Hope is Life is a non-profit organization that works to create vibrant communities around the world where children can enjoy a peaceful, healthy life and receive proper education without any form of prejudice.
All of humanity belongs to the same family. Hope is Life believes that the world of humanity is a composite body—when part of the body suffers, the rest will feel the consequences. The advancement in education and economic progress depends largely on natural stirrings at the grassroots level. Programs aimed at the betterment of youth will empower communities, resulting in the transformation of society.
Your tax-deductible donations to the work of Hope is Life Foundation will be gratefully accepted, and we will do everything we can to provide you with information about the results of your generosity. Hope is Life Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit incorporated in the United States in 2005. All donations are tax-exempt and receipts are provided.
If you would like to contribute to Hope is Life’s activities, whether it be to provide scholarships to children in need, to build libraries in remote parts of the world, or to enhance the welfare of communities, you can donate via PayPal.
From the desk of Natascha Yogachandra, Chair Person, Co-Founder
As I return to the States after living at the (almost) bottom of the world, in Chilean Patagonia, for the past six months, I want to give you all a quick update on our activities. As always, our focus remains on sustainability. We continue to successfully maintain a few key projects that we have been supporting for the past several months. And for this, I want to express my continuous gratitude for all your support.
First of all, we admire and appreciate all the medical volunteers who helped the people of Sierra Leone in combating the deadly ebola crisis. This includes my dad's physician from Ithaca, New York, who recently volunteered his time in the West African country. Fortunately, all the women guardians and their children supported by our microloan program are safe, but they all suffered tremendous financial burden and lost their small businesses due to the Ebola crisis. Our plan is to continue helping them in any way we can.
In the northeastern part of India, in the village of Manipur, children in the village of Pangantabi now have a new assembly hall, a new school building, new toilets and a school van to transport them to their distant homes during the monsoon seasons. We have managed to provide all this only through your support!
It's been nearly five years since the massive earthquake hit Haiti, but their hardships extend long before 2010. Our latest project, the construction of a school in Petionville, is completed. We continue to financially support the school's activities, such as purchasing educational materials. Yet memories of the earthquake can hardly fade, and students struggle to forget the natural disaster. We hope that the routine of school will help them overcome this fear!
As always, I can't thank you enough for your support. Please keep these children in your thoughts as they work hard for a better education! ... See MoreSee Less
The Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone is losing its strength at last after infecting more than 24,000 and killing more than 9,000. And the consequences are here to stay.
Those supported by Hope is Life in the country continue to struggle. The women guardians who received microloans to start their own businesses—and use the profits to support their children—cannot continue to operate resulting from the ban of public gatherings, including commercial marketplaces.
These small grants, provided by Hope is Life, serve the purpose of giving women financial and emotional independence in order to start their own businesses, and in turn, support local children who are orphaned. These businesses range from selling fruit to palm oil extraction, and profits support the welfare and education of the children for whom they care, providing future opportunities for them to contribute to their nation’s development.
Now, some of these guardians are walking extremely long distances to find palm oil, or a few oranges and bananas to sell in their homes while awaiting the government to lift the public gathering bans.
On March 3, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf urged the world to back a "Marshall Plan" to help West African countries affected by Ebola to stamp out the disease and rebuild their shattered economies. The term refers to the U.S.-led aid plan that rebuilt Europe after World War II. Although nearly USD $5 billion has been pledged internationally to the Ebola effort, less than half has been used.
Happy International Women's Day! On this day, we can't help but reflect on all the amazing women we've met—the mothers who welcome more lonely faces into their cramped homes after natural disasters, the grandmothers who start new careers in order to care for those without a family, sisters, nieces, daughters—all who shine amidst struggles. We are honored to know these women around the world, who continue to keep their heads up and inspire their communities to do better. #internationalwomensday ... See MoreSee Less
UPDATE: We have great news! With your generous and kind support, Hope is Life was recently able to purchase a van for the Borni English School in Manipur, India. With this transportation, students can now attend school throughout the monsoon season, since they cannot walk the long distance from their homes to the school in the seasonal, pouring rain.
Located in a remote village in the northeast part of India, the school—run by Joseph Nshimbani and his wife, Bilashini—has been supported by Hope is Life for the past few years. A vast majority of the students belong to families of farmers, whose income completely depends on the annual harvest.
Our next step with the school involves fundraising for a new administration block and two new guest rooms to house teachers from overseas who are participating in a teacher exchange program. (2 photos) ... See MoreSee Less