70 Years > 70 Sponsors. Countdown starts today, May 21!

Over 10 years ago Kerry and Carole Allison visited World Hope Canada’s work in Ukraine fell in love. They spend three to six months there each year in Ukraine as volunteers supporting the various ministries. Why? Because they have seen the direct impact Hope House has had on the lives of the over 75 girls who have graduated from the program.
Kerry, a retired educator, builder and self-starter, spent time in Russia converting an abandoned kindergarten school into a Bible College and Church. Little did he know that God was laying the foundation for his work in Ukraine. World Hope Canada’s ministry in Ukraine began in the year 2000 by providing assistance to the many children living on the streets of Ukraine. In 2004, a home was purchased where vulnerable teenage girls could live in safety but it was in need of an addition and renovations. Kerry, well known to World Hope Canada, was the natural choice to lead this project because of his proven experience as a builder and his command of the Russian language, and Hope House was born! Kerry and Carole have devoted their lives to the girls and Hope House, overseeing many projects over the years. Many may ask why a man would leave the comfort of his home and family to live in a far-off country. The answer is simple: Kerry strongly believes in the ministry of Hope House ‘to be a loving and supportive home where vulnerable girls can learn family and life skills and receive an education so they can live successful, independent lives that are honouring to the Lord.’ Kerry was there from the beginning and when asked, “Is it worthwhile to sponsor a girl living at Hope House?” He replied, “If there is anybody out there that is looking for an opportunity to do one good thing in their lifetime, it would be to sponsor a girl. It is not only saving a life, it is giving a life which adds up to many years of happiness. Without Hope House, these girls would be [possibly caught up in human trafficking] used and abused and will have no life.”

 

In honour of Kerry and his work in Ukraine, we are looking for 70 sponsors to help celebrate his 70th birthday!  For $1/day or just $31 /month, you can sponsor a girl living at Hope House.  Her life will be transformed and give her a much brighter future!   Will you take the challenge to “save a life”?  Please visit worldhope.ca/projects/anti-human-trafficking/sponsorship-program, call 613-482-1499 or mail  World Hope Canada, PO Box 982, Kemptville, ON K0G 1J0

Newcomer: another aquaculture ‘fanatic’

So, yeah, quite a lot has happened since my last post to this blog. In particular, made a trip to Congo in February-March with Sheldon Gilmer, World Hope Canada to visit the project(s) and our managers. Had an excellent time reconnecting with our team, hearing about project activities, and planning next steps. We met several new people in different contexts and capacities and I, personally, found the trip extremely broadening in development theory and practices through many discussions with seasoned professional development ‘officers’.

On the tail-end of our time there, we were to cross paths with another gentleman, Randy Bevis, an aquaculturist, who was entering the country to see how he could also contribute to aquaculture development in Equateur Province. We had spoken together in February, prior to leaving for Africa, but had not met prior to Congo.

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Randy Bevis (3rd from left) with Pastor Dole (far right) and personnel of World Vision Congo.

Originally from the US, Randy studied aquaculture in Thailand and then spent the following 18-20 years there, working in partnership with the nationals on a self-sufficient, aquaculture operation for rural development. He is now back in the states and applying his skills in aquaculture to assist international development projects for poverty alleviation. Randy partners with multiple organizations and is now lending his assistance to FISH for HOPE/World Hope Canada and our partner organization in Congo, the CEUM.

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Group of fish farmers that Randy visited with Paul Noren (standing third from left) in Lisala, along the Congo River, Equateur Province.

Randy’s experience does a lot to round out our team. Though a professional aquaculturist myself, my knowledge of tropical aquaculture is mostly academic, whereas Randy’s is thoroughly practical and practiced. We speak the same language, see many of the same things, but Randy has ideas that have already been tested and applied in other settings successfully. He brings ideas that I would learn about only through research. It’s great to have his knowledge and expertise to draw from.

I’ll update again soon with some of our next steps for FISH for HOPE.