Bright Hope News

Updates from Bright Hope and our partners around the world.

Hope Spotlight: Antonia, Segadores Missionary, Returns to the Jungle

Hope Spotlight: Antonia, Segadores Missionary, Returns to the Jungle

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Aoti, Peru – Antonia Yalta has worked as a missionary for Segadores in Aoti, Peru for more than 10 years. A few months ago, Antonia left Aoti and returned to Lima due to continued health problems with her back. She recently was cleared to return, and has been welcomed back into the community of Aoti.  


Marah Finds Faith After Being Trafficked

Marah Finds Faith After Being Trafficked

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Northern India At five years old, Marah was sold into sex trafficking by her family’s servant who was supposed to take her to school. She was sold to a brothel, and for ten years Marah experienced constant sexual, physical, and emotional abuse.  


Dennis Juma: Why He's Giving Back to Kids in Mathare Valley

Dennis Juma: Why He's Giving Back to Kids in Mathare Valley

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mathare Community Outreach, Kenya - Dennis Juma was born in Bondo, a rural village in Kenya. His father, the sole breadwinner for the family, died when Dennis was very young. After his father’s death, he, his mother, and his siblings went to live with his paternal grandparents until they kicked the entire family out. Having nowhere else to go his mother moved the family to Mathare Valley because this was the only place where living was affordable. During this time his mother worked domestic jobs in order to provide for Dennis and his siblings, but she was barely able to feed them.  


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.