aroma". Though it sounds like a lot of children are receiving help, they would love to increase the number since they are only reaching a fraction of the children in the huge slum.
In 8 Sub-Saharan Regions of Africa, Villages of Hope (VOH) provide love and care to orphans and vulnerable children so they can embrace adulthood as contributing members of society. In Zimbabwe, VOH opened in 2001 and located its Village on the western edge of Harare, the nation's largest city and capital.
House of Hope in Bethlehem serves the blind and children with special needs and presents them with the love of Jesus. Anan was born blind and with a disability in his right hand. He has been at House of Hope in Bethlehem for the last four years; he is now 15.
"Had it not been for the school, I don't know if I would be alive," commented one young boy during Errol and Myrna's recent visit to the girls and boys homes in India. This statement is likely true of many of the children. Errol and Myrna De Sousa, from Abbotsford, BC, co-led a team that spent eleven days at the boy's home in Nagpur.
Kids Klub had the highest attendance of the year during the March Easter Egg-Stravaganza. Mike Brownlee, director of Metro Kids, comments: "We had a great time with the kids, doing our regular Kids Klub program on a Sunday afternoon instead of Saturday morning, in a bigger room, and concluding with an Easter message."
"We are busy feeding more children than ever!" exclaimed Beverley Sumrall, director of the feeding program that takes place throughout the week from volunteers of the Cathedral of Praise church in Manila. "We switched our feeding time from the afternoon to early morning so that the children fortunate enough to attend government schools will have food before they go.
In an on-going effort to supply holistic treatment to impoverished children, Hope House is being constructed as a specialized residential environment for children from challenging contexts, such as AIDS, prostitution or the slums.
WWCF's bookkeeper, Linda, and her husband, Jamie, first visited Watoto in March 2014.
"My husband and I were so impressed by what we saw and we felt God's call to return. We joined a team of 20 people from across Canada and returned in July 2015. The moment we stepped off the plane, I breathed in the sweet air of Uganda and my heart soared. 'I was home!'"
Munu joined the feeding program weighing only 7.32kgs. He had severe swelling of all his limbs and could not crawl or walk. Within a few weeks he gained over 2kgs. Munu has recently had his 2nd birthday and is now a healthy, happy little boy, he is walking and he loves to play!
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