“God, Why Have You Sent Me Here?”
Community-to-Community Personal Impact

“God, Why Have You Sent Me Here?”

Each year that I have returned it amazes me how the children remember me! How they hold onto the memories made over just six days a year. These children love the relationship that we are building, as do I!
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The Impact of Visiting an Orphanage for 16 Years
Community-to-Community

The Impact of Visiting an Orphanage for 16 Years

Our continued presence throughout their childhood and into adulthood affords us the opportunities to see the impact all of our visits have made over time.
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Build Relationships. Break Poverty. | Interview with Uganda’s Sponsorship and Communications Manager
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Build Relationships. Break Poverty. | Interview with Uganda’s Sponsorship and Communications Manager

Meeting Simon Okello is a breath of fresh air. He is loved by children at all of our Uganda CarePoints for his lightheartedness, compassion, advocacy, and many many jokes. He has been working with Children’s HopeChest for over seven years and is Uganda’s Sponsorship and Communications Manager. In this position Simon gets to know the most vulnerable children in Uganda’s CarePoint communities and manages the processes of children joining and exiting the sponsorship program. 
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How Village Savings Empowered These 4 Women to be Entrepreneurs
Stories of Hope

How Village Savings Empowered These 4 Women to be Entrepreneurs

What if you wanted to take out a small business loan to start a venture so you could support your family, but the banks in your local community considered your financial status too risky? What if, even if you could get a loan, the interest rate was as high as 24%?
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Three Ways to Celebrate World Letter Writing Day!
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Three Ways to Celebrate World Letter Writing Day!

Perhaps it feels so special to receive a letter because sending intentional mail hits each of the five love languages. Someone spends quality time writing words of affirmation on something physical that you can touch and open like a gift.   And how much more exciting is receiving a letter when it is from a friend overseas?!
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The Mechanics of Hope: This school provides more than an education
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The Mechanics of Hope: This school provides more than an education

At many Children’s HopeChest CarePoints, schools are also more than just a place to receive an education. Each layer of support offered at CarePoints builds a foundation of stability. This is especially true in Guatemala at the My Special Treasure Educational Center (MSTEC), which is a Christian school dedicated to providing holistic support for children whose parents work in the local garbage dump.
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Build Relationships. Break Poverty. | Interview with Russia’s Country Director
Interviews Podcast

Build Relationships. Break Poverty. | Interview with Russia’s Country Director

Today on our podcast we are honored to have the woman who has been with Children’s HopeChest...before it was Children’s...
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How Do You Feel About Change?
Community-to-Community Personal Impact

How Do You Feel About Change?

Prior to this trip we were told we’d be doing “something different.” We wouldn’t be making “Home Visits” but instead, we’d have something called “Community Time” with parents and guardians of the children at Tullo CarePoint. This was something new and totally foreign to us. To say we were disappointed is an understatement.  Reasons had been explained, however, and we were all somewhat willing to “try something new.”
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A Motorcycle Group and an Orphanage in Russia: celebrating partnerships of all kinds!
Community-to-Community Stories of Hope

A Motorcycle Group and an Orphanage in Russia: celebrating partnerships of all kinds!

                                  “Only a life lived for others is worth living.”                                         - Albert Einstein In Russia, many...
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Meet Dairyn, the Woman Leading Pueblo Modelo in Guatemala
Interviews Stories of Hope

Meet Dairyn, the Woman Leading Pueblo Modelo in Guatemala

I would like to  see people living with dignity. Living with the values of the Kingdom of God, with a lot of opportunities  for all and to be a model for other communities. A leafy and stable tree that produces a lot of fruit, that gives many benefits to nature, that produces life and that is a symbol of hope and rest.
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These Peanuts Are Transforming Lives!
Income-Generating Activities Stories of Hope

These Peanuts Are Transforming Lives!

Creamy, chunky, sugar-free, and organic – I’ve tried it all. I’d have to say the peanut butter I now love...
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Build Relationships. Break Poverty. | Are You Helping or Harming While Visiting Another Culture?
Podcast

Build Relationships. Break Poverty. | Are You Helping or Harming While Visiting Another Culture?

Why doesn’t HopeChest allow travelers to bring bags full of toys to hand out to children? Why are HopeChest trips called “partner visits” and not “mission trips?” Why do we ask travelers to never leave behind money for children or locals? Why don’t travelers build or complete short-term projects while they’re visiting? 
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Meet the Man Who is Overseeing the “Model Villages” in Guatemala
Personal Impact Stories of Hope

Meet the Man Who is Overseeing the “Model Villages” in Guatemala

I love how theology and business are tied together in my day-to-day job and how God has prepared me to accomplish His will in places like Pueblo Modelo in Guatemala.
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This Man is Proving Formal Education is Not the Only Way Out of Poverty
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This Man is Proving Formal Education is Not the Only Way Out of Poverty

Access to receiving an education is an incredibly important aspect of breaking the cycle of poverty. However, what happens when a child or young adult has other skills or giftings that are stronger than their abilities in a classroom?
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Build Relationships. Break Poverty. | Interview with Grief and Trauma Counseling Trainer
Podcast Stories of Hope

Build Relationships. Break Poverty. | Interview with Grief and Trauma Counseling Trainer

In this month’s podcast episode, JoE Lombard, Grief and Trauma Counseling Trainer, explains the intentionality behind the grief counseling programs that he designed and how he equips HopeChest staff to dive into their own pain so they can better heal the pain of children in their community. JoE has spent at least 20 years emotionally supporting youth across various cultures, equipping adults to walk through grief counseling with vulnerable children, and delivering grief counseling training for HopeChest staff in Uganda and Eswatini.
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Art Therapy on the Cutting Edge of Restoration in Moldova
Big Picture Personal Impact

Art Therapy on the Cutting Edge of Restoration in Moldova

From touch-down in Moldova we received a crash course in the history of Empire:  Moldova is the little country that...
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Guatemala’s New “Model Villages” and What They Mean for Local Communities
Big Picture Community-to-Community

Guatemala’s New “Model Villages” and What They Mean for Local Communities

Children’s HopeChest comes alongside local leaders in Guatemala to create CarePoints that are safe places with holistic programs for the...
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Lessons in Amharic – when language heals discomfort
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Lessons in Amharic – when language heals discomfort

The official language spoken in Ethiopia is called Amharic.  I can barely say the name of the language, let alone...
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Build Relationships. Break Poverty. | Interview with Guatemala’s Country Director
Podcast

Build Relationships. Break Poverty. | Interview with Guatemala’s Country Director

This month’s episode features HopeChest’s Country Director of Guatemala, Carolina Cardona. Carolina is a delight to speak with and this conversation is particularly encouraging, as she shares the story of her childhood and life story.
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When We Don’t See Tangible Results
Community-to-Community Personal Impact

When We Don’t See Tangible Results

There are many days when we do not see any tangible results from serving God and carrying out the work we sense God is leading us to do.  We try to rest in the fact that God is at work even though we as humans seem to long for quantifiable markers to affirm the work of our hands.
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