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.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015



Would you like to help bring dignity, education, community and hope into someone’s life? Here is an opportunity for you to “Stand with Korah” through becoming a sponsor to one of these families or children who are currently awaiting sponsorship. To learn more about the ways you can come alongside one of these families or children, please contact Jacqueline Strating at


We currently have two families waiting to be sponsored. Each of these are young single mothers with two children. In both cases when we first met them, extreme poverty had forced these mothers to sleep out on the street with their children when they had nowhere else to stay. In the face of daily hardship, these young mothers worked tirelessly to provide their children with just 1-2 meals per day. For one of these mothers who has never had


Hope for Korah 
Invites you to join us and Stand with Korah

Each person in Korah has a story – most are of survival and perseverance in the midst of crushing and heartbreaking circumstances. Korah is also full of beautiful people; each one is important and has hidden within themselves the potential to change their world. Their issues are complex and the pain of poverty is far reaching. What they need is.....HOPE. What does Hope look like? I’d like you to meet Wahle. The photos above and below will give you a brief glimpse of her story; one life out of the many who have been transformed and changed through those who have Stood with Korah.

This past year Hope for Korah (HFK) saw many positive changes; we were able to feed more children at the Berta Breakfast compound, and were able to enrich the lives of youth with girls and boys soccer, small group bible studies, mentoring, and a new youth activity center. We added a youth social worker to help inspire our kids to work hard at school and after-school tutoring. We provided our women with Income Generation opportunities, Self-Help Groups, literacy education and weekly savings. We opened the HFK First Aid Clinic and the Vulnerable People’s Compound, home to families and orphans with significant disabilities. And we upgraded the Elders Home for Lepers. These changes brought hope to an urban slum and this happened because of the generous support, prayers and hard work of many. For those of you who joined us this past year – thank you!

For 2016, our plan is to expand our Berta and Youth Programs while keeping modest growth in other areas so that we can focus our efforts on helping families transition out of sponsorship and into independence. We hope those whom we have assessed and identified as being ready, will be able to take some big steps this next year! To do this we will need to

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Happy World Literacy Day - HFK has something BIG to Celebrate! - Guestpost by Mark Brandsma


DId you know that 775 million adults (15 years and older) 
still cannot read or write - two thirds of them 
(497 million) are women? 
Taken from UNESCO (United Nations) Institute for Statistics

HFK's First Graduating Class - Level One Literacy Training

Today, September 8th is World Literacy Day and we have something BIG to celebrate!  Hope for Korah's very first graduating class of adult women from Level One Literacy Training in Amharic reading and writing!!  Last Thursday was Graduation Day and the air was filled with enthusiasm and hope. Our twenty-four Hope for Korah graduates walked around proudly with certificates in their hands and a sense of accomplishment written all over their faces. What a joy it is to see these women empowered in such a simple yet profound way!

Congratulations Hariguah, Tigist and Rahema 
for placing in the top three of your class!


In February 2015, Hope for Korah (HFK) began offering its first literacy course through the Income Generation program. The local government office provides

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Meeting My Sister Friend in Korah - Guest Post by Sarah Apperloo

Recently I went on a trip to Ethiopia. This was a wonderful experience filled with many wonderful memories. The highlight was meeting my Sister Friend, Laway! 

About three years ago our church started the Brother Sister Friend program. At first I was wondering if this was something I would be interested in or if someone across the world would even be willing to talk with me. After thinking about this for a whole year, I decided to give it a shot. I wrote a letter to a girl in Ethiopia. As Eve left to Ethiopia so did my letter… going across the world to just another girl. 

Soon enough I received a letter back. I was so excited! Not only did I have a new friend, I had someone who - yes, may live far away, but she was someone I could talk to, pray for and be friends with. You might wonder how someone could be friends when living so far


Saturday, July 11, 2015

"Women's Health Education Day" - Guest post by Jacqueline Strating

In Korah, there is a distinct kind of strength and resilience that you notice in the women; it is written on their faces and told through their stories of hardship, perseverance and triumph. These women have so much to offer this world - from their deep compassion for one another and for their families, to their genuine warmth, gift for hospitality and love for others. These very women are nurturing and building up the next generation, and it became our vision to further equip these women with some basic education and practical skills to help them and their children remain healthy, strong & able to better meet some of the challenges they face.

With the help of our wonderful HFK Ethiopian social workers and nurses, along with our two team nurses and two social workers from Canada and one enthusiastic youth, we worked together to put on a second "Women's Health Education Day". Our aim for this day was to provide pertinent health information to the women of Korah in a way that was practical, memorable and applicable to the situations and ailments that are common to their community. Through providing women with practical knowledge on how to boil the contaminants out of their water, how to reduce the spread of germs, and how to care for their skin and scalp to prevent fungus and lice, our hope is to equip women with the ability to prevent the debilitating effects of certain health conditions before they begin! We also wanted to remind these women of their inherent value as daughters of God, and the role that they can play in caring for their bodies and their futures.

Once again, we began this year's Health Day with a crazy and fun ice-breaker that easily demonstrates the rapid spread of germs.  I am certain no woman was left without glitter somewhere on her hands, face or body!  These "glitter germs" continued to spread the entire morning - long after our ice-breaker was over.

Click here to watch our 18 sec. clip
of germ-spreading fun!

After hours of putting together packets of multi-vitamins, filling gift bags, gathering and preparing health information, and individually packing a gift bag for each attendee equipped with hand-sanitizer, lip chap, multi-vitamins, a comb, brush, hair accessories, lotion, hair oil and soap, the day was ready to begin! Women poured into the compound in pairs and groups, some carrying their young children on their backs, and others assisted the less mobile to their seats. Women filled the benches and lined the walls - over 180 women came to participate in this incredibly fun and educational day!


The air was thick with healthy competition and enthusiasm as the ladies waved their hands in the air, eager to share their responses to our 'reflection questions' in exchange for a prize!

Giggles and laughter spread throughout the room as we demonstrated the contraction and spread of germs through a skit… and LOTS of glitter!!!

Demonstrating and practicing proper hand-washing before snack time!

Snack time consisted of lots of chatter, cookies, chocolates & soda! Here are a number of ladies who are also members of the HFK Income Generation Program:

What a joy it was to observe and be a part of women empowering women through sharing their knowledge, questions & experiences with one another! 

Our Ethiopian and Canadian Nurses & Social Workers

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Jake is Moving to Ethiopia!

    We are excited to announce that mid-July JAKE BONER will be MOVING TO ETHIOPIA for five months to serve with HFK!! We eagerly anticipate great things from Jake.... Over the past 3 years when it comes to serving the people of Korah, Jake has been “ALL IN!” He has travelled to Ethiopia numerous times to serve on short-term missions. He is absolutely committed to Korah and we are more than pleased for Jake to serve with HFK on a long-term basis.

    While in Ethiopia, Jake’s primary role will be helping to further develop our Youth Programs which serve the elementary to young adult age groups. This has been an

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

In Loving Memory of Berhanu - My Prayer Warrior, My Friend

There are those few people in life that you will never forget.  Those who touch your heart and leave you forever changed.  For me, Berhanu Bishaw was one of those people  and it is with great sadness that I received the news this week of his passing.  He will be dearly missed.  He was my prayer warrior, my friend… and his gift to me humbled me and encouraged me. On those days when I struggled, or things in my own life  seemed hard, I always knew on the other side of the world, Berhanu was praying for me.

Over the years I never once saw Berhanu in the streets of Korah…  due to his diminished health and vision he was always limited to the area in front of or inside of his one-room mud hut.  During our many home visits together he would always share his thoughts and opinions in such a way as to bring much laughter and many smiles to others.  Even through his cataracts, you could see a mischievous twinkle in his eye. He was a real

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Honour Your Mom in our Album this Mother's Day

Honour Your Mom this Mother’s Day
and let her know she is the motivation that inspires you to give!

 And here is how….

Saturday, March 28, 2015


Soccer is BIG in Ethiopia… and most kids in Korah LOVE to play!!  Whenever we assess a family and ask a mother what their son or daughter enjoys doing, they most always answer "Kwas" - Ball - Soccer!!  Few children in Korah own a soccer ball and there is little to no opportunity to play on an organized team, but they all identify with soccer and dream of playing.   In response to this need and this passion, De Jellum, one of our HFK team members living on the ground there began a soccer  ministry to boys living in Korah.  Over this last year he and other leaders from the Korah community, along with his wife Katie and co-workers Mark & Tammy Brandsma, have been developing this program even further and around 6 months ago his vision was expanded to  include the girls! 

Just this morning I received a poignant update from Tammy regarding this week's soccer practice: "Soccer has been a great way for us to build community a midst the pre-teen/ teens in our program, while also connecting with them over God's Word and teaching them its relevance to their day-to-day lives. This past week, I was teaching a group of 23 girls from Matt 6 re: Do Not Worry.  It's a different thing to teach from that passage to a group of kids growing up with single parents, in a slum, with long term illnesses ( i.e. leprosy, HIV).  To be honest, I was wondering a bit why God led me to that passage for them...  I mean,