Bright Hope News

Updates from Bright Hope and our partners around the world.

#ProjectEmpower is Complete!

#ProjectEmpower is Complete!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Oruro, Bolivia – What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “microenterprise”? You might think of a family receiving a loan to jumpstart their business, or an individual attending job skills training to work towards self-sustainability. But what about an entire church coming together to generate income for their ministries? That’s exactly the model Bright Hope is implementing in Bolivia, and it’s changing how the local church can impact their community. 
 


Bolivian Church Has Big Plans for Using Their #ProjectEmpower #GivingTuesday Funds

Bolivian Church Has Big Plans for Using Their #ProjectEmpower #GivingTuesday Funds

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Oruro, Bolivia — In December of last year, our incredible allies proved that #GivingTuesday really could be just as big as Black Friday and Cyber Monday by surpassing our fundraising goal and raising over $11,000 in less than 12 hours!
 


No More Dependency: Local Church Bakery Supports Given Lungu's Education in Zambia

No More Dependency: Local Church Bakery Supports Given Lungu's Education in Zambia

Monday, May 23, 2016

Samfya, Zambia – Given Lungu grew up in a small fishing village just south of Samfya, Zambia. At the age of 18 she married and had a son. Life seemed to be off to a good start. However, within a few years of their marriage, things took a dark turn.
 


Two Sacks of Potatoes and Renewed Hope: Jeniffer Aoko's Story in Nairobi, Kenya

Two Sacks of Potatoes and Renewed Hope: Jeniffer Aoko's Story in Nairobi, Kenya

Monday, May 23, 2016

Kariobangi, Kenya – At 28 years old, life was promising for Jeniffer Aoko, married and raising her four daughters in the family’s humble shelter in the Kariobangi neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya. Nothing could have prepared her for the tragedy before her.
 


The Gospel Comes to Life: Claude Fanor on Transformation in Haiti

The Gospel Comes to Life: Claude Fanor on Transformation in Haiti

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Lake Zurich, Ill. — Claude Fanor of Pignon, Haiti is an eyewitness: transformation is happening in his country.  


Peter Otieno: Once Alone, Now Empowered!

Peter Otieno: Once Alone, Now Empowered!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Nairobi, Kenya – Left by his family at a young age, Peter Otieno knows the struggle of providing for himself in order to survive. 


Microenterprise Grows Lila as a Community Leader

Microenterprise Grows Lila as a Community Leader

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Beganabe, Haiti — Lila Etienne is a woman with a vision to help lift her home village of Beganabe, Haiti, out of extreme poverty. Yet not long ago, Lila’s focus was much narrower—simply putting food on the table for her three children. 


$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.  


Jane, a Single Mother with Hope for Tomorrow

Jane, a Single Mother with Hope for Tomorrow

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Nairobi, Kenya – “As a single parent in the slum, life has not been a bed of roses as I had imagined, so I have had to be the provider in my house,” shares Jane Adhiambo, a 45 year old widow living in Mathare Valley Slum. Her husband died in 2006, leaving her to raise their three daughters alone. 


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. 


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.