Home of Hope was designed to be a catalyst for comprehensive life-change for children. At Home of Hope, we are pioneering orphanages and care centers to make world changers from forgotten children. Located in the beautiful African plains of Northern Zambia an orphanage was launched in 2012. Together with the Sichone family, our other amazing partners, and many local community members, Home of Hope was established as not only an orphanage, but also as a community resource. This endeavor has rescued over 60 children from poverty and certain abandonment.
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Nate and Rute Tanner first met in Brazil in 2000- since that time, the two of them have travelled to many nations of the world; spreading a message of hope, love, and purpose to young people. Along with their children, Gabriel and Amiliya, the Tanners felt a burden growing on their hearts for the orphans of Zambia during a visit there in 2011. After a prompting from 7-year old Gabriel who said, “Mom and Dad, what are we going to do to help those kids?”, they knew that they were in for the long haul. Five years and 15 trips later, that little question with a big vision has morphed into Home of Hope Zambia- a light in the darkness for children who have nowhere else to go.
Paul and Pamela Sichone’ are (by all accounts) the backbone of Home of Hope and the directors on the ground in Zambia. As a young man, Paul remembers taking care of the children in his home village and making sure that they weren’t overlooked- desiring that all of them would be able to grow up strong and healthy with a chance to be successful. This early vision of championing the young is what propelled Paul and his wife Pamela to open Home of Hope later down the road, and they are most certainly the pillars that keep the orphanage moving forward.
Tom and Cindy Bonham are two unlikely heroes who have used their business experience and compassion to fuel the vision for Home of Hope Zambia. The Bonhams were first introduced to Home of Hope soon after their son (founder Nate Tanner) began travelling there to establish relationship with Paul Sichone’, the now-director of the orphanage. Tom uses his position as a businessman to negotiate funding with private donors and maintain important relationships in country, while Cindy, a professional educator, flourishes in her role as part-time “Mom” to the many children who call the orphanage home.
Rich and Michelle Powers are a “power” family from Ohio who, along with their four children, felt such a pull to support Home of Hope that they left everything, moved to Kansas City, Missouri and began working full time as staff to support the orphanage. Rich first visited Home of Hope in 2013 and much like the Tanners, his whole world was turned upside down. After returning home, he knew his heart was in Africa. Now, with his family, Rich serves as a media and publicity specialist for Home of Hope, spreading the word concerning the orphans and is committed to making sure they are not forgotten.
Volunteers on the ground
Twice a year, faithful volunteers commit 10 days of their time to come to Home of Hope and to love on the children, to help repair and refurbish the grounds, and to experience life in a world starkly different than where they’ve come from. Since the first trip in 2011, teams of up to 40 people at a time make their way by air, land, and sea to bring love and encouragement to the children at Home of Hope. These volunteers have come from all walks of life, from a 78-year-old Salvation Army chaplain to a 13-year-old 8th grader, and everyone in between. By combining physical labor; time spent pouring into the children’s lives through arts, crafts, and storytelling, and engaging in the local community, these trips are a far cry from a vacation- they are life changing.