Hope for Today projects can make the difference between life and death. They help meet immediate physical needs for an individual or a community by providing things like access to clean water, medical care, or food. These projects aid in survival for the most vulnerable and also inspire Hope.  

Food

A family living in extreme poverty may not have enough food to eat. And, what they do have available, may not be nutritionally balanced. The ramifications of that are many, and it kicks off a heartbreaking chain of events.

  • If a child doesn’t get enough food, it could stunt their growth physically and cognitively.
  • A hungry child cannot stay focused in school. If they don’t do well in school, they’re likely to have a harder time breaking free from poverty when they’re older.
  • Even if they want to go to school, many children are forced to search for food outside their homes, or even work for food, causing them to drop out of school. Sadly, some end up living on the streets.

By providing a meal before school starts, during the lunch hour, or at an after-school program, we see grades and test scores rise and children staying in school.

And, while providing relief aid is not a primary focus of ours, when disaster strikes communities where we are invested, sometimes we distribute food supplies to help ease the burden in a time of crisis.

Our teacher realized that we were going without food… she talked with our [unwell] mother and the school helped us.

—Noah, 14-year-old student living in a Kenyan slum

Our work

Video: Food Distribution in Nairobi’s Slum Schools
Schools in Kenya have been closed for the last three months, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s been an incredibly challenging time for the children, their families and the…
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Food Vouchers Help Combat Coronavirus Hunger in Kenya
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Bolivia Update: A Modified Easter, WhatsApp Touchpoints and Food Security
This week in Bolivia Bolivia is ending its 5th week of quarantine, and as of Tuesday, April 21, there are 598 confirmed cases in Bolivia, of which 34 have died…
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WASH

(Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)

Without water, there is no life. Without clean water, there is often death. Contaminated drinking water is thought to cause 485,000 diarrheal deaths each year, through diseases like diarrhea, cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio (WHO).

Poor sanitation and hygiene for those living in extreme poverty can compound the problem as it can lead to increased rates of infections and diseases. A staggering number of children under 5 die every year from diarrheal diseases. This should not be.

We tackle this from two angles: providing clean water solutions, and offering training and practical help with hygiene and sanitation. Some ways we do this:

  • dig and repair wells
  • clean and protect natural water sources
  • install water storage and purification systems
  • piping in clean water
  • build latrines and handwashing stations
  • conduct hygiene and sanitation trainings that offer practical tips and solutions

These interventions equip the church and community with knowledge and skills to follow safe hygiene and sanitation practices, which leads to better health. We also encourage the community members to share what they learn with neighboring communities to impact the community at large.

The water that we used to use was the water that brings death, and now we have this water which is giving us life.

—Voltaire, Haiti resident

Our work

Thank you for giving! The Natoot Farm has water again!
We have great news!!! Thanks to your generosity, the Natoot Farm in Turkana, Kenya has a brand-new well! Over the weekend, they installed the new pump and tested the water…
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Paulette’s New Water Purification System Makes a Big Splash
Paulette, Haiti—Water has been an issue in Paulette for a long, long time. Whether drinking from filthy, polluted sources long ago, or drinking from salty wells just earlier this year,…
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Paulette residents say “goodbye” to dirty drinking water
Paulette, Haiti Not that long ago in Paulette, Haiti, there were just two options when you needed water—a ravine, filthy with fallen leaves, animal feces and various particles, or the…
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Medical

People living in extreme poverty often do not get the medical care they need. The reasons are many. It could be cost. It could be distance—a clinic or hospital is too far away. Or it could be cultural beliefs or fears that make people unwilling to seek professional medical help, even if it is available.

Bright Hope’s medical programs vary depending on the needs of a community, but oftentimes take the forms of:

  • outreach medical campaigns (hosting “pop-up clinics” with teams of U.S. and/or local medical professionals providing free medical care)
  • providing deworming treatments for students
  • providing pharmaceuticals to clinics, hospitals and medical campaigns
  • offering nutrition training for children and adults
  • working with clinics in Uganda and Zambia to promote maternal health, encourage prenatal care, and provide pregnant women with hygienic supplies needed to have a safe delivery.

These programs not only provide people with the treatment they need, but it also helps build relationships between community members and local health care providers for long-term support.

Midwives thanked me for going in well-prepared. Whatever they asked for, I reached inside my bag and pulled out… I can’t thank you enough. My baby is safe because of you.

—Fahima, Mama Kit recipient

Our work

What a Difference a Year Can Make!
Zambia – Last year at this time Matthew*, who was born with a circulatory problem that forced doctors to amputate both of his feet and one hand, couldn’t walk. He…
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COVID-19 in Bolivia: New Graveyards and Overwhelmed Hospitals
Please keep Bolivia in your prayers. From firsthand accounts, the COVID-19 outbreak in Bolivia is worse than what is reflected by the official numbers. In some places, the entire neighborhood has…
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Mama Kits Aid in Improved Maternal Healthcare in Uganda
Excited. Scared. Penniless. Fearing expenses, yet cherishing the little life growing within in, Desire felt so many emotions when she found out she and Charles were pregnant. At just 20…
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Orphans and Vulnerable Children

(Family Empowerment)

If even one child is neglected, hungry, alone, in danger, living on the streets or in an unsafe environment, it’s one too many. Sadly, we know there are tens of millions of children living in these circumstances.

And we have found that quality of life and family dynamics are major factors contributing to either the prevention or cause of new orphaned and vulnerable children.

So, what do we do? We work with our partner churches to invest in families. In some cultures, no affection, little communication and harsh physical treatment is the norm, but we can teach a different way of parenting and relating in marriage. Trainees have told us afterward that they’d just didn’t know any other way before…

We teach, from a biblical perspective, on the role of a father and a husband, we help families better provide for themselves through agricultural aid and poultry and livestock breeding opportunities.

We encourage families and churches to take on the responsibility of caring for the orphaned and vulnerable in their communities.

Here are some ways we accomplish this:

  • parenting workshops
  • marriage workshops
  • fathers’ clubs
  • grandmothers’ clubs
  • child advocacy training
  • peer mentorship programs

All these efforts strengthen families and mend relationships. By doing this and teaching church leaders and the community how to advocate for the vulnerable, we can address the issues affecting vulnerable children and help children stay in families.

I want to become a father to these fatherless children.

—Martin, parenting trainee; father of 6 children and 3 orphans

Our work

From Strain to Fame: How 5 Chickens Changed 1 Grandma’s Life
Harriet faced a lot of resistance from her non-believing husband when she first joined the grandmothers’ club at Namasujju Community Church in Uganda. Her husband was constantly angry at her…
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Ugandan Church Fights for Girls’ Education
At just 13-years-old, Mercy was one of many thousands of girls in Uganda who had to leave school because her parents could no longer afford to pay tuition for her, preferring to pay for her brothers instead.
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#ProjectEmpower is Complete!
In December of last year, Bright Hope Allies came together on #GivingTuesday and raised more than $10,000 in 24 hours to launch a microenterprise in Bolivia.
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Stories of Hope and Transformation

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Video: Combatting COVID-19 Hunger in Kenya

Hunger has been one of the biggest, harshest secondary effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in developing nations like Kenya. “Children don’t even understand; they know there’s COVID, but when they’re…
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Video: Food Distribution in Nairobi’s Slum Schools

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When Hope for Today Makes Tomorrow Possible

Bright Hope’s mission is to bring Hope and help to those living on less than $2/day. We accomplish this through a holistic, Hope for Today, Tomorrow, and Eternity ministry model…
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Food Vouchers Help Combat Coronavirus Hunger in Kenya

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Mama Kits Aid in Improved Maternal Healthcare in Uganda

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Despite COVID-19 lockdown, Bolivian churches reach out

Amidst the COVID-19 lockdown, Bolivian churches reach out to their communities in amazing, beautiful ways. Baking and giving away fresh bread, food distributions and mask making are some of the…
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