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Just as we eagerly await the signs of new life in Spring, we look for the fruit of seeds planted in our Star of Hope projects around the world. It is with great joy that I receive the recent victorious report out of Romania. For out of your generosity, 5 wells were dug, 5 greenhouses built, goat herds begun, and tailoring workshop initiated. This outreach assisted parents to better provide for their children with disabilities.
In addition, families are becoming communities again, trusting their new found skills to help them become productive and hopeful again. New Centers have opened to touch more areas in Romania. Focus Business School Classes have given vital skills toward employment opportunities. Alpha and Beta Classes have enhanced knowledge of the Bible and provide a stable and safe environment to ask questions.
Lives were touched for all eternity last year in the scope of Star of Hope projects. But it was the Family Camp that continues to stand out as the highlight. Families with disabled children are able to attend a special camp ministering to their special needs, while the parents/siblings receive many interpersonal and faith building skills. We can see the tangible effects upon those who have attended as they demonstrate confidence and hope throughout the year in their new support network.
As we prepare for a special Family Conference in May, and upcoming Family Camp in July, I urge your continued support in these life-changing encounters. I personally will be attending the Pastors/Family Conference, along with my Pastors, Ed and Cheryl Rebman, New Beginnings Church, Portland, Oregon; we will also have the privilege of ministering at some of the new projects and to families in their own churches, homes, and communities.
It is through your generous support that Star of Hope continues to grow and bless other families who would never have any means of receiving the care, teaching, and support needed for their special needs children. Please join me as we bring a message of HOPE to those most vulnerable, to the least, the lost, and the marginalized. Thank you for help bringing the GOOD NEWS of the gospel of Jesus Christ into their hearts and lives…for all eternity.
Kay E. Metsger R.N., BSN
Star of Hope International
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UPDATE 1 28 2018
Disaster situation in Argentina!
See facebook for latest update www.facebook.com/starofhope.org
Home and schools in northern Argentina are currently underwater. First, the area was paralyzed by an earthquake that damaged many buildings - and the chaos that followed opened the sky.
"The situation is terrible! says Kenth Johansson. Children and adults are screaming and crying ... thousands of people have lost everything.
At present, the whole city of Saenz Pena is flooded - and the worst is for the Toba families who live in simple house-shacks outside the city. The water reaches up to people's mattresses and people also risk being electrified as well as these families have electric old-age refrigerators standing directly on the earth floor, now underwater. "The water is flowing their way, towards the Toba people," says Kenth. The risk is imminent for epidemics, fungi, and infections. We need to produce food, milk powder, drinking water, mattresses and building materials. We really hope the world understands the seriousness!
Star of Hope is ready to act - but we need your help!
The situation is acute and every dollar can make a huge difference!
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Projects in Argentina suffering. "Disaster of the community", children families and projects affected.
Every year the world brings disasters, both manmade and natural. Unfortunately, we cannot prevent disasters from happening, but we can assist those affected and help in disaster risk reduction.
In Argentina, especially in the North, there has been a tremendous amount of flooding. Even after celebrating mass for 200,000 people in Argentina, Pope Francis reached out to residents of a town that was destroyed by floods as a result of the intense El Nino weather phenomenon.
Our own staff, Daniell, reported via cell phone 1-21-2018;
"It was so strange the water came so fast many nearby my home had structural damage and most furniture was destroyed. Water was coming from the backside and entering the hallway and the front of the house was the same, then all the sudden, and fast water flowed in at window level and over the kitchen furniture."
"At pastor Pablo's, they were getting hit worse and had to lead the water and through the house out to the garage area, many things at his home was destroyed."
"Some who were fortunate not to get flooding had roof damage, by the way, the whole city is flooded and the outskirts too. It's a terrible and total flood! Among the Toba Indians, it is the worst because the water flows out in that direction and their homes are just built so basic. There will be severe consequences of this."
"Many have lost everything."
"Right now there are some isolated by water, and others cannot leave their homes because of burglary."
"Some assistance is available, but when the water is pouring it will be the worst. Then the authorities do not want them to stay longer in the shelters and entertain with food and medication. Risk for pest and diseases, fungi, and infections."
"We need to supply food, milk powder, drinking water, mattresses etc, building materials as well."
"The numbers are huge, but we're grateful if we could get a contribution, so we do not have to leave blank when our friends Indians and some Kriols come with their needs."
"We are very grateful if the world understands the severity of disaster and earthquake and these alarming floods that reach up to people's bed mattresses. There is a lot of shouting and crying, thousands of people and children affected."
"The day before, it was an earthquake of 3.6 Richter, with it came large cracks in the field and settlements in the constructions and then it rained. Pablo's church was flooded but the water was pouring fast in and out. Now outside there is water. In our Toba church, the water did not come in, but the neighbors had plenty of water in their homes."
So that is the report from Northern Argentina. They need our monetary gifts to help ease the pain and show love.
Please donate as you are able.
God Bless you!
We are thrilled to bring you the Star of Hope Christmas Giving Guide. By participating in this “Pay it Forward” gift program, you can be a “STAR of Hope” and, give children and families a bright future. Together, with your help, we can impact lives around the world.
Star of Hope works with local people groups in 14 countries to identify the greatest needs.Your donations will purchase real gifts, from goats to books, and everything in between to fill those needs.
“I have seen with my own eyes the positive impact your generous giving has had on the families and communities we serve,” states Maria Presson. “I had the privilege to travel to Haiti this year. While there, I met many children and families who are blessed to be recipients of Star of Hope’s support, thanks to donors like you. It is a blessing that the education programs and the “pay it forward” program are helping, and will continue to give meaning, and change lives now, and in the future.”
When our Star of Hope teams deliver these life-changing gifts to children and families, we personally witness the hope and gratitude in their eyes. Together we can create real change in the lives of children, families, and communities through your generous contributions. Thank you for giving hope, prosperity and a future to so many in need.
Blessings and wishing you and yours a beautiful holiday season.
Maria Eriksson Presson
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- UPDATE 4 25 2017
- Flood on the south coast. Hurricane Matthew, who destroyed so much in October, was followed by the worst drought in 15 years.
For six months, Haiti's people have prayed for rain - but what they've got is another catastrophe.
Since Friday, heavy clouds have drowned the streets of Les Cayes and washed away the only bridge that ties the town with its surroundings. In neighboring towns, Roche Jaboin and Debouchette, where Hope's Star handed out emergency relief for three consecutive days during the drought to prevent hunger, people still live in temporary shelters built from remnants from the homes of Hurricane Matthew destroyed.
Now, many of the shacks (read houses) have been flushed away - along with the new crops that have finally been planted.
The situation is acute - and we can not wait! Help us put an end to suffering in Haiti!
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Four months have passed since the hurricane disaster in Haiti - but while the world's attention was directed towards the images of ruined towns, forgotten was the south side of Haiti's southern peninsula. There, the large food producing land was leveled and all crops destroyed. That fact is now creating a situation more serious than the situation immediately after the disaster.
The current state is that 800 000 women, men, and children face acute food shortages, some starvation.
A series of unfortunate factors have contributed to the current crisis situation. Sixty, 60 percent of Haiti's agricultural products were grown in the worst affected region, and which destroyed over 75 percent of all crops.
Hurricane Matthew swept away all the newly planted crops that would have given harvest in November and destroyed the buds of the fruit trees that would have been harvested now. Furthermore, hurricane Matthew killed the majority of all cattle in the area.
It was expected that vegetation would start to recover within three months, but the hurricane has been accompanied by a severe drought. The rains that normally fall 2-4 times per month in this period has not come. Much of the country has not had a single rainfall since October. Lack of drinking water is increasing every day. When the rain will come to the country, it faces a new problem, as only 18 percent of the country's farmers have received new seeds to plant. In addition, the grain of milo, the only crop that can be harvested in January was destroyed by a nationwide disease infestation.
“We are looking for donations to help fend off starvation, suffering and possible loss of life. Many have told me, Haiti seems to get hit all the time, I tell them this is different, so many negative factors hitting at once”.
Antonio Boursiquot, project manager for the aid organization Star of Hope Haiti says, “Milo is called ‘poor food’ here in Haiti because it is the only thing holding the most vulnerable alive in January. Without it, they have nothing” Tony continues “...of the 3 million that was hardest hit in October, half of those people are still in a difficult situation”, he continues, “ the further to the south you go, the worse it gets”.
Antonio has delivered emergency relief Debouchette village on the south coast, where 95 percent of all houses were damaged in the hurricane. For lack of better materials, they build houses here of a clay that dissolves during heavy downpours. Of the affected, homes, 48 percent were 100% destroyed, and no recovery has taken place.
The inhabitants live either in the ruins of their old homes or in shacks built of debris from the destroyed houses. The floor is literally all that remains of 65-year-old Vilna Joseph's house. “Every night I get bitten by insects, and insects, she says. It's a nightmare. My house is gone; I am old and have nowhere to spend my last days”.
Vilna and the other villagers have survived thanks to food parcels were distributed in October and December, but now it's out of food - and the drought continues.
A few kilometers away, in the seaside community of Roche Jaboin, the situation is even more serious. It was completely destroyed, all houses and every fishing boat are gone. Given the lack of arable land here are the inhabitants depend on fishing, but they are still without boats, for they have neither the material nor the tools required to build new ones.
“Life was much easier just after the hurricane than today,” says local Justa Henry, “Then there was at least something to eat.”
On Friday and Saturday, this week Star of Hope and Antonio Boursiquot returns to Debouchette and Roche-Jaboin for a new emergency delivery of food packages.
“The best way we can help today is to give food, Tony says.” ...for if we give seeds now, they will eat them to survive with nothing left to plant”.
help is needed and we appeal to you to help and share this news, now you know and the rest is up to you.
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Hurricane Matthew destroyed so much and now there is "acute need".
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Dennis Thern with an update from Haiti.
Disaster relief; I am glad that Star of Hope was able to collect all that money so we can help the poor and desperate people in the fishing village. Many have not eaten for a week or more. They have nothing. It feels great that so many have given money to a good purpose.
So the other day Star of Hope did a food delivery to the completely destroyed village.
Over 500 packages of rice, pasta, beans and more was delivered in disaster relief in cooperation with local authorities.
Many thanks for your gift. We will distribute more food to those affected in Haiti. Please continue to support us. THANKS!
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Dennis Thern from Haiti reports.
A few days ago we came to the small fishing village of Roche Jaboin on the south coast of Haiti. I got a shock and flashback from another time. The whole village was destroyed. It looked like after the Asian tsunami in 2004. I was in Thailand then and it is scary how similar it was the places I visited then.
Now it looked like a landscape made in a disaster movie, broken down and deserted. Just that it's real.
Only a few of the village's 233 houses remained standing. All the village's 75 fishing boats were swept away too. Animals, agriculture, fruit trees were gone forever.
Villagers whom mostly live from hand to mouth have no food now, and can not support themselves in any way. It takes time to build new fishing boats so the fishermen can pull out to sea again and try to earn a living. But what will make the boats from? There are no trees.
At the rescue center, which is a private residence that held the hurricane, hosts 103 people. It is crowded, hot and unworthy for use as this. But what should they do?
I felt really ill to go around among the ruined houses. It was a surreal feeling.
What is the future for these people?
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Update #Matthew intervention by Dennis Thern
The small fishing village of Roche Jaboin on the southern peninsula of Haiti was destroyed by #HurricaneMatthew. Only half a dozen houses of more than 200 are still standing. Livestock, crops, fruit plantations and 75 fishing boats were swept away by a giant wave during the hurricane. 1876 residents, 2 deaths reported and again all the crops are gone!
Today, Star of Hope delivered food packages to all families in the village, plus people in nearby areas. The packages were incredibly appreciated. Thanks to you who have made this effort possible!
More help is needed:donate on our facebook front page or www.starofhope.us/give
Star of Hope's Dennis Thern blogs from Haiti.
Once again I’m in Haiti again. Two years ago since last time. Then it was to follow up the reconstruction of the Star of Hope schools that were destroyed by the devastating earthquake of 2010. The schools had also developed solar panels for electricity supply, computer training, new water wells and much more. It was great to see the fantastic work that was done.
Now I’m here again in the wake of another disaster. The Star of Hope has made many disasters reliefs during the 30 years they have worked in the country. I've been here during a few of them. The latest major disaster was the earthquake in 2010. Much of the reconstruction made after it is gone again. Many Haitians in our projects must start from scratch. Houses are destroyed. Livestock away. The crops are swept away.
Many Haitians are wondering when the eternal cycle of bad luck and unfairness will be broken, so you can start building for the future for real. They have future dreams and hopes just like any of us.
But for now, however, how will they survive the day?
Is there any food today? Can they drink the water? Is it safe, or should they suffer from cholera and other water-borne diseases?
The vulnerable people in Haiti is again dependent on the good-hearted people around the world. For those who live in the seven projects where Star of Hope works is in many cases dependent on Star of Hope again. It is their only hope.
Thank you for your gift. All contributions make a difference.
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