Kelowna-based non-governmental organization, Hope for the Nations’ Christmas campaign, aims to empower children at risk to become children of change. On November 27th at 7pm, HOPE will host the 12 Days of Hope Christmas Social & Campaign Launch at Third Space Coffee in the Landmark 2 building.
This campaign will highlight a different regional HOPE partner each day for 12 days throughout the Christmas season and give people the opportunity to make a contribution to a selection of projects taking place throughout the world.
“This year for our Christmas campaign we wanted to do something unique,” says North American Program Director, Patricia Phillips, “something special that would bring awareness to several countries and several of our projects. We wanted to give our partners a voice, a way they could highlight their own projects and specific needs in a very tangible way. We also wanted to give people the choice of how they would like to see their money used.”
“Its exciting for people to be able to give to a large project or to be able to cover something completely on their own such as a winter jacket or a tree for an organic garden,” commented Phillips on the diversity of the campaign.
The Children’s National Theatre School in Kelowna heard about the campaign and immediately offered to lend their support by donating all proceeds of their public performance of ‘Gold as the Sun’, on December 5th, towards the 12 Days of Hope.
“This campaign gives ordinary people the chance to make an extraordinary difference in the lives of children in countries where opportunities are limited,” says Sophie Desaulniers, the Artistic Director of the school. “For us it’s about creating freedom in education, and we’re more than happy for the opportunity to get involved in the community and support educational projects for children in need throughout the world.”
There are 12 countries involved, one for each of the days, including Burundi, Cambodia, Mexico, Kenya, Mongolia, Philippines, and Thailand. Projects include child sponsorship opportunities that will provide food, education, and care to at-risk children; construction projects for children’s homes and foster homes; and programs based around sustainability, education, and agriculture.
The Christmas Social event on the 27th is open to the general public and will feature food inspired by some of the regions in which HOPE operates, a year in review, and guest speaker David MacLean who will be introducing his recent TEDx talk ‘Meant to be Spent.’ Tickets for the event can be obtained from the Hope offices (www.hopeforthenations.com)
Hope for the Nations’ mandate is to empower children at risk to become children of change and has been in operation for over 20 years.
Learn more about the 12 Days of HOPE Campaign at www.12daysofhope.com (launching November 27, 2014) or www.hopeforthenations.com .