Bright Hope News

Updates from Bright Hope and our partners around the world.

America: A Bolivian Girl Transformed through Church After-School Program

America: A Bolivian Girl Transformed through Church After-School Program

Friday, February 12, 2016

Oruro, Bolivia — “I have many dreams,” shares 18-year-old America. “The main one is, since I was little, I’ve always wanted to be a missionary.” Seeing the smile on America’s face and the confidence in her voice, you would never know the difficult life she has endured. 


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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.  


$10,000 goal for #ProjectEmpower reached in one day!

$10,000 goal for #ProjectEmpower reached in one day!

Friday, December 04, 2015

Hoffman Estates, Ill. — On Giving Tuesday, December 1, we reached our goal of $10,000 at 6:00 p.m. CST thanks to the generosity of Bright Hope allies like you! This $10,000 will fully fund #ProjectEmpower, launching a sustainable small business through a local church in Bolivia.  


Calling Glory and Tanner Clark join Bright Hope’s #ProjectEmpower to combat poverty in Bolivia on Giving Tuesday

Calling Glory and Tanner Clark join Bright Hope’s #ProjectEmpower to combat poverty in Bolivia on Giving Tuesday

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Hoffman Estates, Ill. --- Christian music artists Calling Glory and Tanner Clark are partnering with Bright Hope to raise $10,000 for #ProjectEmpower on December 1 for Giving Tuesday! Through #ProjectEmpower, participants are invited to join arms and empower a community in Bolivia through the local church. 


Marylou Brings Hope to 100 Kids in Bolivia

Marylou Brings Hope to 100 Kids in Bolivia

Monday, July 20, 2015

Oruro, Bolivia – Marylou has worked for the after-school program at Agua Viva de la Roca Church for 3 years. She has served more than 120 children over that time by providing meals, tutoring, basic hygiene education, psychological support and spiritual discipleship. She is a single-mother of 3 daughters, Tati, Ruby, and America; however over the years, she has become a mother to all the children of the program, loving and caring for each of them as her own.  


From the Streets to a Schoolroom: Milton's Story

From the Streets to a Schoolroom: Milton's Story

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Oruro, Bolivia — Milton is 17 years old and works shining shoes in the city of Oruro. His family is from a rural village and when he was eight years old, his father left his mother and his five siblings. Milton was forced to drop out of school and work in the fields to help support his family. 


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. 


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.  


Esperanza Reaching the At-Risk Youth in Bolivia

Esperanza Reaching the At-Risk Youth in Bolivia

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

El Alto, Bolivia – Esperanza Chuquimia is currently the Director of the Children’s Program at Bright Hope’s partner church, Bethesda. Her name, Esperanza, means “Hope” in Spanish, which fits her perfectly as she is truly a beacon of Hope for the at-risk children of El Alto. 


Three Women Empowered to Build Their Business

Three Women Empowered to Build Their Business

Thursday, February 06, 2014

El Alto, Bolivia — Since opening in 2010, the Bethesda Microloan Program has continued to grow and provide opportunities for the people of El Alto.  


Bethesda Children's Program Fully Funded for 2013

Bethesda Children's Program Fully Funded for 2013

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

El Alto, Bolivia – In 2012, Bethesda found out that the funding for their children’s program was ending in June 2013. Bethesda found themselves in a difficult situation.  


Bolivian Students Thank Supporters

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

El Alto, Bolivia — A card was made by the staff and students from Bright Hope's project in the Bethesda Church, located in one of the most dangerous cities of Bolivia. The card was made specifically for a serving team that went down in July. Some highlights from the heart-felt letter: