We are very excited to present to you our September Hope Box. This month we have picked two organizations to give back to, both within the United States and abroad. One helps to build fresh water wells in Haiti and one that is helping to support women refugees in the U.S. and around the world. We are also including a copy of "The Hole in our Gospel", which was awarded the 2010 ECPA Christian Book of the Year award.
The Hole in our gospel
"Is our faith only about going to church, studying the Bible, and avoiding the most serious sins - or does God expect more? Have we embraced the whole gospel or a gospel with a hole in it?"
"The Hole in Our Gospel has changed people's lives. Stearns's compelling story demonstrates that the whole gospel was always meant to be a world-changing, social revolution, a revolution that begins with each one of us."
WE STARTED WITH ONE BAR OF SOAP AND A SIMPLE MISSION:
BUY A BAR. GIVE A BAR.
"In 2011, we stumbled upon an article stating 5 million children die each year from water related illnesses. After some research, we learned that 45% of these deaths could be prevented with simple hand washing alone. We decided to create a household product that could also save lives and Hand in Hand Soap was born!"
"To us, finding the right non-profit to partner was about working with an established organization, with people we liked and trusted. We found the perfect match with world-wide child advocacy group, My Neighbor's Children. Through them we focus our donations in Haiti because they have been working there for the past 25 years & understand where the need is greatest. To this day, 100% of our donations go to the children of Haiti."
TO DATE, WE HAVE DONATED OVER 1 MILLION BARS OF SOAP + BUILT OR REPAIRED 4 WELLS THAT PROVIDE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WITH CLEAN WATER.
"In 2009 three like-minded people got together. Each of us had been working in different places in the world to help lift families out of poverty, but wanted to do something more. What inspired us most was the idea of creating opportunities for women artisans to thrive."
"So was born Prosperity Candle, a social enterprise that supports refugees and artisans through candle-making and beautifully crafted vessels easily refilled or re-purposed for a lifetime of enjoyment. As we like to say, there's a story behind every candle we pour."
Project 35 is a program that specifically targets children living on and/or soliciting food on the streets of Kamina. These vulnerable children go undernourished and are at high risk physically and emotionally. Through Project 35, we cook a delicious and nutritious meal three times a week to help decrease the incidence of malnourishment.
Cost for monthly sponsorship is $35.