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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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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Tear-Jerking Success Story! Louise in Congo

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!

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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Miracle Babies – HOH is saving the lives of babies

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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Everything can change in 1 day – Valerie – Stella Project

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

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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Realtor to help those in need in Africa

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…





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Brothers Rescued!

  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





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Maurine’s Amazing 180° Story – Sponsor gets tattoo in child’s honour

**WARNING – KLEENEX MAY BE NEEDED**   Growing up in the Korogocho, Kenya slums, Maurine was a happy little girl just like any child. This all changed when her father left when she was just a young teenager. She remembers clearly the anger she felt at being abandoned, and the subsequent poverty that followed. Maurine still cannot believe that her real father could not just abandon them like that. In our interview, she explains how she grew up with bitterness. This would often lead to anger that could eventually manifest in very destructive ways, tainting her views of men, money and sex. The hurt of being abandoned and the fact that they had to continually struggle for their basic needs subconsciously influenced many of her bad decisions. She found herself depending on men, selling her body to them for a small exchange of cash or even sometimes food, an act she was introduced by her peer group in the slum. She began engaging into casual sex with men, she was desperate, confused, and empty. This lasted a full 2 years. Maurine narrates how she never found satisfaction in sex but it was a means to survive. “I just needed the…





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