Self Esteem Building Through Art
Exciting News! Our 3rd art exhibition for
Changes for New Hope at the National Institute of Culture Museum, (known as the
Cultural Center) here in Huaraz is now showing. The children were
totally excited to see our artwork displayed and the self esteem boost
for these little ones was incredible. We are using this exhibition to promote the
message "Haz lo Correcto-Do the Right Thing."
It's Time To Feel Great About Something Very Special
Lego blocks, creativity and fun
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 four 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.
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.
****** From the other day, July 15,2014:
Today, I took the children of Changes for New Hope from the Challhua pueblo and turned them loose on 160 donated pairs of shoes to find a pair for each of them. There is something very special about the feeling of love and mutual joy to see so many kids happily trying on new shoes discarding their old, rotting, worn out shoes that made their feet hurt. There may be 1000 challenges facing me tomorrow but today, we shared a gratitude, a love and a pure sense that today everything is just perfect.
Words are Powerful, Words are Power
I was considering the great and influential people in years past that have encouraged, inspired and positively affected millions of people across the world in times of struggle and discord. Even before the introduction of the internet, where a message can circle the globe in minutes, there were men and women of extraordinary courage whose ideas changed millions of lives and entire cultures.
The Right Message at the Right Time
Growing up in the 1960's was a time of national turmoil in the United States. The nation was being torn apart by the threat of nuclear missiles pointing at our front doors, civil rights protests and riots and a war in Vietnam that was shredding the social fabric of the American way of life. What emerged and endured was not the violence and destruction in the cities nor the hatred that was perpetrated by anti-everything speeches but messages from the other side of the room. This was a different way to bring about positive changes and was far more effective and perpetual.
The most interesting point to consider is that their messages were not necessarily voluminous but simple messages, easily remembered and sticky. Sticky in that it has the ability to be easily remembered and quotable. Martin Luther King Jr.’s simple message of equality for all, crescendoed in his “I have a dream” speech in Washington D.C. and has continued to inspire millions over the decades. John Lennon’s message “Give peace a chance” was simple and is as potent today as it was over 45 years ago. Nancy Reagan’s anti-drug campaign simply shared “Just say no” and was instrumental in turning the tide against the tsunami of drug abuse. The messages have become more ubiquitous and far reaching than the individuals themselves. Their powerful words have touched more lives than these individuals could ever personally meet. And this is something that inspires me to share our message.
Haz lo Correcto-Do the Right Thing
Changes for New Hope in the Peruvian Andes has helped hundreds of children over the years. We have a simple message “Haz lo Correcto-Do the right thing”. Simple, inspiring and powerful. It is deliberately ambiguous to be able to cause a positive seed to be planted in each individual. Each person knows what they should be doing and the message encourages them to do it. Initially introduced to the children of our project to develop their attitudes and thinking toward positive living with great success, we shared it with the mayor of Huaraz who supported a citywide campaign promoting this message which reportedly made positive changes throughout the community. One person, one simple message has been proven time and time again to be able to create an inspired shift in people's thinking beyond measure.
The messages were spoken by courageous people who were not afraid of criticism or contrarian rebuttals. John Lennon’s “Give peace a chance” rattled the cage of the warmongers’ profiteering during the Vietnam war and even today. Martin Luther King Jr. took his racial equality campaign directly through the deep south of the United States where he inevitably and predictably would draw severe resistance. They were not intimidated by the resistance that they encountered.
So few are willing to take a stand for what they believe in, opting rather to get along by going along. But those who do, change entire societies, whole generations of people and colors the way we now see the world and life. Perhaps their forum was small, virtually unknown, their numbers of supporters a mere handful initially, but the message of hope, peace, equality and change was the ray of light into the darkness which was desperately needed at the time. Their light shines to this day, to a grateful people who are enlightened by the simple messages that they have left behind long after they have passed on. Today, we share a message of equally urgent and valuable. Haz lo correcto, do the right thing.
It’s Our Turn, It’s Our Time
I would now like to invite and encourage you to join us in sharing our message, “Do the Right Thing” which has meant so much to the children here in the Peruvian Andes and the community of Huaraz. We have an advantage today that the great messages that have gone out to the world in generations past did not have, the internet. We can share this message via social networks which has the ability to spread across the world in minutes. And the cost is zero. We have already seen the effectiveness of this message on a small scale way up here in the Peruvian Andes. Imagine what can happen, in very positive ways, if each of us shared this message across the globe from wherever you are. Imagine the positive effect it will have in every village and community where the message will take root. And you can be a part of making that happen. “Do the Right Thing”.
On a remote mountainside in an area called Secsapampa here in Peru, there is a small community center where we teach the children of our project. On the wall I wrote the words, “Las palabras son poderosas, palabras son poder” which translated means, “Words are powerful, words are power.”
--- Jim Killon
It is free to share this message with your friends across the globe of course and we enthusiastically encourage you to do so. However, if you would like to show your solidarity with our message and this movement, we would like to send you an orange wristband with the message “Haz lo Correcto” which means, Do the right thing, in Spanish, because we are in Peru. We simply ask for a donation of $5 (or more) which can be made right through our website by clicking the donate button. Please allow 4 weeks for delivery. Donations will be used to further our work here at Changes for New Hope for the benefit of the children of our project and share the message. Thank you kindly for your support.
A Day in the Life in Our Project
Imagine sitting on a rock, a few stacked bricks parallel to a second few stacked bricks with a smoky wood fires smoldering under a battered pot which is the entire kitchen. A candle is the only light in a shack constructed completely of found items . wood scraps, plastic sheeting and some metal strips. A whole family lives in a space about the size of a large bathroom. Although there is no bathroom in the shack. The dirt floor is dusty and a few small chicks teeter around. I visited that place recently. We brought some supplies, love and a promise to return to the shack pueblo to start a small project for the kids there. The local police brought me and promised to volunteer to help. My heart would rather be here than Disney World.
No Toys in the Children's Hospital Rec Room?
I was in the children's ward of the local hospital today. Doing magic and sharing our message Haz lo Correcto-Do the Right Thing with the children and parents. As we were leaving, I noticed the Children's Recreation Room. Tables, chairs but not one single toy or game in the place. Not one. A children's ward in any hospital is an emotional place to be in the first place, but no toys or games at all? Time to share! Our project at Changes for New Hope intends to go beyond just the children in our group and reach out to as many young kids as our resources will allow.
Would you like to help us make some sick kids happy? You can donate right through our website by hitting the "Donate" button at the lower right side of this page. We will be sharing photos of the "Before and After" expressions of your Compassion in Action.
Thanks Friends. (Note: Every dollar will buy toys and games, there are no 'administrative expenses')
Not to put too fine a point on it but please remember friends, we are a non-profit organization. We rely solely on the compassion of you for support and donations for the continuation of this humanitarian effort. You would be amazed at the power that just a $5 contribution makes. Can we count on your support?
"A Gringo in Peru
A Story of Compassion in Action"
June 1 2013 was the launch of the newly 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 email@example.com.
Get an inspiring book, help the children and feel great about it all at the same time. Download your copy today.
Just click on this link- http://www.lulu.com/shop/jim-killon/a-gringo-in-peru-a-story-of-compassion-in-action/ebook/product-21047007.html
President at Air Canada Helps Changes for New Hope
What do you do when there are several suitcases of much needed materials waiting for you in Canada that are needed in the Peruvian Andes? If you are me, you fly up to Toronto and visit with your compassionate friends and bring them back. Sounds simple enough, right? Maybe, but there was an obstacle beyond our control.
Most airlines do not allow excess baggage beyond certain allowances and charge a hefty fee for any overage that is allowed. Rules are rules, eh?
Our friend Richard in Toronto contacted the president of Air Canada and his staff to ask the seemingly impossible. Allow humanitarian aid and related materials in excess of normal regulations to be carried by Air Canada to Lima Peru, for free.
Sometimes it isn't all about making money and permission was granted to allow Changes for New Hope's materials aboard. Free. Cases weighing 20% more than I did were loaded and enroute to our locations here in Huaraz. Nutritional supplements which we use to combat malnutrition, clothing articles, school materials and supplies, games and recreational equipment, books and much more arrived safely to the children who were excited to receive them and also to have me back with them.
We deeply appreciate the exception made for us. I want to share that, in a world where hard lines are drawn to maximize profits in a tough corporate arena, a simple compassionate gesture by the president of this airline resulted in over 100 children, currently living in impoverished conditions, to receive materials necessary to be comfortable, happier and healthier a little longer.
We can all be heroes.
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!