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