Drs. Mark Ottenweller and Marc Aguirre of HOPE worldwide have been helping 30,000 orphans in 6 nations in Sub Saharan Africa through various programs. Sadly, their projects lost funding last year, and they have been scrambling to generate new grants for the orphans before their own salaries run out and they are forced to look for other jobs.
A Volunteer Perspective, By Claudine Gayle
Working at the Sihanouk Hospital Center of Hope was life changing! Having just finished my medical studies in the UK to be a surgeon, I was excited about the opportunity to volunteer at the hospital. I also had some uncertainties, though, because I had never been to Southeast Asia before. I was unsure of what to expect and also unsure about how I would be received by the people there.
My uncertainties were quickly dismissed, however, once I began to volunteer.
The application is now online to serve as a Summer Americorps Intern for HOPE worldwide.
The HOPE worldwide Summer AmeriCorps Internship is a six week service opportunity. Those accepted to the program will serve in multiple HOPE worldwide programs across the country and will earn 300 hours of service.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
St. John’s Town Center
Run or walk begins @ 8:00 am
Fun-run @ 9:00 am
The West Sumatera Earthquake on September 30, 2009 has caused:
an unconfirmed number of people still trapped
412 severely injured
2039 slightly injured
736 displaced people
The damage assessment is yet to be completed and the casualties may increase.
"If the Lord had not been on our side . . . the flood would have engulfed us, the torrent would have swept over us, the raging waters would have swept us away." Psalm 124: 1,4
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
My heart has been heavy as I received news reports and hear personal accounts of the devastating impact of Typhoon Ondoy on the Philippines over the weekend. The rainfall reportedly doubled the amount that drenched the United States during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The latest reports are that 140 people were killed and many are still missing. Hundreds of thousands were displaced by the storm.
Speaking to nearly a thousand church leaders at the recent International Leadership Conference (ILC) in Denver, HOPE worldwide CEO Randy Jordan said the organization has made 2009 budget cuts totaling $1 million and shared his concerns about financial challenges that threaten to undermine HOPE worldwide’s humanitarian programs.
Thanking church leaders and their congregations for being faithful donors, Jordan said church support is vital for HOPE worldwide during these difficult economic times. He asked for their support of an “International Day of Giving” scheduled for the first time in November 2009. The Day of Giving was endorsed by many churches and church leaders in Denver.
Presently, a volunteer team is preparing to provide children psychosocial intervention through play therapy and post disaster trauma counseling within a child-friendly environment.