We love success stories! A great sponsor from Calgary, Chez (Sh-ay), went to Rwanda in 2008 and met a soft-spoken and polite teenage boy who was struggling to pay for school and was homeless. He was 5 during the Rwanda Genocide when his father and two brothers were murdered. He was alive because he hid with his mother and sisters. Chez had compassion on him and decided to help him with his school fees, then university tuition. Someone in his church took him in and allowed him to stay with them while he was in school. This year, he will be graduating with a degree in Public Relations & Communication and he is so thankful for the help from Chez and Home of Hope. Here is a note that Andrew sent February 2016, “I’m informing you the good news. Years ago, I had no hope of future. Now I am ready to graduate on March 3, 2016 because of Home of Hope. I am so thankful for it!… Is there anything I could do to thank Home of Hope? I would like to volunteer at least. I am ready to contribute my skills that I have learned in University. Thank you once



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Tech Needed for Local Staff and Leaders

Posted on January 13, 2016

Is your camera gathering dust? We have many international staff, unpaid volunteers, and leaders who are in need of cameras, laptops, and smartphones. It is very important to us that we get pictures and videos from our staff to report back to sponsors. If you have a gently used camera, laptop or smartphone, please call 403-343-6570 ext 6 or email info@homeofhope.ca. Thank you!



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Blog post from Lana Zazelenchuk

Posted on December 28, 2015

Lana Zazelenchuk’s blog post after her trip to Rwanda – December 27, 2015: It’s weird to come home right before Christmas. I didn’t have any down time to process. I was mostly ready for Christmas, made sure 90% of my shopping was done, tree went up before I left…… so I was ready when I came home, but I wasn’t. My kids and Pat were so excited to see me, hugs galore for days. I was excited to be home but felt pressure to be normal and excited for Christmas with no time to process. Once again I left Rwanda before I was ready… I don’t think I have ever left Rwanda thinking I’ve had enough time. I love every single minute of being there and learn more every time I go. I learn more about what Home Of Hope does, about how the program works and is changing lives and I learn more about how I want to help. After interviewing a bazillion youth it became clear to me that sponsorship does work but it doesn’t end with sponsorship. There are other pieces to the puzzle and not everyone fits in the way you think they should, everyone has a unique



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Wife poisoned, leaving husband and 6 children

Posted on December 10, 2015

Sponsorship changes lives! If you have been to Africa on one of our teams, then you know that it is hard not to return to Canada with a burden to help each person that you see. On one particular recent trip, Dan Peters met this family and then wrote this post on Facebook: “This is Joshua, with his children who range in age from 5 months to 13-years-old. Joshua is the pastor of Home Church in Minova, Congo. He also has a job fixing motorbikes in a rural area outside of the city of Goma. This area is one of the world’s most dangerous places to be a woman. Though thousands of people come to live in UN refugee huts, in order to escape the rebel violence and warfare commonly seen in Congo, the violence follows them. Joshua’s wife died on December 6, 2013, just a few days before this photo was taken. She was killed by poisoning – most likely by a rebel group and due to her involvement in trying to help a family whose sons may have joined an opposing group. The price she paid for just trying to help people was her life. She was an amazing, beautiful, and



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Tear-Jerking Success Story! Louise in Congo

Posted on December 04, 2015

A Different Kind of Sponsorship Success At a conference in 2013 thousands of dollars were raised in support of the Tumaini Project – helping women in Congo, Africa re-establish their lives after trauma. One such lady was Louise Kifame – a lady who was raped three years prior. Culturally, as a rape victim in Congo, you are seen as an outsider and ostracized. But because of the Tumaini Project and the help of hundreds of people on the other side of the world, Louise is now attending nursing school – her lifelong dream. Hope was found, and the trajectory of her life has now been changed. She wrote this letter of thanks to her sponsors: I’m very excited to be living my dream! I was raped 3 years ago, but God can touch someone I never met to change my life around. Thanks for accepting to become my father. May God increase the resources of my sponsor and bless him and all his family. I will pray for you every day. I believe I will meet him and Jodi one day. Thank you so very much to Mike and your wife Jodi. Such acts of love are those that makes God to



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Smiles & Excitement for Christmas!

Posted on November 09, 2015

Christmas! “The moment the call came from Home of Hope, telling us the devastating story of how brothers, David & Moses, were beaten, burned, starving and abandoned by their drug-addicted mother — we knew that they would be “our boys”. We were overwhelmed with love and compassion for these special little boys and are privileged to have the opportunity to support them. My girls, who are the same ages as David & Moses, proudly take every opportunity to tell people about their “brothers” in Kenya. We appreciate all the pictures and video updates, they mean so much to us, what a blessing to see our boys grow and flourish at the Dream Centre! I strongly encourage families with sponsor children to take the time to put a small parcel together for them this Christmas. There is nothing more heart-warming than to see their beautiful smiles and genuine excitement when they receive their special and personal gift from you. We are blessed to be a part of something so great! Thank you, Home of Hope!” -Niki    



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Being a privileged 21-year-old girl who has her dream full-time job, an apartment and a car, I was overwhelmed when I received my first email about the Pregnant Mothers Ministry in Kenya. Each girl had a story to tell. Beatrice Muthoni was the first name on the list. When I saw “Age:16”, I could feel my stomach turning. 16? She’s 5 years younger than me. Almost in a state of panic, I scrolled down the page to see the other girl’s profiles, 17, 21, 18, 19, 14, 21, 18, 18, 17. Horrified, I began to read each story individually, and with each story brought more tears to my eyes, and a stronger passion in my heart to help these girls. Every story different, but every story the same. Beatrice had been a sex worker since she was 15, just trying to make enough money to feed herself while living with her mother in the slum. When she got pregnant, she could hardly feed herself, she certainly couldn’t feed a baby. Twice she had unsuccessful abortions. Angeline is an 18-year-old girl who was raped in her own home. After, her rapist threatened to kill her if she ever spoke of it.



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What a great fundraising idea! You’ll never pass money on the street again. In May 2014, Carolyn and Brent McAllister were wandering Parkland Mall in Red Deer, when they happened upon a ten-dollar bill in the middle of the hallway. It almost appeared as though someone had planted it there. Knowing that $10 wouldn’t drastically change their lives, the McAllisters decided to offer it to God and trust that He would do something with it. They bought a few chocolate bars and bags of chips with the money and started a snack program at her work, to raise money for Home of Hope’s feeding program. Within a year, that simple ten-dollar bill has become $826, or 826 meals for children in desperate need. Thanks to honesty and support from the staff at Inland Concrete, hundreds of children will have a full belly when they go to bed at night. What simple thing do you have that God could multiply? Article written by: Lani Lupul



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FEATURED ON BUSINESSWOMAN MAGAZINE The Stella Project – Microloans Valarie was raised by a single mother some 300 miles away from Nairobi. Despite the struggle her single mother managed to pay for Valarie to graduate school. Being the first-born she saw how her mother was struggling to raise the rest of her siblings. Her mother washed people’s clothes and sometimes tilling land to support her family. This troubled Valarie. She started looking for manual jobs; sometimes she would get the job that she says was physically hard. Valarie became friends with women of the street (which she didn’t understand at the time). They were beautiful and had beautiful things that they said men gave to them. This lifestyle intrigued her and she thought about it for some time. After a few months, Valarie gave in and decided to follow the girls’ route. She narrates: “I started engaging into casual sex with men in exchange for cash. I used drugs and alcohol in order to give me courage to approach men; these horribly controlled my mind and I would sometimes go out in bars to strip naked and have sex with anyone, even men as old as my father. I was so



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Helping Aaron walk

Posted on July 03, 2015

In North America, we can sometimes take for granted simple things such as the ability to help our children learn to walk, talk, and eat. For many living in developing nations, it’s another story altogether, often based on the provision of a simple healthy meal. Aaron Kiano is 2 years old. His mother was working for a man as house-help, when he took advantage of her. She was just 16 when she got pregnant. Since their home is on the streets of Nairobi, Kenya, he and his mom are at the mercy of passersby to help them out. Due to malnutrition, Aaron’s bones haven’t developed enough for him to learn to walk. He has a kind heart but is full of fear and sadness. Being without food is his normal, and he finds comfort in sucking his thumbs as he and his mom wait for kindness to find them. With sponsorship, Aaron would have healthy food and his body would be given the ability to develop. Cross the Atlantic ocean to the Word of Life, Red Deer campus, and a young father of two picks up a photo of Aaron at the Home of Hope table. Moved by the photo



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