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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

Helping Aaron walk

Posted on July 3, 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.

Realtor to help those in need in Africa

Posted on April 9, 2015

Airdrie realtor Dan Peters visits some children at Home of Hope’s Nairobi Dream Centre in Kenya. Peters is heading back to Africa on May 6 for his 15th time as a volunteer with the Alberta-based not-for-profit organization. Airdrie realtor Dan Peters isn’t one to shy away from a challenge. In fact, he is heading to Africa for the 15th time on May 6 with Home of Hope, a church-based not-for-profit organization that helps thousands of children, orphans, and women every month through its food, microloan, health, education, animal and housing projects. This trip, Peters will be visiting Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and war-torn Congo. While there for three weeks, he will be helping open up new campuses, assisting in training for Home of Hope’s microloan program, visiting rescued children and will even be getting his hands dirty with some building projects. Peters’ trips started in 2007 when he met the head of the not-for-profit organization, Olds resident Brian Thomson, and was inspired to make a difference. “The first time I went I knew my life would never be the same, ”Peters said. “Africa gets in your blood, you can’t get it out.” Since then, Peters has met and assisted rape

BMark Weber – Red Deer Express Published: March 18, 2015 7:51 AM

TEAMWORK – Elisabeth Walker and Peter Thompson are gearing up for Walker’s coming mission to Africa with Red Deer-based Home Church. Thompson is helping with a fundraising project for his friend prior to the trip later this spring. When a person signs up for a mission trip on the other side of the world, it’s good to know there’s a supportive team at home backing you up. Elisabeth Walker is preparing to journey to projects oversees managed by Red Deer-based Home Church this April. This will mark her third trip to Rwanda and Kenya. Several years ago, Word of Life Centre launched Home of Hope Rwanda which supports orphans by linking them with families. [Find out how Home of Hope started here…] Walker is a residential caregiver for Blackfalds resident Peter Thompson, 49, who in turn is holding a special fundraiser through to March 26th to give Walker a hand with her trip. Thompson, who is in a wheelchair, will row at the Abbey Centre in Blackfalds 10,000 metres

Brothers Rescued!

Posted on March 19, 2015

  Sponsorship making a difference Young brothers, David and Moses, have been rescued from a life of abuse and trauma. A neighbor discovered the boys late one late evening when he responded to Moses’ cries for help. Tied to their kitchen table, the father was missing and their mother had abandoned them in a rage. She would taunt and beat them saying, “I want to kill you and forget you forever, that you may not bother me with food again!” Young David still has a swollen foot from being hit with a wooden pallet when asked for food. Due to the nature of their upbringing, they are still recovering from the trauma, but now they are fed and loved in a safe environment. They are both growing like weeds and in perfect health! They have friends at their new school and continue to heal. David can communicate fluently in English, and Moses is improving. Both love to learn! Thanks to people like you, these young boys were rescued and have a bright future in front of them! Article by Lani Ledingham

Sponsors are finding out about a new way of giving that actually will benefit them more. A sponsor talked to Pastor Brian earlier this year and asked if they can give a donation to Home of Hope directly from their investments. This was a great idea, but we didn’t have anything set up. We are now able to receive donated shares and units In-Kind from investments, stocks, bonds, non-registered Mutual Funds and segregated funds. Before you make a donation, consider if you have an investment account that you can give directly from instead. There are some great benefits of doing this:

  • Pay NO TAX on the growth of your investment.
  • Get the full tax benefit. The charity gives you a donation receipt at the end of the year for income tax credit.
  • Donated shares are exempt from any Capital Gains.

It’s EASY! Fill out the form (Form T2033) with the information and sign it over to Home of Hope. FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION HERE. Watch this 15-second video:

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When a child takes his own initiative, you know good parenting has taken place. Diesel Fisher, a 4-year-old boy from Red Deer, recently decided to not only give his tithe to God, but his savings for the whole year to hungry kids in Africa. Throughout the year, Diesel collected his gift money from birthdays and grandparents, and stowed it away in his piggy bank. As he and his parents recently counted it all together, the total came to $110.25.
“We taught him about putting God first with money and the 10% tithe, so he set that aside with an open heart,” says Kristi. “I traded the rest of the change for his favourite ‘red money’. Two $50 dollar bills, which he has wanted for a long time!” As any young boy would, Diesel has an obsession with Lego, and, well, investing in silver. But this time, he looked at his mommy and said, “I want to give it all to God.”
Kristi has travelled with Home of Hope before on a mission trip to see firsthand what

Melanie’s African Adventure – Part 4

Posted on October 9, 2014

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FAREWELL RWANDA

This morning we were on the road early with both vehicles traveling for about an hour and a half to the community of Cyuru, where we were greeted with bright, beaming faces of many children who were clearly expecting us. We began our time there with an introduction to a young girl, maybe ten years old. She was the first desperate child rescued by Home of Hope in that area. She was orphaned and living with cows and regularly enduring all manner of abuse prior to our help. We also met an 18-year-old girl named Jeanette whose mom had abandoned the entire family at a hospital when they were young. She doesn’t know who her parents are and has brain damage from being severely beaten. She was shy and kept a hand over her face when the interpreter was talking to her. We couldn’t help but weep as we heard her story. Later we discovered that she has saved some of her sponsorship money each month, choosing not to buy everything she might like, and has purchased a cow

Written by George (HOH Kenya staff) All of her teenage life, Rashida lived in a slum in Nairobi. A place with no security and of constant fear for young girls. Her 3 younger siblings and her single mother had a hard life in the slum. They starved and lacked some of the most basic needs. At 15 years old, Rashida dropped out of school and ran away from home since life with her mother was so tough. She found herself at her uncle’s door in a nearby village. In the village, Rashida did odd jobs like tilling other people’s land in exchange of food. Soon, she found herself making more money than her uncle, and at just 15 years old, Rashida decided to go back home to help her family. She began washing clothes to earn money. Rashida said that she often considered prostituting herself or getting married to a rich man so that they would not want anymore. In her mind, this was the only way out of the slum. She saw her peers get married or engage into prostitution, and every day was a temptation for her to join this style of life. She battled with so many

Melanie’s African Adventure – Part 3

Posted on October 8, 2014

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THIS LITTLE PIG WENT TO THE MARKET 

Today was an exciting day. I spent the morning in the office with the accounting staff, with visits from my Mom and grandma’s sponsor children. It was so fun to read the Christmas cards to them and then give them each a gift. Obedi was very proud in his new shirt, but took it off and carefully folded it back up once we had taken his picture in it. He loved the soccer ball and left with a big grin. Blessing came a bit later and was delighted to receive new jewellery. She carefully picked out a pair of pink earrings to wear and loved her new clothes. I enjoyed my time with them so much and was so happy to have the opportunity to give them the gifts I had shopped for on behalf of my Mom and Gram.

At lunch time the rest of the team came and picked me up and we drove