Partnering with Kore Great Hope Charities

Partnering with Kore Great Hope Charities
Partnering with Kore Great Hope Charities in Korah - Children's Shelter (blue fence) & church is directly across the road.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Wishing you Hope and Joy this Christmas!

During this Christmas Season, we thought you would enjoy seeing the "Hope and Joy" God is bringing to Korah.

Receive these same gifts, as you watch children from the slums of Korah have their first experience at a real playground with real grass, swings and slides – or another child who waited 17 years for his first day of school – or the elderly lepers who have moved out of darkness into light - and the blessing for each of us, is that God allows all of us to be a part of it!

We would also like to thank everyone who has recently joined us to STAND WITH KORAH! To date, just over $10,000 has been raised, which is a good start to what is needed for the upcoming ministry year and we look forward to seeing God’s plans continue to unfold.

"Together, WE ARE making a difference"
Thank you and have a wonderful Christmas,
HOPE and JOY HAVE come!!

Please click the link below to view video:

"Hope and Joy"

May God Bless You and Your Loved Ones
with Hope and Joy this Christmas!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Changing Lives, Empowering Families - STAND WITH KORAH

Changing Lives, Empowering Families! When I think of these words, I think of Serkalem. The contrast of her life today compared to when I first met her is nothing short of unbelievable. She is truly an example of someone whose spirit was trapped in the unrelenting grip of poverty and whose life has been dramatically transformed because someone else decided to...
As you will see in Serkalem's Story below - 
 Together, we can make a difference...

November is Hope for Korah's fundraising month & we are asking you to join us as we care for the destitute - the elderly lepers, widows, children & families of Korah. In preparing for 2013, our goal is $75,000.  Any gift great or small will help loosen the yoke of poverty in Korah.  Please read recent post  STAND WITH KORAH.

Serkalem's Story

I will always remember the day I met Serkalem. She was lying, deathly sick in bed, hardly able to move with a fussing baby latching lethargically onto her breast. Concerned for her life and worried that her children may soon be orphans, the leaders brought me to her home. Her husband was dead and she was left alone; completely destitute, with three young children. That week she had been poisoned by food she had eaten and scavenged from the city garbage dump. Her children’s faces were blank, empty and hopeless. Their living conditions were horrendous. Their home reminded me of a prison cell; filthy, no window, one broken down tin door that could not fully open to let in light because of the makeshift bed that filled their living space. A family of four, living in this spec of a room, it was heart breaking to say the least.

Through circumstances that I can only attribute to God’s intervention, He immediately provided a sponsor – that very night! When hearing her story, Patty (who happened to be

Saturday, November 10, 2012

A Few of the Ways We Are "Working Together for Hope"

We invite you to join us,
 Together, we can make a difference...

November is Hope for Korah's fundraising month and we are asking you to join us as we care for the destitute - the elderly lepers, widows, children and families of Korah. In preparing for the upcoming year, our goal is $75,000.  Any gift great or small will help loosen the yoke of poverty in Korah.  Please read our recent post and click on STAND WITH KORAH.

Here are just a few of the ways we are
"Working Together for Hope"

Family Sponsorship
Keeping families healthy and
keeping families together!

Together, through monthly sponsorship we are able to take action towards breaking the cycle of extreme poverty for families living in Korah. Sponsorship provides an opportunity for families to move out of this critical state through better living conditions, food, healthcare, education, community meetings, bible study and relationship. The goal is for families to become involved with income generation & community development projects which promote self-empowerment, giving back to their community and leading to healthy, stable and self-sustainable families. Giving Hope & a Future - Jeremiah 29:11

Berta Breakfast

“Crisis Intervention” Program


The first of its kind in Korah, this ‘Crisis Intervention’ Program serves a specialized breakfast cereal called Berta which is designed specifically for malnourished children. For many it is their largest meal of the day. Most families in Korah only eat 1-2 times per day and the quality of food is extremely poor, often scavenged from the city garbage dump. As a result, the boys and girls living in Korah are underweight and their families malnourished.  It is common for these children to have poor participation (some actually fainting) in school because they have not eaten.  Providing Berta, provides hope and a future; one cannot concentrate in school on an empty stomach.

The Elders' Home for Lepers 
Loving the Least of These

Great Hope Charities has been serving the elderly lepers of Korah for numbers of years.  At their request, in April 2012 we opened the ‘Elders’ Home’ providing a safe, loving home for those who have been forgotten & rejected because of their disease.

Brother Sister Friend Program

Globally connecting hundreds of boys & girls of all ages to a friend their own age, learning to understand their needs and developing a relationship through letters, cards and photos.  “I AM NOT FORGOTTEN! Someone knows my name!”

Income Generation

In October 2012 we leased this beautiful compound to house our ‘Income Generation Project’ which will provide families an opportunity to learn and upgrade weaving, jewellery making, basketry and sewing skills. Products will be available for purchase in 2013.                                    
Changing Lives, Empowering Families

Education for All Ages

Students from our Hope for Korah Kindergarten Class

  • Sponsored, school-age children are enrolled in local schools,receive school uniforms & supplies 
  •  All children attend after-school tutoring & snack
  •  Hope for Korah Kindergarten Classroom
  • ‘Moving Forward Group’ - opportunities for young adults to further their education
  • Adult Education - health & hygiene, business planning, training & upgrading of skills for income generation

Special Projects
Bringing Comfort & Dignity, Soccer Camp

Making a difference through special projects such as 
soccer camp or providing beds, mattresses & blankets
 to the poorest of the poor in Korah.

 Together, we can make a difference...

To Make a Donation: 

You can give a one-time gift, or set up 
monthly giving through post-dated checks.

In Canada
Please write checks out to 
'International Discipleship Training Canada Ministries'

In the United States
 Please write checks out to 
'International Discipleship Training '

Please mail donations to:
Hope for Korah U.S. & Canada Office
P.O.Box 16013
Abbotsford, B.C.
V3G 0C6 Canada

 Hope for Korah is under registered charity
 International Disciple Training in the U.S. (IDT) and 
International Disciple Training Canada Ministries 
in Canada (IDTCM).
Tax receipts are given at the end of the year. 

For more Information Contact

Eve Pohl RSW - Director Operations HFK
Phone: 604-807-4826

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


I often think back to our first visit to Korah when we stumbled through its’ broken streets and stooped through a dingy doorway into the blackness of a small, dirt floor hovel and met a mother, utterly destitute and crippled, with three children. They had no food, no blanket or bed. This must surely grieve God. That day changed our lives and commenced us on the amazing journey of Hope for Korah. 

Much has happened since then; numerous doors have opened, allowing for us to stand in support of this mother and many others who are needy and suffering in Korah. We believe God has a vision for Korah that is beyond what any of us could or can imagine.

“For the Lord is high above the nations; 
his glory is higher than the heavens. 
Who can be compared with the LORD our God, 
who is enthroned on high? 
He stoops to look down on heaven and on earth. 
 He lifts the poor from the dust 
and the needy from the garbage dump.” 
Psalm 113: 4 - 7 NLT

Now we would like to invite you to join us,


Over the next few weeks, we will be highlighting various Korah stories through this blog and our Facebook page. You will see a glimpse of just a few of the ways God is using Hope for Korah to lift the poor and needy from the garbage dump. For years they have depended on discarded trash for survival, but now many are learning about a God in Heaven who has not forgotten them, but loves them and knows them by name. He is lifting them up and is bringing others to stand alongside them. We invite you to be one of those people. Hope for Korah has designated November as its fundraising month and our goal is to raise $75,000. Any gift, great or small, is important and will help loosen the yoke of poverty in Korah.

We thank you for prayerfully considering how 

Blessings and Great Hope,

Eve Pohl RSW
Operations Director HFK
and the Hope for Korah Advisory Council

If you would like further information please 
contact Eve at


Hope for Korah is under registered charity
 International Disciple Training in the U.S. (IDT) and 
International Disciple Training Canada Ministries in Canada (IDTCM). 
Tax receipts are given at the end of the year. 

To learn more about Korah please read previous post:
When our plans fell apart - God's plans fell into place...
He led us to Korah


Please write checks out to 
'International Disciple Training Canada Ministries'

 Please write checks out to 
'International Disciple Training '

Please mail donations to:
Hope for Korah U.S. & Canada Office
P.O.Box 16013
Abbotsford, B.C.
V3G 0C6 Canada

If you would like further information on Hope for Korah please 
contact Eve at


Friday, October 26, 2012

Two Families Need Sponsors!


Two years ago, she unexpectedly became a widow 
when her husband died in a tragic accident.

Yesewlke’s family suffers from extreme poverty as she and her 5 children ages 15, 11, 10, 8 and 3 sleep on the dirt floor of a sparse, dilapidated Korah hut. Daily she goes into Addis begging and makes about 3 – 5 etb (17 – 28 cents). Yesewlke saves this money for the $12 monthly rent which is needed to keep the tiny, one room hovel that she lives in. This leaves no money for the feeding of her children, let alone herself. She is a skinny lady, with no shoes and dressed in rags. Yesewlke scrounges and begs for their daily bread. This mother and these children desperately need a sponsor. If you think you might like to bring HOPE to this family, please read below for more information. You can change their lives!



a single father 
who is raising three beautiful daughters on his own. 

His family is in dire need of a sponsor! This gentleman has suffered great loss, not only is he a widower, but he can no longer work. Both of his hands & feet have been severely disfigured and disabled by leprosy. When meeting him, I could not help but wonder in all of this, what has happened to his heart? He has had leprosy for over 38 years! Daily he begs for his family’s survival, making 6 – 7 etb (33-38 cents) per day. His oldest daughter is only 17 and she is a courageous girl as she juggles her schooling while caring for her father, her sisters (ages 14 & 6), making food when available, laundry and up keeping the home. When asked what her interests were, she likes cultural dancing, but other than that she was not sure as she spends most of her time at home carrying the weight of this responsibility. You could offer this family a HOPE and a FUTURE – You could make a difference! For more information, please see below.


This program takes action towards breaking the cycle of extreme poverty for families living in Korah.  It provides an opportunity for families to move out of this critical state through better living conditions, food, healthcare, education and relationship. The goal is for families to become involved with income generation and community development projects which promote self-empowerment, giving back to their community and leading to healthy, stable and self-sustainable families.


We also desire to give families in North America the opportunity to understand the needs of families in a third world country and the privilege of “Working Together for Hope” by building a relationship through meaningful family sponsorship; providing sponsors with unique opportunities to walk alongside and connect with their sponsored family.

If you are interested in learning more about the HFK Family Sponsorship Program or would be interested in sponsoring one of the above families, please email Eve Pohl at

Friday, October 19, 2012

Brother Sister Friend Mail Delivered – Over 350 kids!!

How much fun to be able to deliver mail from one side of the world to the other!! And how much more fun when you are delivering it from one child to another!! It was such a blessing to have this opportunity and it required many hours of work by many people, not only behind the scenes in Canada, but at the scene in both Korah and the Sheshemene Boarding School. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE IN ETHIOPIA, CANADA AND THE U.S. WHO MADE THIS POSSIBLE!!

Eden is thrilled to be matched with her NEW Sister Friend Addison

Below you will see some of the photographs showing the Brother Sister Friend (BSF) party we had in Korah.  It was wild and crazy!  Over 240 children attended and I am so thankful for EVERY leader and helper that came to the party to help out… we could not have done it without you!!  There were goodie bags and letters to deliver, to translate from English to Amharic, to write from Amharic to English, NEW Brother Sister Friend cards to fill out, songs to sing, cookies and soda to give out and crowds to control… FUN! FUN! FUN!  And we were all exhausted by the end of it! :)

Further down you will also see pictures from our trip south of Addis to the Sheshemene Boarding School.  Many of these children are also matched with Brother Sister Friends and

Thursday, September 27, 2012

My bags are packed and I am ready to GO… I mean - UNPACK!

I began this post last week before leaving Canada, and no matter how I tried the blog would not let me post it, technical difficulties… So, here it is, the NEW and REVISED VERSION.

After many full days of crossing off lists, packing, unpacking, rearranging and repacking I can actually say I am ready to go!!  Well… THAT WAS MONDAY. I began with 3 hockey bags full and ended up with 5 bags – almost 400 lbs of donations and mail!! Talk about mail! One and one half bags are full of Brother Sister Friend letters and special notes from 'kids to kids'. It is such a privilege to be able to bring these precious notes and many supplies to the children and families of Korah.

FAST FORWARD TO FRIDAY: When arriving in Korah, I was welcomed by many whom I love and cherish. It is so good to be here and it was a joyous homecoming indeed! To read more and see pictures, please go to the Hope for Korah Facebook page.

All of those heavy, hockey bags are now being unpacked, organized & sorted! Abraham’s guesthouse looks like a disaster zone! There are school uniforms, supplies, gifts, hoodies, baby items, etc. all over his living room! These next few weeks will be very full as we prepare for our family sponsorship kids to start school, set up HFK Kindergarten class, work with our sponsored families and the elderly lepers, assess some new families, and take the next very important steps in our income generation project. We appreciate your prayers – God goes before us and without His guidance and leading, all our efforts are in vain.

There will be many more details and photos to come on our Hope for Korah Facebook page. (When in Ethiopia, I find it easier to use Facebook than this blog so please check there for regular updates.)

Now for a quick update on BABY ABRAHAM… Please keep praying as God continues to work in the circumstances. Right now we are still waiting for crucial doctors’ letters and decisions to be made concerning the critical surgery he needs. Please be praying for these to come quickly and for his health and protection as we continue to wait.

Thank you everyone for the many prayers, encouragements and support. You are a blessing to me and to those who live there!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Precious Little Abraham - Prayer Warriors Needed!!

I would like you to meet Abraham.   He is a precious 2 year old little boy who lives in Korah and is also living with a dangerous heart condition.  Besides this, Abraham has Down Syndrome, which brings numerous other conditions and risks that impact him on a daily basis.  Fortunately, his family is being sponsored through Hope for Korah and over these past few months, with God’s leading and the help of his amazing sponsor, P61 nurses Emily and Kayla, numbers of Great Hope Leaders and his beautiful and courageous mother, he has been daily & weekly, going back and forth between many hospitals, appointments and numerous testing to ascertain what his future may hold.  Without God’s intervention, it does not look good.


 The crucial heart surgery Abraham needs is not available to such a young child in Ethiopia.  A viable option is to bring Abraham, and if possible his mother, to the U.S. on a short-term medical visa to have both the surgery and post-operative care.  Efforts are already being made by his sponsor, to find a hospital and heart surgeon in the U.S. who will perform this crucial surgery pro-bono and there are some surgeons and facilities that are seriously considering this request.

Please pray for God’s continued protection over Abraham’s health, for His guidance in every detail and His provision for healing.  We are so thankful to all those on the ground in Ethiopia who are enduring endless hours of waiting, being re-directed from one place to another and the patience, love and commitment they are pouring into this family.  Please pray for them, as they are in this with both feet and please pray for Yangoosey, his mother. She is a strong, gentle and wonderful woman who loves her son and is bravely raising her three children on her own.  Her complete awareness and understanding of all of Abraham’s health issues is a lot for her to take in and to grasp.  Your prayers for her strength and awareness of God’s presence in their lives are very much appreciated.
Yangoosey & Abraham - August 2011 

If the doors for surgery in the U.S. open up, then in the days ahead there will be opportunities provided for those who would like to donate and help defer the costs involved in actively loving and providing for this little boy.  I will keep you posted and I am looking forward to reuniting with both Abraham and his mother in just a few weeks. I will be arriving in Korah on September 25th and will be keeping everyone updated on Abraham and other happenings, through the Hope for Korah Facebook page. Please be sure to check in or 'like' us, for updates!

"We have put our hope in the living God,
who is the Savior of all people,
and especially of those who believe."
1 Timothy 4:10b

Abraham looking at his own photograph

Nurse Emily caring for Abraham & his mother

Thank you everyone for praying! 

Saturday, August 25, 2012

"YOU'VE GOT MAIL" AND 'MEET & GREET with Berhanu & Emily'

This past week has been busy for Hope for Korah, as we have had two local events and BOTH WERE A LOT OF FUN!:


Thank you to EVERYONE who came out and supported the Brother and Sister Friend (BSF) Party and to those who worked so hard to make this evening a great success! Many kids of all ages, received NEW MAIL and PHOTOS from their BSF in Korah, and NEW Matches were made! An extra special thank you to Jason who donated his time and brought his FUNBOX PHOTO BOOTH to the party.  This made for a lot of crazy, zany pictures and a lot of fun!  Click on the link under the photo below to see more photos and fun-filled moments.  

For more information on how you can become a 
Brother Sister Friend email Erika at   

With Berhanu & Emily

Thank you to everyone who came out to meet Berhanu and Emily on Thursday evening!  We all drove in from out of town and it was well worth it! Berhanu and Emily did an amazing job, touching all of us with their stories and work in Korah!  Please click on the link under the photo below to see more pictures of our time together.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

You are Invited! Meet & Greet with Berhanu & Emily

We have the unexpected privilege of having Berhanu and Emily here!
We hope you will join us to welcome them 
to the U.S./Canada border town of Lynden, WA.

This is as close to Canada as we could get them without a visa!

Berhanu Tenker grew up at the garbage dump in Korah.  God has worked miracles in his life! He is now the Director of Health & Family with Great Hope Charities, our partnering agent on the ground in Korah and he helps to oversee many of our Hope for Korah programs.  We are so excited that both he and his wife Emily, a nurse with Project 61, will be here to meet with us, share their story and how God is using them on the ground in Korah.

Hope for Korah
will be having an informal gathering 

Thursday, August 23rd, 7:30 p.m.
115 E. Homestead Blvd.
Lynden, Washington

We hope to see you there!

Feel free to invite your friends!

Please RSVP
For more information contact Eve Pohl

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

A Taste of Ethiopia - with Berhanu & Mastee in Oregon

Last weekend we took a road trip to Oregon and had the privilege of spending time with our dear brothers from Korah - Berhanu and Mastee and the Cornish family!  Mastee and newlyweds; Berhanu and Emily are in the U.S. for a few weeks visiting and speaking in the Oregon area.  As many of you know, Berhanu works with Great Hope Charities and helps to oversee our Hope for Korah Programs in Ethiopia.  

Not only was it a 'surreal' blessing to see them all in our part of the world, but we also had the rare opportunity to be treated to an authentic Ethiopian dinner and coffee ceremony prepared by non-other; Mastee and Berhanu - two master chefs! So delicious!!

For those of you living in the Lower Mainland, B.C. 
and in Northern Washington state - we have an unexpected surprise; 



P.S. Be sure to scroll to the bottom to view a short video clip on how to make Ethiopian shiro - Mastee Style!

 This is such a different kitchen from in Korah... 
it is so wonderful, yet so hard to wrap one's head around...

Friday, August 10, 2012


Come out and find out more about the Hope for Korah 'Brother Sister Friend' Program! Get connected with a friend in Korah Ethiopia and develop a friendship with someone on the other side of the world. We are globally connecting God's kids from 5 years old to early twenties. 

IF YOU ARE IN ABBOTSFORD BC & LOWER MAINLAND: Come out on August 22nd, for some food, crafts, a photo booth and much more! Cost is $5 at the door to cover costs for food and crafts and more! See you there!

IF YOU LIVE IN THE U.S. OR CANADA: YOU can still join in the Brother Sister Friend program even if you are not from the Abbotsford area! If you or your kids (5 yrs - 20 something) are interested in being matched with a Brother or Sister Friend in Korah please contact Erika at for more information.

Click here to watch the Hope for Korah BSF Video 

For more information on the BSF Program
Please contact Erika at

Friday, August 3, 2012

Unexpected Blessings

During our last trip to Ethiopia we received an unexpected blessing…

A young couple who had arrived in Addis on an adoption related trip dropped by the our guesthouse with three huge bags full of new shoes!  With the help of their church, they had collected shoes, stuffed them with socks and packed them into their suitcases.  I have wanted to post these photos for a while and give a SHOUT OUT and a BIG THANK YOU to Melissa and Jesse, and Pinecrest Community Church in Colorado.  You have made a difference in Korah!


I’d like to share with you a glimpse of what happened the following morning.  After the children finished eating at our Berta Breakfast Program we surprised them all with the shoes.  They were excited

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

"Loving the Least of These" - The Elderly Lepers' Home

We are very excited about this NEW program-
and are hoping you may join us to serve and 
"Love the Least of These"

The Reality of Those Living With Leprosy: For anyone who has ever visited Korah and sat with the Great Hope Charity (GHC) leaders over the lunch hour as they hand feed the elderly lepers, they cannot help but be touched by the leaders' expression of love and humility.  Unable to feed themselves due to their debilitating disease, these lepers walk with their crutches and prosthetics, poor vision and twisted limbs quite a distance over rock and rubble for their only meal of the day.  They have been persecuted and are now alone, without family or the ability to support themselves.  The moment becomes even more poignant when visitors themselves begin to interact with these gentlemen, whom the leaders affectionately refer to as the "Elders".  Whether through conversation, a smile, a helping hand or a hug, spending time with these Elders is both humbling and life changing. 

The Call: I am sure that for some, the words of Matthew 25:35-40 comes to mind: "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me..."The Kind will reply, "Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." 

THE REQUEST: Earlier this year, the leaders of GHC approached Hope for Korah (HFK), asking if we would consider partnering with them to open up a home for these elderly lepers, near the Children's Shelter, so that they could better serve and care for them.  At the time most of these elders were living in a horrific compound that was in desperate need of