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As you read this you may wonder about our Ukraine efforts, we are still at the border every day and meeting refugees! Other areas of our work continue. One thing we struggle with as a mission is to be able to feed our kids. The commonality in marginalized places and success is usually adequate nutrition. 

One thing, that all of us parents have in common is the concern about whether our children get enough food. It starts as soon as they are born. We worry about whether our babies get enough food, we worry when baby food is spat out. Even when our kids are older we worry every time they poke at the food while growing up and sometimes seem to just not eat.

Do they eat enough? Do they eat often enough? Do they eat healthy enough? This is something that every parent must go through, but there is an important difference. You and I always have food to give our kids. Deep down, we know they will never starve.

Theese are some of the reasons we prioritize school lunches as we do. 

Every school day, we serve breakfast and lunch to 1,500 children in Kenya alone! That means tens of thousands more across the globe!

Watch our co-worker Joseph from Kenya, tell you what the school lunch means to him and his family.



The reality for many parents in Ghana, Kenya, and Haiti is different. There are days when they can not give their child as much as a grain of rice.
Our sometimes exaggerated concern is their grim, heartbreaking reality. Star of Hope's school lunch is their salvation for many.

It saves children from their hunger and frees their parents from their despair. In addition, school meals ensure that our investments in education are not wasted. Not even a prodigy can keep up with the lesson if the stomach is empty. Children need the energy from food to learn, and our school kitchens make sure they get it. We have done the right thing by investing in school food - but we must invest more.

I want to ensure that no child in our schools goes hungry in a single day. With food in their stomachs, they have at our schools the conditions to become educated and shape their own future.

I feel it is the children's right and the parents' dream.

What I want you to do now is click on one of the links below and help us with just one of the nearly 20,000 meals we give daily.

Join us and provide lunches to kids. Turn the dream of food into reality. Become a lunch buddy.

Think you can do more? Become a crowdfunding team leader and give lunches as a group.

Text "lunch" to 71777 if you prefer and see what happens.

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Thank you! 

Mark Presson

 

 

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For 30 years, Star of Hope has fought for children with disabilities in Eastern Europe. During the coldest months of the year, people are hit by mother nature and extra hard by freezing temperatures. All while lacking reliable heat sources. That is why we are looking for new sponsors who can extend a hand to these children!

We are proud of all the change that has taken place, but we are not done yet! The children still need us. During the coldest months of the year, we need to provide extras for the hardest-hit families and children.
In addition, the troubled situation in east Europe has led to increased challenges for them and their families. Many have lost important rehabilitation possibilities when their day center is forced to close. Others never even get access to the rehab training they so desperately need. We want to help more and more!

Therefore, we are looking for new sponsors who can extend a hand to these children. 

Please consider becoming a sponsor for the work in Romania!

Not a single child with a disability should be forced to live locked up in an institution! That's what we said 30 years ago, and that's how it has turned out. Today we receive these children at our day centers where they get help with everything from cognitive therapy to physiotherapy and speech pedagogy. We run support associations for the children's guardians and work actively with opinion formation to change the public's attitudes. With your help, we form a society where these children can and dare to move openly in society.

Become a sponsor for the work in Latvia!
Here we work to improve the situations for children and young people with disabilities and their families. As a Latvian sponsor, you also support vulnerable families living on a subsistence level in cramped, run-down cottages and apartments. With your help, we can give them food stamps, clothes, and shoes and pull them in when they are unable to pay the electricity bill or rent.

Become a sponsor for the work in Belarus!
Here you are helping to improve the life situation for children with disabilities. You support groups for the children's parents and daycare activities where Star of Hope gives the children love, knowledge, and respect. Through activities, excursions, and summer camps, the children get a chance to get out into the community.


You also help us to change the attitudes of healthcare professionals, politicians, and society at large towards children with disabilities. One of Star of Hope’s goals is for all these children to become integrated into society, to be able to go to the local school and be allowed to live with their family instead of being placed in an institution.

Please consider becoming a sponsor for the work then click here.

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Yesterday, I walked outside my garage and looked to the left and right at all the houses. I was thinking they have not been bombed, they are not on fire and people are not running out carrying with them only their most precious belongings and perhaps even a child.
 
I was one of the first "Star of Hope" employees to visit Ukraine in 1993 when we started rehabilitation camps for children affected by cancer because of the Chernobyl disaster as well as give hospital equipment and coordinate the exchange of knowledge for doctors. 
 
The children we helped then are adults today, and we still have contact with many of them now that they are fleeing for their lives. Some of them are fleeing for their lives carrying their children under their arms. The men leave the wives, mothers, and children to fight a war with blood and death. Then children separated from their parents on purpose just to hopefully gain passage to a haven.
 
Star of Hope is continuing its disaster fundraising efforts to help war-torn civilians on the ground in Ukraine.  "We must help. The families of Ukraine have been our friends for over 30 years.
 
Star of Hope's commitment to Ukraine gained momentum in 1993 when it started a rehabilitation camp for children affected by cancer due to the Chernobyl disaster.  From 1991 to 2021, the Star of Hope also conducted aid operations in Russia.  It cuts to the heart when we have close friends on both sides of a conflict. We exist for the civilian victims, regardless of their nationality.
 
When people are forced to flee their homes, urgent needs arise for the most basic items. It's about food, water, clothes, medicines, and a roof over your head. Our long-standing relationship with Ukraine and its people gives us unique opportunities to act quickly and reach out with targeted efforts.
 
Right now, on the southwest border of Ukraine, Star of Hope Romania’s social workers and staff are meeting refugees. They have open arms and hearts and even small gifts for the children.  Two trucks loaded with relief supplies have left Star of Hope Sweden bound for Ukraine's western border, with one more truck planned. Star of Hope's Ukrainian partners is waiting for the much-needed materials. The plan is to move the supplies to several smaller vehicles and then attempt to get into Ukraine to reach families on the run. The relief materials need to be replenished and the list of needs is long. 
 
In the future goods and equipment will be purchased in Romania. The goods are planned to be transported across the border to Ukraine. As the prices in Romania are lower than in Western Europe, a donation can go a long way.
 
We will take in refugees at Star of Hope Romania locations which are on-site at the border of Ukraine to receive the women and children who are forced to leave their husbands/fathers and flee the war. We have earmarked three of our Romanian child support centers and centers for children with disabilities located in Iasi, Murgeni, and Dorohoi. These centers will be converted into shelters for families on the run. One center will remain concentrated on children with disabilities as that is a special competence we have in Romania. Here, too, financing is needed to house, feed, and support families for as long as is needed.
 
 
Star of Hope, together with its international Star of Hope members, has worked since 1970 to give children a good start in life. The focus is on education, food, water, and the rehabilitation of children with disabilities. The goal is to give help in a Gospel-centered way. Star of Hope aid reaches ninety continuously supported projects in five continents. In the USA, Star of Hope is located in Ellinwood, Kansas.

 

Here are different ways to give a gift to support the people of Ukraine
 

* Visit www.starofhope.us click on the banner

* On mobile phone text "helpukraine" to "41444"  
* Send a Check to Star of Hope, PO Box 427, Ellinwood, KS, 67530-
For questions, contact: Mark Presson at 620 204 1864 
 
 
 

Welcome to 2022!

God is good all the time and all the time God is good.


The year 2021 ended well for our projects and our outlook for 2022 is positive. Despite the many natural and political disasters we endured, God saw us through it all. Our donors stayed true to their giving commitments and our project workers stayed the course to provide services to our children and their families. With your generosity, Christmas was a joyful and blessed time for our children. TOGETHER we made this world a better place in 2021. Let's do it again in 2022!

Highlight Kenya

Thank you for caring about the well-being of our children and communities. Through your generous support, we have been able to continue to provide the 10 o'clock porridge and 12- noon lunch to 1,400 children across our four school projects in Kenya. Thank you for your great support.

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Our vegetable farm in Mikindani, Kenya has continued to produce vegetables for both lunches in the school feeding program and to sell to the local people.

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The sale of vegetables generates income to support school programs.

The October Pastoral Care Program was all about leadership training for teachers, parents, and staff from all the Star of Hope Kenya School projects. The two-day training was facilitated by Pastor Tobias Odipo and His wife Natalie Odipo. The theme of the session was, "How to raise children to become Godly children". They taught about connecting children to God through teaching them how to love and care for others.

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Technology lessons have become a main and integral part of the learning experience in our schools. Through your support, our children are now enhancing their learning experience by using the computers in our schools to complete tasks.

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God has been good to multiply the works of our hands and your generous hearts.

God bless you, and thank you again for everything you do!

Support the work with a one time gift

 

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Press Release 3 8 22

Star of Hope USA Opens Its Disaster Account for Ukraine.

Star of Hope is continuing its disaster fundraising efforts to help war-torn civilians on the ground in Ukraine.  "We must help. The families of Ukraine have been our friends for over 30 years," says Star of Hope CEO Mark Presson.

Star of Hope's commitment to Ukraine gained momentum in 1993, when it started a rehabilitation camp for children affected by cancer due to the Chernobyl disaster.  From 1991 to 2021, the Star of Hope also conducted aid operations in Russia.  “It cuts to the heart when we have close friends on both sides of a conflict.” Presson states. “We exist for the civilian victims, regardless of their nationality.”

Presson also notes, “When people are forced to flee their homes, urgent needs arise for the most basic items. It's about food, water, clothes, medicines, and a roof over your head. Our long-standing relationship with Ukraine and its people gives us unique opportunities to act quickly and reach out with targeted efforts.”

Right now, on the southwest border of Ukraine, Star of Hope Romania’s social workers and staff are meeting refugees. They have open arms and hearts and even small gifts for the children.  Two trucks loaded with relief supplies have left Star of Hope Sweden bound for Ukraine's western border, with one more truck planned. Star of Hope's Ukrainian partners are waiting for the much-needed materials. The plan is to move the supplies to several smaller vehicles and then attempt to get into Ukraine to reach families on the run. The relief materials need to be replenished and the list of needs is long.

In the future goods and equipment will be purchased in Romania. The goods are planned to be transported across the border to Ukraine. As the prices in Romania are lower than in Western Europe, a donation can go a long way.

Presson promises, “We will take in refugees at Star of Hope Romania locations which are on-site at the border of Ukraine to receive the women and children who are forced to leave their husbands/fathers and flee the war. We have earmarked three of our Romanian child support centers and centers for children with disabilities located in Iasi, Murgeni, and Dorohoi. These centers will be converted into shelters for families on the run. One center will remain concentrated on children with disabilities as that is a special competence we have in Romania.”  Here, too, financing is needed to house, feed, and support families for as long as is needed.

Star of Hope, together with its international Star of Hope members, has worked since 1970 to give children a good start in life. The focus is on education, food, water, and the rehabilitation of children with disabilities. The goal is to give help in a Gospel-centered way. Star of Hope aid reaches ninety continuously supported projects in five continents. In the USA, Star of Hope is located in Ellinwood, Kansas.

Here are different ways to give a gift to support the people of Ukraine

* Visit www.starofhope.us click on the banner

* On mobile phone text "helpukraine" to "41444" 

* Visit pay pal 

* Send a Check to Star of Hope, PO Box 427, Ellinwood, KS, 67530-

For questions, contact:

Mark Presson at 620 204 1864 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can also contact Kay Metsger at 503 936 4521 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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In some countries, one dollar is a lot of cash! One dollar can feed a hungry child.

Greetings and thank you for being a friend to the children and families we support. As you at this last-minute consider the charitable gifts you will make to close out the year, I ask you to please remember Star of Hope and our work on behalf of children across the world.

Now 2021 is quickly coming to an end and 2022 will be here before we know it. We get caught up in end-of-year activities and we forget about making year-end gifts.
These gifts, large or small, are important to us. They allow our work to blossom and the return on investment is seen in the children's eyes.

Looking over your charitable giving plans, between now and Dec. 31, can help assure maximum benefits for you and your family as well as Star of Hope. Giving sometimes helps you meet personal goals as well as spiritual goals.

There are many ways you can make a gift before the end of the year that will provide you with valuable benefits and help further the work.
These benefits include tax savings for some on this year's return and bypass of capital gains tax on the sale of your property.
Here are some options for year-end giving:

A. Make a deductible gift of cash

While all gifts mailed or hand-delivered by Dec. 31 qualify for the charitable deduction, gifts of cash are the most common and the easiest way to give. If you itemize your tax deductions, gifts of cash are deductible up to 50 percent of your adjusted gross income (AGI).

B. Make a deductible gift of securities

Making gifts of stocks, bonds, and/or mutual funds directly to Star of Hope can bring extra tax savings. If you have held such assets longer than one year, the gift can be deducted at full fair market value, not just the original cost. Giving this way enables you to bypass capital gains tax. Gifts of securities are deductible up to 30 percent of AGI. Please ask your expert.

C. Make a deductible gift of real estate and avoid taxes

If you own appreciated real estate that you no longer need, consider gifting this property to Star of Hope for the benefit of your personal cause whether it is; education, health, spiritual leadership, or other. Star of Hope will sell your property tax-free, and you will receive a charitable tax deduction for the fair market value of the property and avoid paying capital gains tax.

D. Give crops or leases

Are you a farmer or perhaps in the oil patch? You can give away those items, (oil or crops) to help children perpetually and you can call the shots!.

 

Now is also a good time to review your estate plan, as well as ask, will you leave a legacy?

Many want to make an impact on the world, to leave it in a better state after we are gone. A bequest is one of the easiest ways to have a lasting impact on the people and organizations that mean the most to you. You can create a bequest of any dollar amount, gift specific property, or designate a percentage of your estate in your will or trust.
Ten percent can make a big impact. Your generosity will make a difference for years to come.

These are but a few examples of what we plan for the New Year;

• Continue with our core: education, feeding, healthcare, and community development

• Use our core to effectively spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ 

• Get more youth bibles in children's hands

• Water wells in Haiti and Argentina

• New buildings at schools 

• Expand Awana International partnerships to new countries

• Enhanced nutrition for our kids

• Training and services to families caring for children with disabilities

• Teacher training

• Economic opportunities for people in Haiti and Argentina

• Alpha classes all over the world

• Lunch program always is needed and hard to fund

• Christian classes for young men and women in the Philippines to learn Biblical respect for the sexes 

• Doing the Great Commission.

 Please pray for our children and our mission and, if needed, ask your accountant if a donation can benefit your situation.

 

Contact Mark Presson on 1 866 653 0321 for more information on year-end gifts.

God Bless you and yours and Happy New Year

Mark Presson CEO

Star of Hope

 

Please pray and consider a year-end gift, donate here.

 

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