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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Haitian families dealt another cruel blow with the arrival of Hurricane Sandy

Families, still trying to recover from Tropical Storm Isaac in late August were dealt another cruel blow when Hurricane Sandy pelted the highly impoverished country with three days of relentless rain. In addition to widespread flooding and destruction, 51 Haitians have lost their lives as a result of the storm.

You can support our efforts to help Haiti's poorest families recover by visiting www.hope-international.com today.

Monday, October 15, 2012

South Sudan: On the Frontline of Health Care for the Poor

This excellent BBC photo-essay on a nurse’s life in South Sudan reminds us why we love to help health workers in this fledgling nation. South Sudan is the youngest country in the world, unbelievably beset with challenges, ranging from extreme poverty to post-war recovery.

There are far too few health workers in South Sudan and those who faithfully serve their people are plagued with a lack of infrastructure, of medicines, and of equipment.

We’re proud to send medicines and medical supplies to South Sudanese clinics that serve the very poor.

Check out the BBC photo-essay here and you can see the conditions that people like Nurse James are working in, attempting to serve people who are ‘starting from zero’

Thursday, October 4, 2012

In Pueblo Libre, starting school is not the issue. Staying in school is the challenge.

For every 200 children who start school in Pueblo Libre, one of the poorest neighborhoods in all of Peru, only 17 will go on to graduate.

It’s not easy to learn when you are the first among your family to go to school. Parents, the vast majority of whom never had the opportunity to attend school, are not well equipped to support their children in their learning journey. It’s not that parents don’t want to support their children, they just don’t have the first-hand experience or understanding of the benefits education can provide.

The situation is equally challenging for young people who are approaching a time when they will enter the workforce. Without the appropriate skills training, finding a job with a livable wage is next to impossible.

Both scenarios do not offer much hope and result in people remaining trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty.

With your help, however, children can stay in school, and young people can receive the training they need in order to get a good job.

With your help, children can receive tutoring twice a week. This will ensure that they understand what they are being taught, and are able to apply what they are learning. In addition, children also receive all of the school supplies they need, including items like notebooks, pencils, and paper.  In addition, a portion of your gift is used to teach parents how to support their children in their learning journey.  All of this help gives a child everything they need to feel supported in their learning efforts and to be successful.

You can also support the young people of Pueblo Libre by helping fund scholarships that will ensure they have access to the job skills training they need in order to secure a job with a livable wage and good future.

In Pueblo Libre, education and job skills training are two of the most important ways to become free from the poverty that has held people captive for generations.

Help the children and young people of Pueblo Libre today.