Ten years ago I resolved in my mind that I was going to do everything in my power to provide hope and encouragement to the poor people of the high Andes and the Amazon Basin. There are over 2.5 million of these people who have been forgotten by their government and the world for over 460 years.
These people have no water half the year and then filthy water the next 6 months, no medical services, no functioning schools, no relief from starvation, no way to earn money, and no hope for any change in the future. Since I became aware of the horrible situation of these people, I along with the help of our many donors have made a difference in the lives of thousands of people who have heretofore been ignored, but now have hope for the future.
Hundreds of poor villagers travel to the big Cities seeking a better life: none can read nor write Spanish, none have salable work skills, none have money, most are in poor health, and all find disaster waiting for them. Presently there are over 380,000 people being helped to stay in their own villages and not be lured to the big cities and eventual death. HOPE PROJECTS has over 132 village projects underway in the very poorest communities of the high Andes and the Amazon Basin Jungle.
Hundreds of lives are being saved every year by our projects of clean water, schools, health education, green house, farm animal pairs, medical clinics and 25 other different help projects. We provide the building materials, farm animal pairs, a little technical assistance and they provide all the labor. The people in our villages are willing to work hard to better their situation. We also are assisting 225 children in four orphanages who without our help would be forced to return to the streets and live out of garbage cans until disease and starvation takes their lives.
We presently have over 194 villages that desperately need our help. These villages have met our commitment requirement by making over 5000 adobe block, cleared/leveled the land for their project, and obtain signatures of all villagers promising to do all of the labor for their project.
From the 194 villages we have identified 21 new village projects for 2009. The projects for next year range from a simple barn for raising llamas, a 6 room school house, and helping to support over 200 orphans.
100% of all donations are used as you choose either for building materials for a Hope project, farm animal pair, or to support an orphan. $25 to $50/month will care for an orphan depending on his or her age and we have projects ranging from $25 for a flock of chickens to $10,000 to helping a whole village over a 4 year period. We have no overhead.
I have enclosed a copy of our new 2008 brochure and gift catalog showing our various projects that you may purchase as an individual, family, business or to be given in the honor of someone else. All donations are tax deductible and all donations made during November and December will be matched by my wife Ella and myself. In our brochure there are four pages of photos showing over 60 finished projects. Last year we built 6 medical clinics, 9 classrooms, 2 village water systems, 4 bathrooms/septic tank systems, 1 kindergarten, started construction on our orphanage, and assisted 200 orphans.
We are in challenging economical times, yet we still are blessed with enough that we can share a little of what we have to give hope to those poor who have nothing. Please help us to lift the heavy burdens of poverty off from the shoulders of these very poor hard working people of South America.
May the blessing of our Creator be upon you and your family during this holiday season and coming year.