Operating costs for Hope Children’s Home is provided solely by funds raised by the Church of Christ in the United States. However, there are many projects that will improve the children’s lives beyond essential needs. These require supplemental funding. Funding sources for these projects is through various grants, Rotary Clubs, churches, and private donations.
The Rotary Club of Chestnut Hill, through donations from many sources, supplements the operational costs with an annual shipment of donated clothing, school supplies, bedding and towels, kitchen and household supplies. In addition, The Rotary Club of Chestnut Hill has funded the purchase of a refrigerator, washing machine, dining tables and benches, cupboards and containers for each child’s belongings and much more.
Water comes to the orphanage either piped in by the community well or by harvesting rainwater. Water from the well must be filtered through a sand, rock and carbon filtration process to remove inpurities, including iron deposits. The current filter system is old, outdated and keeps breaking down. The immediate effect is lack of clean drinking water which causes constant health problems. Stomach pains, diarrhea and vomiting are common among the children and the staff and others that come to Hope. Money was recently raised to repair the filtration and pipe system for clean drinking water. In addition, the building that houses the dormitory for girls does not have running water at all. Money is being raised to construct a 20 foot high trestle to house rainwater reservoir tanks so that water can be pumped into the girls dormitory.
Hope Children’s Home was established in 2001 for 20 orphaned children. Currently the orphanage houses more than 40 children. Over time donations provided beds for most of the children. Many of the beds are broken beyond repair. Because some of the younger children sleep two per bed, there is a need for at least 6 bunk beds and mattresses.
Chestnut Hill Historical Society of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, recently donated five computers. These will be used to teach the children computer programs as part of preparing them to leave the orphanage. Unfortunately the computers cannot be used because there is no electricity in the room for the computers so funds are needed to provide electrical access.
After many years of hard use, the professional stove at Hope Children’s home no longer works. Four of the six burners are useless and the oven’s heat is less than adequate. Funds are being raised to replace the stove with a professional 6 burner, two oven unit. Because this type of stove is not available in Guyana, the stove will need to be purchased and shipped from the United States.
Hope Children’s Home is located in the village of Enmore on the east coast of Guyana, an hour’s drive from the capitol of Georgetown. Because of the distance to the city, obtaining supplies is a problem. Through various donations from private sources and funds from Rotary clubs and foundations. a used Toyota van was purchased. It transports the children for medical purposes, outings and brings supplies to the orphanage.
Children Savings Society
As a way of learning about savings and preparing children to leave the orphanage, the teenagers create artwork for note cards that are sold in the United States. They also make rubber band loom bracelets and crafts with fabric to sell in Guyana. With these projects, the teenagers have established a Student Saving Society. Instruction is given about why it is important to save, understanding the difference between needs and wants, account responsibilities and related topics focusing on money management. In the process of earning money, they are learning pricing, test marketing and the meaning of competition.Each of the teens have a savings book so that their earnings can be recorded as part of their savings account. When they leave the orphanage, they will receive all the money in their savings account to help establish them in their new life. There are plans underway to grow a vegetable garden and sell the produce as additional source of income.