Today we want to share with you a charity we found through Giving Artfully. Not only is Contagious Hope listed on Giving Artfully but also a staff pick! Contagious Hope founded in 2009 by Linda Nonini. She, like so many others covered in this blog started with the certain knowledge that hope is an action word. Hope unlocks the soul's potential. Hope is the never ending fountain from which we gain strength for living.
Linda, and the team that works with her at Contagious Hope are people of deep personal faith. "Contagious Hope Inc., was organized exclusively for religious, charitable, medical and educational purpose in May 2009.
It all began with one person and one big dream. "One day I was making Christmas stockings for the children in Uganda. I told them not to expect much since my sewing wasn't the best. I was told not to worry about it because 'no one has ever given these kids a gift before.' Little did I know how that statement would change my life. I knew I had to do more. The Lord placed on my heart to help not only these children but other children around the world. This ministry does not belong to me, but to the Lord.*
Matthew 16:26 (New International Version)
What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?" http://www.contagioushope.com/about.html
This is true. For everyone who works in a charity knows that its in the giving of ourselves to serve others that we find ourselves! And yes I too am a person that finds her hope in Christ alone through faith alone. (Its not a secret from people who know me.)
Contagious hope provides necessities for children in orphanages in third world countries. They need everything that you would buy/make for your own child. Shoes, clothing, hats, scarves, blankets, toys... Its all important to keeping a child safe from illness and warm. This is where YOU come in go to http://www.givingartfully.com/campaigns/contagious-heart-baby-booties-baby-blankets/ fill out the Giving Artfully form and send your donations to a WONDERFUL cause. Over the next couple of months my daughter and I will be working to make hats, and booties for children in orphanages in Kenya. We have a strong connection to Kenya though friends and are more keenly aware of how we can help stem the tide of poverty. http://www.contagioushope.com/services.html
Contagious Hope has another wonderful project I want to share with you all because it is exciting! Normally I try to keep to the crafting end of charitable work but this is such a vital program to the health and well being of children, I thought I should share it with you! This is our latest and most exciting project that will be taking place in Kenya. Did you know that each month hundreds of babies are being abandoned at birth? While some babies are being left at hospitals or safe houses, many are being dumped in rivers, public schools and rubbish sites. Too many babies are dying from exposure, suffocation or starvation.
Child abandonment is a symptom of poverty and hopelessness and often all it would take is a mother knowing where to turn to for help.
Contagious Hope wants to be that place.
We'll be creating more than just an orphanage, we'll be creating new beginnings. Outside of the building will be a special "box" where the unwanted babies will be placed. This box will sound the alarm alerting the 24 hour caregivers that a baby has arrived. The baby will immediately be taken and the anonymity of the mother will be ensured.
Inside our building will be a bright, safe and loving environment where babies will be kept until a loving home can be found for them.
As you can imagine a project like this take a lot of compassion, dedication and of course finances. In order to get started we will need $30,000. We have several examples on how you can give and every penny of your tax deductible gift counts. Please consider making your donation today. You can donate by going to our "How I can help page".
Examples on how your money will be used:
$5.00 for a week of baby wipes
$10.00 for a week of diapers
$15.00 for sheets for every bed
$30.00 for a month of formula
$75.00 for a crib
$____any amount for where it is needed the most.
This is a wonderful charity and I was very proud to be able to share it with you my readers. Now my daughter and I will be knitting and crocheting for Kenya until about December... if you care to join us please contact Linda Nonini http://www.contagioushope.com/form.html Below are two pictures of the reason this project in Kenya is so close to my heart. That statuesque, beautiful young woman pictured I became acquainted with 4 years ago and she has been a joy ever since. How many of these children will become a joy to the world?
**Opinions expressed on blogs about which I write are the opinion of the blog authors and DO NOT necessarily reflect my own opinion.