Children’s Hope is an Indiana based 501 c 3 nonprofit.
Children’s Hope was started in 2007 as simply helping a couple children with lessons and speaking English with a native born English speaking person. It expanded gradually to helping other children in the same way. We also help provide school supplies since many of the families struggle to provide the amount that is needed for school. We often see children being taken out of school and start working around the age of 12 years old and up, because it takes the whole family to try to provide for the family.
Later, when we found out that 3 of the children we were helping with school were losing their eyesight due to malnutrition, we started a meal program and supplemental vitamins and minerals. This is 1 meal a day that keeps them above the malnutrition level. This will be expanded to more than 1 meal a day when funding permits.
Education and job training is important for them in the future to be able to provide for themselves and their family. According to the Philippine government statistics, 20-25% of
the working age population work overseas to be able to support their family back home. Many of our children have one or both of the parents working overseas so they don’t see their parents other than a week or two every year or two. Education and training that will allow them to get employment in their area so they don’t have to go overseas or even to the major cities to work.
Additionally, having training that pays a better wage makes the sexual trafficking less attractive as an option. According to Philippine government statistics, over 1 million children are involved in that trade in addition to the adults. We are striving to address that in the area where we have the children’s home and school.