Letter from CEO
First of all, I want to make something very clear. I want to highlight an important fact: Help One Now is YOU – the person reading this letter. You are the fuel to the fire. Your love, commitment and generosity are what fan the flames of change. Sparks fly, and each spark represents Love, Hope & Progress.
While love and hope fuel the progress, the past year was not without its difficulties and setbacks. 2017 was HARD. But work that really matters is always hard. Fighting global poverty is no easy task, but we know that together we can build a better world. When challenges arise, we do what we have always strived to do:
Trust God – Work Hard – Believe in the Vision of our Local Leaders – Believe in the Generosity of the Help One Now Community
Once again, you showed up, ready to stand with our leaders, believing in the vision to empower them to care for kids and transform communities.
50,000 people impacted. 50,000 stories. We are proud, but not content. We have so much more to do. God is moving and we are trying to keep up. It’s not easy. It’s a wild ride, but it’s worth it. What’s Next?
This time next year, Help One Now will be gearing up to celebrate our 10 year anniversary as an organization! 9 years ago, our desire was to help 33 kids in Zimbabwe. By the end of 2016, we found ourselves impacting 35,000 lives. Today, Help One Now and our remarkable local leaders are serving 50,000 people on a regular basis. We project our impact to be 65,000 lives by the end of this year, over 150,000 lives in 2020, and over 2 million lives by 2030.
We’ve been asking ourselves the same question for nearly 10 years: How can we end extreme poverty in the communities where we serve? What is the ONE THING we can do that will have the deepest impact — the largest ripple effect to help the most people flourish?
We believe that ONE THING is this: empower families to have a future and be healthy leaders in their communities. This is our mission, our passion, and the greatest hope we have found to truly eradicate extreme poverty. We believe this brings joy to God and aligns with His plan to build a healthy world, one family at a time.
Doing Good is Simple and significant. The way to do the most good is to empower as many families as possible. Already, we have empowered hundreds of families in the last few years. Now, it’s time to empower tens of thousands of families around the world!
Together We Build…
- Chris Marlow
- 660 NEW DONORS IN 2017 -
WHERE WE WORKED
4,051 Students provided ongoing access to Quality Education and qualified teachers and we’ll be bringing on an additional 750 students and 43 staff in Haiti and the Dominican Republic in 2018. Additionally, we served 1.2 million nutritious meals in 2017.
Kairos Village is an anti-trafficking initiative in partnership with Kairos Ministries in Iquitos, Peru. Set deep in the jungle, the village will act as a safe place for girls rescued from trafficking. Through the care of house mothers and trauma specialists on staff, our hope is to help these girls grow into a safe healthy life. There will be vocational training initiatives on site, as well as education opportunities for the children. It is our aim to not only bring rescue, but to set these girls up to flourish and thrive in their new lives.
Live Original Tour
We partnered with Sadie Robertson and the Live Original team for our 2nd tour together. We traveled the U.S. to bring inspiring stories of hope and healing to thousands of people. Through the tour, we got to share the Help One Now story and bring in a completely new group of tribe members, called the One Squad. Through the tour, it is our hope to educate and activate an entire generation to do good around the world. We truly believe that this group will make a huge difference, and we are excited to see what good we will do together!
His Mercy School Girls Dormitory
Yahve Shamma Children's Home
After the 2010 earthquake, there was immediate need for shelter and a place of home for the 30 children at Yahve Shamma. Two homes were built, but were never meant to be a permanent place. Pastor Gaétan dreamed for years to build a new place for the children, one in which they could thrive and grow, and one that would last for generations to come. In 2016, that dream finally came alive and construction began. In the fall of 2017, the new dorms were complete and the children moved in. Each dorm went from 2 rooms to 5, complete with new bathrooms, a kitchen and living area. The children love the new space, and we can’t wait to watch them grow and flourish in their new homes!
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