April
13
2017

Dominican Republic, Survival Skills Student

Just Hope Hero: Sofia, Abuse Survivor, Wants to Help Others

When Sofia was 13, she and her sister were taken to an orphanage by the national adoption authority in the Dominican Republic. The girls’ mother moved away when Sofia was 8 and they were left to live with their stepfather. For five years, the girls were abused, often locked in the house alone and were… continue reading
April
5
2017

Just Hope, South Sudan

Letter from the President – March 2017

In April of 2006 I experienced what it is like to flee. I realized I was in the path of an F-3 tornado that seemed to appear out of nowhere from behind a tree line. I saw it just as it was destroying a local community college campus. A colleague and I turned off of… continue reading
April
5
2017

Bauya, Sierra Leone, Model Plot

March 2017 Program Roundup

Bauya, Sierra Leone The team in Bauya is a beehive of activity as they juggle 13 savings groups (203 participant, 60% women), 13 agriculture model plots and more than half a dozen composts! As the dry season draws closer to its end, they are working hard to have the existing and extension model plots ready… continue reading
March
22
2017

Survival Skills Student, Panama

Hero Spotlight: Hope and Survival Skills Erase Maritza’s Fear in Panama

Violence, abuse, illness and poverty have plagued the lives of many of the young girls now found in the orphanages we serve in Panama. Without the skills to care for themselves and live independently, many fear what their futures hold. With the skills and encouragement that Just Hope’s Survival Skills program provides through teaching, mentoring… continue reading
February
22
2017

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The All-Woman Groundnut Plot Results Are In!

In international development work, it’s widely accepted that empowering women should be a deliberate strategy with any approach. Regardless of the lack of official power that women hold in various countries around the world, the practical power they have in their households and communities is undeniable. Several women in the countries we serve are emerging as… continue reading
February
17
2017

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February 2017 Project Roundup

Bauya, Sierra Leone Activities in Bauya continue to focus on compost maintenance and training. This participation is important because it addresses several needs. First, it creates a little to no-cost fertilizer that will be needed in the upcoming planting season. (The high cost of chemical fertilizers makes them unattainable by most farmers we work with.)… continue reading
February
14
2017

Alfred Matita, Bauya, Sierra Leone

Hero Spotlight: Alfred “Africa” Mattia, Overcoming Obstacles and Reaping Rewards

Alfred Mattia, known in his community as “Africa,” is Bauya’s official Town Crier, spreading important community news from household to household. To supplement his income, he farms – and has been one of the most passionate and engaged learners we have come across at Just Hope. “Africa” lives with a deformed arm and leg that… continue reading
February
1
2017

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A Day in the Life in Ghana

No matter where you are in the world, all of us spend our days completing routine tasks to meet our needs and those of the people we care for. Preparing an evening meal, getting the kids off to school, meeting with friends, and managing finances are a few of the activities that might make up your… continue reading