I'm trying to clean up the last bits and pieces from my trip to Argentina last November. There is always some little things left: a short note that is not finished or some video that are not edited correctly. But now I think I have tied it all together. I hope so anyway.
After 30 years of hard work in and around Saenz Pena by Kenth Johansson and Alba, their sons and staff the work really begin to give accurate results that delight. Initially, the work was to save lives by building houses, water systems, health clinics and more. The work has slowly evolved.
Now, increasingly, we see more young people receive vocational training through its own trade school, or they go to college and university through a scholarship from the Star of Hope and are trained as a teacher, nurse, accountant, police and other professions. Within a few years, the first lawyer will graduate from the minority group Qom (also called Toba, but are used less and less), great successes! The sponsors gifts and efforts have really given ever finer results. Many young boys are taught to play soccer in the soccer school, which also gives them a good hobby to get involved with.
Some pictures from Argentina:


Argentina
Star of Hope has worked in Argentina for 30 years among the poor indian tribes in the north of the country. Star of Hope have built houses, water systems, schools and supported the teachers and students. We have come a long way with many different projects to raise living standards for the vulnerable people. I hope the work can continue for years to come. It would be necessary.

It has been difficult for the tribe people to reach in to the community and higher education and employment. Closed racism and open racism inhibits them at many different levels. But more and more young people work their through better education, some with the support of Star of Hope. Good, it is necessary for them to show that they are knowledgeable, although most live under more basic conditions.

The Football school among the Indians the Star of Hope began in 2005 has created opportunities for young people with dreams and also reaped great success. More on that ina later entry.

In a few weeks there is election time in Argentina. Current president Christina Kirchner leads all polls. I do not think she has been especially good with the little I have followed in recent years, but there seems to be limited options if I understand correctly. I will try to follow it up a little more.


Some pictures from Argentina:


February 7, 2012 a team of three people from the Prince of Peace Parish, Great Bend, Kansas will travel to Haiti to learn what their churches donations have accomplished. The church in Great Bend has provided earthquake recovery funds to help a small rural parish.

Star of Hope was chosen to facilitate the relationship because our America office is close to Great Bend and our work on the ground in Haiti is well documented. For more than 30 years Star of Hope has worked in a partnership with local community based organizations in Haiti to help build a world where children become educated, healthy adults who are involved in their communities and share their love of Jesus Christ.

While we presently don't have a permanent relationship with the particular rural Haitian Parish we are happy to help make possible the relationship between Great Bend Kansas and that parish.

The team will be led by Barry Borror, President & CEO. While in Haiti the team will visit the rural parish, meet with the Priest and discuss possible ways to help each other. They will also see several Star of Hope partnership projects and get to interact with the children.

While in Haiti the team members will blog to keep you informed.

October 6th, 2011
third day of seminar session is another successful day; rich of learning lesson on management by Roland, workshop, presentation debate, questions, prayer and singing
Be part of star of hope work

Our purpose in Star of Hope isn't to raise money, it's to help kids. When a child grows up to become involved in their families, church and communities we have accomplished something great.

As we work with the most under-privileged children in remote areas it is a challenge to say the least. Areas where even the most basic of services, like running water are lacking, means creating programs that educate, promote wellness and help them discover Jesus are hard.

Our staff is ready, the teachers are there.  Unfortunately often I have to tell them that we simply don't have the resources to help make it happen. Maybe you can join us with a gift?

Barry Borror

President and CEO

 

Each new year is a chance to think about what is really important. As a Grandfather of three young girls, I find children come to mind as the most important thing after my faith.  The importance of equiping these precious girls for life cannot be underestimated. My son Huck and his wife Katty are doing a wonderful job as parents. As I watch my son raise his 3 beautiful girls, I also think about the tens of thousands of parents who have so little to offer their children. Across the world, in places I have visited and others I only read about, parents are unable to provide the things in their childs life that might make a difference. They often cannot afford even the tiny cost of sending their child to a school. I am glad I can be a part in helping them too, by working to provide schools, healthcare and the opportunity to hear the gospel. I can also help them by telling you about their plight.
Please consider joining in this effort this year. Sponsoring a child is so easy and yet makes such a difference. You can find out how to do this by clicking on the Give menu on our website.

May God Bless you Richly in 2012

Barry Borror
President & CEO 

 

Yesterday...schools opened all across Haiti thanks to the efforts of you and many others who helped in so many ways. Thank you for your continuous support to rebuilt this impoverished and suffering country.

4000 children at the Star of Hope supported schools were all ready for the new school year. The preschool teachers are newly trained and motivated.

This week Star of Hope is also having a management-training course for the village leaders and school principals. Everyone is excited to become better leaders.   
Let us all wish our friends in Haiti a very happy and successful school year.

Some pictures from various projects:


 

two water wells work now in jeanton, water is available in both wells, people are very happy to have water in the village, they used to walk 1 hours to get  water, they are very thankfull to star of hope donors.

For several millennia, Gran Chaco was a melting pot of different minority groups from all over the continent. "Chaco" roughly means hunting ground, the various groups helped each other to hunt. They drove up all the animals to a central point, they then let to the pregnant female animals and the young animals free again. Then killed off the rest. In colonial times, the Spaniards soon realzied to take over the area would not be particularly attractive: no metal extractions and the minority groups were as unfriendly as the climate.
In the late 1800s, the area explored in his major asset: QUEBRACHO forest. This special wood is very resistant and does not rot. A destruction of the forest began. The wood was used mainly for railway sleepers to lay the rails on but also to fuel the Argentine railway locomotives.
This destruction paved the way for the cotton farming boom of 1940 - and 1950's. In those days you could get two or three crops a year of the "white gold". Nowadays it is hardly profitable to harvest even once a year.
Gran Chaco's and Formosa provinces are the ones with the most inhabitants of the various indigenous minorities in Argentina.
Toba indians, also called Komlek or Qom belongs to the group called Guaraní and has a population of about 50,000 and is the largest in number of the various minority groups. They live mainly in the eastern Chaco province but also in Formosa province, and in the northern parts of the province of Santa Fe. Small groups Toba are also living in Salta and Buenos Aires provinces.
After the Toba came in contact with the Spaniards they began using horses and was known to fight hard against the Spaniards, and they expanded their areas of other indigenous groups' expense in the Chaco province.
Many of the indigenous groups living in groups in the country while others live in the suburbs of major cities like Resistencia where they live on manual labor and crafts: basket weaving, lerdrejning, woodcarving, and weaving.
Toba indians has a rich tradition of music, they play particular instruments like the fiddle nvik which is a small stringed instrument.

 

 

 

Star of Hope is proud to participate in global handwashing day! Our tippy tap education in Haiti following the cholera outbreak prevented deaths among the children in Boyer and Jeanton, Haiti.



For the little it costs, the tippy tap is one of the most effective health measures we can take. You can be a part of this intriguing health initiative. Even a small gift can provide soap for a family or a school. Check out the article we have posted on the website.

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ept 5th,2011
star of hope in partnership with Bue ridge Drilling Mission in haiti are going to install three hand water pumps in jeanton and Boyer project to provide safe drinking water to the schools kids and families. 3 water wells are already drilled 180 to 300 feet deep, now we are building water station concrete base to install hand pump soon.

Cristina F. de Kirchner got 53.96% of the votes in the Argentine presidential election in late October. It is the highest figure since the 1983 election. Has she proved herself so well the first four years, or was there no competition in the election? Electoral fraud perhaps?

Her big electoral victory surprised some. Two years ago she was very unpopular after she introduced grotesque export taxes on agriculture items. Then it was less than 30 percent of voters who thought she did a good job.

Christina Kirchner succeeded her husband Nestor in 2007 as the country's first female president. After her amazing comeback she has now also become the country's first re-elected female president.


Many wonder how the economy works. Bankruptcy terms 2001. Then theyreceived an incredible 81 billion USD in aid and loans. The loans, the country has had very difficult to repay, to the lenders' great despair. When the economic crisis took place there were large demonstrations, and there was also deeper divisions in the society. Many still suffer from the crisis.

In 2010 the economy grew by almost 10 percent and it looks to be similar numbers this year. Inflation is officially at 10-12 percent, but some analysts say the real inflation rate is 20-25 percent. Many also believe that the authorities manipulate the figures on all sides and edges to make them look good.

Argentina is Latin America's third largest economy and it is super power in terms of agricultural products. Argentina is the world's largest exporter of soya products and the world's second largest exporter of maize. They exported soya products for 20 billion USD last year and it accounted for more than a quarter of export earnings.

What does all this mean for the population? What does it mean for the Toba Indians that Star of Hope supported for 30 years? I hope to come up with some sensible answers during my trip to Argentina starting next week.

 

 

 

Disaster strikes in the Philippines again. Several typhoons and tropical storms have struck the main island of Luzon. 59 people have been killed. Tragic! Star of Hope project are ok this time as far as I know.

Infanta
I'm about to go through all the material from the last visit in the Philippines. I have many funny pictures from Inanta. Star of Hope school in Infanta on the east coast of the Philippine island of Luzon. The school and the village is "only" 138 miles from the office in Manila, but it takes the next four hours each way by car, the road is bad and tortuous.


The project came about after several typhoons and tropical storms in 2004 that destroyed a lot of land with more landslides as a result. Approximately 2,000 people died in the disaster. Star of Hope made ??several emergency relief actions and then they built several houses for poor families.


A few years ago Star of Hope built also a school in Infanta, which now offers primary school grades 1-5. From next year, we want to include 6th grade, plus preschool. Pre-schools must offered under a new regulation from the Ministry of Education. I really hope the Star of Hope can get the money needed to complete the school to the next academic year.


Some pictures from Infanta:

 

 17/8 New tables, chairs and benches had been already delivered to all priority schools we are supporting in Haiti, now star of hope is making new preschool classroom display shelves to be distributed soon in the 5 priority schools. it is preschool equupments that is why they look so colorfull

Haiti has the highest rate of cholera in the world a year after the disease first arrived in the country. Cholera has sickened more than 450,000 people in a nation of 10 million, or nearly 5 percent of the population, and killed more than 6,000.

At the anniversary of cholera's arrival in Haiti, it is also on the verge of becoming the leading cause of death by infectious disease in the Caribbean nation, according to health experts.

That's significantly more than the 100,000 to 300,000 cases documented annually in Bangladesh. The Democratic Republic of Congo sees 13,000 to 30,000 cases a year.

Cholera is likely to become endemic in Haiti, meaning it will become "native" to the country. It is very possible that it will be with Haiti for a very long time.

Haiti's has a status as the "most water insecure" country in the world, which means many people have insufficient access to clean water.

Haiti has long suffered from improper sanitation because of its poverty but sanitation conditions in the capital and other urban areas became much worse after last year's earthquake forced thousands of people to set up tents and basic shelters in public plazas, parks, soccer fields and other open areas.

The epidemic threatens to worsen as the year's second rainy season causes the disease to spread.

Also worsen the situation will be the withdrawal of humanitarian workers who leave because of a lack of funding. That means fewer drainage services and less maintenance on the latrines aid workers set up in the settlement camps.

It is absolutely important to improve Haiti's water system and sanitation. The use of education, water treatment and oral vaccines is also important.

Star of Hope actions

Star of Hope has supplied water treatment directly after the earthquake to Star of Hope projects to “secure” the water available.

After the cholera outbreak a year ago, Star of Hope started to give out the water purification and oral vaccine to the projects again. Star of Hope also informed the school leaders, teachers, children and community leaders about safe water and also about the cholera.

Star of Hope also started several water projects at the schools and communities that Star of Hope support, meaning digging wells, building water pumps, building reservoirs and more. Most schools and communities now have easy access to safe water.

Currently Star of Hope is trying to raise funds together with Swedish agriculture magazine LAND to raise funds for water pipes in Hesse. If we can complete this, we will have water at the school in Hesse. This is great for the children and staff; they will have access to safe water for drinking, cooking and sanitation at the premises.

If you would like to donate money for this or any water project please contact Star of Hope. The importance of access to safe water has never been more obvious in Haiti.  

I saw close up with my own eyes people of all ages suffering of this terrible disease last year. A couple of pictures from a hospital and Star of Hope actions below:

 

Philippines

About 1.37 million out of Luzon's 48 million residents were still struggling with floodwaters on Saturday. About 142,000 of the flood victims are staying in state-run evacuation camps, with churches, schools and gymnasiums being cleared to take in more people who could be displaced by the next approaching typhoon (s).

Neither the Star of Hope projects nor the children that we support have be damaged or injured so far. Good news during these difficult times in Philippines.

I have been to Philippines during such difficult weather conditions several times. The toughest was in year 2000 when a couple of typhoons hit Manila badly. The “trashslide” at the garbage dump in Payatas killed hundreds of people and Star of hope assisted in disaster relief and then also long-term development work.

A couple of pictures from Payatas:


 

 August 15 Today the reality comes true for people in Jeanton,  Blue Ridge drilling Mission came with giant drilling truck to drill the water well that the population is expecting so long. They drilled the well in the school yard 160 feet deep and the water  will be very potable and will have good test. Blue ridge promises to make laboratory test  before installing the pump in three weeks from now. The need time to get the place dry before pouring concrete to build the pumping slab to install the pump.  It was a great day for Jeanton population to see drilling the well and see the precious liquid coming up from the ground.  The water is a blessing, it will  bring hope to continue living with joy  dignity, and courage said Paul Raymond  80 years old, guardian of jeanton  school more than 25 years The second well will be drilled tomorrow in the community about 200 meters from the school. Again and again the population will never stop sending thank to E-Team for water well in Jeanton   that means a lot for them.

Tony

I see children whose parents love them and agonize over their future in every country where we have projects. They understand that education, family and God are the hope for the future. Star of Hope is one way that makes it possible.

We have the programs, material and dedicated people. When our donors give their gift they provide the fuel that makes it all work.     

Together with the child's family we all make a difference. Thank you. 


 Sept 30th 2011.
This week is a busy week for schools staff to didtribute schools books to kids attending SOH schools in Haiti. more than 4 thousands received books, Jean Vital received about 5 books to start 5th grade to start new school year next coming monday, October 3rd. Children and parents appreciate very much book support and are very thankfull to all Star of hope support

 July 22, 2011 Pauline is about 2  years old received toothpaste and brush in boyer camp program supported by star of hope. It is for the first time that Pauline is going to do usage of such basic hygiene dental supplies. Pauline as well of  several hundreds others kids in boyer are very grateful to star of hope and the 2 Star team #6 members, Ched and Sara,  who brought those gifts in their last recent mission trip in Haiti. Tony

The U.N. Security Council has decided to reduce the number of U.N. peacekeeping troops and police in Haiti to levels before the January 2010 earthquake devastated the impoverished Caribbean nation.

"The overall security situation, while fragile, has improved," the council's resolution says.

The council backed a recommendation by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and voted unanimously Friday to reduce the mission's current authorized military strength of 8,940 to 7,340 troops, and its international police force from 4,391 to 4,241 officers.

We will see how this pan out in the future. Some people want UN to stay; some people want them to leave. I have no idea what would happen if they leave.

After the flooding due to the tropical storms in the fall of 2008 the UN troops in Marigot, Dano and Paillant helped us with crowd control when we distributed food and roof tins. Especially in Marigot it was very bad flooding so the situation was very tough for the people there. The troops were very helpful to us then.

Some pictures from September 2008:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Haiti

Star of Hope

On Monday October 3 the schools Star of Hope supports in Haiti opens for this school year again.

The renovated school in Rigaud was inaugurated in May and will do its first full year after the 2010 earthquake.

The school in Hesse was totally destroyed in the earthquake. New land was purchased and the phase one of the rebuilt school is ready for business. Nine classroom plus teachers room and bathrooms are ready. Phase two of the construction started and includes dining room, kitchen and a playground.

The assembly hall with its three classrooms in Dano that was destroyed has also been rebuilt and much improved. The new building includes assembly hall, new classrooms, dining hall and bathrooms. It will be great for all the kids and staff.

Star of Hope has also purchased 15 000 school books for the 4 000 supported children. That covers 60% of the needed books.

Also during the summer all the preschool teachers got trained by a professional training organization. It was highly appreciated and well needed.

In other news:

Rwandan president Kagame recently said the following on tv when was interviewed in USA:

Haiti can overcome the problems it is facing if its people and leadership do not despair and focus on ways of tackling the challenges they face. If we could change our society, you can do the same.”

I feel this is a pretty encouraging note from the president. Rwanda and it people has been fighting hard to come since the genocide of some two million people back in 1994. I hope Haitian president Martelly can do the same. President Kagame also said:

“Globally, the political will to help is there, if they can get organized and target the kind of assistance in specific areas and priorities'.”

 Some pictures from the school in Jeanton. Ready to go.


 

 

July 12, 2011 Star team #6 was in haiti for 2 weeks, this time it was a small team of two people from Kansas; Sara and Cheh. They came in mission work to support Star of hope development work in Haiti. During their stay they visited 5 star of hope projects: Boyer, Bois Negresse, Hesse, Jeanton and Carrefour orphanage. The goals of their visit is to see star of hope development in those villages, to distribute school materials gifts to children in Hesse school, clothes and shoes in Bois Negresse,   taking and printing pictures for many parents and children in Jeanton and Hesse.

In Port-au-prince they helped star of hope in mailing more than 3000 envelops to sponsors in Sweden, Norway, Finland and USA, they painted many dining-room tables to equip Hesse new school building, they helped star of hope office in updating children databases in computer.

They was a small group but they had accomplished tremendous work in the profit of children in Haiti. It was for them an opportunity to meet many families in country sides where star of hope support development work and establish  strong relationships and friendship with them. Their visit was very fruitful and we are all very thankful for good work they had accomplished during their stay. They have left this morning to Kansas back home, we wish both, Sara and Cheh, a safe trip back home in the peace and grace of God.  May God bless them!
tony

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