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Thursday, October 20, 2016


A Big Challenge
Far too many Ethiopians are forced to drink water gathered from filthy ponds, stagnant streams, and contaminated hand-dug pits. Prolonged drought has made the situation even more challenging. HOPE International Development Agency is continuing to tackle the water crisis in Ethiopia and we need your help.

Meeting the Challenge
Have dinner with us and help thousands of Ethiopians drink their first cup of clean water.

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 in Ethiopia through your giving.

For more information and to reserve tickets for any of the Film Premiere & Dinner events listed below, please visit www.hope-international.com.

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Abbotsford
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
6:30pm Reception & 7:00pm Dinner
Quality Hotel & Conference Centre Abbotsford
36035 North Parallel Road, Abbotsford, British Columbia


Kelowna
Saturday, October 29, 2016
6:30pm Reception & 7:00pm Dinner
The Laurel Packinghouse
1304 Ellis Street, Kelowna, British Columbia


Terrace
Thursday, November 3, 2016
6:30pm Reception & 7:00pm Dinner
Northwest Community College
(House of Birch)
5331 McConnell Avenue, Terrace, British Columbia


Victoria
Saturday, November 5, 2016
6:30pm Reception & 7:00pm Dinner
Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Hotel Resort & Spa
100 Harbour Road, Victoria, British Columbia


ALBERTA

Calgary
Friday, October 28, 2016
6:30pm Reception & 7:00pm Dinner
Sheraton Eau Claire
255 Barclay Parade Southwest, Calgary, Alberta


Edmonton
Saturday, October 22, 2016
6:00pm Reception & 7:00pm Dinner
Shaw Conference Centre
9797 Jasper Avenue Northwest, Edmonton, Alberta


Fort McMurray
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
6:30pm Reception & 7:00pm Dinner
The Grand Ballroom in Shell Place on MacDonald Island
1 C.A. Knight Way, Fort McMurray, Alberta


Grande Prairie
Thursday, October 27, 2016
6:30pm Reception & 7:00pm Dinner
Pomeroy Hotel (Grande Prairie Inn)
11633 100 Street, Grande Prairie, Alberta


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Education transforms lives

Michelle is proof that hope is more than just a word.

If you could have met Michelle when she was a child, you would have seen a young indigenous girl whose family lived in abject poverty in Baguio City in Northern Luzon in the Philippines.

It is unlikely you would have envisioned that Michelle would grow up to graduate from university, with honors, and receive a one-year scholarship for on-the-job training at the United Nations in New York.

Michelle was able to achieve all this because of the generosity of friends of HOPE International Development Agency who made it possible for her to go to grade school, high school, and then university.

“I am truly blessed,” says Michelle. “The support did more than help me with my education; it taught me the importance of an education and how I can be of greater help to others, especially my fellow indigenous people.”

The people who have helped Michelle throughout her learning journey are blessed as well because they know they have freed her from poverty.

Without an education, Michelle would be living a completely different life today.

Poverty would be her teacher and the lessons would be heartbreaking.

Indigenous people like Michelle live on the margins of Philippine society. They suffer because they lack the basic necessities of life, such as clean water, healthcare, education, and livelihood opportunities.

HOPE International Development Agency is addressing these needs through spring capping to create clean water supplies, agricultural training to help farmers grow more food, and livelihood support to establish a means of family income – all of which transform the health of children.

Transforming the minds of children is equally important, especially when we see the opportunities an education can create - as it has for Michelle.

“Every school year did not only bring me closer to my dream, but also blessed me with meaningful insights and experiences. I treasure all these memories in my heart. They are a source of strength and joy as I begin a new way of participating in the task of building communities and my beloved country,” says Michelle.

Friends of HOPE made it possible for Michelle to grow up and become the kind of person we all admire.

She is now giving back to her community and beginning a cycle of hope!

You can make a child’s dream of going to school come true. You can be the person who transforms a child’s mind and life!

Donate online today

Friday, October 7, 2016

Haiti devastated by Hurricane Matthew

The United Nations is describing the destruction as the worst humanitarian crisis in Haiti since the earthquake of 2010.

Help with recovery efforts. Donate online today

Hurricane Matthew has left massive destruction in its wake in southwestern Haiti, which took a direct hit from the storm. Hundreds of thousands of people are at risk as a result.

Immediate Response Continues

The goal is to help people survive the coming days and weeks, and recover as quickly as possible. HOPE International Development Agency is providing emergency shelter for families affected by Hurricane Matthew. Lack of shelter puts families, especially women and children, at risk.

Helping Families Rebuild Their Lives

Prior to the arrival of Hurricane Matthew, HOPE International Development Agency was in the process of helping farming families in the Duchity area of southwestern Haiti by providing agricultural training and seeds. Assisting families with their emergency shelter needs keeps our commitment to help families rebuild both their lives and their agricultural livelihoods.

Powerful winds, sometimes more than 230 kilometres per hour, combined with torrential rains and massive waves has caused destruction on a scale not seen since the earthquake of 2010.

Crops, already at risk due to an extended period of drought earlier this year, are destroyed. Roofs have been torn off homes, churches, schools, and public buildings. Trees were ripped out of the ground and floodwaters have strewn debris everywhere. Roads have been destroyed and a major bridge is completely gone.

Currently, more than 300,000 people are in need of immediate assistance. This figure will most likely rise significantly in the coming days. The death toll, currently over 300, is expected to rise as well.

You can help provide the assistance and emergency supplies families need in order to recover.

Donate online today

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Hurricane Matthew slams Haiti. Help is urgently needed.

Hurricane Matthew slammed into Haiti today. Torrential rains and winds of up to 230 kilometres per hour ripped through the areas where HOPE is working, causing severe damage and putting thousands of families at risk.

Your gift today will help provide the assistance and emergency supplies families need in order to recover.

Help with recovery efforts by donating online now.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

We Ride Africa - Much more than an amazing adventure!

“Adventurous people generally don't ask why. They just do!”, says Jeffrey Hansen-Carlson, an adventure cyclist from Alberta and friend of HOPE International Development Agency.

Jeffrey’s upcoming adventure, We Ride Africa, is different from his usual treks. “This time, why we are riding is more important to us than the adventure,’ says Jeffrey. We Ride Africa, is raising funds to support the work of HOPE International Development Agency among impoverished rural Ethiopians.

“The funds we raise through We Ride Africa will enable families in the remote region of Bonke, southern Ethiopia to gain access to clean water and in doing so, create a foundation for sustainable social and economic development,” says Jeffrey.

Jeffrey started We Ride Africa to leverage people's natural curiosity with adventure to raise money that will transform lives.

“We have committed to a 9-day adventure cycling expedition through the Bonke region of southern Ethiopia to raise funds for much needed water infrastructure projects in remote villages throughout the region,” says Jeffrey. “Every dollar we raise will be used to build water infrastructure that will carry clean, life-giving water, down from the hills and into the villages."

By adventure cycling standards, the remote and mountainous terrain of the Bonke region is some of the most challenging riding in the world.

Kilometer after kilometer on a bike in the most remote corners of Ethiopia will provide an intimate glimpse into what the prospect of clean water can do for the human spirit. “Our adventure, and your generosity, will empower not just individuals, but villages,” says Jeffrey.

Learn more about We Ride Africa

Donate online to We Ride Africa