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Hope Project Trucks: The Heart of Our Villages' Success

“How do you get farm animal pairs and building materials to your villagers which are from 12,000’ to 17,000’ elevation in very primitive and remote locations of the high Andes mountains?” I am frequently asked. “Modified Toyota trucks,” I answer. John a donor, who is a champion off-road race driver, gets some of his sponsors to donate sophisticated racing components to modify our trucks. With those modifications and some training, we can deliver building materials and farm animal pairs to almost anywhere in the high Andes of South America.

However, two of our vehicles have over 450,000 miles on them and need to be sold before they have been driven 500,000 miles in order to bring the best sales price of around $30,000 each. In today’s truck market in Lima, Peru, it will cost close to $60,000 each to replace our trucks, which means we need to raise an additional $60,000 and sell our two old trucks.

For the past several years, the Simons Says Foundation: Hope Projects, board of directors has--and will--match any donation made from October 1, 2022, to December 31, 2022, dollar for dollar of any donation made toward the purchase of the two new trucks.

Remember that your donation is 100% IRS tax deductible, and 100% of your donation goes for the project or village you choose. None of the donations are used for salaries. Hope Projects Workers in the high Andes are personally paid by the Board of Directors of the foundation.

For more information go to our website at If you would like to use a Credit Card for your donation, just call Nancy at 801 830-8812. If you would like to download a catalog of our current 40 + projects that start at $50 and go up to adopting an entire village for $2,500 each year for four years or a single donation of $10,000, log onto our website and using one of the upper tabs you can download a current catalog of projects. You can also donate a project in the honor of your favorite someone. Once we adopt a village, we work with them until they become self-sufficient as a village, which usually takes four to five years.

Thank you so much for your support in helping the poor help themselves out of poverty and building hope for a better future. Remember, with any building project, Hope Projects provides the building material, but the villagers must do all of the labor. With farm animal pairs given to a poor family, every other offspring must be given to another poor family. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 435 671-8000.

Again, thank you for your kind and generous heart.


Dr. Jerry Simons, Founder & President

Simons Says Foundation: Hope Projects Inc.

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