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 the Lima interview. We also shared the "Haz lo Correcto-Do the Right Thing" movement which has made such a positive impact among the children. We appealed to the community of Huaraz to support our Vitamin Angels/Changes for New Hope campaign which will provide free vitamins to 3000 children and 473 pregnant and nursing mothers as soon as shipping costs of $1535 are covered.
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 2400 friends on Facebook) and tons of fruit, games, toys, blankets, shoes and clothing, school materials, 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
It's Time To Feel Great About Something Very Special
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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 well being. 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.
Learn more, do more, be more !
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 email@example.com
Vitamin Angels is Donating Vitamins for Thousands of Children and Mothers
Being hungry is uncomfortable. For most of us in developed countries the solution is to go to the refrigerator and find something to eat. Here in the Peruvian Andes, where over 50% of the people live below the poverty line, we encounter staggering numbers of children suffering from malnutrition which is far more health damaging. Stunted growth, vulnerability to constant sicknesses and learning disabilities are just few of the effects of malnutrition.
I have always been careful not write about the maladies that exist here because you already know they exist. Infomercials and charity causes are on every channel. I do however rave about the solutions when those great situations afford themselves.
Vitamin Angels, a U.S. based organization, has accepted our grant application and here is what they are preparing to send us:
2 bottles of 100,000 IU vitamin A for infants 6-11 months (1,000 doses, enough for 1,000 infants)·
8 bottles of 200,000 IU vitamin A for children 12-59 months (4,000 doses, enough for 2,000 children)
8 bottles of albendazole 400 mg for children 12-59 months (4,000 doses, enough for 2,000 children)
Albendazole is an anti-parasite formula, recommended by the World Health Organization. Over 93% of the children have tested positive for parasites which contributes to their anemia and malnutrition.
8 cases of multivitamins for children 6-59 months (96,000 doses, enough for 267 children)
5 cases of multivitamins for women (170,100 doses, enough for 473 women)
This is a full year's supply and represents a solution unheard of in this region. This will help to curb the effects caused by anemia and malnutrition. For example, vitamin A given to children bi-annually, decreases the child mortality by 24%. We have already begun arranging distribution locations and volunteers to help us.
( 9/28/14) Donations are beginning to roll in. 3 compassionate people have contributed $340 so far.
( 9/30/14) Eating that elephant a bite at a time. 1 more $20 contribution arrived.
( 10/2/14) Another $40 came today from 2 beautiful sponsors, bringing that shipment a little closer to Huaraz.
( 10/3/14) $100 more pledged today from our friends at Trivio here in Huaraz. Sharing the vision with love.
( 10/7/14) Another $120 donated by another hero. The vision is becoming a reality for 1000s of grateful children.
( 10/19/14) Four more compassionate friends who won't allow children to suffer anymore contributed $250
( 10/23/14) Two more donations came in today for another $190. Heroes that understand action is the real help.
( 10/24/14) $120 more coming to the rescue from the U.K. from 2 beautiful ladies whose love we share.
( 10/25/14) $25 more from one of my oldest friends in the world, I can almost see that shipment from here.
( 10/26/14) $100 more from another great friend who wants to see the vision become a reality.
( 11/2/14 ) $60 more from a beautiful friend who shared her love and light.
( 11/3/14 ) $210 from two more fine friends who want the best for the children, got us across the finish line!
Total to date: $1575 shared from 18 compassionate supporters. Thank you kindly.
That represents 102% of our goal. 1000's of children and mothers had counted on you.
And you came through for them!
WE ARE.....THERE! WE MADE IT !
I want to take a moment to thank 18 very special people who have taken our vision into their hearts to provide the funds that will be used for shipping these vitamins and the anti-parasite medicine from Vitamin Angels in California to the Peruvian Andes. 18 heroes that considered these children a priority. Demonstrated by your action, parasites that cripple the health of the children, anemia and malnutrition, that has been my demon to fight for the last six years, will be a thing of the past f0r 3000 children and 473 pregnant or nursing mothers.
I can not think of a more clear definition of a hero than what you compassionate friends have exemplified by your contribution. My heart is filled with gratitude and appreciation. Vitamin Angels promises to make this an annual and continuing grant that will keep these children healthy and strong for many years to come. It is always the initial hurdle that is the toughest. You got us over this one.
Now the challenge begins by receiving and distributing the vitamins in massive campaigns, sharing our message "Do the Right Thing". We will also share the concept that we are all one humanity. Each of us, deserves to live in dignity and with a fair opportunity in life to be happy, healthy and prosperous. Thank you for making this incredible vision, a reality. ~~ Jim Killon
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 on their on doorsteps. 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.
Julian Lennon and the White Feather Foundation are on board helping the children too
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.
"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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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!