Happy New Year! 2020 is officially in the history books and we look to this new year for better, healthier days with an answer to the pandemic. While the good news of vaccine roll out is encouraging, 2021 will still pose challenges for all of us. But, on this day, we want to celebrate the positive moments from 2020 and the hope we have for the months ahead.
While we did not produce a paper version of our annual Calendar of HOPE, we will continue to bring you images from our projects each month on our website. The picture above captures an exciting day at Nyangombe when all the local villages turned up to cheer on the teams who played for the local championship in a hotly contested football (soccer) match. It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon with a huge crowd appreciating the efforts of the players on both sides. Such moments of sheer joy and unbridled carefree fun are few and far between in this part of the world. Nyangombe took home the win!
It is always great to be able to gather with kids from the villages surrounding Nyangombe in Zambia. In May 2019, a crowd of orphans supported by Project HOPE, joined Charles Kafweta and Christopher Graves for a Saturday morning filled with sharing and stories of life in the village.
These moments, hearing kids voice messages of challenge and struggle they face, along with moments of small victories, inform and educate Project HOPE. This communication creates community and a shared purpose to serve where needs are greatest. In addition to this meeting, Charles and Christopher also worked their way around to all the local villages to visit kids in their own homes. These site visits also help to shape understanding of the circumstances endured by children with no family or resources. It is amazing to consider the success they accomplish in school despite great hardship.
We continue to support these vulnerable boys and girls especially during the pandemic. While school attendance is a challenge, feeding and bringing basic resources are necessary to help them weather the storm of hunger and poverty. Please consider a gift this Christmas to help us save lives. Your donation will bring hope to a young life!
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Check out our 2020 Christmas Campaign HERE. Please consider giving the gift of HOPE this Christmas and donating to our annual campaign. To give, DONATE now or you can Etransfer or send cash or cheque to our mailing address. Thank you for helping us give HOPE.
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November has arrived and with it a significant number of anticipated events that will shape the future. Notwithstanding the looming election in the United States, COVID-19 continues to dominate daily life and affect the globe. While most issues are beyond our control, in these uncertain days we can assume a bit of leverage and affect positive change. Project HOPE, like you, has been dramatically impacted by world conditions, financially and otherwise. We have experienced challenges but along the way have been blessed when help has arrived just at the right time to fill a need. What a journey!
This month we highlight an orphan from our work in Nyangombe. The young girl, just one of many served by our faithful project partners in this remote area of north west Zambia, recently received a blanket provided by our donors. In May 2019 while on the ground in this part of the world we were challenged to provide blankets to help the vulnerable survive cold nights. A call when out to our guests at last year’s fundraising breakfast in Aylmer, Ontario and funding for 75 blankets was donated. Put on a container ship bound for Africa last Fall the packages arrived safely and are being distributed.
Needs like this and many other issues are affecting our widows and orphans every day. The pandemic has impacted their economy and we are feeding many who cannot afford food while inflation is raging as a result. As we enter this time of year when we all think about the season of giving, we trust that our community of champions remembers to support the work of Project HOPE and help us continue to care for the most vulnerable. Your gift can bring HOPE to someone who has no other advocate or resource.