Bright Hope News

Updates from Bright Hope and our partners around the world.

Hope Spotlight: Oscar Tellos, Segadores, Peru

Friday, May 31, 2013

Lima, Peru — Oscar Tellos was 18 years old when he left Lima, Peru to visit his brother in the Amazon Jungle for two months. After arriving, Oscar was robbed and was left with no money or resources to return home. His brother’s abandonment left him stranded in the rainforest to fend for himself. Oscar slowly began to learn to live off the land and he befriended the different native tribes living deep within the jungle. 


3 Girls Rescued in Northern India Raids

3 Girls Rescued in Northern India Raids

Friday, May 10, 2013

Northern India — Over the last several weeks, Bright Hope’s Anti-Human Trafficking team in India has been preparing to do raids on brothels where girls under 18 are kept as captives and used as sexual merchandise, some being forced to have sex up to 40 times a day.  


Anti-Human Trafficking Team Goes Undercover

Anti-Human Trafficking Team Goes Undercover

Friday, April 26, 2013

Northern India — Bright Hope's Anti-Human Trafficking Team was recently tipped off regarding an area where a high amount of sex trafficking was occurring. The investigative team sent in an undercover customer to capture the necessary information to take back to the team for setting up a raid in the near future. 


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.