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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.


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!

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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.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Join us this Fall! 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.

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.

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