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The ImpactHope blog features news, updates, interviews, videos and images of where we are, what we’re doing, and how we’re making an impact. (And how you can too!)

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Annual Impact Report 2023

Discover the transformative power of generosity and compassion in ImpactHope’s Annual Impact Report 2023. Dive into inspiring stories of resilience, progress, and hope as we reflect on the challenges and triumphs of the past year. From empowering women to providing access to clean water, our collective efforts have made a tangible difference in the lives of countless individuals and communities worldwide. Join us on this journey of impact and discover the meaningful ways your support has changed lives for the better.

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Empowering A Community in Zambia: Poultry Project

Join us on a journey of transformation with Stephen Banda, a second-year student at The Grace Institute Zambia (TGIZ), whose small idea and big heart have sparked change in a Zambian community. Through TGIZ’s transformative theological education program, Stephen’s initiative in poultry farming has blossomed into a beacon of hope, empowering individuals and igniting faith…

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Bringing Light to the Darkest Places

For over a decade, Rodolfo has brought hope to the heart of Iquitos, Peru. His work with the most vulnerable, particularly in the drug-infested areas of Belen, has been a testament to his unwavering dedication to serving others. Reflecting on his journey, Rodolfo shares, “11 years ago…this ministry has taught me a lot of how to love and serve…”

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Changing lives with safe water project in Malawi: A group of people sitting together at a community event to provide clean water to the community.

Changing Lives, One Drop At A Time: Safe Water Project in Malawi

In Malawi, access to clean water isn’t just a convenience—it’s a matter of life and death for vulnerable communities. Our WASH Project has made strides, but the need is urgent. With over 230 households now benefiting, we’re doubling our efforts to reach even more families. Your support isn’t just about giving—it’s about saving lives and offering hope where it’s needed most…

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Short-term Trips, Lasting Change

From laughter-filled moments with the children to heartwarming encounters, every day brought new experiences and profound connections. Discover the transformative power of short-term missions as Melanie shares the joys, challenges, and the incredible impact of lending a helping hand at Tat’s Place.

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10 Ways to Save On Taxes Before The Year Ends

The clock is ticking! As we approach the year-end, we’re excited to share ten impactful ways you can contribute to our special projects. Whether it’s through online donations, recurring giving, workplace matching programs, or even contributing appreciated assets, your generosity has the power to transform lives.

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Making Miracles Happen: Stand with Karina & Her Baby Boy in Prayer

In the heart of Tat’s Place in Puerto Maldonado, a tale of resilience and unwavering faith unfolds as Karina, a cherished member of the family in this children’s home, navigates an arduous journey with her newborn baby boy. At just 30 weeks into her pregnancy, complications arose, casting a shadow of uncertainty over their lives..

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Liam’s Lesson of Love: The Bucket List

Once upon a time, in a cozy town, there lived a spirited young boy named Liam. With twinkling eyes and a heart full of curiosity, Liam adored everything about the holiday season—the glowing lights, the scent of pine, and the joyous melodies filling the air.

As December unfolded, Liam’s family embarked on a special journey. Each day, they’d gather around the fireplace, eagerly flipping through their “25 Days of Christmas Bucket List” calendar…

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In the Shadows of Lemu: Timothy’s Struggle for a Normal Childhood

In Lemu village, where hope flickers against the shadows of struggle, we meet a ten-year-old boy whose aspirations echo those of any child. Yet, Timothy’s journey is marred by significant challenges that hinder his daily life and dreams. As we navigate through Timothy’s silent struggle, we uncover the urgent call for support in the pursuit of a brighter future for him and others like him in Malawi.

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A Miraculous Healing: Transforming Lives in Zambia

“My name is Yvonne Chibale Chimambo, and I am a proud graduate of The Grace Institute Zambia. Those two years at the school completely transformed my life, enriching me with deep scriptural knowledge and teaching me how to apply it to my own life and ministry. Looking back, I shudder at the way I used to interpret scripture before my training; I had been misled…

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Five Things To Donate or Give Away From Home!

As the seasons change, and we find ourselves in a mood for decluttering and tidying up, it’s the perfect time to consider the impact our unused or forgotten possessions can have on those less fortunate. Sure, we’ve all donated clothes, canned goods, and toys, but have you ever thought about the extraordinary impact of giving away items you might not have considered?

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From Orphanhood to Opportunity

In a world filled with hardships and adversity, the story of Ronnie, a 14-year-old boy with boundless dreams, shines as a beacon of hope and resilience. Despite the many tragedies he has faced in his young life, Ronnie remains quietly assured of a brighter future, thanks to the transformative support of Shelter of Hope (SOH), a Christian non-profit organization supported by ImpactHope, that is making a profound impact in Kenya.

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From Grit to Goat Milk: Empowering Women in Malawi

Meet Sarah, a resilient widow living in one of the remote villages of Malawi. Life had not been kind to her, and she found herself struggling to make ends meet after her husband’s passing. With limited resources and no sustainable source of income, she faced the daunting challenge of providing for her children. Every day was a battle against poverty and uncertainty…

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A Blast From the Past! Circa 2001

Prepare to journey back in time with us as we unveil the profound history behind one of our cherished articles that embodies the heart and soul of our mission. Join us as we rewind the clock to an unforgettable moment that left an indelible mark on both those who embarked on the journey and the lives they touched. In 2001, the heartbeats of around 65 dedicated short-term missionaries resonated…

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A Journey of Hope, Love, and Healing!

Leaving behind a thriving 28-year masonry career in Canada was not an easy decision. Still, when the call to serve less fortunate children in the enchanting southern Amazon jungle of Peru became impossible to ignore, my family and I knew we had to follow our hearts. My name is Scott Blackburn, and we embarked on a life-changing adventure alongside my wife Tracy and our sons Jaxon and Caleb…

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The Power of Faith and Friendship!

An enriching and transformative Bible Camp was organized by David Slemin, which took place in beautiful Victoria, B.C., in May. David is one of our partners in Canada who runs an outreach ministry for the vulnerable on the streets of Victoria, British Columbia. This remarkable camp was specially crafted for vulnerable youth, aiming to equip them with essential life skills while sharing the love of God. The team saw several testimonies of healing and deliverance.

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Peacemaking Initiatives To Resolve Tribal Conflict

Peacemaking initiatives in Kenya are important as they provide a platform for dialogue, reconciliation and healing for people affected by conflict and violence. We are so grateful to Nigerian Ph.D. Dr. Dorcas Ettang, a Senior Lecturer in Conflict Transformation and Peace Studies Programme at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, for willing to provide solutions to some of the challenges KEDHAP is facing in their tribal peacemaking initiatives.

The event was held online on April 29, 2023. The audio recording is available in this blog post.

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Be a Virtual Mother to a Vulnerable Child!

As we approach Mother’s Day, let us take a moment to reflect on the incredible role that mothers play in our lives. They are our caregivers, our teachers, and our biggest supporters. Unfortunately, not all children are blessed to have mothers or mother figures in their lives.

This Mother’s Day, would you like to change a child’s life by filling it with hope? Love starts with YOU!

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International Volunteer Week: Melanie’s Story

This week is a time to recognize and celebrate the contributions of volunteers worldwide. Through their dedication and hard work, volunteers are making a positive impact in their local community and beyond. During this week, we are highlighting Melanie Magel’s story. Melanie started her journey with Tat’s Place, our children’s home in Puerto Maldonado, in 2019.

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KEDHAP: EMPOWERING WOMEN THROUGH EDUCATION AND OPPORTUNITY

Ruth is a 15-year-old class eight girl from Songhor primary school supported by KEDHAP’s female empowerment program. Ruth’s mother, Cindy, is single with three children and takes care of her epileptic sister. Cindy does not have a job, and to provide for her family, she works as a casual labourer, weeding peoples’ farms.

Cindy says,” Your support of my daughter has saved me..”

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Compassion in Healing: Nebaj Hospital

Agatha and her husband had been married for almost twenty years when they received the miraculous news that Agatha was pregnant at the age of forty. They already had an older daughter and were shocked and apprehensive about the news. But tragic news followed..

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HOPE FOR THE BRIGHTEST MINDS IN KENYA!

Lilian had always dreamed of going to school. But in the rural village in Kenya where she was born, education was a luxury few could afford. Her parents were subsistence farmers, struggling to make ends meet and put food on the table. Lilian helped in the fields, tended crops, and cared for her younger siblings. She had resigned to a life of poverty and hardship with no hope of a better future.

But one day, everything changed. Shelter of Hope had come to her village, offering to help children like Lilian receive an education…

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HUMANITY STARTS WITH CHARITY: VOLUNTEER TODAY!

“Giving back to the community through volunteering is one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had!” – Volunteer.

Volunteering for charities is one of the most impactful ways to make a positive difference in your community and beyond. Whether donating your time, skills, or resources, volunteering can profoundly impact both the individuals and the organizations you support.

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WORKING TOGETHER TO UPLIFT THE COMMUNITY IN HAITI

Our partner, Marie Estelle, desires to see the rural community of Fort Jacques develop further. The need for community development has become ever more acute due to the rising cost of living stemming from the economic impacts of the pandemic. Despite these challenges, the staff in the school remain committed to providing the students with the best possible education. We are happy to introduce the team behind this wonderful initiative!

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Annual Impact Report 2022

One thing that stands out this past year is this – the world is rapidly changing. As the cost of living is increasing all around us, we are shocked by the higher prices of commodities. 2022 has shown us again that when things are bleak and dire, people like you respond with open arms to do what is needed to meet the growing needs. The Annual Impact Report gives you a glimpse into 2022, the year that went by..

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Valentine’s Day Special: Couples Making An Impact!

Love is the foundation of all charity work, as it motivates people to give their time, energy, and resources to help others in need. As we have observed in many projects, be it migrant worker ministry, female empowerment, community development or taking care of abandoned children, love is incredibly important. On Valentine’s Day, we’re looking back at some lovely couples involved with ImpactHope. Being surrounded by love can be extremely important during ministry work, whether from one’s partner, family and friends or the kindness of strangers such as the staff and patients.

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Hope for the Maasai: Agricultural Initiatives

Sustainability is crucial for clean water projects as it ensures that the project’s benefits are long-lasting and can be maintained over time. In 2019, ImpactHope committed to drilling a well in the Olkesumet Prayer Response Center. This water well will play a crucial role in providing the Maasai community with access to clean and safe drinking water and as a reliable source of water for irrigation, which is essential for agriculture. We are excited about Phase 3 of the project…

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THE CHICKEN PROJECT: CUBULCO

We believe that self-sustained and midterm projects like raising chickens will resolve the need for food security in Cubulco. A specialized team works with the local community to recover and promote endogenous agricultural production. The project incorporates the production of heritage chickens using local techniques and enable families to develop resources within their community, including the use of local grains…

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Real Life Cinderella! Marisol’s Story

Marisol was only twelve years old when her mother passed away, leaving her in the care of her stepfather. Her stepfather quickly found a new lady, and she did not want Marisol around. They would hit her and not feed her; she spoilt her own children while shunning Marisol. She knew she had to escape the abuse..

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Brian’s Mission Trip to Peru

Brian and his family have travelled to Iquitos in Peru at their own expense in 2019 to assist Rodolfo in his ministry, experience life amongst the local people, and create a general awareness of their living conditions. Read Brian’s diary entry from then..

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ImpactHope is Charity of the Year 2022!

The Brilliant Minded Women Foundation has awarded ImpactHope as the Charity of the Year 2022 for our work in Kenya and our passion for helping and empowering communities to break the cycle of poverty. To be named Charity of the Year is a testament to that hard work and the successes achieved by our staff, volunteers, supporters, and partners worldwide.

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Gift HOPE in this season of giving!

We all look forward to Christmas – the weather, the festive air, the beautiful decorations, and the gifts! The holidays are the season of giving: giving love and giving thanks. The holidays are also about faith, showing appreciation, and helping those in need. Here are some ideas for Christmas gifts that make an impact!

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Let’s Get to Know Evelyne, Student of The Year Nominee

ImpactHope has nominated Evelyne to receive the Student of the Year Award at the annual Brilliant Minded Women Gala. ImpactHope’s Director of Development, Hannah Campbell, was privileged to chat with Evelyne and learn more about this exceptional young woman receiving the award!

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BRING HOPE TO A BROKEN COUNTRY: CUBA

‘We want freedom; we want life; we want to live, and we don’t want to [just] survive.’” – These are words spoken by a 17-year-old in Cuba.
ImpactHope supports two national couples living in Cuba. They are committed to reaching and serving their people, seeking to share the love of God with children, families..

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August 2022 Newsletter

We want to take a moment to thank you for giving the gift of HOPE! Through your generosity and prayers, hope continues to be given to so many people in need. We are SO excited to share our summer NEWSLETTER FOR 2022! We’ve highlighted stories of inspiration, stories of blessings, and stories of lives you have made an impact on!

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CASA COMPASIVA: HOLDING EVERY MAMA’S HANDS WITH COMPASSION

Seventeen-year-old Nahua is in labor and accidentally relieves herself while in her hospital bed. Though it smells bad, and she is humiliated, she is not allowed to have another gown, nor her bedsheet changed. She labors on in shame in a room full of fifteen people. Presently she is moved to the delivery room, where the chief doctor comes in laughing, does a massive episiotomy…

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AN OPEN LETTER FROM CUBA

“I was struck this time in Cuba.

It was like I was hit so hard; that I could not stop weeping. I was moved to great tears. Tears of humility that I was standing in the presence of saints as I realized how little I have suffered compared to them and how much greater I have complained. Tears flowed from hearing the personal stories of the hardship, tears of sadness, sorrow, and utter grief of the suffering of people – the despair of a nation…”

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EMPOWERING LITTLE ONES WITH BIG DREAMS IN HAITI

“Bonjour! M’rele Jean. I am three years old. I live in Fort Jacques, Haiti. You have made a big difference in my life! I want to thank you for helping me to go to school. I do not have anything to play with at my little house, so I run to school every morning because I want to play with the toys there. I feel loved by my teacher, and she’s taught me how to hold a pencil…

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PART 2: EMPOWERING FEMALE FARMERS WITH KEDHAP

In 2018, KEDHAP launched a Microfinance and Food security program targeting women groups and did a pilot program in partnership with our development partners. KEDHAP has been focusing on gender-responsive budgeting and financial management, including maximized agricultural productivity…

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PART 1: EMPOWERING FEMALE FARMERS WITH KEDHAP

Ella wiped her brow as she gathered some firewood in the sweltering heat. Her two most time-consuming activities included fetching water and firewood. Widespread deforestation had made these tasks more burdensome and prevented Ella from devoting more time to their more productive and income-generating tasks…

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Sponsor a Student

SPONSOR A STUDENT, EMPOWER A CHILD TODAY!

Empty classrooms, empty desks,…and an empty little heart. Little Emma peered out her window and sighed. Her little heart was breaking because it had been so long since she saw her friends. Going to school meant more than just learning to read…

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Impact Report 2021

2021 Executive Director Report “Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done.” (1 Chronicles 16:8)

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#GivingTuesday

What Is #GivingTuesday? GivingTuesday is a global day of giving. After the sales of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, GivingTuesday is a time to celebrate

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25 Days of Giving

Click Here to Download the Gifts of Hope 2021 Catalogue. Giving Gifts of Hope this Holiday Season! Every year, as we step into the season

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Healthcare Aid Day 2021

What Is ‘Healthcare Aide Day’? It is a day devoted to healthcare workers and assistants in appreciation for their relentless help and selfless service to

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June 2021 Recap

We Welcome Our New Partners: Alejandro & Kathryn Ortiz On July 15, 2021, Alejandro and Kathryn Ortiz and their 4 children will return to Cubulco

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2020 IMPACT Report

MVC entered into 2020 with hopes of continued growth, impact, and renewal. And then, the COVID-19 crisis began … As with many charities across Canada,

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SOH January 2021 Update

Shelter of Hope – Education (Kenya & Nairobi) After a year-long pause on education in Kenya in 2020, Shelter of Hope Academy’s doors have opened

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December 2020 Updates

December 2020 Updates If you would like to give a Gift of Life this Christmas / Make a Year-End Donation, Click Here!   “Dear Friends,

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November 2020 Updates

NOVEMBER 2020 UPDATES Hlalisile’s Chicken Project – Swaziland In Swaziland, Hlalisile runs a Place of Safety which was funded monthly by small donations. Aside from

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Fall 2020 Newsletter

 Download The 2020 Fall Newsletter (With The 2020 Gifts of Life Catalogue) Covid-19 has had a huge impact on the world’s poor. With many

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August COVID-19 Newsletter

Message from MVC’s Director Brad Wilson  Eight months ago, none of us could have imagined anything like COVID-19! Many people have been impacted financially, mentally,

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The Hour

“THE HOUR” (formerly called “Happy Hour”) THURSDAY JUNE 25th  7 PM EDT JOIN US FOR OUR PRE-SUMMER SESSION SEVERAL MISSIONARIES FROM DIFFERENT LOCATIONS WILL BE

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May 2020 Updates

MAY 2020 UPDATES Peru, Puerto Maldonado, Peru – Scott and Tracy For many weeks now the Blackburn’s and Tat’s Kids have been taking food to

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COVID19 Emergency Relief

A Personal Message from the Director     ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________   Palma Soriano, Cuba   Jorge & Sandra are our Missionary Reps from Palma Soriano and

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HAPPY HOUR Session #1

HAPPY HOUR Session #1: Juan Pablo & Carolina Do you want to be more connected with the Missionaries you have been supporting? Or do you

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April 2020 Updates

MISSIONARY UPDATES DURING COVID:19   Juan Pablo & Carolina Noriega – Nebaj, Guatemala – Juan Pablo and Carolina’s family are doing well and are staying

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March 2020 Updates

Empowered Women, Empower Women! – Nebaj, Guatemala –     In 2014, MVC committed to building a hospital to provide quality healthcare to this remote

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