A vision for the future
At Home of Hope, we are committed to long-term financial sustainability for day-to-day operations and seeking partners to come alongside us in our efforts to give each child an opportunity for a fulfilling life. This is how we are seeing this accomplished.
- In 2012, Home of Hope acquired a 40-acre plot of land with the intent to grow and sell a crop as income for the orphanage. After much preparation and a team of 50 plowing by hand, the acreage was planted in corn. It has already provided a significant portion of income to the orphanage. The “farm” is an example of Home of Hope’s commitment to sustainability and long-term growth for the future. In addition to the farm, Home of Hope operates an office supply/ printing store in Kasama, Northern Province of Zambia. This store provides employment for individuals in the area and is another source of measurable growth income for the orphanage. Besides providing income for local employees, all proceeds come back to the orphanage to be used for common expenses and future development. With the recent purchase of small farming equipment, this coming year- 2017- an estimated 100 acres is set to be farmed.
- In the years following the founding of Home of Hope, providing the children with access to clean water, a basic commodity, was a main goal of the orphanage staff. Though it is easily overlooked by those in Western culture, clean water is in fact something that the majority of the developing world lacks. With the help of Steve Tanner, a retired water specialist for the state of Idaho, the children were able to receive a slow sand filter which gives them clean water for drinking, washing, and recreation. This project was designed and carried out by Steve himself, and completed within a week’s time during a short visit to the orphanage in. Thanks to one man’s talent and time, clean water is a reality for the children at Home of Hope.
- Along with the slow sand filter that provides clean drinking water to the children of Home of Hope, the creation of a new well and septic (a project that had been in the works for 2 years) was recently completed. Before, all the water used for washing purposes came from a basic 50 ft. well located beside the orphanage building, and bathrooms were limited to a row of 4 outdoor stalls with deep pits. Due to the shallowness of the well, silt would form inside causing contamination and running water inside the building was non-existent. Now, however, the new well is a standard 150 ft. deep (enough to avoid contamination). A reservoir tank was erected above the well for water storage, and a brand new septic was installed in order to provide indoor sinks and This eliminated the need for outhouses and provides the children with modern bathroom amenities.
- Part of our long-term vision is to open a school for the children as a means to provide them a quality education and a platform for the future. During a recent visit to the Home of Hope ( May 2016), it was discovered that the property adjacent to the current building is for sale at the price of $35,000 Kwacha ($10,000 US) . This includes a partially completed structure on 2 acres of land. Sensing an opportunity, the staff of L3 collaborated and decided that this would be the most ideal place to build the future school, provided that the funds are gathered to purchase the property. Education and opportunity are at the forefront of L3’s vision for the children of Home of Hope, as they will age out of the home after they turn 18. By shooting for the stars and opening a school on site, a quality education for the future will become a reality for each child.