I realise money is tight for most of us but I wanted to let you all know about my favourite charity organisation run by New Zealander Rachael Hughes. Please feel free to re-blog her message and webpage to spread the word. She has done such tireless and self-sacrificing work for the past 16 years in one of the hardest countries to live and gain support in. I am hoping to get to Vladivostok one day to do some volunteer work with them one day.
Living Hope has set up a mobile soup kitchen, a day centre that enables children to learn to read and write as well as serving as a haven away from the streets they live, camps to learn to be children and play, relax and feel safe, provides prison visits and offers rehab services to children as young as 8 years old who have had to turn to crime in order to survive and other services to help the street children of Vladivostok and it’s surrounding towns. Above, is the link (in blue lettering, Living Hope) showing a short clip from You Tube on life in Vladivostok for these kids.I love that one person, be it, Racheal Hughes, you or me can change someone’s life so positively if we choose to. Have a fantastic weekend !
This excerpt is from the Living Hope webpage: http://www.livinghope.org.nz/
The catalyst for Living Hope was a child pickpocket and a single meal.
In 1997, whilst on her way to take up a post teaching English in Russia, New Zealander Rachael Hughes felt a hand reach for her purse and turned to confront the person.
Instead she looked down at the face of a homeless child.
She had witnessed countless scared, hungry children begging on the streets of Vladivostok, so was moved to buy this child a meal. Seeing the way he devoured the food with an expression of shame made such an impression on Rachael that the next day she returned to the streets handing out fruit and sandwiches. Within a month she was feeding thirty children up to 3 times a week.
As knowledge of her work grew, more and more caring individuals came on board. People from local churches volunteered their time, money, food and facilities. And for the first time, many children knew they would receive regular food, clothing and love.
In 1999, the Vladivostok Homeless Children’s Rehabilitation Society, Living Hope, was registered as a charitable organisation. Being officially recognised was the first step in making a real difference. With a Board of Administration, five full-time Russian staff as well as local and overseas volunteers, Living Hope continues to meet an ever-increasing number of children in need of a new beginning.