Situation Report #1 – April, 26, 2015
On Saturday, April 25, 2015, a 7.9 earthquake brought calamity and destruction to a heavily populated area of Nepal impacting six million people. The quake was also felt in nearby China and India, however, Nepal sustained the most damage. The death toll is reported to have reached 2,500. This number may rise as communications are restored in the more remote villages.
|Lowell Mayor Rodney Elliott charges down the court.|
Forty-eight men and women played basketball for 24 consecutive hours, raising more than $50,000 in donations. “Hoops for Hope” was held at UMass Lowell and was attended by many local dignitaries. Lowell Mayor Rodney Elliott also participated as a player in the event.
April 11, 2015 - On Thursday, April 9, 2015, fourteen tornadoes left a path of destruction through the Midwest U.S. DeKalb County in Northern Illinois suffered the most damage. Citizens in Fairdale and Rochelle took shelter as they had done when tornadoes had threatened before, but this time was different.
Residents reported that the 200 mph tornadoes stayed on the ground destroying houses, vehicles, and anything else in their path. The latest report indicated that the tornadoes claimed two lives, while responders are continuing to rescue other trapped or injured individuals. The governor of Illinois has declared a state of emergency for DeKalb and Ogle Counties.
April 2, 2015 – Today 30 members of the HOPE worldwide Bolivia team gathered in the sunny neighborhood of La Florida in Calacoto, Zona Sur, La Paz for the Hope Centro Medico International (clinic) groundbreaking ceremony. This event represents one of the many things that are happening in our “2015 Year of Dreams Coming True”(a four-year dream).
Diepsloot is one the poorest settlements in South Africa with a population of 138,000 living in an area of approximately 7.5 square miles. Many families live in small 7′ x 10′ shanties constructed of scrap metal, plastic, wood or cardboard. The community is plagued with violence, substance abuse, unemployment and inadequate educational opportunities. These conditions threaten the development of South Africa’s most precious resource – the children.
Tornadoes are one of nature’s most violent storms and are most active in the United States between March and June. HOPE worldwide’s National Disaster Service Team wants to make sure that you are prepared and ready for this storm season. Recognizing an impending hazard and knowing what to do to protect yourself and your family will help you take effective steps to prepare beforehand and aid recovery after the event.
HOPE worldwide is excited to announce three new Singles Corps opportunities this Fall! Join us for a life-changing time of serving and adventure in Israel, South Africa or Nepal!
Jillian is 17 years old and lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. She participated in the December 2014 HOPE Youth Corps in Delhi, India. This is her personal story about her decision to apply for HYC and how it helped lead her to make the very best decision to make Jesus Lord.