Bright Hope News

Updates from Bright Hope and our partners around the world.

The First Ever Bright Hope Gala is a Success!

The First Ever Bright Hope Gala is a Success!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Chicago, Illinois – On Saturday, November 15 Bright Hope held its first ever Gala. More than 850 guests from all over the Chicagoland area and other parts of the country came to the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile to see keynote speaker and former First Lady Mrs. Laura Bush, special guest emcee Roy Patterson from Moody Radio Chicago, and Major League Baseball All-Star Pitcher Justin Masterson.  


Moses Mungo Plants Seeds of Hope

Moses Mungo Plants Seeds of Hope

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Kasuba, Zambia—After successfully launching a program to care for those hit by the HIV/AIDS pandemic, Samfya Community Care Providers (SCCP) has now branched out and is caring for a multitude of vulnerable community members. SCCP recently expanded their efforts to include other rural villages.  While only in the beginning stages of this project, one of those communities—Kasuba—has already made tremendous strides toward sustainability. 


SCCP and Bright Hope Feed Bodies and Minds in Zambia

SCCP and Bright Hope Feed Bodies and Minds in Zambia

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Mbabala Island, Zambia—Samfya Community Care Providers (SCCP) recently made a visit to Mbabala Island to discuss rural poverty and nutrition.  


Well Drilling Ahead of Schedule in Beracah

Well Drilling Ahead of Schedule in Beracah

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Beracah, Zambia—Every year, at least 7,830 Zambians—most of them children—die because they do not have clean water. Thankfully, this is something that is easily preventable with the installation of water wells and filters. Since January, Bright Hope’s partner in Zambia has been working with a drilling team in Beracah to drill 10 wells, contributing to the health of their community. 


Stories of Transformation: Pastor Collins Ochieng, Kenya

Stories of Transformation: Pastor Collins Ochieng, Kenya

Monday, September 01, 2014

Collins Ochieng first came to the Mathare Valley slum in Nairobi, Kenya in 1991. To survive, he made a living as a cobbler, but he never had a sense of fulfillment. Without a sense of purpose or Hope, he resorted to alcohol and drugs to fill the void.  


Back to Mathare: How Francis Inspire's Hope

Back to Mathare: How Francis Inspire's Hope

Monday, September 01, 2014

An orphan at 12 years old, Francis quickly learned how to fend for himself in the Mathare Valley Slums. He was able to complete primary school, but could not afford secondary school. He and his sister had hoped that she would be able to send him to school, but her untimely death prevented that. 


Satya Rescued from Human Trafficking

Satya Rescued from Human Trafficking

Monday, September 01, 2014

Abducted at the age of 22 and held captive by a man for almost two years, Satya faced daily physical and sexual abuse. Her abductor already had five wives and 22 children who were also trafficked. Satya soon became pregnant and gave birth to a son. Once a vibrant and intelligent college student, she now seemed to be doomed to a life of slavery. 


Emelda and Margret's Microloans Bare Fruit for the Whole Community

Emelda and Margret's Microloans Bear Fruit for the Whole Community

Monday, September 01, 2014

Steadfast friends, Emelda and Margret, both know the struggles of living in Zambia. As a widow and mother of five children, Margret never thought she would be able to send her children to school. Even though she never had a garden, in 2008 she used the microloan she received through our partner, Samfya Community Care Providers, to plant one. With that $10 loan, she started her first garden and was able to feed her family and sell the excess, paying back the loan in full within four months. She received an additional microloan that December and became a farmer, growing a large field of maize that produced 25 bags in the first year. In 2013, she increased the yield to 33 bags. 


Pastor Edwin Sews Empowerment in Bolivia

Pastor Edwin Sews Empowerment in Bolivia

Monday, September 01, 2014

Edwin is the pastor of a small church in the city of Oruro, Bolivia. When he became a Christian, he devoted himself completely to serving the Lord. He wanted to go to seminary to become a pastor, but could not afford it, so he decided to get creative. A friend gave him an old sewing machine and he began teaching himself how to sew, selling every piece of clothing he made. That machine, he said, not only paid for his seminary courses but also his apartment rent and food while he was studying. For him that machine was his most prized possession. 


Hope Grows in a Greenhouse

Hope Grows in a Greenhouse

Monday, September 01, 2014

Pastor Leandro lives in the Pehuenche community located high in the Andes Mountains in the region of Alto Bio Bio in Southern Chile. For Leandro, working as a pastor is a major sacrifice. Pastors do not receive pay and are expected to live off the tithes of their church congregation. Most families in this region work as subsistence farmers and do not earn a typical wage, so the tithe often comes in the form of produce or a live chicken. When food is scarce in the winter months, many have nothing to give.  


Ebonny Empowered by ABCD Workshop

Ebonny Empowered by ABCD Workshop

Monday, September 01, 2014

When facing extreme poverty year after year, it is easy for a person to believe that anything he or she can give is not substantial enough to actually make a difference in the broader community. This is exactly why Bright Hope brought the Asset Based Community-Driven Development program to Apac, Uganda. 


ABCD Workshop Promotes New Vision for Ugandan Church

ABCD Workshop Promotes New Vision for Ugandan Church

Monday, September 01, 2014

Apac, Uganda—Following the success of its microloan program for the extremely impoverished in Apac, Uganda, Bright Hope implemented the Asset Based Community Driven Development program, or ABCD workshop, on June 11 and 12, 2014.  The ABCD workshop is designed to further a community’s development by helping it discover its strengths, skills, and passions.  The ultimate hope for ABCD workshops is that each community, as well as each individual who participates, will move from a sense of deprivation and helplessness to an understanding that everyone has something to provide for the betterment of the community.