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 over. 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." Thousands of people passing through the center were able to enjoy the exhibition. Many people received Changes for New Hope wristbands with our core message, "Do the Right Thing" on it. The paintings, sketches and drawings will be ready for public sale soon as signed, limited edition, numbered prints.
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.
Escaping the Routine
If your child was 3 years old and knew all of their colors and could count to 1000 you would be very impressed wouldn't you? Now imagine if that child was 15 years old and still only knew all of their colors and could count to 1000, would you still be impressed or horrified?
Consider our own adult lives and the way we accept what we allow to be our idea of living. Awake up at 7 am, hit the bathroom routine, get the kids off to school, get into the office by 8:30am. Whatever your routine is at work probably doesn't vary too much week to week and it is what you have accepted as your lot in life, your routine. Out at 5:30 pm, fight traffic and get home. Dinner, put the kids to bed, watch some TV and in bed yourself so you will be well rested to do it all over again.
Does this, or some close variation of this, describes the last 20, or 30 or 40 years of your life? Have you accepted living only one year of your life over and over again 20 or 30 or 40 times? Regardless of how much money it pays you, if it becomes a mindless drone of an existence without a purpose or mission in life maybe it is time to ask yourself if you are missing out on a purpose to your life. If your are content with the routine and it is all you want, nobody will bother you.
However, as I sat at my desk in a sales office year after year living in my own routine, I spent a lot of time tinkering on the internet seeing what the rest of the world was doing. After a visit to Latin America for vacation several years ago and seeing how children were living in unimaginable conditions, I was moved with a disturbing sense of grief. Then compassion. Then I began considering ideas, options and ways to make a change in their lives. Just ideas and thoughts. I couldn't do anything for them yet because I had to get back to my routine, back to my desk in my office. Making a living. For many compassionate people, that is about as far as most will ever go. I thought back to that experience often and re-experienced it over and over again. "Somebody should do something about those children and others like them.", I said on many occasions. Without action, without getting out of my chair, my compassion was nothing more than idle babbling into the wind. After some interesting occurrences altered my routine, I made a break for it. There are hundreds of ways to put compassion into action and I chose the most radical one. I packed up, moved to Peru and several months later started Changes for New Hope which was designed to reach out and help the children living in desperation, destitution and despair. And I didn't have the slightest idea how to do it. But I learned. I found that many people will live out their lives in their mundane routines because they have no idea what to do differently that would give their lives purpose, ignite inner passion and make a huge difference in the world.
As well as helping the children of this project, I have made it a point to open the door wide to reach out to people who want to live in passion and purpose. Why? Because I have seen and experienced a transformation within myself over the years by abandoning my daily routine which cleverly disguised itself as real life, and began living with passion, action and watching incredible changes among the children that we work with as well as within myself. As I have shared my life with the children, I also feel compelled to share my life as it is now, with those of you who wonder within yourselves during those quiet moments, "Can my life be more fulfilling, meaningful and make a difference in the world?"
At Changes for New Hope, we reach out in a multi-pronged approach to help children living in despair and destitution but also reach out to share the message across the globe that we are all part of this human race and we can all do something, big or small to make a difference every day of our lives. Contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let your adventure begin today.
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
It is interesting what motivates people to do things, buy things, go places or make decisions in a certain manner. Usually, it is because there is a perceived need or want for something. Whether it is a new car, a boat or a pair of shoes, there is a feeling of personal comfort or benefit to take the leap.
Another feeling of personal and beneficial comfort is your summer vacation. People understand the need to take a break from the ordinary, the daily grind. They realize that the health benefits, both physical and emotional, of going on a vacation, somewhere different from their everyday surroundings is what makes the other 51 weeks a year bearable. To the envy of Americans, Europeans take 4-6 weeks a year for vacation and are more productive and focused when they return to work or university. Whether it is away to a beautiful white sandy beach in the Caribbean or to Disneyworld or a mountain retreat, when you return from your vacation, relaxed and refreshed, you are like a new person. Your experiences and memories, captured on photos and camcorders will last a lifetime. No one seems to remember how much it all cost because the experience was considered well worth it.
When I receive inquiries about volunteering with Changes for New Hope, I am responding to many various mindsets about what they will be experiencing. Questions about whether it is like an Indiana Jones movie, do we live in grass huts, will we be kidnapped or is there any chance of getting sucked into a revolution are amusing but common concerns. Give my regard to Hollywood.
In reality, the question arises with a tad of uncertainty about volunteering in the Peruvian Andes with poor children in adobe pueblos in lieu of a luxury cruise to the Bahamas. Which trip would allow them to come away with more incredible memories and stories to share? It is a personal decision which every person has to make for themselves. There is no wrong answer. Being elbow deep in children’s hugs dressed in their shabby clothes and sitting on rocks for furniture in their adobe dirt floor houses can not compare to the pampered luxury of a cruise and exotic ports of call with bottomless drinks and lobster buffets. But then, it was never supposed to.
So why would anyone consider our rugged Peruvian adventure over the hedonistic pleasure of an all inclusive Jamaica resort? Aside from the fraction of the cost to be where our action is, people come to volunteer because there is a powerfully intrinsic joy to touch the lives of children who express their love and happiness with you in such simple ways just because you perhaps read them a story. The contrast of the magnificent backdrop of snow capped mountains of the Corderilla Blanca that surround you are herds of sheep hustling along trails through adobe villages of children and families cooking over open fires, women hand knitting a sweater and men making new adobe in the mud with wooden box forms. This is the real Peru. The Peru that doesn’t appear in guide books. To spend some time and a few dollars here to make a significant difference in the quality of life for appreciative children is a heartwarming experience. Incredibly so. Every volunteer that has chosen to delve into our world has come away from their experience profoundly enlightened and enriched.
How can this be so personally affecting? It is because the human spirit, the energy that connects all of us together, is alive and full on when you put your compassion into action. A selfless act, with no interest in personal material gain, can recharge you, energize you and morph you into a more loving and endearing person and who wouldn’t want to become that incredible individual? It is an experience, a transformation that will stay with you for the rest of your days. No drinks, no pills, no professional help can even come close to what our volunteers share as a very real life changing experience. Is there a personal comfort and benefit to volunteering with us? Absolutely! Even those who can not make the trip but become a part of our Team by sending postcards with messages of hope and love, or support us with packages of materials or donate to us tell us how much the involvement with us means to them. Especially when a little drawing from the children arrives back to them a few weeks later.
After more than five years with the children of Changes for New Hope the intensity has not diminished. In fact, everyday reinforces and renews the feeling of what every true humanitarian knows; genuine love and compassion. I hope that you will consider joining us to experience this pure joy for yourself.
You may have many questions first. Feel free to ask us about this life changing experience by clicking on our 'Contact' link at the top of this page.
From our Friends at Volunteer Match
The following article appears on the website of VolunteerMatch.com. The volunteers who have shared their compassion in action with us here in Peru have made a significant impact and we are deeply grateful. This is a must read article.
Just click the link below:
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!