Despite many economic hardships around the world in 2011, it was a hope-filled year for thousands of children, women and families in Malawi, Uganda, Ethiopia and Haiti—thanks to you! Together we raised so far this year a total of $108,485 to sustain the Hope programs in Malawi and support relief and development projects in Uganda, Ethiopia, Haiti and Belarus. On behalf of all these children, women and families, I want to extend a heartfelt thank you for your generous contributions to WorldHope Corps.
Specifically this year, we continued to provide food and clothing for 100 vulnerable orphans through the Hope Homes program in Malawi. We also provided educational scholarships for 16 additional youth who otherwise could not complete High School though Hope Scholarships, and graduated the third class of 12 young seamstresses in Hope Tailoring School, so that they can become self-sufficient and contribute to their local economy. Building on the success of our Hope Scholarship and Hope Tailoring School programs, and seeking ways to sustain the good work of orphan care, educational support, and women’s economic empowerment in Malawi, WorldHope Corps, in partnership with Mzuzu United Methodist Church--broke ground in May and made progress over the summer for a new Hope House in Mzuzu!
And there is more good news: We also put in six new village wells—deep water wells – to provide clean, safe drinking water to over 10,000 people in these remote areas. WorldHope Corps has funded and installed a total of 18 Village Wells since 2007, with only two more to go to reach our commitment for a total of 20 village wells. Then we may turn our attention to securing our own well-drilling equipment to sustain this important program.
We also provided HIV/AIDS training to religious leaders in Malawi, co-sponsored Camp Dembe Youth Camp in Kampala, Uganda, and community development training in Uganda in partnership with Communities of Shalom at Drew University.
Before the end of the year, we hope to sponsor more food and medical aid for our Malawi Mission which has been hit particularly hard this year with famine, civil unrest, fuel shortages, and economic distress. Continue our support of the St George Hope Health Centre in Hoima, Uganada, and seek new sponsors for economic community development in Jinja, Uganda. I will post details of these active projects in the posts that follow with the hope that Friends of WorldHope Corps will find one particular opportunity to sponsor or help fund in 2012.
As we enter this Holiday Season of Sharing, we once again have the opportunity to share the blessings which have been bestowed upon us. Through good stewardship and leveraging your gifts, your contributions have had significant impact (scroll down to see some of our projects).
- For more information about WorldHope Corps, go to our website www.worldhopecorps.org
- Visit Mzuzu UMC website http://umcmzuzu.blogspot.com/ for photos and more details on all the Hope projects in Malawi.
- You can also read updated mission reports on WorldHope Corps, Shalom and Belivers Without Borders on my personal website: http://michael-christensen.blogspot.com .
Thank you again for your compassion and generous support. (A receipt for your total tax deductable charitable contributions in 2011 will be sent to you in January). If you are able to provide another gift before the end of the year, you can use PayPal at our website www.worldhopecorps.org or write a check payable to WorldHope Corps, Inc. and send directly to
WorldHope Corps, Inc.
P.O. Box 295
Madison, NJ 07940
I hope you will also consider going with us on an annual WorldHope Corps Mission Trip.
Grace and Peace to you,
Dr. Michael J. Christensen, Ph.D.
Founder and CEO, WorldHope Corps, Inc.
WorldHope Corps, Inc. is a not-for-profit charitable organization registered in the State of New Jersey in 2007. Its 501 (c) 3 status with the IRS was recognized in 2008. All donations are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. WorldHope Corps, Inc. acknowledges that no goods, property or services were given in return for your donation. Due to our size, structure and low overhead, WorldHope Corps often is able to leverage 20:1 (e.g. $100 worth of food and medicine for each $5 donated). We limit our administrative, fund-raising and capacity building costs to 15% of whatever amount is donated annually. We subscribe to best practices of non-profit management and financial accountability. Annual financial reports are available upon request. WorldHope Corps, Inc. currently has no paid staff. Board members and volunteers do the work and raise all the funds. Mission Teams travel to areas of greatest need and contribute time and money to special projects. We invite you to participate in whatever ways you can.