Bright Hope News

Updates from Bright Hope and our partners around the world.

Major League Pitcher Justin Masterson Teams Up with Bright Hope

Monday, April 22, 2013

Hoffman Estates, Illinois — Cleveland Indians pitcher, Justin Masterson, is teaming up with Bright Hope to bring Hope to those living on less than $1 a day in extremely poor communities around the world.  


Missing Child Trafficked for 12 Years Located and Rescued

Missing Child Trafficked for 12 Years Located and Rescued

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Northern India — Leaders from our Anti-Human Trafficking Team in Northern India were approached by a young man several months ago, pleading for help for his sister who had been missing for 12 years. 


Hope Spotlight: Pastor Collins Ochieng, Mathare Valley

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Nairobi, Kenya — Pastor Collins Ochieng came to the Mathare Valley slum of Nairobi, Kenya in 1991. He and his brother moved there because of the lack of money they had to live elsewhere. He made a living fixing shoes, but he felt his purpose was never fulfilled. He saw his friends killed, succumb to alcoholism and drugs, and fall off the grid. “Life in Mathare is hard,” he said. “To live, you need to live with your own power and no one else – or so I thought.” 


First JELLY Church-School Container Departs Chicago for Haiti

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Hoffman Estates, Illinois — Bright Hope's first JELLY container left the Bright Hope warehouse today, en route to Jacksonville, Florida, where it will be shipped to Haiti. 


Anti-Human Trafficking Team Invited to Speak with Government

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Northern India — Bright Hope's India Partnership Developer, John David, focuses strictly on our Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative. He has recently been invited to speak with the local government regarding the issues of child abuse. 


"Feed Their Future" Success! $37,000 Raised for Kenya Feeding Program

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Hoffman Estates, Illinois — Last month, the Mathare Valley School Feeding Program in Kenya was in danger of closing its doors due to lack of funding. Bright Hope appealed to our allies for help to feed and educate 1,400 orphans and vulnerable children through "Feed Their Future." $7,500 was needed immediately to keep the program operating.  


Women's Ministry Participants Say Family Life Has Improved

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Beracah, Zambia — 146 women came together to hold a one-week conference themed: "In These Days."  


School Year Opens with Excitement, New Ventures for Growth

Friday, March 01, 2013

Samyfa, Zambia — Last month, the Samfya Bible School kicked off its 2013 academic calendar with a one week full-time workers seminar. 110 past Samfya Bible School students arrived from the Central, Copperbelt, and Luapula Provinces as well as the southern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo to participate in the seminar. The theme for this year's seminar was: "A Time for Missions." Following the seminar, regular classes began with 27 new students enrolled this year.  


Widow Treated for HIV, Small Business Grows

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Samfya, Zambia — In June, our staff from Samfya Community of Care Providers met a widow named Ida, who was bedridden for over a year due to illness. They took her to the hospital and she was tested for HIV/AIDS. The staff stayed in touch with Ida for a week as she went through counseling to prepare her for the test. The results came in: she was positive for HIV.  


School Sponsorship Beneficiary Graduates with Empowerment

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Northern India — Amira's mother cried out to God for help eight years ago. Living in one of the worst areas for human trafficking and in a culture where women stay in the home, she couldn't work. She was raising six children alone and knew her girls would fall last in line for education. With her youngest daughter just one-year-old and her eldest daughter nearing marrying age, she knew a significant amount of income was necessary to give to the groom's family. Left by her husband with debt collectors at the door looking for money from his bankrupt business, the thought of education for her girls was unfathomable. 


First Safe House Resident Nears Education Completion

Monday, February 11, 2013

Northern India — Jyoti, Bright Hope's first safe house resident, is nearing the completion of her courses to become a beautician and manicurist. She will complete the course within two months. Following this course, she will intern for an additional six months to practice what she has learned. When Jyoti is fully trained, she will receive assistance to open her own beauty salon, allowing her to earn a sustainable livelihood. 


Second Safe House in India Secured

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Northern India — After a long and tiring search for a second safe house to rescue and rehabilitate trafficked victims, Bright Hope has secured an ideal house in the northern region of India. The house consists of four bedrooms, two drawing rooms, a dining area, and four bathrooms.