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This month I want to talk about a concurrent global pandemic………………...food insecurity. In the US alone, close to 10% of all Americans will experience food insecurity in 2021. COVID-19 has only exacerbated the existing shortage, affecting food chains, supply, and distribution. We pray that these issues will resolve with time, but it takes the coordination of communities, faith-based organizations, food banks, and non-profits, all working together.


Globally, the world is in much more dire straights, as 26% of its population experience some degree of food insecurity. This is unacceptable. Many countries do not have the available infrastructure to grow, store and distribute food to the most vulnerable.


In Africa, there are places where the number is even higher (40 or 50 percent). And in Asia, 30 to 40 percent and so on. Eleven, 11% of the world’s population is undernourished, this means they have a caloric intake below minimum energy requirements. Their bodies are stunted or damaged, that's about 820 million people globally. We are talking about our fellow citizens of this planet, men, women, and children, just like you and I. Moreover, 22% of children in the malnourished column, younger than five are ‘stunted’ – they are significantly shorter than the average for their age, as a consequence of poor nutrition or repeated infection.

Nine percent, 9% of the world population – around 697 million people – are severely food insecure.
One-in-four people globally – 1.9 billion – are moderately or severely food insecure. Remember the number in the USA is One-in-ten!

As for helping those kids, moms & dads, and even grandmothers outside of the USA, that's what Star of Hope International does; we do that. We are the boots on the ground, serving the most basic of human needs, food, water, and education.
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If you want to help children outside the US, we desire to partner with you, your generous gifts. We want to give kids school lunch! You see, we educate more than 20,000 children and they need a good school lunch to learn. So we want and need people like you who share our vision to feed them. We want to give kids freshwater to safely drink, cook, bathe and irrigate crops/water livestock.

But that is not the important part, the important part is our kids, all of them, get to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Please help us spread the good news, through meeting basic needs, food, water, education, and a gospel message of HOPE.

BE THE HOPE they receive! Please give HOPE!
Join us, we want you.

Mark Presson

Friends, in the United States, February brings gifts of Valentine flowers and candy. Valentine’s Day spending in the United States is expected to reach approximately 22 billion dollars this year. The gifts exchanged in love are a testament to the fact that we are financially blessed far beyond most of the world. In places like Ghana, Kenya, Haiti, and others, food is in dire need; flowers would be a terrible waste of money when they need food.

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People like you make it possible for us to help the children we do every day. Our kids need to be fed and educated so they can hear the good news of the Bible, and thanks to you, Star of Hope is still supporting and helping children hear the Gospel.

The year 2020 was challenging for many organizations, and we were blessed, so we continue to be a blessing to others. We have been fortunate, but we are just barely covering our expenses. Our man, Tony B in Haiti, who oversees 3600 children and their education reports,

“Due to currency shifts, Star of Hope Haiti has 22% less money to work with than a year ago. Food prices have risen by over 20% during 2020. Star of Hope sponsored schools in Haiti have never had to work so hard just to be sure the children’s basic food needs are met. This increase is not the same old inflation. It is above and beyond that due to Covid and politics. The costs are astronomical.”

January and February are typically the most challenging months for us to raise funds. Funds are needed to continue feeding and caring for the children.
Please show your love for the children this Valentine’s month. Step into the post-Christmas giving gap. We don’t want to get behind in our funds for the schools and feeding the students. They are too precious to us.

 

Step-in and fill the giving gap. You are needed.


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

GIVE HERE

Mark Presson
CEO Star of Hope - 866 653 0321
www.starofhope.us

Greetings,

Children are happy and safe, because of YOU! Happy New Year!

We have good news from Gilbert Ochieng, Operations Director - Star of Hope Kenya...

Schools resumed for all our children on the 4th of January 2021. On the first day of school, we reported a 98% turnout of our pupils across our three school projects. This happened while many public and private schools across the country were recording as low as 45% pupil turnout in the first week of schools reopening. The Ministry of Education in the country attributed the low turnout to high levels of school dropouts brought about by teenage pregnancies, depression, and drug abuse.

Dear friends, our children reporting back to school in large numbers is not a coincidence. These are the results of your dedication to supporting the Pastoral Care Program to help our children deal with their spiritual, mental, and physical needs.

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We had four pastoral care meetings in November and December with our children being facilitated by our counselor, Mrs. Lydia Ngigi. We spent time with our children and followed up on the main issues highlighted in their personal journals. These issues included;

1. Handling abusive parents- Mrs. Lydia called upon all the boys and demonstrated to them how to handle abusive parents using positive energy and response to their parents 'abusive behavior. The boys were more than happy to get this eye-opening knowledge from the counselor.

2. Drug Abuse- Mrs. Lydia guides our children on how to respond to peer pressure to indulge in drug abuse. During the Christmas Party of 2020, an ex-student named Duncan was invited to talk to the children. He motivated them with his personal experience. “I decided to join a gang of teenage boys from my slum village. We got ourselves involved in drug abuse, sexual activities, and robbing civilians. It wasn’t long before I was arrested and put in prison for three years. Thank God for Pastor Gilbert who gave spiritual guidance during my time in prison which really helped me reform. I am now a free boy and really look forward to helping others. I, therefore, advise you to talk to your elders about your mental issues so that you can be helped and not find yourself in the same situation I was in."

3. Self- worth- With the knowledge that our children come from very destitute backgrounds, Mrs. Lydia continues to build on the area of self-worth in our children. Some feel insubstantial because of their backgrounds. The counselor reminds them how much God and the Star of Hope family loves and cares for them.

MOVING FORWARD INTO 2021 Since all schools' operations have officially resumed in 2021, we have planned 2 meetings every month for the pastoral care program in Mikindani and Jimba. We look forward to continuing to provide guidance and self-care packages to our children. This program has become a vital part of our children's well-being during this pandemic. We thank you so much for your awesome support in this program.

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God Bless you. - Gilbert Ochieng, Operations Director - Star of Hope Kenya That is great news from Kenya! Please continue to support our work. We can all see that it really does make a difference!

Thank you and God Bless, Mark Presson CEO Star of Hope - 620-564-3355

Together this year, we experienced the joy and accomplishment of changing children’s lives and spreading the Gospel.

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We also kept feeding programs open, feeding kids and families. 

We were able to restart closed programs. Some helped the kids with emotional and psychological pressure due to the pandemic.

Most of our schools found a way to keep the educational process going.

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Our donors have kept our budget above the water line, thank you so much as we know this was never to be taken for granted. You are not taken for granted and we bless you!

More wells were drilled and funded.

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This year our year-end giving will be used primarily to shore up our budget where it is most needed, for new much-needed water wells in Haiti and for supporting our new Awana International project and opening AWANA in Kenya. 

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Your year-end gift is not a one time deal, it is a hand up, and together with others like you, your gift has the potential to make thousands of boys and girls happy and feel the love. 

Giving them joy by showing them love can create a positive change in the children and ultimately a whole community. It will, I bet, make you feel warm and fuzzy inside too.

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Please consider Star of Hope for your year-end giving, just click here.

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Rich Blessings and thanks!

Mark Presson CEO

 

 

Did you know that...

18 landerThanks to you, Star of Hope works in 15 countries around the world.

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Also because of people like you, more than 30,000 children receive education and care through Star of Hope.

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