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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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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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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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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A Story of Increase (Carol’s amazing idea)

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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