Giving Children Hope was founded in 1993 by John Ditty and his wife, who committed their lives to helping the world’s most disadvantaged children after being exposed to extreme poverty while adopting their son in Russia. At that time Russia was experiencing a devastating famine and many people were struggling to survive. In addition to the famine, these people were lacking basic medical necessities to treat minor injuries or illnesses that might only need a simple medicine to cure. John and his wife were touched by the great needs of these children and began helping by delivering donated medicines, medical supplies and equipment to some of the most economically impacted parts of the world.
However, with a closer look at children living in low-income communities in the United States, it became obvious that serving families was a necessary part of serving children. So GCHope’s vision grew to include local families and now provides them with immediate assistance in basic needs and healthcare.