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Updates from Bright Hope and our partners around the world.

Satya Free, Captors Imprisoned

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Northern India — In November 2011, 23 year old Satya was walking home from her college class in fashion design. She was quickly approached by a man who said that her father was gravely injured in an accident and that she needed to come with him to the hospital immediately. Bengali Dada was a witch doctor and had once treated Satya's relative. 

Hope Spotlight: Pastor Jacques Francois, Haiti

Monday, August 19, 2013

Haut Savanette, Haiti — In 2011, Pastor Jacques Francois took over as the leader of the Haut Savanette church-school in rural Haiti.  

Microloan Begins Path to Hope for Alexande and Escania

Microloan Begins Path to Hope for Alexande and Escania

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Beganabe, Haiti — Millions of children around the world are left without parents in the wake of extreme poverty, illness, and violence. For many families in Beganabe, the reality of life, death, and hunger plague their everyday lives. This is the story of Escania, an orphan from Beganabe, and her brave grandmother, Alexande.  

Marah Sold at Age Five, Rescued 10 Years Later

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Northern India — Marah, now 15-years-old, comes from Muslim background. At the age of five, her family's servant took her, telling her parents he was taking her to school. She was sadly sold to a brothel and was held there for 10 years. In May, Marah bravely escaped with the help of a local tea seller.

Microloans in Haut Savanette See Success

Microloans in Haut Savanette See Success

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Haut Savanette, Haiti —The microloan program in Haut Savanette was reestablished in 2011 after Pastor Francois took over as leader. Five participants recently completed their $100 level loan and are ready for an increase. These five church members work as a group and each is only eligible for the next six month loan when all group members have repaid their own loan.

Patrick has been a church member since 2011 and a microloan participant since 2012. Patrick uses his loan to keep a full inventory for his two trades. He buys chickens in Pignon, and after fattening them up on water, bugs and corn, he takes them to St. Raphael and resells them. In order to make the chicken trade worthwhile, his goal is to sell about twelve chickens weekly. On his trips to St. Raphael, he takes charcoal he either makes or buys local in Savanette to sell in Cap Haitian. Patrick makes the trip to Cap two times a month, and tries to align the trip with his travel to St. Raphael to save on travel cost. Both of these small businesses help him to take care of his seven family members.


Silnise, 27, is one of the original loan participants and been a church member since 2011. In order to help provide for the ten family members she lives with, Silnise sells gasoline along the main road in Savanette. She travels to Cap Haitian about two times each month to purchase gasoline. She carries them herself into town and stocks up her stand by the road. She can sell up to three gallons of gasoline per day, but many days she sells nothing. As with many small businesses in rural Haiti, travel costs eat up much of the profit to be made, and Silnise pays about $10 round trip each time she travels to Cap Haitian.

The repayment activity for this group at Haut Savanette consistently maintains their repayments above the program’s average of 92%. The program is at a point where expansion is appropriate. Ten individuals waiting to participate in the program, starting at the base level amount. But additional capital is needed to allow both of these increases.

Pastor Francois is optimistic about the microloan program expanding and flourishing in time. He has high hopes for his church and congregation and putting them on the path towards self-sustainability.

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A School and Well Bring Transformation in Haut Savanette

A School and Well Bring Transformation in Haut Savanette

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Haut Savanette, Haiti — This past year marked some great new achievements and positively affected hundreds in the surrounding community of Haut Savanette. Much of this is attributed to Pastor Jacques Francois, who took over the pastoral role at the church and the leadership duties for the school two years ago.  

11-Year Old Trinta Back in School

11-Year Old Trinta Back in School

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Nairobi, Kenya — Trinta is a joyful 11-year-old from the Mathare Valley slum in Kenya. She grew up never knowing her father because he died seven months after she was born. Trinta’s mother, Margaret, was young, inexperienced and unable to take care of her only child due to lack of education and financial support.  

First Half of JELLY Church-School Delivered and Installed in Beganabe

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Beganabe, Haiti — Last week, Bright Hope rejoiced as the first JELLY container was delivered and installed in the rural village of Beganabe, Haiti.  

Susan Builds Home with Microloan Profits

Susan Builds Home with Microloan Profits

Monday, June 24, 2013

Apac, Uganda — Uganda’s microfinance program is on track for success in the Apac community. Planned activities are being implemented and transformation is apparent in the local communities. Regular trainings in farming and business are being offered for all microloan beneficiaries in the community.  

Computer Training Encourages Local Community

Computer Training Encourages Local Community

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Collin Alto, Chile — Bright Hope’s South America interns held basic computer training workshops in the Mapuche Indian community of Collin Alto.  

Sold by Stepmother, Now Free: Padma's Story

Sold by Stepmother, Now Free: Padma's Story

Friday, June 14, 2013

Northern India — 15-year-old Padma came from a Hindu family in Northern India. After her mother died three days after giving birth to her, Padma's father struggled to take care of her. He was a taxi driver and led an impure, deceitful, dangerous life far from Christ. Though her father loved her deeply, she wasn’t comfortable with his lifestyle. Her father worshiped many different gods and goddesses. “I had no hope,” Padma said. “I could see that the worship of these gods was not bringing any good change in him and the lifestyle he was living.” 

Strong Wind Storm Levels Monarque

Friday, June 07, 2013

Monarque, Haiti — Haiti officially announced the beginning of hurricane season on Saturday, June 1. Days later on Wednesday, June 7, a strong wind storm tore through the rural village of Monarque, Haiti.