Bright Hope News

Updates from Bright Hope and our partners around the world.

Project Update: Hydroponics

Project Update: Hydroponics

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Oruro, Bolivia - Pastor Cleto is known for his green thumb and innovative ideas. At his church, you won’t just find places to pray and worship and learn about Jesus. You’ll also find a greenhouse, solar ovens and a welding workshop, all which serve as ministries to support families and vulnerable children in his community.  


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Pastor Cleto's Greenhouse Feeds Kids in After-School Program

Monday, December 14, 2015

Oruro, Bolivia — A third grade dropout and orphaned at just 12 years old, Cleto never thought he would become a pastor. At 17, he married his wife Julia, and together they had nine children while he spent more than 20 years working on the railroad in the countryside of Bolivia.  


Pedro Finds God in a Potato Field

Pedro Finds God in a Potato Field

Friday, September 04, 2015

Santiago, Chile — Pedro lives in an indigenous Mapuche community high in the Andes Mountains of southern Chile. A short growing season and poor soil have led to increasing scarcity of food and declining nutrition. Like many Mapuche, Pedro was struggling to survive. There was barely enough income to put food on the table, and rarely any left over.  


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. 


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. 


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. 


Margret and Emelda Transformed Through Microloan Program

Margret and Emelda Transformed Through Microloan Program

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Samfya, Zambia – Margret is a widow and a mother to five children. She enrolled in SCCP’s microloan program in 2008 with a $10 loan to begin a garden at her home. Though Margret had never gardened before, she was successful in her harvest and sold her vegetables to fully pay back the loan after four months. In December 2008, she received a loan for $120 and became a farmer, utilizing a maize field to feed and support her family. In the first year she grew 25 bags of maize and 33 bags in 2013. Because of the success of her harvest, Margret sent all five of her children to school, something she never thought she would do.  


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.  


Gwen's Loan Turns Her Life Around

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Beracah, Zambia — Gwen Mesa is widowed and looks after three of her own children and four orphans. Several years ago, Gwen was trained by another organization in vegetable production. Last year, her church enrolled her into Beracah’s livelihoods program.  


Income-Generating Ventures Provide for the Sick

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Samfya, Zambia — Care Providers from Samfya Community of Care Providers are sharing the love of Christ through home visits to those affected by HIV/AIDS. 


First Layer Unit Begins - Profits Funding School

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Samfya, Zambia — The Samfya Bible School recently began a "layer unit" to help continue sustainability of the school, the first of its kind there. The school has 200 birds that produce 180 eggs per day, which generates $300 per month to help the operation of the school!