The Story of Niara

Sponsorship On November, 21, 2012, I was scrolling through my Facebook before bed when a post caught my eye. “Do you know someone who wants to sponsor a baby? A baby boy and baby girl need sponsorship (and their mother wants the sponsor to name them!)” People always say that life is made of ‘moments’ and some pass by and some will just stay with you forever. This was one of the moments that I will never forget. In one facebook post, in one photo, I loved this baby girl more than I ever thought I could love someone just by seeing a simple photo. I got so excited I instantly wrote Home of Hope and asked if I could sponsor the baby girl, praying I would be the first one to respond. I was beyond excited when I heard back and I was officially this sweet little babies sponsor- and I had the privilege of naming her! I couldn’t believe I had the honour of naming a child. I got in my car and drove to Chapters in search of a baby name book praying the right name for her would stand out. I walked into the store (freshly…

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Africa changed my life.

This is the story of Samuel Furst. He is a 15-year-old guy from Sherwood Park, AB.  My name is Samuel Furst and I went on my first mission trip April-May 2016. To be honest I did not want to go. I told my parents that I was looking forward to it so I didn’t look like a bad Christian in a household of powerful believers. The first three days I wished I wasn’t there. It was about the fourth or fifth day of our 2-week trip that I started to enjoy it. I started engaging the people and the language and more importantly God. I’ve always known God was there and He was watching over me. I never really sought Him out though, never really felt that feeling of desperately seeking after Him. With everything I had. It was day 6 or 7 and we were going to a small village in the mountains in Rwanda. I was in the middle row of our van sitting beside my mom. The first ever Rwanda sponsor child Emmanuel and my two sisters (Haley and Morgan) were all in the back and they were playfully singing worship songs. Joel Goodnough said “Sing Our…

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An Hour in Priscilla’s Kitchen

Somewhere near the Bay of Bengal in southern India, a drive of about 15-minutes full of lowing cattle and shepherds tapping goats with longs sticks and bleating horns from tuktuk drivers and mystical stone carvings, there is a children’s home surrounded by a concrete wall. In this compound you will discover many things and many purposes but please find Priscilla’s kitchen. If you spend one hour in Priscilla’s kitchen, a square of mildewed concrete about ten feet by twelve, you might learn about authentic Indian cooking, but you might not remember much about that because you might also experience any, or all, of the following things:  Priscilla sits on her wooden chair, pushed right against the back cabinets to make room for the cooks. She has a cutting board on her lap and is peeling cloves of garlic with her fingers.  Two women, chopping vegetables together at the countertop, maybe three feet in length. Their voices are low and soft, but their laughter rings through the barred window and spills right out into the open air where the turkey is picking through kitchen scraps.  A tiny lizard dashes out of sight as the quarter inch plywood is…

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The Rachael House

Orphans come together into a family Rachael has been a caregiver for Home of Hope in Kenya for the past nine years. She is the house mother of three beautiful children who were rescued and brought to the Dream Centre. Now they have transitioned into her home and are a family! Rachael is loving, genuine and has a smile that can honestly light up any room she walks into. I asked her what her story was and why she has such a passion for taking in abandoned children. This is her story: I had a perfect childhood, but things changed when my mom passed away when I was 14 years old. Three years later my dad died and life became very difficult. My siblings and I had to live with relatives who didn’t treat us well. I had to do odd jobs to pay for my school fees and most of the time I was out of school due to lack of school fees, but I thank God I managed to finish high school! Having lost my parents at such an age, I felt within me that I should love and care for these children who don’t have parents or…

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How can your money make the biggest impact?

People are always asking us, “how can my money make the biggest impact?” or saying “I can’t give much, but I want to make a difference.” Right now, one of our biggest needs is for our international staff – caregivers, nurses, teachers, drivers, bookkeepers, etc. You can sponsor ONE child every month, OR you can sponsor a staff member caring for HUNDREDS of children!   We are so thankful for the many sponsors who sponsor a child. But, how can we continue to sponsor more children without having the funds to pay the person making sure the children are actually getting what they need?   So, how can your money make a bigger impact? Sponsor Beatrice who absolutely LOVES her job teaching the Dream Centre kindergarten kids and tutoring the older kids so that they are all successful and love learning.  Sponsor Esperance who not only cares for 8 orphans in a duplex, but also oversees all of the caregivers in all of our many locations in Rwanda. (UPDATE: Esperance is fully sponsored now!) You may not be able to give more than $100/month to help these amazing staff members, but if a bunch of people can give what they can, we will be…

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​Dreams of business give hope to mother of 9 in the slums

Millicent’s story is like many other women in Kenya. They find themselves pregnant after the love of a man gives them hope; only to be quickly abandoned once news of pregnancy reached their ears.  Millicent was found living in the Korogocho slum of Nairobi, Kenya – a sprawling slum home to over 650,000 people. With nine children to care for, ranging in age from 1.5 to 22-years-old. Millicent is now HIV , as is her youngest. Using old towels and cloth to cover their leaking tin roof, Millicent was left pregnant, abandoned and confused, wondering how she would ever feed her large family on her own. When a couple from Red Deer, AB heard about microloans through Home of Hope, and the hopelessness of Millicent’s life, they stepped up. A simple $150 one-time microloan along with $100 month for food and rent has completely changed Millicent’s life. She is now attending weekly financial, business and literacy classes offered by Home of Hope. Because of the microloan and love shared by Canadians, Millicent will someday be self-sufficient and full of hope for her future. Though not all of her children are able to stay with her in her shack, the goal is that through the microloan and future business, Millicent will be able to provide for…

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AMAZING SUCCESS STORY: Sponsor child graduating college!

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

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

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

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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