Progress report Star of Hope April  2021
By: Dennis Thern

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Argentina
The schools in Argentina started in February and March according to the regular schedule with restrictions. For Chaco, where we work, the schools began in March. Our preschool Jardin Alba started in mid-March for the 5-years old kids. In April, the preschool will also welcome the younger kids. At the same time, we inaugurated the new playground (with the high wall for security) in the preschool's backyard. The monthly food distribution continues. The distribution is spread out over more days than usual due to pandemic restrictions.

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Belarus
For our local partner in Belarus, BelAPDIiMI, the work has run mostly normally under 2020 until now but with some program changes due to Covid-19 and local restrictions.

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Brazil
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Our seven schools in the São Paulo area are open. Not all parents let their children attend schools in general, so our schools are not running at full capacity.

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Ghana
Schools were closed down for almost ten months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but Ghana's government has announced the reopening of schools since January 18, 2021, for school children to go back to school by observing all the safety protocols. Recently we carried out a health screening in our projects where about 1,000 children were screened. Overall ok, but there were many cases of malnutrition in Moree. The parents were given diet recommendations. In all, there were also 20 cases of malaria, and they received prescribed medication. The biggest issue was dental problems, where parents got advice to help children take care of their teeth better. A number of the children with teeth problems got treated on the spot.

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Haiti
The schools are generally speaking up and running. There are almost 3,600 school children in seven schools this year. They get education, lunch and have access to water and toilets. In Bois Negresse, there is a significant water shortage in general. In April, we start a fundraising effort to build a new water reservoir in the village. There several other projects the Haiti team wants to implement. Due to security reasons, our team doesn't travel to the projects as much as before, or rather seldom. The projects have received cameras to document the work in general, especially for special activities and events. 

Mark Presson CEO spoke with Myrta in Haiti and she talked about the prevalent violence. "Haiti needs a revival and the love of Jesus to quicken their hearts as this violence is too long lasting," said Mark. Myrta also said "Tony was away and could not travel back to their home just now due to violence". Please pray for Haiti. 

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Kenya
The school in Jimba has now finished several construction projects. There is now classrooms for each grade up to grade 8, the final grade in primary school. The dining hall is completed with a proper floor and furniture. There are more projects on the wish list for Jimba to develop the school further. At the end of March, the second school semester ended in Kenya. All classes except grade 8 are now on a break until the beginning of May. Grade 8 pupils sat for exams at the end of March. All 68 eighth-graders in our projects did the exams and are now waiting for the result. The result will is crucial if they qualify for high school. Twenty-seven of them were from Jimba. It was the first time we had pupils from Jimba sitting for exams, a significant step forward.
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Latvia
The state of emergency continues until the first week of April. It will maybe be continued. The current restrictions will continue for April. These government-issued restrictions mean that the Velki Association staff cannot travel to visit the projects and children. Schools, special schools, and centers are opening and closing on a local level to various degrees. For example, the special school in Riga that we work with lets the children study outside. The schools we sponsor have been available and closed to various degrees.
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Philippines
Distance learning still ongoing. The classes are organized online when possible. For children without internet or proper devices, their parents pick up homework and assignments in school and return weekly. The construction of the new school building is moving forward and is near completion. The classrooms still need furniture and other equipment. Thanks to a recent large donation from Norway, the school building and building for abused girls can now be completed.

Metropolitan Manila, together with nearby provinces Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal (including Taytay), are under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). There are hard lockdown and extended curfews, and all this until April 4, and maybe longer. This makes it difficult for the children and their families at our school in Taytay.

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Romania & Moldavia
Star of Hope centers have been up and running for the last couple of months but with restrictions. The staff works hard to support the children in the best possible way during the circumstances. The resource center for Roma children in Pantelimon is permanently closed! In February, we carried out a relief distribution to needy families after fundraising in January. Families received firewood, food supply, winter shoes, and more. In some areas in Romania, older school children are bound to homeschooling which is complicated for many disadvantaged children. Our resource centers are a great relief for these children so they can do their tasks and homework.

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Trinidad
The teachers are still working with the children with a computer in their homes; they also put work in the school books and drop it off for the parents to pick up every week. The teachers would put in enough work for a week and interchange with the parents on Fridays. There are also occasional food distributions to the children that are in need.

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Star of Hope wishes you a really happy and pleasant Easter, we wish all our donors, sponsors and friends worldwide a joyus time in celabration, He Is Risen!

 

Our switchboard will be closed over the Easter weekend, but you can always email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Here is an update for Easter from Riga, Latvia. In Riga, we work with children with special needs.

Riga has a population of about 65,000 and Latvia has a total of about 2 million.

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Owls are important in Latvia as many varieties flourish there.

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Dear sponsors!

As you celebrate this wonderful Easter holiday when Christ gave His life for us willingly and unconditionally, we should extend the same love to family, friends, and others around us.

God reminds us that His faithfulness and power have no end, and His ability to work in us, through us, is not having been in vain.

Thank you for your tremendous love and blessings over the lives of children and their families. Your support and favor towards children in Latvia have been appreciated very much.

Happy Easter!

Velki Association Riga Latvia

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Feedback Christmas "living gifts"

by Dennis Thern | March 19, 2021

The distribution of goats and chickens after the Christmas campaign 2020 has ended. Many thanks to everyone who donated a gift to this popular campaign. Without our donors, nothing would have happened.

Again, thanks to all the generous donors, we have now distributed these gifts to vulnerable families in our projects. They were especially appreciated this time because of the prolonged pandemic that lingers on and affects the poor in the world at a much higher rate.

Since the goat and chicken program was initiated in Haiti in 2009, thousands of goats and hens have been distributed to children in poor villages in our project countries. These animals are popular as they are cheap to operate and manage very well on their own. Yes, we feel it is a micro-business too.

The gifts were ordered, among other things, in our gift shop www.starshop.us/shop, and the customers who asked, received gift certificates to give away to loved ones. Our warmest thanks to everyone who chose to give away these Christmas presents for the benefit of the Star of Hope and the children we help!

Thanks to you, families now have an opportunity for a better and more hopeful future. Each gift makes a big difference for the recipients.

Feel free to visit our gift shop to give away a gift with added value by clicking here. Enjoy some chosen photographs from this year's delivery. 

 

See more reporting from Christmas here, https://www.starofhope.us/christmasMMXX

Blessings

Reporting back on the Joy You gave at Christmas 2020.

For over 30 years, we have distributed Christmas packages and presents to the needy in our project countries. It has always been very appreciated and welcomed by the children, the recipients. Many thanks to all of you who have been involved and contributed to the success over the years! This Christmas, in light of the current pandemic, the Christmas packages meant a lot to many hard-pressed families. Also, the presents were tweaked to essential items too, tweaked to help more due to Corona.

Our gifts, presents, and livestock are purchased via our webshop (www.starofhope.us/shop) and then the actual purchase is done in the country, a benefit to all involved. This, in turn, allows us to reach more vulnerable families in each country.

Now we have started to receive images of joy and several nice film clips from the giving, yes it takes a while to get the reports in yet here is what happened after you gave for Christmas.

God bless you all!

From Argentina a great video thanking you! 

 From Argentina another great video thanking you! 

 From The Philippines one of the best and informative thank you for Christmas videos! 

 A fantastic report and Christmas thanks from Romania. 

Greetings from Ghana, special Christmas greetings! 

 

 Brazil is the birthplace of Star of Hopes development work, Merry Christmas, and thank you from Brazil.

Kenya, with a smile and many thanks, a Christmas thank you. 

 

We feel photographs still talk loudest! Click on any photograph to see a larger version.

 

 

Feedback Christmas "living gifts"
by Dennis Thern | March 19, 2021

The distribution of goats and chickens after the Christmas campaign 2020 has ended. Many thanks to everyone who donated a gift to this popular campaign. Without our donors, nothing would have happened.

Again, thanks to all the generous donors, we have now distributed these gifts to vulnerable families in our projects. They were especially appreciated this time because of the prolonged pandemic that lingers on and affects the poor in the world at a much higher rate.

Since the goat and chicken program was initiated in Haiti in 2009, thousands of goats and hens have been distributed to children in poor villages in our project countries. These animals are popular as they are cheap to operate and manage very well on their own. Yes, we feel it is a micro-business too.

The gifts were ordered, among other things, in our gift shop www.starshop.us/shop, and the customers who asked, received gift certificates to give away to loved ones. Our warmest thanks to everyone who chose to give away these Christmas presents for the benefit of the Star of Hope and the children we help!

Thanks to you, families now have an opportunity for a better and more hopeful future. Each gift makes a big difference for the recipients.

Feel free to visit our gift shop to give away a gift with added value by clicking here. Enjoy some chosen photographs from this year's delivery. 

 

 

We are calling your heart! Christmas is soon and we ask you to give through Star of Hope and Tent Mission to help a child!

Be a Christmas blessing to one in need, personalized in honor of cards are available.

Visit the Christmas Shop 

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Goats and chickens again, well yes of course. When you and your family participate this year in our mostly “Pay it Forward” gift program, you become a “Star of Hope". Together, with your help, we can impact lives around the world. This year the pandemic has created a situation that our 50 years of helping children have never seen. The Men women and children we help are much worse off than the poorest here at home. Our kids are in a bad place due to Covid but you and your family can be a light of hope and a blessing, just a simple gift will shatter their darkness.

This year's catalog is different, most all items are specifically designed to fight the lingering effects of the pandemic. We now ask you to act, do one of 3 things please:

 

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1. Visit the Web Shop

Print Legal size Catalog and take it to your church for insertion into the bulletin.  

3. Print 1-page (2up) Letter size Catalog and give 1 page to a few friends.

 

 

Star of Hope and Tent Mission, a 50-year-old organization has the aim to help children far away with their lives right now by giving them hope and the message of love from the Gospel of Christ.

The pandemic has reduced our income drastically. To provide just the basic needs like food, water, and evangelization to our 20,000 kids and their families is a strain. We want to still do Christmas for the children. We are hoping you through this Christmas campaign, will fill in the gaps to provide a year-end surprise to the children. You can make it a reality.

Providing bible-based missions to marginalized children is so very vital to who we are as Christians. It is our mandate, a biblical mandate as well. If work of this sort stops due to the Pandemic how will the lost hear the Gospel?

Send your bread across the water? We are facilitating you sending your bread (gift) to them. Not prosperity by any means, though; Ecclesiastes 11:1 & Galatians 6:9 show us clearly to send it. I usually think, time, talent, or treasure.
This work is what we at Star of Hope and Tent Mission do, missions as directed by scripture. We ask and need your help; every single gift is precious.

Thank you and Blessings to you and the Church body.
For the kids I ask you, please say yes and visit the shop or print the catalog.

That is it you are done. Unless you want to help us distribute the catalog. If you are interested take the next step, help us distribute the 2020 Christmas catalog to like-minded people, groups, and Churches: 

 

Print the full catalog on letter duplex color or B&W

Christmas 2020 gift guide WEB 2020 Page 1   Christmas 2020 gift guide WEB 2020 Page 2

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Christmas-Giving-Guide-2020-outside.pdf

Print on legal duplex color or B&W

Fold and combine - or send it to your printer!

Here is a mini 2 per page Christmas bulletin insert for printing.

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 Christmas 2020 churches xmas guide SMALL TEMP Page 1 Christmas 2020 churches xmas guide SMALL TEMP Page 2

In the online catalog, 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.

Our own Maria Presson talks about the results, "I have seen with my own eyes the positive impact your generous giving has had on the families and communities we serve,” states Maria. “I had the privilege to travel many times to project countries at this time of year. I have 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 

COO Star of Hope

Yes, you can do more to halp[ a small child get some hope and Joy!

 

I think it is such a blessing to send a small gift to those who are in need this Christmas.

Need help or want printed copies, call us at 866 653 0321 

The online version is also open for all at www.starofhope.us/shop

God Bless you and yours

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