Combined, Ezra, Stella, and Philip have 15 years of experience leading communities in Uganda. In this month’s podcast episode, these remarkable CarePoint Project Coordinators share what their daily work is like at the CarePoint; the encouragement that keeps them going when they face opposition and difficulties; and how they are seeing their communities change before their eyes.
“Build Relationships. Break Poverty.” is a podcast that challenges the Western perception of international poverty by elevating the voices of local leaders and processing how we can help to alleviate poverty without harming those living in vulnerable communities. We are Children’s HopeChest, and we believe that building two-way relationships will break the cycle of poverty.
In this month’s episode of “Build Relationships. Break Poverty.” we’re sharing a conversation between Chairperson of the Board, Sally Townsend, and CEO and President, Ken Sparks. Together, they reflect on what we’ve learned over 25 years of fighting the cycle of poverty around the globe, and where we are headed in the future.
In 1996, the trajectory of Masha Bodrova’s life changed forever. As a young girl, when other children were playing outside, Masha was practicing playing the piano for hours on end. Her pursuit of excellence and her remarkable talent led her to achieve a master’s and doctoral degree in concert piano. While traveling the world to …
Do you remember the songs that have transformed your life? The songs that have met you on dark days and carried you to brighter seasons? Music’s power to heal and encourage is universal, but today Londiwe Dlamini is sharing stories of music empowering youth in Eswatini. Londiwe is the Music Ministry Leader and spends her …
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.
Today on our podcast we are honored to have the woman who has been with Children’s HopeChest…before it was Children’s HopeChest! Katya Celenina has been HopeChest’s Country Director of Russia for over 25 years – from HopeChest being a seed that the Lord was watering to partnering with seven countries and serving over 34,000 children. …
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?
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.