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A Gathering to H.E.A.L. 9 AM, Saturday, October 30th at Hope UMC

 

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This annual Gathering to Heal (Helping End AIDS in our Lifetime) raises funds to support 361 HIV orphans in Kenya.  These children live with elderly grandparents, distant relatives or guardians--impoverished but caring persons. 

 

The funds help with their school fees, supplement food, and provide other urgent needs like clothing and improved shelter.  During this COVID-19 crisis, children have missed school for sustained periods of time.   Virtual learning was an impossibility.  Now the Kenya government is adding a fourth term for two years in an attempt to help the youth "catch up."   

 

This means more school fees; the Center is attempting to support the children at a level of $250 rather than the previous amount of $200 a year--a total of about $90,000. Please help us ensure safety, education, and care for all 361 orphans again this year. 

Our theme will be "The Challenge of Educating Youth & Children in Kenya & Colorado During COVID 19 Pandemic."  Our keynote speaker is Ryan Silva, Cherry Creek School District Principal Named 2021 High School Principal of the Year.  We will enjoy inspirational music led by talented soloist Allison Keller and honor our Paul and Paula Murphy Human Sexuality awardee, Savannah Sanburg

 

    

 

 

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  (Images from left to right, Savannah Sanburg, Allison Keller, Rev. Dr. Valerie Jackson)

Dr. Bonnie Messer and Jodie Senter are co-chairing this event, and Rev. Dr. Valerie Jackson will be our Emcee.  Join us at Hope UMC, 5101 S Dayton St, Greenwood Village, CO 80111 at 9 am Saturday, October 30th.  Tickets cost $25.00 each. 

Masks and proof of full COVID-19 Vaccination are required to attend. 

October Food Relief - Thanks to Generous Donors Like YOU! 

One of our program partners in Kenya, Social Worker Jennifer Murithi writes,

 

"I am so grateful on behalf of the caregivers for the relief food you gave them!  Yesterday, we distributed food to sixty families, targeting the remote areas- each benefitting as follows:

 

4 Kg of beans, 5 kg of rice, 4 packets of maize flower, 1 liter of cooking oil.  This package will carry each family for two to three weeks (depending on the size of the family)."

Thank you for making this food relief delivery and distribution possible. To support this ongoing need, click the action button. 

"Good Trouble" is not only the name of the band ... 

that highlighted the Red Concert for AIDS in Tucson recently, but "good trouble" is what both the Center for Health and Hope and TIHAN (Tucson Interfaith HIV and AIDS Network) provide in their advocacy & support of persons living with HIV and AIDS.  The $19,000 plus raised at the Concert will be used to provide food and necessary supplies for impoverished persons living with HIV in Tucson, as well as help AIDS orphans in Kenya get the extra education denied them during school closures prompted by COVID-19.  

Visit us HERE to read more! 

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A Little Bit of Money Does a World of Good.  

Imagine paying just $8 per person for health insurance! 

Then imagine being so poor you can't even afford $8!

 

That is the dilemma of United Methodist pastors in Rwanda.  But thanks to donations to the Center for Health and Hope, 66 households of 394 people got insurance coverage for the year.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ironically the Rwanda pastor who advocated for all the other preachers was probably the first to benefit.  Rev. Marc Baliyanga (pictured in this article) reports that when he fell sick of COVID-19 on July 5, 2021, he went for medical treatment at Kacyiru Hospital. 

"I was charged a lot of money," says Rev. Marc, "but due to paying mutual health insurance on time, I paid only 10% of the total amount of money charged by the hospital." 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He and the other ministers have expressed their gratitude to the Center's donors.

 

What the Center hopes is that people will now provide a $100 for a pig for preachers in Rwanda.  "If they get a pig," says Dr. Don Messer, "they can earn enough money to pay for their own insurance in future years, plus have income to help pay school fees for their children."  

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Help Build a House for Just $3,000

 

Join us in building a home for a family struggling to survive HIV and AIDS?  For $3,000 you can be the sole sponsor and name the home after a loved one.  Or you can send any amount and help us raise an additional $1,250 - since $1,750 has already been contributed!

 

Having been orphaned by HIV/AIDS causes surviving children to live with a willing grandmother who typically lacks housing and the resources needed to care for them. 

 

Helping a grandmother by providing an AIDS orphan house provides a safe place for children to live and allows enrollment in school where they receive clothing, food, and life skills for the future.

 

In the area served by Maua Methodist Hospital, there are more than 45,000 orphans and vulnerable children, many needing a decent house, education, food and clothing. 

 

Each house costs only $3,000 U.S. Dollars for building supplies, labor, bedding and mattresses to use in the home once it is completed.  Contribute to this worthy cause and change a life.  Please indicate AIDS Houses in the notes area, so we can use the money immediately.

ANY amount helps!

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The mission of the Center for Health and Hope is to support and advocate for persons infected and affected by HIV and AIDS around the world with programs of education, prevention, care and treatment.  As a faith-based organization operating for more than ten years, the Center was incorporated formally January 21, 2006 as a tax exempt 501(c)3.