Aid Africa and Giving Children Hope held a birthing kit event at GCHope’s warehouse, where 65 volunteers from ages 7 – 70 helped assemble 1,000 birthing kits. These kits will go out to clinics and villages to save the lives of mothers and their infants.
A kit only costs $10 and can potentially save two lives. It only takes a few simple items to make a huge difference in preventing infections, which is the leading cause of death during child birth. The volunteers assembled kits containing: gloves, soaps, blade, sanitary cord (to tie the umbilical cord) and a clean sheet. The kits also included baby caps and sanitary napkins.
In Northern Uganda and Pakistan, kits are already being used at clinics, where midwives are trained in the importance of sanitary and safe birth delivery. Many lives have already been saved and it will bring education and hope, as well as promote sustainability in these growing communities.
Aid Africa is a non profit 501c3 working to bring help and hope to the poorest of the poor in Northern Uganda. Aid Africa’s vision is to rebuild 1,000 sustainable communities by providing clean water, efficient stove, life-saving health care, education and reforestation.
If you would like more information about birthing kits or would like to sponsor one, please go to Aid Africa’s website.
Watch the video of the event below:
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Giving Children Hope is excited to add Belize as one of our Hope 20/20 Healthy Communities! As part of our 20th anniversary celebration and in partnership with Gary Stanhiser, Project Coordinator for the Belize School Book Project, GCHope was able to send 20,000 brand new schoolbooks to be distributed to 30 schools in Belize. We are thrilled to be part of Gary’s mission to assist 5,000 students throughout Belize.
The 40 tons of schoolbooks, donated by Teacher Created Resources, were sorted by subject and organized by grade level by GCHope volunteers before being shipped. Students and teachers in grades K-6 now have schoolbooks covering subjects such as reading, writing, math, social studies, and geography. Some of the schools that received the books were Solomon’s SDA School, Progresso Zill’s Primary School, Hills of Promise SDA Primary School, Zion Seventh Day Adventist School, and Shiloh SDA Primary School.
Bucky Weeks, a volunteer with the Belize School Book Project, says, “Lots of hard work, but worth it all. Priceless! Who has the biggest smile? I know that my wife, Bonnie, and I are still smiling as we re-visit our time giving these welcome new schoolbooks to the beautiful children of Belize who are not used to having any books. For us, it’s all about people and serving others.”
If you would like to donate more books to these Belize students, please contact Janet Valencia at firstname.lastname@example.org or 714-523-4454 x126 for more information.
Watch the video Gary and his team made:
Here are pictures of the project:
Erin Almond and her husband, Steven Toth, have been actively involved with helping the people of Haiti since June 2010. She says that each time she goes back to Haiti, it’s been fulfilling and wants to inspire others to do similar work. Erin and Steven will be leaving for Haiti in May for two weeks to deliver LifeStraws, a water purification system. St. Mary’s Episcopal Church collected donations for Erin and Steven to take to Haiti – 140 LifeStraws total!
These straws will be for the students and the teachers at the Living Water Christian School, which Erin and Steven helped start after their second trip to Haiti. During that time they realized they wanted to do more for the Haitian people, especially children. So, they contacted people and came up with resources. Within 16 weeks, they were able to open the school, which now has about 120 students enrolled.
For their upcoming trip, they will be taking a microscope to show the students how effective the LifeStraws will be and to teach them what kind of bacteria are in the river water. Erin and Steven said they were devastated to learn that several people they knew passed away from Cholera due to drinking unsanitary water from the river. With these LifeStraws, many lives can be saved and Erin and Steven hope to educate the children as well.
To learn more about LifeStraws or to purchase them, click here for more information.
Check out Erin and Steven’s interview here:
Over the past couple of weeks, Giving Children Hope has been truly blessed by all the food donations, including a truckload of items from Santa Ana Calvary Church. It was delivered by Matt Doan, who told us to expect another truckload this week! All of the items will serve our We’ve Got Your Back students and families. Thank you, Santa Ana Calvary Church!
We are in constant need of food for these students and families. If you would like to donate or host a food drive, please contact Christine Sanchez.
Click the flyer below.
“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”. And, making refreshing lemonade on a hot, summer day is exactly what Brendan, Hailey, Kelly, and Enzo did. These four little entrepreneurs set up a stand in their neighborhood and sold fresh lemonade, along with some scrumptious brownies and cookies. Their stand was a hit among neighbors and half of the money they made were donated to Giving Children Hope!
They also decided to become Giving Children Hope’s helpers for the day and packed food for our summer distribution bags for our We’ve Got Your Back program, as well as sorting and organizing medicine for our Giving For Living store.
Amy, who was chaperoning them heard about Giving Children Hope through the MOMS Club of Fullerton. She helped them set up their stand and thought an experience like this would give them insight into the entrepreneurial world. “The children bought all the supplies, juiced the lemonade, baked cookies and brownies and distributed flyers. They divided up the tasks, including having a casher and server. I think an experience like this will benefit towards their future,” says Amy. Take a look at the clip of them at our warehouse!
What a fun, energetic group of volunteers we had from Tarbut V’Torah! Not only did these students blast pop tunes and dance to Miley Cyrus while packing 2000 backpacks with food in our warehouse, but their youthful energy motivated all the staff members, and they brought zest to our facility during the two weeks they were at Giving Children Hope.
As part of a work study program through their school, the students, along with their Dean, Keren Wolf, helped with Giving Children Hope’s We’ve Got Your Back program. They also assisted in organizing supplies for the Giving for Living store.
Ms. Wolf expressed that volunteering for Giving Children Hope was a great opportunity for Tarbut V’Torah students to gain insight on how a non profit works, as well as to learn the process of receiving and distributing donations. The students were so truly touched by the experience at GCH that afterwards, they held a bake sale to help raise funds for Giving Children Hope.
We are very grateful for the time the Tarbut V’Torah students spent in helping and supporting us and we’re looking forward to having them come back soon!
In early April, Peru’s government declared a state of emergency in Loreto due to the Amazon River flooding, the worst in three decades. Over 190,000 people have either lost their homes or suffered significant damage in the flooding.
Victor Ojukwu and his parents recently came back from a medical mission trip in Bangui, Central African Republic, sponsored by Adonai Missions International. Victor’s father, a doctor, and his mother, a nurse, treated children and adults who were suffering from malaria, malnutrition, and other diseases. Giving Children Hope assisted them with pharmaceutical packages and medical supplies, including thermometers, lancets, and a baby scale. The Ojukwus witnessed all kinds of healing during their seven day stay. Here are some of the testimonies from their trip:
- Leokondia Mokobango is a widow who was invited to the Care center by a neighbor who is a staffer with Adonai Missions International. She was suffering from chest pain as well as goiter. As a result of both spiritual and medical care, the chest pain is now gone and she is very happy.
- Germaine, 50, is the wife of a popular landlord in Bangui. She came to the Care center on the third day. She had previously consulted with local doctors who diagnosed that she had diabetes. During the Medical Missions Outreach, she discovered that she had no diabetes. Her medication was changed. Now, she is doing well and much relieved.
- Irene is a deaconess in the Apostolic church in Miskine. Her father was very ill. He was brought to the care center and received excellent services rendered by the International Medical team. Today her Dad is okay and she is very grateful to the Lord for his healing.
They were inspired from the trip, but realized a lot more needs to be done. The Ojukwus hope to open a medical clinic in Central African Republic someday. Please keep the Ojukwu family in your prayers, as they are trying to collect more supplies and food to take back on their next trip. We appreciate all the work the Ojukwus have done, and as our partner, we will continue to support them.
What began as a sewing ministry in 1977 has transformed into an organization that strives to supply for the needs of the church body. That is why Love-Lift Ministry’s partnership with Giving Children Hope (GCH) is a perfect match! Founder, Marilyn Kunde explains that Love-Lift focuses on creating personal care bags, which are assembled by volunteers to meet the needs of specific age groups and gender. Once the bags are filled, the items are shipped overseas or sent with short term missions teams and distributed to the needy in small villages and churches around the world. Originally, the organization filled stockings for homeless children at Christmas time, akin to the methods of Saint Nicholas. Now, the ministry has grown significantly with eager volunteers and kind donations from individuals and partners. In 2008, Love-Lift Ministries provided for 8,000 people of all ages. Partnering with GCH has given Love-Lift Ministries the means to strive in their benevolent program.