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.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Pitching in to Help Tigist

We love Tigist and Lemma's story and it gets even better as their community joins in to help! After Tigist received her loan and purchased a used table and chairs for their business, numbers of the young adult/teens came together along with Lemma in order to sand, paint and recover the furniture. Once done everything looked brand new! Lemma's son Henok was part of this group and later that same day, he and his friends prayed for his family and the success of their new business. Talk about working together! Next step - Moving Day!!

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Tigist Shopping for Family Business

Last week Tigist obtained the first loan ever from her Self Help Group (SHG) - A FEW DAYS LATER she and our staff went shopping for her family's new business!   THE Goal - to purchase a table/desk, bench and printer for the computer they have earned. This was a very empowering moment as Tigist shopped for the best bargain on used furniture and learned all about new printers and the operations of various ones, eventually picking out and paying for the one she preferred.  Tigist and Lemma have worked hard to get to this point; having earned this furniture through points saved at our HFK Benefit Souk (store) and  personally saving two thirds of the cost of the printer, the remaining third coming from their SHG loan. 

This is HUGE for their family and everyone is so excited! If you would like to read more about this family, how they came to HFK, as well as Tigst & Lemma's romantic love story - how God kept them together in spite of war, separation, loss of both legs and extreme poverty please read our popular, #1 most read HFK Blog post from a few years ago.  You will appreciate even more the significance of this moment! Read - "Yabeslah,One Child Among Hundreds" 

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Family Sponsorship Opportunity

Are you looking for an opportunity to make a tangible impact in someone’s life? We currently have 2 Korah families who need to be matched with a new sponsor. Family sponsorship is a unique opportunity to help keep families together and thriving by providing them with participation in community and Self-Help groups, medical support, education and income generation training, and provision of other basic needs. For more information, and to learn about how your partnership can change lives, please contact Jacqueline Strating at




Fatuma is currently raising her three precious children as a single mother. Prior to sponsorship, Fatuma had received no formal educational training, but did have some skills in weaving and basket making. She worked as a laborer for next to nothing, and was forced to beg in order to provide food for her family to eat once or twice per day. Though she and her children had several medical issues,

Friday, June 3, 2016

Our First SHG Loan & Family to Launch

What an Exciting Day!! It has been a long and prayerful journey to get to this point, but yesterday Tigist was awarded the first loan from her Self Help Group (SHG), in order to help her family launch their business. 

I cannot tell you HOW PERSONALLY EXCITED I am that we have reached this important milestone!! So many of us serving with Hope for Korah have been working for numbers of years, towards this crucial step that we believe is key in order for our families to become independent and break out of the cycle of poverty they are in.

This is a BIG milestone, for Tigist, her husband AND her SHG! To apply Tigist had to follow the by-laws that her Savings & Credit SHG has been developing over this past year. This includes being a member in good standing and having consistently invested (for a minimum of at least 10 months) into the SHG savings account the required weekly amount as voted for and decided upon by all of its' members. In addition, Tigist had to present a written business plan and must have already invested into the SHG's group savings at least 50% of her requested loan amount. The group then decided on whether to approve the loan, as well as the terms of repayment. Understanding these concepts, developing SHG by-laws and personal business plans, learning to save both personally and into the SHG, believing in oneself, and then being willing to take a risk and trust each other with these concepts has been a very long process and this is a HUGE step for all of our families! Beylanesh, who is in Tigist's SHG concluded yesterday's meeting by sharing, "It is a pleasure to see someone from our own group and community being successful. It makes our group proud!"
We couldn't agree more!!

Tigist and members of her Savings & Credit Self Help Group

Two Weeks Ago

Tigist and her husband Lemma have been working on their business plan for the last 18 months but it has taken until now for both the family and their SHG to be ready for this next big step. A few weeks ago, we met with the family, finalizing the last details of their business plan and what was required to make it a reality. We were all so excited to be at this point! 

We'll keep you posted on Tigist's progress on this journey!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Memorable Highlight - Leadership Retreat May 2016!

A memorable highlight from our most recent trip to Korah was taking our HFK-KGHC Leadership Team away from the hustle and bustle of Addis for an overnight Leadership Retreat.  We spent two days in deep discussion and prayer.  Our time together included program visioning, leadership development sessions and social work assessment skills training.  We also spent time focusing on our HFK model for independence/interdependence and transition planning of our savings & credit self help groups (SHGs), as well as prayerfully considering our story in light of God's story; how they intertwine and impact the work that we do.

In between all of this, we made sure to have lots of time for  building relationships and having fun through games, good food, conversation and buna (coffee)!  It was a very special and productive weekend that is sure to have a direct impact and will make a difference in the lives of the children and families we serve. 

Here are some photos of our weekend and a few of the "Wise Words to Remember" that were part of our reflection and time together:

Wise Words to Remember:
Working alongside the poor for personal and 
community change and transformation takes COURAGE

It is a long obedience to God and 
his image bearers in the same direction... 
most persons need ongoing support step by step.

The Challenge: To be the first team to come up with a way
 to balance 10 nails on the head of one nail!

The Solution: 
Working together as one - each dependent on the other!


Wise Words to Remember:
It is not our place to judge 
although it may be our place to educate
 and to explain consequences of behavior
 and choices in a very clear way.

It is however our call to do justice, 
love mercy and walk humbly with these persons
 - one soul, one person, one family, one community at a time.

"What does the Lord require of you?
To act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God."
Micah 6:8


Even a power outage couldn't stop us - competing by flashlight! 

Wise Words to Remember:
The road of recovery and change is often a few 
steps forward and a few steps back or sideways.

It takes a long time to practice and learn one new skill.


Wise Words to Remember:
Work hard to celebrate small successes.
Encourage and praise whenever you can.

Always build on what people can do
 - Their strength - 
rather than focus on what they cannot do.


Wise Words to Remember:
Work to empower people and assist others to change and grow...
Provide as many opportunities as possible to have people
"Do it themselves"...
Even the smallest of tasks delegated,
 builds confidence and leads to change...

Delegate and engage whenever and where ever possible
- even if it isn't done half as well as you could do it...

The empowering process is more important than the task itself.