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Thursday, April 1, 2021

50 female entrepreneurs in Sargodha, Pakistan are starting small businesses through their skill and your investments!

”I am using my income to pay for groceries, household items, medicines, and the education of my oldest daughter, something I never had.”  Fozia Jamal, small business owner

More than $39,000 was raised through In Her Hands. It will provide a group of remarkable women with tools to succeed in the coming months.

This small business toolkit program supplies each woman with:

  • Small group meetings with entrepreneurs to share skills, knowledge and support.

  • Business training to enhance their skills in marketing, finances and to create a business plan. 

  • Leadership training to cultivate confidence, self-esteem and communication.

  • A custom toolkit designed to support the business goals of each entrepreneur.

  • Networking meetings with heads of companies and non-profits, government officials and department heads to access new markets and expand their businesses.

Women in Sargodha are ready to change their lives for themselves and their families. Friends of HOPE have helped 50 female entrepreneurs get the tools they need to start!

Friday, March 26, 2021

On May 6, join us from the comfort of your home for an Evening of HOPE


This year's Evening of HOPE is virtual, but the change you will create for families in Sri Lanka is very real.

On May 6 be among HOPE friends joining us from the comfort of their homes to see what's possible through the lived experiences of Chamila, Nadeeka and Anula as they share stories of transformation from Hambantota, Sri Lanka.

Though this year's event may look different, it will have everything you know and love - the premiere of our new film, "HOPE in Sri Lanka", an online auction with over 100 items sourced from around the world and locally. There are even VIP packages available, filled with gourmet treats for your household to enjoy.

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Monday, March 22, 2021

On World Water Day we celebrate with families and communities in Africa, Asia and The Americas who are enjoying the life-transforming power of clean water today.

Access to clean water along with improved hygiene, safe sanitation and locally available health clinics and medicines gives people the ability to chart their course out of poverty.

In one year alone, as many as 374,000 participants take steps out of poverty through water, health and hygiene initiatives funded by generous HOPE supporters.

On World Water Day we also take time to think of how we can help families and communities who have not yet gained access to clean water: 1 in 10 people in the world lack access to clean water. Clean water is especially important during these times. In some places in Africa, 75% of people lack access to basic hand washing facilities. In places where clean water is not yet available, women and girls spend up to four hours a day, every day, collecting water. When clean water is available, women and girls get their lives back.

Clean water is the beginning of big change for families experiencing poverty.

Monday, March 8, 2021

Celebrate International Women's Day by putting tools in the hands of women entrepreneurs in Pakistan

We’re celebrating International Women’s Day, March 8, by launching In Her Hands, a fundraising campaign to raise $40,000 this month so 50 women can change their lives through a unique small business program made by women, for women.

For women participating in the small business program it is about more than earning an income; it is about the intentional integration of women into the economy through the encouragement of female entrepreneurship and leadership.

Sonia Bibi, a women entrepreneur in Pakistan, tells her story.
I became a widow when my husband died 15 years ago, I was only 40. I have four daughters and one son, all of whom were studying at that time and suddenly I had no income. So I began to work as a daily labourer, moulding bricks at a brickyard. But I was always worried about my safety there as I faced a lot of harassment as a single woman.

Someone from my village recommended I visit the office of Taangh Wasaib Organization (TWO), a HOPE and tell them about my story. I entered the program and started a business buying and selling goats.

How did the program help you?
In my toolkit I received a small grant to buy my first goats. Currently, I am doing animal trade on a small scale. I purchase goats from different villages at a lower price and sell them at the animal market. I also attend different training workshops organized by TWO which have built my skills and confidence to handle the needs of my business. My communication and bargaining skills are improving day by day. Now, I earn more than enough for all of my family expenses and have been able to expand my business activity. With the success of my business my family is eating good food, can access healthcare, my children are getting a good education, and we are not worried about the daily expenses anymore.

What are your hopes for the future?
I have a plan to establish my own animal farm in the future where the breeding also takes place - currently, I am reinvesting a portion of my profits to buy more goats.  I am also saving for my daughters’ weddings.  I hope for more prosperity at my home in the future.

What are you most proud of?
In a patriarchal society, I am the head of my family and am fulfilling all of family’s needs. I feel stronger and safer with the help of my business. I am becoming a successful businesswoman.

Join In Her Hands and help women in Pakistan change their lives.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Change Is In Her Hands

Empower 50 female entrepreneurs to change their lives in Sargodha, Pakistan through a unique small business program offered by women for women.

There is no shortage of capable women in Sargodha, only a shortage of opportunity for them to earn an income and participate equitably in the workforce.

Sobia is a talented seamstress, but the only jobs available pay too little to support her family. With her skills, Sobia knew she could start a thriving business.

In 2019, Sobia received business training and a custom toolkit complete with a sewing machine to get her started. Today, Sobia earns more than enough income to support her family of five and pay for her mother’s heart medication and her sibling’s school fees. Sobia dreams of starting a sewing centre to teach young women and help them start businesses – so they too, can support their families and chart their futures.

The unique small business program brings skilled women into small working groups where they create business plans, participate in leadership training and receive community mentorship. After their training, each woman entrepreneur handpicks items to build her toolkit; the missing pieces to launch her business.   

You can help put the tools in her hands to build a better future:
  • $50 enables a small group of women to meet monthly for a year, supporting one another as they build their businesses
  • $130 provides business and leadership training for each small group participant
  • $250 provides networking meetings with heads of companies, non-profits and government departments to help participants grow their businesses
  • $800 (or $65 per month) provides a custom toolkit for one female entrepreneur

Monday, February 8, 2021

Sharing love so mothers in Honduras can keep sharing theirs

The realities of poverty will never overwhelm a mother’s love for her family. But those realities of extreme need are creating impossible situations for mothers to care for their families as their own health is under constant threat from illness and disease.

Life is hard in rural Honduras. In fact, six out of every ten households experience extreme poverty and are forced to try and survive on less than $3 a day.

To make matters even worse, health education, disease prevention training and health care services, including timely diagnosis and treatment of conditions and illnesses that can quickly become life-threatening, are nonexistent.

A recent women’s health survey in rural Honduras found that 92% of the more than 1,000 women examined had severe and acute infections, many of which will become life-threatening if left untreated.

A gift of $44 today is a gift of good health for a mother and hope for a family and can directly help 750 vulnerable women access:
  • Hygiene training, health education and support, significantly reducing the number of infections and illnesses
  • Timely diagnosis and treatment of infections and illnesses - before they become disabling or life-threatening. It will save lives
  • Training in the prevention of transmittable diseases. It will significantly reduce high rates of sickness and mortality. When disease is detected, immediate treatment will be available
  • Early detection of cancer and assistance. Help navigating treatment at specialized health care facilities in major centres will save lives

Monday, January 4, 2021

More HOPE. More People. More Possibility.

In 2020 HOPE celebrated 45 years of the transformational power of compassion and generosity that has transformed the lives of more than 25 million people. HOPE supporters believed in the possibility of people and said "yes" over and over as they invested in their potential.

Despite a difficult year for many people around the world, including here in Canada, compassionate people exceeded our expectations of what was possible. In the face of a year that told us to be apart - they were a declaration of the hope that rises when we join together.

In 2021 HOPE will continue to be compelled by the inherent worth, potential and dignity of every person as we keep working together to ensure even more families have access to clean water, food security and learning opportunities that help enable people to step out of extreme poverty.

Together, we'll continue to equip and empower possibility through approaches that are locally initiated, sustainable and permanent with a focus on clean water, food security and livelihoods.

Monday, December 7, 2020

Whether you buy gifts sent directly to families overseas or gifts for under the tree, you're helping families step out of extreme poverty with Gifts of HOPE.

Clean water, safe sanitation and health supports start something big. The benefits - good health, more time for family and livelihood - begin as soon as the water flows in a community.


Gifts of livestock, agricultural training, tools and seeds enable families to grow their way out of poverty permanently.


Gifts of livelihood training, education and life skills are more than practical, they’re a gift of hope that fuels lifelong opportunity.


Monday, November 16, 2020


GIFTS OF HOPE, our online Christmas store, is full of thoughtful gifts that change lives and brighten yours.

From gifts of clean water, food security and education for families around the world, to baskets, blankets and artisan handicrafts for under the tree, there's something for everyone this Christmas in our online store.

Every gift gives hope, joy and possibility to families experiencing extreme poverty.


Monday, November 9, 2020

11,000 people step away from chronic hunger

A reliable food supply is creating self-sufficiency and a way out of poverty. HOPE supporters are ensuring over 11,000 more people step away from chronic hunger by the end of this year. 

Garden tools, vegetable seeds, tree seedlings, fish fingerlings and training are creating significant increases in both the quality and quantity of food families grow. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, improvements in fingerling quality and fishpond management are yielding a 300% increase in fish harvests. 

Supporter generosity is helping families become self-sufficient:
  • 1,600 people are benefiting from 40 animal banks and 120 home gardens
  • 5,000 people are benefiting from agriculture and animal husbandry training, fishponds, gardens and fruit tree orchards
  • 4,800 people are benefiting from seeds, fruit tree seedlings, tools and training
Thank you for helping ensure families are able to step away from chronic hunger permanently.

Friday, October 9, 2020

Transformation for thousands of people is possible this Thanksgiving

As Thanksgiving approaches, our hearts are with families experiencing chronic food shortages and ever deepening hunger in countries like Cambodia, Ethiopia, Haiti and the Democratic Republic of Congo to name just a few. Floods, storms, landslides, eroding economies, armed conflicts and COVID are the obstacles face as people simply try to access food.

A gift will help provide garden tools and seeds to establish year-round household vegetable gardens, seedlings to create backyard fruit tree orchards and fish fingerlings to stock family fishponds. It will also provide the training needed to ensure families make the most of the resources you give. With a gift, people can transform their lives and step out of hunger and poverty, just like Dawili did when he received help.

“Fishponds have transformed my life and my family,” says Dawili who started with one fish pond and expanded as his confidence grew. Today, Dawili is a successful fish farmer with a secure source of nutritious food year-round and a reliable income that enables him to meet all of his family’s needs and even send his daughter to university - a first for his family.

You can make a lifetime of difference by putting tools. resources and training in the hands of families so they can become self-sufficient and put food on their tables every day.


Friday, September 25, 2020

For children in rural areas of the Philippines and South Sudan, education is THE path out of extreme poverty.

One of the biggest reasons extreme poverty remains so pervasive in Mindanao, Philippines and Ibba, South Sudan is because today's adults did not have access to education when they were children.

Helping provide an education for kids in South Sudan and the Philippines is the best way to ensure they do not become adults trapped in extreme poverty. 

A better tomorrow starts with a better today.

Your help is what children need in order to get back to school and start learning how to make their dreams of becoming teachers, health workers, tradespeople and self-reliant shop owners come true.

$46 provides a quality education, additional training for rural teachers and help families learn how to protect their health.

$84 provides the teachers children need, school supplies and educational equipment.