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Updates from Bright Hope and our partners around the world.

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.  


Sahayak is Self-Sustaining After Five-Year Partnership

Sahayak is Self-Sustaining After Five-Year Partnership

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

New Delhi, India – After five years Sahayak, the community development program run by Bright Hope partner New Delhi Bible Fellowship Church, is now self-sustaining.  


Indians Relief Pitcher Cody Allen Steps up to the plate in Cleveland to Support Feed Their Future 2014

Indians Relief Pitcher Cody Allen Steps up to the plate in Cleveland to Support Feed Their Future 2014

Monday, August 04, 2014

Hoffman Estates, Illinois – Cody Allen, relief pitcher for the Cleveland Indians, has joined with Bright Hope and Moody Radio Cleveland for Feed Their Future 2014. The summer campaign exists to provide meals and education to children in Mathare Valley, a slum in Nairobi, Kenya.  


In Memory of Franz Saravia Quispe, Pastor of La Roca Church

In Memory of Franz Saravia Quispe, Pastor of La Roca Church

Friday, August 01, 2014

El Alto, Bolivia – On Thursday night, July 31, 2014, Pastor Franz Saravia Quispe went to be with the Lord, after suffering complications from peritonitis.  


Bright Hope PD Mark Brubacher Speaks at South African Orphan Summit

Bright Hope PD Mark Brubacher Speaks at South African Orphan Summit

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Samfya, Zambia – Mark Brubacher, Bright Hope Partnership Developer for Zambia, spoke at the South African Orphan Summit in June on effective orphan care. The conference set out to educate organizations, churches, and individuals on best practices of orphan care to help make a lasting, positive impact on children’s lives.  


TIU Students to Bike from Illinois to California to Fight Human Trafficking

TIU Students to Bike from Illinois to California to Fight Human Trafficking

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Deerfield, Illinois – Four men from Trinity International University’s football team have created “Bike4Solution” and are partnering with Bright Hope to fight human trafficking in Northern India by biking across the country starting June 14, 2014.