"Help a Child / Change a Nation"

February Focus : New GAME-CHANGER Initiative

Hope Innovation Farms

We started planning for Hope Innovation Farms before Ebola hit, but now it’s even more important. The Hope Innovation Farm (HIF) initiative will empower vulnerable children in the Lungi

Women’s Agri-Business

The rainy season is starting, so the plowing needs to be done quickly. Instead of picks and hoes, the tilling will be done with tractors thanks to our collaboration with Village Hope Inc.

Days for Girls

I’ve agonized over the high incidence of FGM, the rate of teen pregnancies, the fact that pregnancy and childbirth is the leading cause of death for teenage girls, the gender gap in

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They Need an Advocate. Will You Speak Out for Them?

The chance to make a big difference without spending a lot of time or money doesn’t come...

Why Should Girls Hang Their Heads When They Menstruate? Or Miss School?

Please help White Field Partners launch it’s GAME-CHANGER Days for Girls...

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Beyond Good Intentions

Measurable, lasting impact. I wish it weren’t so elusive. In a developing country,...

You Made the Children Shout for Joy about Safe Water

The banner used to dedicate a new well at a school in Port Loko District in Sierra Leone...

Congratulations Village Hope Inc. “Jobs Change Everything”

We’ve eaten lots of cassava greens and a few boiled tubers, but this is amazing!...

Have You Had Malaria? I Have. It’s Awful!

Today is World Malaria Day. GOOD NEWS The global malaria mortality rate was reduced by...

Cooking Shouldn’t Kill

We’ve eaten so many meals cooked over a three-stone fuelwood fire. Even though the...

Why Are They So Tired?

Maybe it’s the hard work, fetching water or fuelwood and washing laundry in a tub,...

What’s for Dinner?

I wanted rabbit farming to be part of Hope Innovation Farms. I even have a book on...

5,000 Girls Became Pregnant During Ebola Epidemic

A study by the United Nations Development Programme said that in Sierra Leone teenage...

Just Hope International Agriculture Training in Kerefay

A few days ago, I talked with Ben Turner, President of Just Hope International, just...

Do You Have Better Things to Do Than Fetch Water?

Sometimes I feel impatient about the two minutes it takes me to fill a pitcher of...

How Can You Help a Whole Generation? Help a Woman Start a Business

No matter how you break it down – girls and women in the poorest countries get the...

What Will You Do With Your Leap Day?

It only comes once every four years. It’s like a bonus. What will you do with it?...

Fourteen New Wells in 2015–1000’s With Safe Drinking Water

Great report about the portable drilling rig we helped purchase. In 2015,...

School Lunch Is a Game-changer

“Operating in 169 countries, school meal programmes are funded largely by...

University of Illinois in Sierra Leone

I grew up on a farm in central Illinois in the shadow of The University of Illinois, and...

Why Care About FGM?

Today is International Day of  Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation. Instead of...

Ebola Is Still Killing Pregnant Moms and Babies

Sierra Leone still teeters on the knife’s edge when it comes to health, particularly...

“No, You Cannot Come to School”

Her story is tragic, and it plays out all the time. “When I got pregnant, they...

Innovation Is a Necessity, Not an Option

With the right innovations, world-changing results are possible. We’re...

80% – 140%  Income Growth : It’s Possible for Smallholder Farmers

“Farmers can increase their net yearly incomes by 80-140 percent when they have...

Soweis Out of Business?

One of the hardest aspects of Sierra Leonean culture for most Americans to understand is...

The Vicious Triangle

“Poverty, child labour and illiteracy form a kind of “vicious triangle.” They are...

Why We Focus on Children and Youth

“Youth are critical to and for development. Development programmes must consider...

Pregnant Women in Binkolo and Across Sierra Leone

I visited Binkolo in 2013. It’s just a few miles from Makeni where we were...

Did You Know that Your Cook Stove Affects Your Health?

We’ve eaten many meals cooked in a pot on three stones with fuelwood fire. Although it...

Music from Mama Salone

Even on a hard day, the music in Sierra Leon is happy. Here’s a taste of the sound...

Climate Smart Agriculture Works

The World Bank-funded West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP) is...

The Long Road to Ebola Recovery

A few days ago, Sierra Leone’s northern neighbor Guinea was declared Ebola free....

November 19 Was World Toilet Day

Honestly, I was busy getting ready for Thanksgiving and then Christmas, so I neglected...

Goats Are Like an Insurance Policy

In Sierra Leone, one goat is worth a bit more than five bushels of rice. For a farmer...

Mobile Extension Services

Access to critical information and resources is one factor that keeps subsistence...

The Miracle Under Our Feet

On the farm in central Illinois where I grew up, the soil was rich and black. My dad...

Why Are We Still Talking About Ebola?

Street Child, a UK Charity that did amazing work on the ground during the Ebola crisis...

Precision Farming Comes to Africa

My brother does precision farming with satellite data controlling his giant farm...

Agricultural Adaptation to Climate Change Has to Happen

Although Sierra Leone has contributed little to the global buildup of greenhouse gasses,...

Mariatu’s Hope Infant Nutrition Program

Sierra Leone has the second highest infant mortality rate in the world. One in ten...

Go Ahead and Try Even If You Think You Can’t

Last year at this time we were trying to get the courage to commit to raising funds for...

Work and Invest Smart

Climate change is threatening global food security. Farming is part of the problem, but...

Agriculture Is the Real Diamond

Africa is much more than poverty, crises and disasters. Many African economies are...

We Can’t Let This Happen!

Each year the Global Harvest Initiative (GHI) publishes it’s Gap Report, a...

Family-to-Family

AmeriSierra is our response to the Ebola orphan crisis in Port Loko District....

Our Dream: Hope Innovation Farms

We started planning for Hope Innovation Farms before Ebola hit, but now it’s even...

Augie Viking at the Well Dedication

Mariatu’s Hoperecently dedicated the well at Bethel Primary School, the first well...

Over 12,000 Children Orphaned by Ebola

In any catastrophe, children suffer disproportionately. The Street Child Ebola Orphan...

Massive Flooding in Freetown

The rainy season should be tapering off by mid-September, but torrential rains are...

New Well at Bethel Primary School

After all the fundraising, shipping, clearing customs, training teams, and so many other...

Can You Add 3.76 Children to Your Family?

Imagine that you’re this woman with two children of your own. Maybe you’re a...

A Thousand Dollar Miracle

This week we received a check for $1,000 that we plan to use for the family of six...

Dance of Joy About Drinking Water

Mariatu’s Hope posted this video of children when they heard the announcement that...

First Tast of Clean Water

Imagine having your first taste of clean water. That’s what happened to this...

Drilling Rig Clears Customs in Freetown

The LS200 portable drilling rig arrived safely in Freetown. It was an answered prayer...

What Would I Do in Her Place?

If my heart were open to every tragedy, I might not be able to function, but this one...

Jim, Why Did You Give?

The Our Hearts Pump for Safe Water drilling rig campaign was a huge success because over...

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Faucets

The faucet at my kitchen sink would be like science fiction to Wara. Just having safe...

How to Set Up Your Team Page for our Razoo Giving Campaign

Here’s how you can be part of our team to provide safe water to thousands of...

LS 200 Portable Drilling Rig

We have so many possibilities for helping children, but we need a new tool, an LS 200...

Wara’s Signature

How important is it to be able to write your own name? I think it’s a fundamental...

“Call Me Miracle”

Please listen to Ruth Search of Mariatu’s Hope tell Peter’s amazing story....

Back to School

Finally, the Ebola stats are going down. President Koroma announced recently that...

100’s of Wells

I’m a sixty-seven year old woman living comfortably in Moline, Illinois. Is it...

Why Ebola Is So Personal

For most Americans, Ebola is no longer headline news. We seem to have calmed down about...

Help Us Respond to Ebola

Ebola changes things. This deadly disease is threatening children we know and love in...

HELP!  300 Kids in One Classroom

Help Build the School in Batkanu When we used $500 to start a one-room school in the...

Help Stop This Killer

Rainy season quickly becomes “sick season” starting in May. Last year,...

Our Year with Precious Hope

Through all of 2013, she was never far from our thoughts. Sometimes she was agonizingly...

It Worked! at Least for a While

It was the last day of our three-week mission. The dream I worked on for months was...

The Phone Call

The adoption of Precious Hope seemed to be getting so close despite all the frustrations...

The Long Road to the Library

When we started this journey, we never imagined it would take this long. It’s been...

Another Close Call

This is Precious a month before her first birthday. She was learning to walk...

How You Can Help a Sick Child

Please donate to our medical emergency fund. This is Binty holding Precious Hope. For...

The Story I Didn’t Want to Tell

This is Rugi. I didn’t want to hear it. I didn’t want to know it. I...

The Moment We Waited For

We waited such a long time to see her and touch her. When the moment finally came, it...

Pa-Kom-Rabai

No that’s not African pizza. It’s party refreshments, and it includes fish...

One Little Hand in Mine

We learned on our first trip to the rice swamp that our new partners, the people of the...

What Will It Take?

I think a lot about two beautiful and determined women. I met them at the swamp and...

Sigh of Relief!

As soon as we arrived in Sierra Leone on September 10, we headed for the swamp....

Thank You, Hope Seeds, Inc.

What effect can millions of seeds have on people who experience a “hungry season” as a...

Does Child Sponsorship Work?

I caught my breath when I saw the headline. It was the cover story of the June issue of...

Which Destiny?

In mid-May three men arrived in Freetown announcing that Mahawa, Precious’ grandma, was...

House of Hope Youth Club

Often when people think of orphans, they think of very young children like Mohammed and...

Who Is Dependent?

One of the issues we faced when we first considered supporting House of Hope was the...

Crossing the Border

When my friend Carolynn, who is affectionately called Mama Caroline, and I made our...

Mercy Journey

Pastor Abdul was more confident than I was that MaHawa’s family would welcome her...

Past Time to Get Started

Often when people think of orphans, they think of very young children like Mohammed and...

Why Not Skip the Yard Sale?

There are children in Sierra Leone who are naked, not because of preference or cultural...

Grandma Is Going Home

I just learned that her name is Ma Hawa. Since December 1 when I first learned about...