Nepal Relief Fund

Help support the victims of the Nepal Earthquake!

In an effort to provide relief to Nepal, World Hope Canada has teamed up with World Hope International.  In partnership with the Wesleyan Church they have airlifted several industrial tents to over 70 families who have lost their homes.  These tents are UV-proof, waterproof, rot-proof and fire retardant and suitable for a family of five.  It is our hope that these tents will serve the many mothers and children who have been displaced at such a difficult time.  In addition there have been teams arriving, providing water filters and hygiene kits.  These are critical items needed since there is a severe lack of water and sanitation due to the earthquake.

As reported by WHI:
“Another massive earthquake struck Nepal on Monday May 11th and it is reported that at least 37 people have died and over 1,000 others are injured, as a result. In addition, the massive earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25 continues to impact thousands of people suffering in its aftermath. In fact, The Disasters Emergency Committee reported that clean water supplies have been disrupted and residents are living and defecating in the open, which is leading to outbreaks of cholera and dysentery.”

Please join us as we pray for the victims of this horrendous tragedy and pray for your role in financially assisting them. With your help, we can reach thousands more children, around the world!

In His name,
Stephanie Gilmer
Executive Director

 

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70 Years > 70 Sponsors. Countdown starts today, May 21!

Over 10 years ago Kerry and Carole Allison visited World Hope Canada’s work in Ukraine fell in love. They spend three to six months there each year in Ukraine as volunteers supporting the various ministries. Why? Because they have seen the direct impact Hope House has had on the lives of the over 75 girls who have graduated from the program.
Kerry, a retired educator, builder and self-starter, spent time in Russia converting an abandoned kindergarten school into a Bible College and Church. Little did he know that God was laying the foundation for his work in Ukraine. World Hope Canada’s ministry in Ukraine began in the year 2000 by providing assistance to the many children living on the streets of Ukraine. In 2004, a home was purchased where vulnerable teenage girls could live in safety but it was in need of an addition and renovations. Kerry, well known to World Hope Canada, was the natural choice to lead this project because of his proven experience as a builder and his command of the Russian language, and Hope House was born! Kerry and Carole have devoted their lives to the girls and Hope House, overseeing many projects over the years. Many may ask why a man would leave the comfort of his home and family to live in a far-off country. The answer is simple: Kerry strongly believes in the ministry of Hope House ‘to be a loving and supportive home where vulnerable girls can learn family and life skills and receive an education so they can live successful, independent lives that are honouring to the Lord.’ Kerry was there from the beginning and when asked, “Is it worthwhile to sponsor a girl living at Hope House?” He replied, “If there is anybody out there that is looking for an opportunity to do one good thing in their lifetime, it would be to sponsor a girl. It is not only saving a life, it is giving a life which adds up to many years of happiness. Without Hope House, these girls would be [possibly caught up in human trafficking] used and abused and will have no life.”

 

In honour of Kerry and his work in Ukraine, we are looking for 70 sponsors to help celebrate his 70th birthday!  For $1/day or just $31 /month, you can sponsor a girl living at Hope House.  Her life will be transformed and give her a much brighter future!   Will you take the challenge to “save a life”?  Please visit worldhope.ca/projects/anti-human-trafficking/sponsorship-program, call 613-482-1499 or mail  World Hope Canada, PO Box 982, Kemptville, ON K0G 1J0


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Ukraine Update

As the war continues across eastern Ukraine, about 1.5 million people have been displaced by the fighting.  The streets are filled with “merciless devastation of civilian lives and infrastructure”.  People have run out of basic necessities and are now fighting for food and water.  Bread, that is delivered only once a week, is gone within an hour!

On Tuesday, March 3, 2015 a Reuters News report stated, “Due to the economic wreckage from the conflict in Russia, Ukraine took drastic action and raised refinancing rates from 19.5% to 30%”*, the highest rate in the world!  In addition, the government passed a bill to hike utility prices and more.  For example, last year at this time the exchange rate was $1 US = $8 Hrivnia.  As of March 6, 2015 it sits at $1 US = $24 Hrivnia, and a week ago it was almost $1 US = $40 Hrivna.  (*http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/06/ukraine-bonds-idUSL5N0W71TT20150306)

The people of Ukraine are pleading for the fighting to stop. “There’s just nowhere else to go. We have two children and couldn’t evacuate them. Please, agree to any possible peace offer. We can’t live like this anymore!” (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-31109503)

Although the fighting has not spread to Odessa, the increase in rates of all necessities is seriously affecting our ministry.  Food costs, utilities, building materials for Hope House II, bus passes for the girls – everything is more expensive.

In speaking with Sergiy Svystun, President of World Hope Ukraine about the devastation and how it is affecting our work, he said, “Yesterday all public transportation went from $3 Hrivnia to $5 Hrivnia in the city [an increase of 66%].  In the outside of the city, where the Hope House girls attend college, the rates went from $12Hrivnia/day to $25Hrivnia/day [an increase of 208%].  All utility prices have been raised three times from what they were and we have been told they will continue to rise every three months.  It is difficult to heat big buildings like Hope House that are heated with natural gas. On warm days, we turn off the heat but I am scared for next winter. “

“On a positive note, World Hope partnered with the Baptist District in the Odessa area to provide hot meals to the many refugees living in Odessa.  First Step Center is seeing 20-30 children/day and we provide them with food, homework assistance, stationary, medical supplies, clothing and help them get proper documentation.  That is very important in Ukraine.  And Ukrainian people have never been so united.  From the west to the north, people are joining together to help one another and stay safe.  All people are against this war and the aggressor.”

How can you help?

We are so grateful for your support of our work in Ukraine! You can give to any of the following ministries and feel good about the fact that you are helping to care for at-risk kids and youth and families struggling from the ravages of war.

We serve a great God who sees everything; each need and each act of kindness.  We know that with your prayer and support, we can continue to help those in need in Ukraine.

 

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