In our first nationally televised interview in Lima Peru, Jorge Gonzalez and Jim Killon raise awareness about illegal mining activities and how the contamination is seriously affecting the children and their families in the area it is occurring. Changes for New Hope will be bringing humanitarian aid to the children immediately and continue to raise awareness for their situation. Cecilia Valenzuela of Willax Television conducted the interview at their Lima studios. Ms.Valenzuela is considered one of the top journalists in Peru.
Upon our return to Huaraz, Cable Andino TV 's Rex Broekman interviewed Jorge and I about the issues we addressed in our Lima interview. We also shared the "Haz lo Correcto-Do the Right Thing" movement which has made such a positive impact among the children.
It's Been Five Great Years
October 20o9, After months of careful planning and consideration of what Changes for New Hope was to become, writing a plan and preparing for the launch of our project, I was told it would never work. "Many people have tried to do exactly what you are attempting, a project to help poor kids here in the Andes, they failed and went home broke, bitter and discouraged. Save yourself the pain, pack up, find a warm resort to hole up and learn to surf." But this was a long time vision I had and even though I didn't speak Spanish, never lived outside of Baltimore Maryland or understood the whole picture of what I was getting into, I took the leap. Fast forward to October 2014. After 2 chess tournaments, 3 museum art exhibitions, 1 published book about our adventure, a city-wide "Do the Right Thing" campaign, the support of several dozen volunteers, sponsors and supporters (And 2500+ friends on Facebook) and tons of fruit, games, toys, blankets, shoes and clothing, school materials, art supplies, books, vitamins, reading glasses and the like, literally hundreds of children that have been living in destitution and despair have found hope, love, encouragement and self esteem building experiences. After five great years, sometimes challenging, sometimes glorious, I feel like we are just getting started. Thank you all for your continuing support, love and encouragement throughout the years. ~~ Jim Killon
The Changes for New Hope Vision Statement
We will develop the lives of children from the inside out. From despair and destitution to hope and opportunities.
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Thank you for visiting our site at Changes for New Hope.
We hope that what you are about to experience here will make you smile and give you a warm feeling in your heart as we share our project with you. You will be amazed what love, dedication and tenacity has accomplished in just five short years.
We are proud of our ongoing accomplishments and the fine folk who support us, volunteer their time with us and have helped to make the lives of children who live in the Peruvian Andes, the indigenous folk, create better lives than they could ever imagine. We believe that every child deserves an opportunity for good health, stability and dignity. Wouldn't you agree?
If you read about us here, on Facebook, or Google us and decide that you would like to become a part of this team by supporting us with your time as a volunteer or as a sponsor, we welcome you to this adventure.
We feel that everyone has a hero inside of them. Our project is something that you can feel good about, care about and a very special way to share your own compassion.
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If you are interested in volunteering, or if you would like to learn more about how you can help the children of Changes for New Hope, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Mayor Hilbert had just one simple plea, "Help Us!"
Yesterday, April 23, 2015, we went to, what I was sure is the end of the earth, to a place called Pampas Chicos. 400+ children, struggling just to get by, many of them orphans cared for by various families in the villages. Reportedly 80% are suffering with anemia, most have parasites. The mayor Hilbert shared the situation with me and had just one simple plea,"Help us!" Guess what we are going to do? Help Them! I can not turn my back on such suffering of children and I will bet you can't either. Donate today by clicking on the "Donate" button a little farther down on this page.
UPDATE May 8, 2015
I just returned from the Pampas Chicos district visiting several dozen of children living at 4100 meters and feeling it. It was so cold you can see your breath all day everyday. The children's cheeks were reddened by the effects of the Sun through the thin mountain air and the gusty winds. Like with most children I encounter, malnutrition and anemia are rampant. We are coordinating a joint effort between the municipalities and Changes for New Hope to find and manage solutions here.
I'd love it if some of my friends here can grab a piece of this action and make a small contribution. Donate today by hitting the Donate button below, thank you very much.
That Crossfire Between your Head and Your Heart
You know, there are lots of us who want to do something to help make this a better world for the less fortunate. If we could, we would hop on a plane and go out there and touch the lives of poor children everywhere. How many times have you heard that? How many times have you said that yourself ? You know why you can't. Life commitments. The kids, the mortgage, school, the job. Life gets in the way. Maybe you can't be here yourself but you can do the next best thing. Send our children a post card with a message of hope and encouragement. You can donate to our cause. You can be part of what we are doing here in a meaningful way. If you always wanted to help make the world a better place, particularly poor children here in Peru, now is your opportunity. Learn more at email@example.com. Compassion in action. It works!
Get Ready for Some Big Changes
Our project is morphing. We will always be about these children living in desperation and despair here in the Peruvian Andes. However, the international community needs to understand that what happens here is equally as urgent as what is happening in their own backyards. With that said, we will be sharing what we hope will be apathy melting, inspiring and intriguing for you. Unlike a sitcom on TV that you simply watch, we want to include and involve you directly. Time to step through the looking glass Alice and join this adventure. You are going to love it.
The Amazing Breakthrough at Challhua
Yesterday, in Challhua, something great happened. I spend an hour going around the room of 30 children sharing why, after 5+ years I am still with them everyday. The incredible progress out of desperation mentality to focusing on their goals and visions for a bright future has become an amazement to their parents and community. This was a community that people told me I was wasting my time to even be there because. "Those kids are too far gone." I presented them with little gifts of gratitude provided by one of our wonderful supporters (thanks again Nancy!) They were grateful and proud of their own accomplishments.
Everyone who has helped to make this the very best day that I have experienced since the start of Changes for New Hope, I want to say thank you for believing in us, hugs to you and I only wish you were here to experience this with me. 30 kids went home yesterday fully aware of their self worth and inner value and were ready to share our core message Haz lo Correcto-Do the Right Thing far and wide.
Julian Lennon and the White Feather Foundation helps Changes for New Hope
There is a lot of excitement here with the news of the inbound vitamin shipment for 3000 children. Many who thought it was too good to be true have stopped calling me the "miracle man" and started preparing for a massive effort to arrest anemia, malnutrition and receive proper medicine against parasites. My passionate talks to communities in and around Huaraz explain that potatoes, rice and a piece of chicken at every meal is not enough to sustain life and health. In addition to the 93+% rate of parasite infestation, which devours the nutrition that the minimal food intake the children receive, it is easy to understand why learning disabilities, early childhood deaths and developmental deficiencies are common. And preventable.
I have dispelled the notion of being a "miracle man" and shared rather that I am an ordinary guy who has an extraordinary focus on the welfare and benefit of these Peruvian children living in the high Andes in some desperate conditions. Anyone can ignite their compassion into action and help the less fortunate throughout the world, just as Julian Lennon has done with the team at the White Feather Foundation. Perhaps what deters some from becoming part of our solution is that the despair that the children experience is far removed from the daily lives and thoughts of those who would otherwise become involved. Much of my writings and blogs address the blanket apathy that glazes over the hearts of people who feel that the world's problems are not theirs. If we can understand that we are all one humanity, one people, a single energy united in love and compassion, then what happens in Africa or Asia or here in Latin America is as real as if a cold and starving child was crying on your own doorstep. Would you do something to help or step past the child and go on about your day?
I arrived the other day at one of our childrens' groups in Ticipampa. 121 new children that are now part of our project of Changes for New Hope. I brought a duffel bag of materials, school supplies, vitamins, some learning games and art materials. I spoke to them in an auditorium about how we would be building self esteem, building opportunities and self development. In this remote outback, no one had ever tried to reach them before. Their parents could never send them to university, hardly able to provide them with adequate school materials. Lunches three times a week consists of rice and milk and a pack of crackers. They were destined to be the next generation of subsistence farmers living hand to mouth regardless of their eagerness to learn, grow and aspire into their dreams.
That is going to change now, as I explained about some very special people around the world. Hands went up, "Who is Julian Lennon, what is the White Feather Foundation? What is Changes for New Hope?" Faces melted from questioning apprehension to understanding and appreciation. Then a question came that I never get tired of hearing, "Why us?"
After 6 years, it still brings a lump in my throat as I share my answer to yet another group whose chances in life just changed for the better, a change for new hope, hence our project's name,
"Because you are worth it."
Do You Have A Vision?
A Goal is what you have. A Vision is what you are. Once you have melted your heart and soul into a project, only success and victory are acceptable. Changes for New Hope is our Vision. The children are pulling out of desperation and despair, and creating new hope and a life of opportunities. We believe that every child deserves an opportunity to begin life in health, dignity and well being. I am sure that you would agree. If you do not have a Vision in your life right now, you are more than welcome to join ours. We do not wish, dream for or simply hope for better things to come. We ignite passions, we inspire ourselves and others to envision success and develop it among our volunteers, partners and sponsors. As we create new lives working with the children, we observe our own lives changing and morphing into something powerful and positive. We see that what goes out from us does come back to us. Our Vision becomes our reality. Your participation with our project will enable you to apply the power of Vision to every other aspect of your life. Join us.
Cotaparaco and A Beautiful Group of Children
Yesterday (February 12, 2015) a team of us went with the mayor of Cotaparaco to meet with a new group of children. It was way...waaaay out there. Not at the end of the earth, but I could see it from there. A 3 hour pinball experience in a truck over rugged mountain "roads" we arrived to a great group of children and village folk. Magic, a talk about our Do the Right Thing program and some small gifts later we had a few dozen new friends. They are so remote that they can only survive by everyone working together as a community and they do it well. Very happy to be part of their community.
Our Fourth Art Exhibition Starts April 11, 2015 in Catac
Our project has been using art as an expression of our love and to share the plight of the children living in impoverishment and despair here in the Andes. Artwork by Jim and the children raises the self esteem and personal encouragement of the children as well as raising awareness internationally. We believe that apathy is humanity's most profound humiliation. The mayor of Catac has agreed to share our message, "Haz lo Correcto-Do the Right Thing" throughout Catac and have our fourth art exhibition presented in the auditorium of the municipality.
HERE IT IS! OUR STORY, OUR VISION, OUR DREAM
"A Gringo in Peru- A Story of Compassion in Action"
June 1 2013 was the launch of our first published e-book, (available on Lulu.com, Booktango.com, Kobobooks.com and Barnes and Noble) "A Gringo in Peru- A Story of Compassion in Action". Originally to be a children's storybook, it became clear that writing about the children of Changes for New Hope and our struggles, challenges and ultimate victories was a far more compelling story than writing stories for them.
"A Gringo in Peru-A Story of Compassion in Action" is the true account of one
man's journey from his American life, to foil a murder contract, and into the
Andean mountains of Peru where he created a project for poor children and
discovered what true wealth really was. The profound changes in his own life,
as his project for the children developed, gave him a depth of compassion and a
view of what is possible when the impossible is attempted. This is a must read
for anyone who has ever faced extraordinary challenges and who wanted to make
the world a better place.
Yes, it is on sale now and available for only $8.99 USD in e-book form. Proceeds will benefit the children of this project. You may also buy a spiral bound print and autographed copy, mailed to your door for $39.95. For these orders, please contact Jim Killon directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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5000 Children are now receiving Vitamin A supplements
Vitamin Angels has provided enough Vitamin A to Changes for New Hope for 5000 children. Below is our first child, of thousands, to receive her dose of this life saving supplement which will help her to fight anemia, improve her vision, resist infections and help her growth development. Though she preferred candy, her vitamin A dosage will enhance her life so much more. Our gratitude to Vitamin Angels in California for their compassion in action. Also, a special thanks to everyone of the heroes who donated selflessly to make this initiative possible for 5000 children.
The children have received your postcards and messages of hope and love. Thank you so much. It shows them that they are not alone in the world up here in the Peruvian Andes in a very special way. Donations are always appreciated but cash can not buy hope. Only your love can give that. Those who want to send a postcard and haven´t yet, it is easy.
You can mail them directly to us at
Changes for New Hope
Thanks again Team!