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A Mother’s Love.

A mother’s love is a truly audacious force. It’s a kind of love that will overcome the gut-wrenching blows of loss, grief, sickness and pain to make a better way for their children. It is self-sacrificing, loyal and ever-committed to help form a strong and healthy future for the ones they love, even when it comes at the cost of their own well-being.

This is Gurubari’s story.

As a young girl, Gurubari grew up with her family in a village in Eastern India. Married at 20 to a man her parents arranged for her, Gurubari quickly started a family of her own. Her life was forever changed by the birth of her son, and it wasn’t long after that before they welcomed a daughter to the family, too. They owned a beautiful home and shared a wonderful life together, but it wasn’t long before tragedy struck. Ten years into their marriage, Gurubari’s husband died, leaving Gurubari all alone as a single mom to provide and care for her two young children. 

It was also about this time when Gurubari got sick. 

With strong character and unwavering courage, Gurubari found work as a day laborer. For nearly 20 years, she worked tirelessly to support her two children and provide for their needs and education. Her focus after losing her husband was solely on creating a better future for her son and daughter, despite the toll it took on her. But shortly after her husband’s death, Gurubari was also exposed to leprosy, and this illness led to decades of excruciating pain and incessant degradation. 

Gurubari’s wounds grew so severe that she was barely able to walk. They were infected and bleeding, causing fever symptoms that were never-ending. But Gurubari had never received treatment. Never once had she gone to a clinic to care for herself, but instead put all her income towards her children’s futures. Her daughter got married and moved away. But due to the leprosy on her leg, her neighbors forced her to move out of her home. Then, her son unexpectedly passed away. Gurubari was left all alone, with nowhere to go. As a last resort, she found herself at West Bengal’s Gidni Leprosy Colony. 

Through our Leprosy Care Project, Gurubari is finally receiving the treatment she desperately needed. She is receiving regular medical visits right at her front door, and because of access to medication and consistent treatment, Gurubari no longer suffers from high fevers or infections. With help from the treatment center, paired with her determination and positive outlook, Gerubari is hopeful about her future after recovery from leprosy. 

Leprosy is an isolating disease. Even though 95% of the population is immune, the fear of being exposed to its bacteria leaves most people with this condition severed from their families and loved ones. Gerubari has a dream to fully recover from leprosy so that she can one day be reunited with her daughter. She has no desire to stay in a leper colony, with her only option for income as a beggar on the streets. But with healing comes hope, and Gerubari has a deep hope to recover from her illness and live the remainder of her days with her family––the ones her mother’s love has always fought for.

To impact more people like Gurubari, donate to our Leprosy Care Project today!



By Project Stories

Backpacks With a Side of Sizzling Dosa, Warm Smiles, and a Bright Future.

The whole scene was a bit chaotic. It was July 2022 and we had just arrived in Kalandra for the first time in three years to visit our feeding center and backpack recipients there. The village stirred with energy as our car pulled up, and we were greeted by an excited crew of elementary and middle school-aged boys, eager to share their village with us. At the front of the pack, with the biggest, uncontainable smile was Sam Kumar.

He grabbed our hands and directed us through the narrow, winding streets to a small home in the corner of the village. “Is this where you live?” we asked. Beaming with pride he said it was and proceeded to bring his parents out. Sam loves his family and wanted them to share time with us, even though family dynamics haven’t always been easy.

Sam’s dad struggles with an addiction to alcohol and spends most of the family’s income on liquor. His mom has struggled through some heavy bouts with depression, leading to a near-suicide attempt while Sam was present. Through it all though, Sam seems to have a contagious optimism that draws the family together. In fact, his mom was talked down from her suicide attempt by Sam’s encouragement for her to trust God’s provision. Sam’s love is felt by the family but they are still left with some significant struggles. Both of his parents work day to day and the income is so slim. Sam’s dad works as a coconut peeler, and his mom tries to find work as a maid for a local landlord. After the continued dependence on alcohol and a meager supply of food and necessities, there is no money left to spend on an education for Sam. Even though school is government-funded, Sam couldn’t afford to pay for the basic supplies like books, paper, and pencils. Supplies needed by anyone who wants a chance at succeeding in school, and for Sam, success in school could be a lifeline out of poverty.

Everything changed a few years back though. In 2020 we raised money for our Backpack Project at A Night For Hope and we were able to send enough money to our partners to distribute over 5500 backpacks full of school supplies. One of those recipients was a kind and smiley young boy in the little village of Kalandra. Yep, Sam got a backpack thanks to the generous support of a few hundred people gathering together in a parking lot in Lincoln, NE for a Covid-friendly, drive-in fundraiser. And that impact was not insignificant.

Equipped with a backpack full of all the supplies he’d need, Sam now had the confidence to approach school with the same love and enthusiasm that he approached all of life with. But even more than that, Sam got connected to our local partner Aaron who has loved and invested in him. Aaron has started teaching Sam and his family about Jesus and his love for them. They have started to open up their home to the community to have a small church gathering each Sunday and lives are changing forever — all because of a few pencils and notebooks in a backpack.

As we wandered in behind Sam, he and his mom pulled out a small stove and lit a fire. We gathered around as Sam poured fresh batter onto a sizzling skillet, preparing each of us some of the best Indian dosa you’ve ever had. Sam giggled as I tried to help with the dosa and really butchered it. The fire was hot, the food was warm, and the smiles touched us. In the midst of a broken home, in the corner of an impoverished village, hope was stirring. 

Our bodies warm with food, we said our goodbyes and departed out into a now rain-soaked evening. Looking back, we longed for more for Sam and his family. Yet at the same time, his radiant joy reminded us that even on a dreary night, in a cold concrete home, next to a self-consumed, alcoholic father, Sam has hope. The future still holds light.

To impact more students like Sam, donate to our Backpack Project today!



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Simple Needs Met, a New Life Envisioned.

Montoi is a young married mother. She and her husband, David, reside in Oletukat, Kenya. Together they raise their two young boys and their daughter. After David’s parents had passed away, they were forced to evict their home by his uncles. His uncles wanted to take their land, livestock, and inheritance. David and Montoi were immensely angry with their family members, and felt deeply betrayed by their selfish motivation. However, they had no choice. Ever since then, Montoi and David have struggled with immense poverty. Added to that, they also had to endure a drought which caused them to lose all their remaining livestock due to diseases and lack of water.

Now they live in a small and humble home, working to raise their children up in a life that isn’t limited to their situation in poverty. The family was even having to relieve themselves in the bushes by their home, leaving them vulnerable to typhoid and other deadly water-borne diseases. In their old house, Montoi had the space and time to help care for the children, but now she has to spend most of the day going to a nearby river just to get them water.

As a result, her young children are left alone vulnerable with no one to care for them during the hours she is walking to get water. Montoi desperately wished that her children could be left in the care of someone trustworthy, but they couldn’t afford to pay for anyone to come watch them, and they were much too young to walk the distance with her to get water. Just as it seemed that things would never get better, the family received word that they were going to receive a goat from The Hope Venture’s Goat Project! Goats are very resilient animals, so even while families like Montoi and David lost their livestock and income, goats can continue to help generate a source of income and nutrition.

The impact didn’t stop there! Because The Hope Venture’s partners had a relationship with the family, they arranged to help get the family a working toilet so they wouldn’t have to continue using the nearby bushes filled with diseases. As a result, this has minimized flies around the house and reduced the likelihood that the family would become ill from disease. The nearby neighbors have even been benefiting from the toilet, helping to reduce the amount of human waste that people in the community are exposed to. Not only this, but they are also able to access clean water provided by The Hope Venture and its partners, so Montoi no longer has to spend long hours away from her children gathering water.

With these benefits, the family is better set up and empowered to rebuild their life that was stolen from them. The children can laugh and play and be kids knowing that their most basic needs aren’t something they need to worry about. Montoi’s outlook on life has also greatly improved. With the support and assistance she and her family received she is confident that they won’t suffer from that immense of poverty again. Montoi and David want to focus on utilizing the gifts they’ve been entrusted with to help generate income on their farm, rebuilding a business that they lost. They know that other challenges will arise, but they are able to face them knowing that they have not only a good herd of goats to sustain them, but a community to walk alongside them.

To impact more families like Montoi’s, donate to our Water & Sanitation Projects today!


Bharath & Revanth

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Providing a Meal and a Presence.

Nagaveni and Ravikumar were a married couple who were diligently raising two sons. The eldest is Bharath who studies in eighth grade and his younger brother Revanth studies a grade below him. Both of their parents were hard-working people, often doing manual labor jobs to get by. Up until a few years ago, the family was able to get by even with minimal income. They were putting food on the table, and the boys were fortunately able to get an education. However, Ravikumar, their father, developed another relationship and eventually left his family to go and live with the other woman.

As a result, Nagaveni not only lost her husband and was dealing with the pain of a broken relationship, but she became the sole care-giver and provider for her two growing boys. She had to come up with a solution to paying all the bills on her own, putting food on the table, and making sure her children could continue to pursue their education. This left the family devastated and the boys grappled with the fact that their father no longer wanted to be part of their family. They not only lost their main provider of income and stability, but they also lost the emotional connection and love they once felt from their dad.

Nagaveni had to start a new job working as a housekeeper in order to make ends meet, which left her less available to be a mom to her boys. Since Nagaveni worked at houses from the early morning until late in the evening, it was not feasible for her to get back home and feed the boys in the afternoon after they were finished with school. She wished desperately that someone could come alongside her and help her with just being a safe person for her sons to be around. With their dad out of the picture, it became even more necessary for them to have father figures in their life, and even mother figures since Nagaveni was working so many late hours.

Thankfully, the boys had been regularly attending a feeding program at one of The Hope Venture’s local feeding centers where they could play, eat, and learn computer skills. The Hope Venture provided relief for Nagaveni and for the boys, allowing them to eat an afternoon meal and continue their education even after school was out for the day. The boys are now under the supervision of trusted adults at the feeding center, so they are able to feel safe and learn while their mom works. Even though their family is still in the process of being rebuilt, and their financial burden is not completely alleviated, the people at the feeding center are able to provide a meal and a presence. And most of the time, that’s really what people need.

To impact more kids like Bharath & Revanth, donate to our India Feeding Centers Project today!



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Hope After a Life-Changing Accident.

James is a highly disciplined, organized, and passionate student. He enjoys his studies in school, and takes pride in his education. He dreams of completing his education thoroughly and getting a well-paying job so that he can better support his family with being the first-born son. James was diligently pursuing his dreams, until one day they came to a crashing halt. His father got in a bad accident, which left him in a vegetative state for a long period of time. For a season, he was in a coma and his family feared he wouldn’t wake up. Thankfully, his father did wake up, but ever since his life has never been the same. His father was not able to walk after the accident, and to this day he crawls everywhere to get around. His father’s accident was life-changing for James and his family.

He was unable to focus on his studies as diligently as before, with the weight of having to help provide financially for his family hanging over him daily. He began to carry the heavy burden of his family, knowing that he needed to provide for them since his dad couldn’t anymore. He also began to worry how he would continue to pay for his schooling. James still did his best to show up to class on time and maintain his commitment to his education. During this time, James got connected to The Hope Venture. We were able to bring hope to James and come alongside him by connecting him with a sponsor who would cover his school fees. James is now connected to people who care about him, and he lives with relief of not having to worry about the fees of school. While the pain of his dad’s accident still lingers over him, he can continue his education without the financial burden.

To impact more students like James, donate to our Student Sponsorship Project today!



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Moments of Turnaround Joy.

Robert is a hardworking, diligent student at Lodwar Boys National School. He gets along well with his classmates, often showing up as a leader for other students and even holds the title of “Dormitory Captain.” Robert’s parents divorced years ago, and he currently lives with his father. His father is an older, illiterate man. His elderly condition has left him more vulnerable and he does not have the strength to meet all the basic needs of his family. As a result, Robert struggled with peace of mind when it came to his studies. He did not have enough school fees to continue his studies, making it a difficult environment for him to continue pursuing education. Every day he struggled feeling distracted in school and worried that he would get pulled out of class for not having the bill paid.

Thankfully, Robert was able to get connected to The Hope Venture’s Student Sponsorship Project. We were able to come alongside Robert in helping cover his school fees. Not only is his education covered, but he now has books, pens, and school uniforms, so he is fully equipped to continue pursuing his studies. He now has peace knowing that there are resources around him and people who will help him and his family.

The Hope Venture has a saying called, “motaj” which means “moments of turnaround joy.” This means that we are all givers and also receivers, so we can turn around and give joy to someone else. Even though Robert lives in a vicious cycle of poverty and wasn’t able to pay for his school fees on his own, he experienced the joy of receiving financial help and love. In the future, Robert wants to become a doctor and help the community around him and give back to those who’ve supported and been a blessing to him. What a beautiful example of motaj.

To impact more students like Robert, donate to our Student Sponsorship Project today!



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Empowering People to Empower Others.

Anbuselvan is a twelfth grade student who excels in his studies at Don Bosco School in India. He is the middle child in his family, and has an older sister who is married and a younger sister who is studying just a few grades younger than him. His father works for a building construction company and earns a daily wage doing heavy labor. Anbuselvan’s mother works as a housewife, but the family’s main source of income comes from their father. Although money was tight, they were still able to get by and provide for Anbuselvan’s education and put food on the table.

However, when COVID-19 started, the world collectively faced the impact of a global pandemic. Things shut down, life was depressing and scary, and there were so many unknowns for everyone. Sadly, Anbuselvan’s father caught Covid, and he became very sick from the virus. He did not have the strength to work and had to stay in bed for multiple days on end. The sheer unknown of the virus was bad enough, but the family also worried about how they were going to pay for Anbuselvan’s school fees. As time went on his father continued to suffer each day in bed, and the family became increasingly panicked over their deep financial crisis. It brought them all to tears just thinking about the children not being able to continue their studies, especially because education was a pathway to a different life.

During this time, they were able to get connected to The Hope Venture and Anbuselvan received a scholarship to continue his studies! He was greatly relieved to be able to continue his education since it was something he was excelling in and becoming passionate about. He now desires to graduate from college and pursue a degree in business so he can learn how to support his family better. He also has a desire to help bring financial aid to other students like himself so that they can feel better equipped in pursuing their education. His experience in struggling with the impact of COVID-19 is not unique, but the way he responded to the financial help that he received is. What a beautiful example of empowering people to then go and empower others.

To impact more students like Anbuselvan, donate to our India Scholarships Project today!



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Making a Difference in One Life and Inspiring Dreams for Others.

Francis Kathitu lives in Mathare, which is the second-largest slum in Kenya. It is packed with people, highly dangerous, and is extremely impoverished. He’s one of 58 sponsored students there, and has proven to be industrious, intelligent, and joy-filled. He has dreams of pursuing higher education, and even to help in educating others in the future. He is also a natural-born leader, one that other students in his school look up to because of his discipline in school. While Francis had big dreams, achieving them was quickly proving to be impossible. He comes from a single-parent family and has an older brother and a younger sister. His siblings were both born from different fathers, and Francis has never known his own father.

His family situation has been difficult for him in many ways. With his father not in his life, it was a struggle for his mother to raise her children. She was a single mom, just trying to do the best she could to find any means of income for her family. Because of the pressure and expectations on her, she found a means of paying for food and rent through prostitution. For some time, this was income that was life-saving, but eventually, Francis’s mother contracted various diseases. 

These diseases were so detrimental to her body that her condition deteriorated and she was unable to continue working in order to provide for her family. As a result, she had to relocate to the countryside, and Francis and his siblings were unable to continue living in their home. Francis used to be sent home from school due to not being able to pay the necessary fees, which over time had accumulated to 45 thousand Kenya shillings ($316). Francis used to lie to his principal, saying that his mother would bring money in the future, and would ask if he could stay in class that day. Most of the time, the principal would get upset and send him away from school, causing Francis to miss most of his lessons and fall behind. On top of missing class, his school uniform was in tatters, and the sandals he owned were a gift from one of his teachers who noticed he needed some.

Thanks to our partnership with Fanuel in Mathare, we were able to find Francis a sponsor who has committed to paying his school fees, so he never has to worry about being sent home again. Included in his sponsorship was two school uniforms and a pair of shoes, so he did not have to worry about his school attire moving forward. As a result, he did better in school and was greatly improving in both his education and home life. He even was able to score a B+ grade in the school exams! Through sponsorship, his self-esteem was improving, and his dreams were becoming more of a possible reality.

Francis dreams of becoming a high school teacher who can make a difference in other students’ lives like his. He is now achieving good grades, making it realistic to dream of a career involving engineering or architecture. His ultimate dream is to help his family and the community around him, making a difference in the lives of students who come from families like his…so that they can now dream as he does.

To impact more students like Francis, donate to our Student Sponsorship Project today!



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Making an Impact for Change and Providing Relief.

Flavia is a pleasant, imaginative, and bright first-grade student. She loves studying math and science and enjoys normal kid things, like coloring and dancing. Her parents, Francis and Linda, raised her as an only child in their devout Christian family. Her father is a small entrepreneur, but he struggles to fulfill their basic needs through his business. His dream was to sustain his family and his business, while also trying to find a way to ensure Flavia had a good education. Recently, with inflation so high it made it difficult to invest in Flavia’s education and provide for the family at the same time. Although he wanted to do it on his own and find a way through entrepreneurship, things were just too difficult. So Francis did one of the hardest things to do: he asked for help. Francis reached out to our partners in India, asking them for help to assist in providing finances for Flavia’s education.

As a result of Francis taking the bold step in reaching out, Flavia was able to get a school backpack and other school supplies from our Backpack Project. Her parents were thankful that The Hope Venture could come alongside their family in providing aid for her education. She has dreams of being a scientist in the future and is very disciplined in her studies. Francis and Linda recognize The Hope Venture’s role in positively impacting the growth of not only their daughter but the community around them.

To impact more students like Flavia, donate to our Backpack Project today!



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Hope for a Better Life Through Education.

Maiser Jahan is an eight-year-old girl who benefits from one of The Hope Venture’s India NFE (Non Formal Education) Centers. The NFE project was created to have schools established in impoverished areas to encourage children like Maiser to improve their chance for a formal education. India has not counted their citizens living in extreme poverty in a census since 2011. People who are living in these conditions are not cared for by society, and are left to pick up the pieces of their lives with the little they have. The NFE project strives to acknowledge the people who are impacted by poverty, and give them a chance at a different path.

In 2010, her parents found that they could not earn enough in their village to feed their children, so they migrated from Bengal to Delhi in an effort to keep their family afloat. Their main source of income relied on collecting garbage, in addition to Maiser Jahan’s mom working as a maid. Her father knew the value of education, as he struggled with being illiterate, and dreamed of his children having a different life. Their economic situation was so difficult that they fell below the poverty line. Between the two of them, they earned roughly one hundred USD per month, a small salary for a family of six. Due to this small salary, luxuries such as going to school, having nice clothing, and new toys were not things that her family could afford.

The family struggled so immensely that Maiser even recalls playing in mud and waste as a child. She grew her imaginative spirit by making up stories with her broken dolls and old utensils. Despite these challenges, being part of The Hope Venture’s NFE program has greatly improved her education, and given her a pathway toward a better life. She loves learning to speak English in her classes, and even tries to introduce herself in English to anyone she meets! Her teacher, Ms Sweata, encourages her to continue learning and says she is a very bright student. Despite the challenging upbringing for Maiser and her siblings, she continues to dream of a better future for her life, and dreams of becoming a police inspector to make a difference in her local community. To this day, the NFE project continues to invest in Maiser’s education in the midst of a society that has deemed her not worthy of investment.

To impact more students like Maiser, donate to our India Non-Formal Schools today!