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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.

DONATE

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.

DONATE TODAY

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.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Hurricane Maria, one of the largest, most dangerous storms in recent memory tore its way through the Caribbean a few days ago, wreaking havoc throughout the region.

Communities in northeastern Dominican Republic are devastated. Families are struggling in the aftermath of a storm that brought torrential rain and destructive winds of up to 200 kilometers per hour.

David McKenzie, International President of HOPE International Development Agency, is in the Dominican Republic right now and has learned what we need to do to help families who are in crisis.

Medical supplies and medicines are what is needed most right now. Doctor Gonzales and his colleagues will manage the delivery and distribution of the supplies and medicines, ensuring people get the help they need.

An emergency gift from you of $50, $75, or even $100 if you are able, is what is needed today to make this happen.

Your generous emergency gift will ensure that families affected by Hurricane Maria do not suffer more than they already have.

DONATE TODAY

Monday, September 18, 2017

Recovery efforts underway in Bangladesh and Nepal in aftermath of massive flooding


Devastated. This is how 9 million families in Bangladesh and Nepal are feeling right now. Weeks of torrential rain and flooding has left a third of Bangladesh under water. Nepal isn’t fairing any better.

In Bangladesh, 700,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed and millions of acres of crops ruined. In Nepal, 90,000 homes are ruined. But this disaster is about more than big numbers. Behind each number is a person who has lost hope in the aftermath of the flooding.

Families, particularly in Bangladesh, are used to seasonal flooding. They prepare for it as best they can. However, they can’t cope with a disaster of this magnitude, which many are describing as the worst flooding in living memory.

Today we need to ensure that families affected by floods in the areas where we’re working recover quickly. If they don’t recover quickly, they’ll fall back into poverty in the coming weeks.

We’re deeply concerned for the well-being of these families. We’re also concerned that you’ve not heard about the massive destruction because media coverage, overshadowed by recent weather events in the United States, has been limited and not reflected the massive scale of the disaster.

There is much to do and many people to help in the areas where we are working.

In many cases, families need construction materials to rebuild their modest homes. Other families need to replace household items lost in the flooding, such as pots, pans, utensils, bedding and clothing. All families affected by the disaster need help. Our partners in Bangladesh and Nepal will ensure that your gift today provides the items and help families in need the most right now.

Your gift will help keep a family from falling back into poverty in the aftermath of this massive disaster. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!

Please Donate Today

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

India – Clean water and improved health through biosand filters


India has the highest number of people in the world that lack access to clean water.

In Dindigul district of Tamilnadu State, women struggle to access safe drinking water for their families as they rely on unprotected sources of water (rivers, streams) or leaky water supply pipes that are prone to contamination. Consumption of dirty water results in sick family members; dirty water causes waterborne diseases such as diarrhea, dysentery, and cholera, ultimately wasting time and energy of all family members.

All this is changing through the construction of simple biosand filters, which provide women with access to clean water. Biosand filters are a simple household water treatment device. Biosand filters remove pathogens and suspended solids from water using biological and physical processes in a sand column covered with a biofilm.

Through the support of HOPE International Development Agency donors, women receive a biosand filter, as well as training in use and maintenance of the filters, and training in basic health and sanitation. To encourage active ownership of each family of the filters, each family contributes 20% of the cost of constructing the water filter.


Mrs. T. Kavitha and her story of success

My husband is working as daily wage labour in a shop at a neighbouring town. We have two children and I work at home to care for the family.

Recently, I joined a self-help group in Kannivadi village, where together as women we learn how to increase our income and savings, and where we support each other to build better livelihoods for our families.

Through a program with my self-help group, I have been able to access a biosand filter in our house for our family. When I first saw the filter I was doubtful of how useful it would be. However once I received the training and we started using the filter, I noticed decrease sickness in my children. The water from the filter is cool, clean and safe for us to drink. In our family we like this filter very much and we are so happy to be able to use it.