Bright Hope News

Updates from Bright Hope and our partners around the world.

New Curriculum Developed for Samfya Bible School

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Samfya, Zambia — Samfya Bible School is in the process of re-developing its curriculum. The new structure will allow the classes to be presented within the context of the rural church and community. 

Four Trafficked Girls Rescued from Brothel

Friday, March 23, 2012

Northern India — This morning our partner in India contacted us to say that four girls have been rescued thanks to your support – praise God! A safe house has been set up for rehabilitation; training and counseling can now start for these girls as well as many others to come. We believe as many as ten girls may be rescued and rehabilitated from your efforts. 

Church-Based Response to Human Trafficking

Friday, March 23, 2012

Northern India — Bright Hope has made significant progress with our in-country, church-based anti-human trafficking program since our last update. We have a three-pronged approach including awareness, rescue and rehabilitation focused in Northern India. Many of the extreme poor in this area are at risk for being lured into human trafficking.   

Microloan Case Study in Bolivia Shows Great Impact

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

El Alto, Bolivia — One family benefiting from Bethesda's microloan program is the Zapata family. Carmen Zapata owns a business where she washes cars in the street in front of her house. She has two daughters Nayla (13) and Andrea (9), and Carmen is very proud to tell us that they are great students.   

Zakhira Church Steadily Growing

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Zakhira, India — Over the last few months, the church that was started in this slum area has grown to 50 people attending every Sunday. The local people gather for church in the home of a man who recently became a Christian. 

Loans to Change Deforestation on Mbabala Island

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Mbabala Island, Zambia — Zambia is one of the highest rated countries for deforestation, in fact, it is ranked in the top five. Why? 

Former Vulnerable Student on the Road to Success

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Samfya, Zambia — Daniel was once a vulnerable student. He became supported by the Samfya Community of Care Providers (SCCP) and graduated high school. After graduation, he received a job as a cashier. In 2010, Daniel received support to take a class by correspondence from the University of Kwazulu-Natal for two years. He has completed one year and is now into his second. His major is Community Based Social Work with Children and Youth.  

Ongoing Programs Training Providing Brighter Futures

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Uttar Pradesh, India — A candle-making and food preservation training was held through Christian Fellowship to provide skills to 26 students. Additionally, there were 32 women, mostly from impoverished areas, who completed a sewing training class. 

Farmers Receive Forestry Training

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Mbabala Island, Zambia — Farmers began forestry training this week in Mbabala. Selected farmers received 500 eucalyptus seedlings to start a forestry project intended to provide firewood, as there's no source of wood on the Island. 

Update from CEO Serving in India

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Uttar Pradesh, India — An update from Bright Hope's CEO/President C.H. Dyer and the team currently serving in India: 

Loan Beneficiaries With 16 Children Pay Back Loans

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Kawambwa, Zambia — Sophia Mukonde and her husband were selected as loan beneficiaries through Christian Foundations. 

Refugee Children Receive Parental Support

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Nairobi, Kenya — To further support the children in the scholarship program in their studies, a meeting was held with the parents and guardians of the students to coach them in their role concerning their education. The parents were encouraged to provide their children with moral support and to make sure their children attend school regularly.