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Monday, February 5, 2018

Join us for dinner and changes lives in Nepal


Join us this for dinner this Spring and help thousands of people in Nepal transform their lives.

You'll enjoy a wonderful meal, the company of friends, silent and live auctions, great music, a short feature film shot on location in Nepal, and an important opportunity to transform lives through your giving.

HOPE International Development Agency has been helping families worldwide since 1975, enabling them to transform their lives as they gain access to clean water, education, training, and new ways to earn income and grow more food.


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Last year, the kindness and generosity of people who attended HOPE International Development Agency events in cities across Canada enabled well over 30,000 people in Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Ethiopia to begin transforming their lives.

BANGLADESH
Microcredit loans are enabling families to start small businesses.

In addition, families in Bangladesh are gaining access to:
  • Clean water for better health
  • Basic health care and medicines, especially for mothers & children
  • Secure shelter through newly constructed homes

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CAMBODIA
Wells, latrines, and agricultural training are enabling families to transform their lives.

In addition, families are gaining access to:
  • Improved education opportunities at newly constructed schools and school rooms
  • Increased nutrition and health through tools and seeds to plant home gardens

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ETHIOPIA
Clean water is changing everything for families in southern Ethiopia

In addition to clean water, families are gaining access to:
  • Centrally located water points throughout communities
  • Latrines for improved sanitation, health, and privacy
  • Self-help groups and loans to start new livelihood activities

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Women are a powerful force for change in communities throughout southern Ethiopia


Elfinish Abate is among a determined group of women helping lead their families and community of Wabe Shore out of poverty by creating and nurturing a community-based economy that benefits everyone.

Located in southern Ethiopia, Wabe Shore was among the poorest communities in the region until the completion of a gravity-fed water system funded by HOPE International Development Agency donors. The system provides clean water to 13,800 people living in the remote community nestled in the rugged hills that characterize the region. The hygiene and sanitation education that accompanies the arrival of clean water in a community ensures that the benefits of clean water, including good health, and a significant reduction in illness, are fully available to the entire community.

Having clean water available right in the community is doing more than improving the health of families in the community; it is providing the foundation upon which families are beginning their journey from poverty to prosperity.

Self-help groups are playing a crucial role in providing women with opportunities to create positive change in their lives and their communities.

The knowledge, resources, and confidence gained through participation in self-help groups creates a thriving community-based economy driven by women who are determined to transform, for the better, their families and their communities.

Elfinish and 19 of her friends and neighbours are members of a self-help group in Wabe Shore established after the water system was completed. The group gathers to learn how to successfully start and run small businesses, increase family savings, and most importantly, work together to overcome poverty. Most of the women in the group generate income by weaving traditional clothing to sell at the market.

Before joining the group, Elfinish did not have the knowledge or resources needed to improve her family’s quality of life.

After receiving training and a small loan from the group’s loan savings fund, Elfinish opened a small shop attached to her home, selling tea and small household items. Inspired by her success, Elfinish then invested her profit back into her business and purchased a sewing machine which she uses to create beautiful dresses and other clothing that she sells at the market and shop.

Working together to create solutions to poverty by developing businesses often creates unforeseen, highly beneficial outcomes.

Elfinish and her group meet to discuss and help solve social challenges in their community, including resolving family issues such as marital disputes. They also support community members through times of birth, death, or illness. This positive social change is being driven by women like Elfinish and her group members. They are now finding themselves better able to respond to the core issues that affect their community. Women and their children are among the most vulnerable in rural Ethiopia. Self -help groups enable women to create and participate in solutions that significantly improve life for them, their children, and their communities.

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Join us this for dinner this Spring and help thousands of people in Nepal transform their lives.

You'll enjoy a wonderful meal, the company of friends, silent and live auctions, great music, a short feature film shot on location in Nepal, and an important opportunity to transform lives through your giving.

HOPE International Development Agency has been helping families worldwide since 1975, enabling them to transform their lives as they gain access to clean water, education, training, and new ways to earn income and grow more food.

See locations and dates.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Clean water is the beginning of positive, community-driven change

Recently, 1,600 indigenous people living on the Philippine island of Mindanao celebrated the completion of six water systems that will give them access to a reliable source of clean water in their communities. In addition to clean water, people are also receiving sanitation education which will give them the knowledge they need in order to improve their health.

At HOPE International Development Agency, we celebrated as well because the arrival of clean water marks the first step in a journey from poverty to self-sufficiency for indigenous families on Mindanao.

Beyond the abundant supply of clean water that the systems bring to communities, they also act as a catalyst for further positive changes across all aspects of family and community life. The relationships formed during the development and construction of the water systems enable people to partner with each other to transform their lives and communities. The perspectives of community members begin to change when they take action, like building a water system. People begin thinking about what is possible and start working together, as a community, to solve other challenges they face.

Helping people learn how to work together results in communities self-identifying what needs to be addressed and then collaborating to make change happen. Eventually, communities are able to move forward on their own, without having to look for external support of motivation.

The benefits of clean water go well beyond a significant reduction in the incidence of water-borne diseases. Families are able to spend time improving their households, growing more food, and thinking of new ways to thrive, rather than simply survive. Children are able to attend school because they do not have to spend much of their days searching for water.

The results speak for themselves
In a recent survey of community members expressed their opinions on key issues.

Before
65% of people surveyed gather their drinking water from contaminated sources.

After
100% of people surveyed now access clean water within 25 metres of their homes.

Before
78% of people surveyed were dissatisfied with their water sources due to the long distances from their homes.

After
100% of people are satisfied with their new water systems because the water is clean and nearby.

Friday, December 29, 2017

An end-of-year gift will bring clean water to families in southern Ethiopia

A special end-of-year gift from you will help provide clean water to families in southern Ethiopia.

Having clean water available in the community will enable parents to invest time in becoming self-reliant.

Women will participate in self-help groups where they will learn how to establish and run small businesses that generate consistent income.

Children will be able to go to school rather than spend their days searching for water with their mothers.

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Christmas Gifts That Change Lives

Make Christmas a memorable time for a child or family that isn’t on anyone’s Christmas list this year. Give gifts that provide what the poorest of the poor have wished for but never received - a helping hand out of poverty.

Gifts from our annual 2017 Gifts of HOPE Christmas catalogue have something special to offer you as well. Real joy, the kind that store-bought gifts, no matter how lovely, cannot give. The joy that comes from knowing you’ve helped a child or family begin their journey out of poverty.

Gifts of clean water, education, and skills-training, for example, last well beyond the Christmas season. In fact, the positive change these gifts bring lasts for generations. The children and families receiving your gifts will remember this Christmas as the beginning of hope and promise, rather than a time of continued poverty and despair.

GIVE GIFTS TODAY

Friday, December 15, 2017

A commitment to the people of Duchity, Haiti

Hurricane Matthew was the strongest storm Haiti has experienced since the 1960’s. Hundreds of lives were lost, and tens of thousands of homes destroyed or left uninhabitable.

In the wake of the disaster, HOPE International Development Agency’s local partner in Haiti responded quickly, assisting the most vulnerable farming families in Duchity, in the southern region of Haiti.

Donations, matched with a 3:1 grant, went directly to help families rebuild their homes. The most vulnerable families in Duchity received building materials, such as timber, corrugated iron, cement, and nails, so they could repair and rebuild their homes. As a result, more than 700 people are now living in safe housing.

Families are focusing on rebuilding their lives and livelihoods, and are extremely grateful for your support. HOPE’s commitment to the families of Duchity continues. Today, families are receiving training in sustainable agriculture. Seeds are being provided and tree nurseries established to increase farm productivity and profitability – all of which helps families rebuild their lives.

A rebuilt home in Duchity Haiti is much sturdier than the original home.


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

GIVING TUESDAY, November 28

Today is the last day to have your donation to help Rohingya families matched 100%.

Give on November 28, 2017 and your gift will accomplish twice as much! The Government of Canada is matching donations given to help Rohingya families displaced by violence in Myanmar and will match your donation 100%.

We've been working with local partners in Myanmar for decades and are responding by providing additional emergency support, such as health care, basic sanitation, and other urgently needed relief items.

To help meet the overwhelming need, 100% of your donation today will be sent directly to our work in Myanmar.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Save lives in a time of major crisis in Myanmar

Rohingya families have been forced from their homes and are in crisis.

Give before November 28, 2017 and your gift will accomplish twice as much! The Government of Canada is matching donations given to help Rohingya families displaced by violence in Myanmar and will match your donation 100%.

Rohingya Crisis Update
  • More than 600,000 people have fled their homes to escape the violence that descended on their communities.
  • Women and children make up 70% of the 600,000 people displaced.
  • People are deeply traumatized by the unspeakable violence they have survived.
  • Most were forced to flee their homes within minutes, or risk being maimed or killed.
  • All are now homeless and have nothing.
HOPE International Development Agency is increasing its response.

We've been working with local partners in Myanmar for decades and are responding by providing additional emergency support, such as health care, basic sanitation, and other urgently needed relief items.

To help meet the overwhelming need, 100% of your donation today will be sent directly to our work in Myanmar.

DONATE TODAY

Thursday, November 9, 2017

The best gifts you can give this Christmas

You can change a child's life this Christmas by giving a gift from HOPE International Development Agency's Gifts of Hope giving catalogue.

Help children in the Philippines overcome the poverty and prejudice they and their families face. Give them a safe place to learn, schoolbooks, supplies, nutrition training, and vegetable gardens that will transform the lives of indigenous people living on the Philippine island of Mindanao.



Help orphaned children in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia regain their health and well-being. Give safe shelter, nutritious food, medical care, counselling, and education, including school supplies and books.



Help disadvantaged children in Ethiopia complete their education and development and they will have a better life now and as adults. Give schooling and supplies, along with necessities that make life better for children.

See these gifts and more in this year's Gifts of Hope giving catalogue.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Make Christmas a memorable time for a child or family that isn’t on anyone’s Christmas list this year.

Make this the year children and families receive the gift they’ve always wished for but never received; a helping hand out of poverty.

Gifts from our annual 2017 Gifts of HOPE Christmas catalogue have something special to offer you as well. Real joy, the kind that store-bought gifts, no matter how lovely, cannot give. The joy that comes from knowing you’ve helped a child or family begin their journey out of poverty.

Gifts of clean water, education, and skills-training, for example, last well beyond the Christmas season. In fact, the positive change these gifts bring lasts for generations. The children and families receiving your gifts will remember this Christmas as the beginning of hope and promise, rather than a time of continued poverty and despair.

GIVE GIFTS TODAY

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Our fall film premiere and dinner events in British Columbia and Alberta are just weeks away. View fall dates and locations.

HOPE International Development Agency has been helping families worldwide since 1975, enabling them to transform their lives as they gain access to clean water, learn new ways to earn a sustainable income and provide support to each other, grow more food, and restore the environment upon which they depend.

View a special preview of this year’s film.

Meeting the Challenge
Having dinner with us this fall and help thousands of impoverished families transform their lives.

Our Time Together
Join us for a wonderful meal, the company of friends, silent and live auctions, great music, a short feature film, and an important opportunity to transform lives through your giving.

View fall dates and locations.