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Celebrating Two Years – September 2011

In its first year the Hope Venture raised over $40,000 in order to do compassion projects for people in India and Africa.  Following this extraordinarily successful start the Hope Venture has charged into their second year as a non-profit organization, beginning seven new projects and helping to break the cycle of extreme poverty worldwide.

At the 2006 National Prayer Breakfast U2 front man Bono said, “God is in the slums, in the cardboard boxes where the poor play house … God is in the silence of a mother who has infected her child with a virus that will end both their lives … God is in the cries heard under the rubble of war … God is in the debris of wasted opportunity and lives, and God is with us if we are with them.”

The Hope Venture has been with the extremely impoverished throughout its second year, helping destitute widows receive saris, sponsoring the education of needy children in Africa, helping an orphanage pay utility bills, distributing goats to desperate individuals, and feeding hungry children in the slums.

The Hope Venture has also helped individuals to facilitate global change in a sustainable way.  Its partnerships with local churches and businesses is helping to break the cycle of poverty rather than simply further a system of handouts for charity.

Among the projects Hope Venture has funded this year is the “Haircuts for Hope” project in partnership with The College of Hair Design and Lincoln Berean Church.  The “Haircuts for Hope” project provided women with vocational training so they could earn money for their family in a way that did not compromise their honor and dignity.

One of the Hope Venture’s most inspiring local partnerships in the last two years has been its projects with Nats Detasseling. For every acre these area youth detasseled, a dollar was given by the owner of this company.  As a result, thousands of dollars were donated and lives are truly changing.  Last year’s rice grinders are still helping desperately poor individuals, and this year The Hope Venture has begun a daily feeding program in the quarry slums of Bangalaru, India for 65 children.

Other children here in the U.S. got involved by providing hundreds of backpacks full of school supplies for kids halfway around the world.  In fact, in just two years, roughly 4,000 children in India have benefitted from the backpack project!   Children in Wyoming gathered their coins and dollar bills together and funded seven goats for needy individuals in Kenya, Africa.  Children have proven this year that given the chance they will utilize all their resources to affect global change.

Meanwhile, adults have given generously toward The Hope Venture and to date over $125,000 has been given for 12 different projects over these first two years.  From $5 sacrifices to over $10,000 sacrifices, individuals, businesses and churches have joined together to make a difference.

As one Hope Venture recipient put it, “Thank you for supporting me so that I can stand on my own two feet and not have to spread my hands out to others to help me.  I hope that others can also benefit from this training so that they can gain confidence and help out financially in the house.”

 

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