The communities Bright Hope serves are in a vicious cycle of poverty and crisis. We believe we need to avoid creating dependency and empower people to lift themselves out of physical, economic and spiritual poverty. We are asking you, our Allies in this fight against extreme poverty, to support our most urgent program needs to empower the poor for today, tomorrow and eternally. Here are three very important programs in great need of help.
Our Current Urgent Needs:
HOPE FOR TOMORROW
Twenty-four-year-old Lillian had a difficult childhood. She grew up in the Huruma slums near Nairobi with her four siblings. They would walk to school each day by 6 am, being careful to avoid a dangerous local gang which would terrorize the streets and extort money off people.
Living in a 10×10-foot, single-roomed house with no restroom, she only had access to a public toilet with a fee per use. And by the age of ten she helped with tending to her younger siblings and cooking and cleaning late into the night, leaving little time for homework.
Lillian enjoyed school and dreamed of a day where she could focus more on her studies. Then, years later, this dream came true when she received a Bright Hope scholarship.
HOPE FOR TODAY
Marycruz. Meshach. Ben. Hertzley. Mukisa. They’re just names to you now, but get to know them and you’ll see glimpses of what it’s like for them growing up in a developing nation, the challenges they face and the goals they reach for.
Five stories, five countries. These youths aren’t just part of a statistic—5 of the 387 million children living in poverty—they’re real people with likes and dislikes, hopes and dreams.
They have different backgrounds and life stories, but they all have something in common: they have experienced the love of Christ in tangible ways. You’ll see how you—by partnering with Bright Hope—are creating brighter futures for each of them…and thousands more just like them.
HOPE FOR TODAY
Tragically, 99% of all maternal deaths occur in developing nations. Pregnant women and midwives in the rural villages where we work have been sharing the intense struggles and obstacles they face when it comes time to give birth.
Hospitals require that women bring their own birthing supplies—things as basic as surgical gloves. When giving birth at home, mothers and babies are at risk of contracting diseases like tetanus and HIV from using dirty materials, and they have no immediate access to help if a complication arises.
We’re partnering with churches and local health clinics to give Mama Kits to expectant mothers so they can have a safer, healthier delivery.