Our Mission Statement: "We will develop the lives of children from the inside out. From despair and destitution to hope and opportunities."
Changes for New Hope is a 100% donation supported project
Announcing the Launch of
The Changes for New Hope Humanitarian Awards Magazine
The first issue of our newest endeavor rolled out Tuesday, April 3. The Changes for New Hope Humanitarian Awards Magazine is an e-magazine which will spotlight humanitarians around the world each month who are dedicated to make their piece of the world a better place. It is our belief, based on our personal experience, that many NGO and non profit organizations, that are dotted around the world, are led by humanitarians who have struggled in virtual obscurity. Running on a shoestring budget, their passion and concern for the disadvantaged of the world outstrips their ability to reach as many people as they could. They need a spotlight and forum to share their stories and projects with the rest of the world. This Award and magazine will give them that opportunity.
Each year we will be presenting ten qualified, nominated humanitarians the Changes for New Hope Humanitarian Award. There will also be ten Honorable Mention winners who will receive certificates reflecting their humanitarian service as well. This will give them a sense of independent credibility which so many NGOs lack. It will also take them out of obscurity and bring them into a place where their voices can be heard and their projects recognized. What these selfless individuals have learned in the field is valuable. Their experiences and how their projects affected them as well as their people in such positive ways are stories that need to be heard. Each month we want to share their stories. We want to develop an alliance of idea sharing and mutual support. We want to raise awareness for their causes. It is our intention to contact corporate sponsors and philanthropic individuals to support this initiative so that funds can accompany the awards enabling each humanitarian to further their vision and work. The positive PR for the corporations as well as the support for the projects is a win-win for everybody. Nominations will begin in June 2017.
Here is the link to the first edition of the magazine, enjoy.
Eco-Friendly Washing Machine Will Revolutionize Lives of Women
Do you know what I love almost as much as life itself? Solutions. For years women in these Peruvian Andes have spend several hours everyday washing clothes by hand in cold water in wash tubs. I have seen two washing machines, like you have, in the eight years that I have been in Peru. Hours a day that their children need them, time that could be spent more productively is down the drain, literally. Solution time! The photo above and the link below shares the new invention that is eco-friendly, non electrical washing machine powered by a hand crank. I have received the first one, used and demonstrated it to the families and it is absolutely amazing. This will literally revolutionize the lives and lifestyles of women here and give them back hours a day, everyday. Our kind supporter Fiona has donated funds for the first one. At $43 each (plus shipping) they are cost effective. Living large folks! Want to help Changes for New Hope order more? Just click on the Donate button on this page.
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The Social Movement that Changes for New Hope has Become
In the beginning, we hardly could fathom the enormous task at hand. Thousands of children in Ancash Peru that lacked everything from adequate clothing, food, school materials, guidance and in many cases, even water. It seemed that our best efforts were nothing more than a popcorn belch in a strong wind. If we have learned nothing else, we certainly learned that reality will catch up to your vision and passion if you stay focused and remain tenacious. Our vision was to make a major impact among the thousands of children reaching them with their material as well as intrinsic needs. Helping families to help themselves, as opposed to being simply a give-away program. From a mere handful of children in 2009 to over 3000 children being reached by 2017, we no longer are simply an NGO, non-profit organization. The ideas we share, the concept that these children can and will become successful, a value in their communities and leaders for others to emulate, has brought us into the realm of becoming a social movement. Empowering women also, and thereby building opportunities for families is a powerful focus. We have learned that whatever you believe about yourself and your vision, becomes your reality. Our reality, in some ways not yet materialized, is a social movement that will flow with its own momentum when people understand that their wildest dreams and goals are very attainable. Resourcefulness is the most powerful resource. The "I Can" attitude is changing lives and people are now daring to dream. I am so glad that I did back in 2009.
I hope you will join us, support our efforts and become part of this movement that changes lives.
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so other people will not feel insecure around you. When we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people the permission to do the same” ~~ Marianne Williamson
“Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot un-educate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore."~~ Cesar Chavez
"If you want to see the impossible accomplished, attempt the impossible."
Become a Member and a Hero With Us
You Asked For It ! At Changes for New Hope, we just added a "Membership" option for you. You can now support our project as a member and read about how you can become one of the heroes that support our children and empower women here in the Peruvian Andes. Simple and convenient, just like you wanted. Check it out. Click the Membership tab at the top.
In 2016 we reached over 1300 children with much needed material and intrinsic support. 2017 will be our best year yet. We anticipate reaching 5000 children and mothers with the support of our sponsors, members, and partner organizations that have pledged their support to our cause.
Can we count on your support to help us reach 5000 children in 2017? That is our aggressive goal but we believe it is possible and urgently needed in this region.
Changes for New Hope is a 100% donation supported project
Why Are We Now Expanding To Empower Women?
The women of Pampas Chico a remote pueblo during a vitamin campaign
Women have always been a concern of this project. Children, of course, are the most vulnerable and therefore our first priority. The mothers have been joining us in our Challhua group and engaging in the activities right alongside the children. We welcome them with open arms. The new eco-friendly hand crank washing units are a huge leap into their advancement toward a better life, as the story above describes. It was always our vision to include women in our overall goals. The only thing that hinders that progress is, as always, the lack of compassionate donors. We can only provide help to them as we receive adequate funding. Our belief is that by helping the mothers we are helping the children at the same time. Empowering women enables them to work outside the home, become educated and provide better care for their children. Here are a few facts you may not have been aware of:
Since 75 percent of the world’s 1.3 billion people living in extreme poverty are women and children who live in developing nations, it makes sense that if we are to change the level of poverty worldwide we do it through the empowerment of these women.
Also, 85 percent of money Americans donate to charitable purposes stays in the United States. Of the 15 percent that is donated internationally, private foundations rather than individuals give the majority of funds donated. Here are some startling statistics:
- 70 percent of the world’s 1.3 billion poor are women living on less than $1 a day.
- Women do 60 percent of the world’s work and earn 10 percent of the world’s income.
- Women spend 50-70 percent of time men do on paid work and still do 200 percent of unpaid work in comparison to men.
- Women produce 70-75 percent of the world’s food crops.
- One year of schooling for the mother reduces child mortality by about 10 percent.
- Women cultivate, plow, and harvest more than half of all the food in the world.
* Women account for one-half of the potential human capital in any economy. More than half a billion women have joined the world’s work force over the past 30 years, and they make up 40 percent of the agriculture labor force. According to the World Bank, countries with greater gender equality are more prosperous and competitive.
* An extra year of secondary school for girls can increase their future earnings by 10-20 percent. Girls with secondary schooling are up to 6 times less likely to marry as children than those with little or no education. And countries that invest in girls’ education have lower maternal and infant deaths, lower rates of HIV and AIDS, and better child nutrition.
* When women participate in civil society and politics, governments are more open, democratic and responsive to citizens. When women are at the negotiating table, peace agreements are more inclusive and durable. And simply by empowering women farmers with the same access to land, new technologies and capital as men, we can increase crop yields by as much as 30 percent helping to feed a growing population.
Source: United States embassy USAID
Everybody can help with something. Can we count on you to help us make some powerful changes in the lives of these Andean women?
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 via our comment section or visit our page on Facebook.
Children Tested for Anemia, the Insidious Killer
We have obtained reports from the government that the region of Ancash where are project is based, has the worst levels of anemia in the whole of Peru. We purchased blood testing equipment and proactively tested our children. The results were amazing. We provide multiple vitamins for children in our various groups to address what we already knew was an issue. Those who regularly took the vitamins were not anemic. Those who popped in occasionally were tested and shown to be anemic. We are reassured that multiple vitamins are a solution to this insidious challenge affecting thousands of children. We need more vitamins to be able to provide them more regularly to the children. We need your help in this endeavor. Anemia will ill affect the health of these children for the rest of their lives but it is preventable.
Anemia testing in Secsecpampa and Challhua groups
Vitamins to the mothers and children of remote Huambo in Pampas Chico enhances health and immune systems. No other NGOs or government support reaches quite this far, until we arrived. Your support helps these otherwise forgotten people.
Living in Peru Magazine Introduces
"Sunday Special with Mr. Humanitarian"
A new development that we are quite excited about is the Lima based, "Living in Peru" magazine introduction of their newest column, "Sunday Edition with Mr. Humanitarian." Jim Killon now has the opportunity to share the project of Changes for New Hope as well as the humanitarian efforts of other selfless individuals in his weekly column that will reach over 85000 readers. This is a column that is expected to be passionate and dynamic. Not just to be read but experienced and felt. The idea is to share the joy and compassion in action with others who may not be aware of the plight of the disadvantaged in the world nor how to help them. We hope this will represent an opportunity that will motivate the lives of people toward altruism, create awareness and support for the destitute of the world and take one step closer to knitting us together as one humanity. Here is a link to the first edition; http://www.peruthisweek.com/blogs-sunday-special-with-mr-humanitarian-111583
Tinco, Our Newest Pueblo of Children
Tinco is a small pueblo about an hour north of our home base of Huaraz. Like most of Peru, Tinco is a dot on the map with hundreds of children that the rest of the world may never know about. My friends Michael Bannister and Margarita Ines Quinones Lopez share the humanitarian spirit and vision that has made this project a success over the past seven years. Together we decided upon a project in this location for the children which outnumber the adults four to one easily. In a town where nothing differentiates one day from the next, our arrival with vitamins, school supplies, toothbrushes, anti-parasite medicine, a magic show and a message shared about "Doing the Right Thing", with flyers posted ubiquitously throughout the pueblo, this was going to be the coolest thing since sliced bread. And it was! Our continuing efforts there will reinforce our commitment to their well being and advancement. Almost two hundred children were our initial launch. We already have plans to visit the other schools and set up a weekly Bingo game to give the people social activities in this otherwise sleepy town. The united efforts of altruistic minded volunteers, parents, teachers and community leaders is what will make this a permanent and successful program.
Partnerships in Ancash Social Development Group
Peru is broken up into departments which are like states or provinces where you come from. We are located in the department of Ancash. We recently had the opportunity to meet with the heads of the division of Social Development for the Ancash region. Here is what we learned:
* Chronic anemia in children under age five is higher in this department than in any other with numbers over 53%.
* The division on Social Development relies on NGOs and other outside sources for aid because the government does not have sufficient funds to support them.
* Most of that outside aid usually is a one time event.
* A strong and continuous partnership between the Social Development division and Changes for New Hope, will enable us to reach thousands of children that are in small pueblo pockets in remote areas that have received no help to date from anyone.
I made a presentation to the group explaining what Changes for New Hope is and what we have done over the past seven years. Introducing the vitamin A supply which is donated by Vitamin Angles in California, Albendazole which we purchase locally to fight parasites, our "Do the Right Thing" initiative which is moving children to value based living, art exhibitions which have promoted self esteem and creativity and the eco-friendly laundry washing units which will enhance the health and empower women who currently wash clothes in rivers and streams by hand. Immediately we all recognized the benefit of a partnership, merging solutions to problems and challenges, and focusing on the enemy of anemia with an urgent agenda to eliminate it in Ancash. I hope to have some exciting new developments as this partnrship unfolds. Just last week we went together to a remote puebo of Aija to meet with about fifty elderly people and provided thermal blankets and warm clothing as well as sharing a message of hope that every problem has a solution and together we are going to find it.
It Is Not Failure Unless You Give Up
Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor who said he lacked imagination and had no good ideas. Recording studios told the Beatles that they didn't like their sound and guitar bands were on the way out anyway. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team for not being good enough. Do you know what they all have in common? They would not give up. There are very few instant massive successes. Changes for New Hope, in our doggedly determined belief that the lives of children living in desperation and despair was reason enough to endure any struggle, focus with hope on every solution and reach every child that we could has turned our most cynical critics into believers of this project. Nobody was born great. No project, invention or idea was met with instant approval and success. We never expected it either. But we did fully expect victory, success and deliverance for the children here in the Andean mountains in time, with focus and dedicated love. And now that victory has come. On the walls at some of our groups we have a poster that simply says, "Nunca Te Rindas!" Translated, it means, Never Give Up.
And we never will.
Meet the Team and some of our compassionate volunteers
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!