December 26, 2014 - Today marks the 10th anniversary of the worst tsunami disaster in human history. More than 228,000 people died in 14 countries in Southeast Asia and South Asia, and as far away as Africa.
In all, nearly 2.5 million people were affected, losing their families, their homes, and their means of making even a meager living. Many of the people were already vulnerable and living in desperate poverty. Households headed by women particularly were pushed deeper into poverty. When the tsunami was finished, it was the most destructive disaster of its kind in history.
HOPE worldwide Canada has recently been recognized in local media for its work for the homeless in Vancouver, British Columbia. Since 2006, HOPE worldwide has teamed with with an organization called Homeless Partners to give gifts and meet specific needs of the homeless population in Greater Vancouver.
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All of us have struggled with mysterious aches and pains --and it seems even more with every passing year. These complaints are aggravating, but can you imagine working in a rice field and then collapsing suddenly?
A healthcare instructor is needed for HOPE worldwide Bolivia's Patient Care Assistant Program.
Take a six to twelve month challenge in Bolivia and use your time, talents and training to impact the lives of many! Your healthcare skills and experience are desperately needed to provide vital services and leadership to the underserved in La Paz, Bolivia.
December 8, 2014 – Update #1: Typhoon Hagupit struck the Philippines late Saturday night. According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), an estimated 225,763 families, or more than one million people, are living in 687 evacuation centers across seven affected regions and Metro Manila.
November 6, 2014 -- Ebola has devastated many families in Guinea. My brother-in-law has lost a great number of family members. His father, mother, children and other close relatives died in less than two months. A total of 17 people from that family have succumbed to the epidemic. Another family, who had hosted many people, were hospitalized. Now their house is closed and no one is living there. The only survivor from that household is a young man, who suffers from a mental disability. They have other family members, but none are living in Guinea. Fear has seized the hearts of their neighbors and friends.
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Goldstone School of HOPE worldwide (GSHW) is located in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. GSHW's mission is to provide Cambodian youth with the leadership skills and opportunities to change our country through education. The Goldstone School of HOPE worldwide provides an environment of academic excellence that fosters proficiency in English, computer literacy, lasting relationships, and Christian moral values.
What’s on your wish list for this Christmas? A new iPod, a tablet, some clothes? How about a volunteer trip for 2015? Go and serve at one of our many exciting locations around the world. Start saving, fund-raising, and planning. For Christmas this year, why not ask for money towards your trip?
At some point in our lives, we have all experienced the pain and suffering of hunger, illness or even a disaster. And at some point in our lives, we have had someone reach out to us, sharing the light of hope and changing the course our lives. Now as members of the HOPE worldwide community, we have the opportunity to similarly carry the light of compassion and generosity to a hurting world.