The Center Responds to the COVID-19 Crisis In India
Four children in our close-knit AIDS orphanage in Calcutta are suffering from COVID. In Namakkal workers rush food to starving people before a two week lockdown. Donors to the Center for Health and Hope have provided $13,175 during the past week to help mitigate the catastrophic COVID crisis of India. More we hope will be shared as need remains monumental.
Adding to the ever-growing need during the COVID-19 crisis in India is the difficulty we find in distributing help, highlighted by the article here.
Thank you for your donations and support during this difficult time.
Image of past food relief efforts in India through the Center's COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund
Image courtesy of The Hindu news article posted above.
Save the Date! Denver's 15th Annual Swinging@AIDS Golf Tournament
2021 Center Hero of the Year, Chin Keong Tan
Thanks to a surprise $6,000 challenge grant plus other gifts, more than $30,500 was raised to help AIDS orphans in Kenya at the virtual Spring is a Time for HOPE brunch April 24.
This means 152 vulnerable children will be supported at $200 each during 2021!
This hybrid virtual event can be viewed below! Our time for celebration and joy included presenting an award to our Center Hero of the Year, Chin Keong Tan, musical performances by Kelly Triplett, and Center Executive Director Don Messer acting as event MC.
After a brief greeting by the new Bishop of Kenya, Nicholas Mutwiri Nteere, three AIDS orphans shared their success stories of how they are now pursuing University studies thanks to the Center donors. Pastor Nathan Adams of Park Hill United Methodist Church, provided an inspirational keynote address. The event was dedicated in memory of Ann Fort, known as “Mama Kenya.”
Friends watching the event and meeting togehter in a "Brunch Bubble"
80th Birthday Gifts: $7,000 for Calcutta AIDS Orphan Scholarships
Can life be much tougher than being a young orphan teenager with AIDS in the grim, dirty city of Calcutta, India?
More than 80,000 children go “missing” in India every year! In Calcutta, 100,000 live on the streets. If you ever saw the movie, “Lion,” how can you forget the peril kids face in train stations and the danger they daily face in their struggle for survival? A few fortunate children are cared for at the Snehakunja Children’s Home, sponsored by the Church of North India.
Having visited the orphanage several times, Center Executive Director & Founder Don Messer asked his 80th birthday gifts be directed to help talented youth go to college. Family & friends celebrated by giving nearly $7,000, which should provide at least two, maybe three full college scholarships. “Sixty years ago I studied in India. Now this is a dream come true—for them & for me! Thanks!” exclaims Messer.
Senator Bob Dole
Senator Tom Daschle and
Dr. Bonnie Messer
Senator George McGovern
News of Sadness and Celebration from International Advisory Board Members
Since the Center’s inception, an International Advisory Board has lent their counsel and good name to our global mission of health and hope. Recent news from members brings both news of sadness and celebration.
Grand Junction, Colorado, banker and philanthropist, Herb Bacon, 90, died after a lifetime of humanitarian and educational service.
Mary Elizabeth Moore
Dr. Pauline Muchina
Former Presidential Nominee, Majority Leader, and Senator from Kansas, Bob Dole, announced he is struggling with stage 4 lung cancer. Dole has co-chaired the Advisory Board with former Senator & Majority Leader Tom Daschle, since the death of former Presidential Nominee, Senator George McGovern in 2012.
Dean Mary Elizabeth Moore of Boston University School of Theology retired amid festivities from her post after ten illustrative years of service at the helm of a major seminary. Dr. Pauline Muchina of Kenya & the American Friends Service Committee posted a webinar on how Africans view American elections. Read about our International Advisory Board.
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