PRESENT NEED: Severe Famine in Malawi

Malawi and Mozambique are countries stricken by famine/drought (Oct 2016). The government declared a national emergency in April, 2016 and has provided some food, but the people do not know if more help is coming. Corn is Malawi’s staple food. Due to flooding one year and drought other years, their last corn harvest was in March 2013 – 3 1/2 years ago. They have been surviving the last years by selling their goats, pigs and cattle, but they have nothing left to sell. Those who are strong enough, go to the bush to find fire wood to sell. Most affected are the children, women and elderly living in remote villages. People are really suffering and famine has reached a critical point. Their daily life is miserable and hopeless. Most are eating just the bush fruits once each day and each night they try to sleep with empty stomachs. Chronic malnutrition in children will stunt their growth and delay mental development and reduce cognitive capacity. Their hunger now will affect their future. Joseph is about 8 years old, but looks much younger. He lives with his grandmother, age 82. Joseph is not attending school because he must spend his day going to houses begging…



Continue Reading →

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…



Continue Reading →

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…



Continue Reading →

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…



Continue Reading →

​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…



Continue Reading →

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…



Continue Reading →

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!



Continue Reading →

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…



Continue Reading →

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    



Continue Reading →

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.…



Continue Reading →