What keeps you up at night?

Ed Epp, Executive Director Hope and Healing “What keeps you up at night?” That’s what I asked Erwin Telemans, CEO, when I visited his disability hospital (CCBRT) in Tanzania. He said it was the enormous challenge of funding ongoing services for the crowds of children, moms and dads who line up at his hospital each and every day. It’s...

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An A-Typical Thanksgiving

Guest Blogger – Brian Hatchell, Hope and Healing This past weekend was Thanksgiving here in Canada. I must admit I don’t typically give a lot of thought to ‘giving thanks’ over this holiday. Consider me odd, or just self-absorbed, honestly, neither would be wrong. My focus over most holidays is always on being in the presence of my family,...

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Not just another day…

Recently, at a family gathering, my cousin — a year younger than I — told me he had undergone cataract surgery. “What a difference this simple surgery made,” he told me. He was having difficulty driving in the evening, reading and working. His poor vision was gradually creeping into most of his life. It reminded me of the upcoming...

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I Want a Hug

A Hope and Healing program officer recently returned from Tanzania.  She reported that a recent addition to therapy for non-verbal children was a ‘communications board’.   Along with the care-giver, community worker who knows the child, a communications “need list” is designed.  These include a picture of food, toilet, and other every day needs.  Each board is designed, however,...

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Seeing All Children As Children

Last week a child in a school supported by cbm in Malawi was abducted, killed, and body parts used for traditional medicine.  The boy was targeted because he had albinism. A recent article on Reuters refers to the problem of violence towards people with albinism My prayers go out to the family.  I can’t imagine the trauma that they...

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Toiling on a Foundation

Guest Blogger – Brian Hatchell, Partnership Development Officer at Hope and Healing I recently returned from a trip to Fiche, Ethiopia where – alongside a number of Hope and Healing donors and local residents – I spent 7 days lifting, carrying and dumping dirt, rocks and boulders in order to help lay a foundation for 4 new homes that...

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Standing Up for Stunted Souls

Caroline Abbotts, Hope and Healing Fundraising Field Coordinator Guest Blogger Last month, I had the pleasure and honour to visit Comprehensive Community-based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT), a partner of Hope and Healing. A specific experience made a huge impact on me. While visiting the pediatric orthopaedic ward, I sat with a mom and her two children – both who...

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4 Concerns with New Global Goals

The Friday before last, (September 25), the United Nations passed the “Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs). These global targets are meant to drive the development agenda for the next decade. They replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted by world leaders at a UN summit in September 2000. Contrary to the MDGs, the new goals (SDGs) explicitly mention disability 11...

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