New Year, Big Dreams
2018 was an exciting year! We launched HOPE + FUTURE International in October and within days we empowered displaced families to send their children back to school for the 2018-2019 school year. 38 children who had missed school due to displacement were able to return to the classroom and continue building a brighter future for themselves, their families, and their communities. We celebrate these families and their 38 children as they begin to write a new chapter of their story here in Northern Iraq. We have also been able to asssit 17 families with their heating needs this winter. 17 families have received kerosene heaters and barrels of kerosene necessary to heat their shelters through the coldest months of the year.
We also celebrate the beginning of a new year and the opportunity it brings to strengthen our commitment to displaced families in Northern Iraq, to develop our existing programs, and to expand our programs to meet further needs.
We have a couple unreasonably hopeful goals for 2019. We want to share them with you so you can partner with us in bringing them to life.
Goal #1 - Send 100 children to school for the 2019-2020 school year. An exponential increase fom 2018! Unreasonable? Yes. But as our Vision Statement articulates, we are audaciously hopeful. We are not deterred by what others deem as “impossible” or “unlikely.”
Goal #2 - Expand our programs to add one additional development-based program, in addition to our existing Student Sponsorship program. This development project will be aimed at the development of the human person and will seek to empower the participants with the agency and skills necessary to thrive in the midst of displacement.
Goal #3 - Double the families served by our humanitarian assistance programs. Like our end-of-the-year winterization project, it will be aimed at meeting an immediate and short-term need, such as food assistance, heating for winter, or emergency medical care. These one-time forms of assistant are intended to alleviate suffering and place our participants in a better position to take advatange of our development based programs.
We are filled with hopeful expectation for all that this new year holds for the beautiful people of Iraq and Syria. We hope you are too!
Thank you for joining us in bringing this hope to a hurting world.
HOPE + FUTURE International