April
13
2017

Hero Spotlight: 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
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
March
22
2017

Bananas, Honduras

Exiting With Love in Honduras

As we wrap up work on several projects in Honduras, we are experiencing those bittersweet moments when we part ways with people we love and respect, but joyfully bolstered by the confidence that they are on new paths to economic security for themselves, and promising growth for their communities. In Progreso, we wish God’s blessings… continue reading
February
22
2017

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
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

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
January
23
2017

Joanna, Dominican Republic

Hero Spotlight: Joanna Henriquez, Answering God’s Call in the Dominican Republic

Without exception, the local people we employ are not only technically qualified for their jobs, they also bring an extraordinary degree of passion and personal investment that makes them ideally suited for working with people eager for a hand up. Joanna Henriquez is our Survival Skills teacher in the Dominican Republic, where she teaches 35… continue reading
December
18
2016

Survival Skills Students Share Their Thoughts

Several of our students in the Survival Skills program in Panama wrote notes about what the program has meant to them and what they have learned. We’d like to share a few highlights with you. “I learned how to use a knife, and I got to learn about a restaurant and what they have to… continue reading