Shane and I recently received an updated photo from Baby Akram, the Ugandan student we sponsor. The top pic is before he began attending @raisetheroofacademy and the bottom pic is what he looks like after being in school for a few months! He already looks too old to be called “Baby” but that’s not going to stop us 😂 We’re so thankful to be part of his life and for him to be part of ours. His little notes and drawings he sends light up our hearts! ❤️❤️ Thanks so much RTRA for all you are doing for our sweet boy! ...
Join the mission team that recently returned from a week in Quito, Ecuador this Sunday, December 17 at 10 a.m. in the New Parish Hall. Come hear about the amazing work the Episcopal Church is doing, the connections made between Emaus Episcopal Church and St. Mary’s, and learn about how to become involved. #educationequalshope#quitoquest
This past week we partnered with @educationequalshope and helped plant corn on STEEP mountain sides.
We were incredibly blessed by the community of Emaús and the St. Mary’s team.
Another great day with the Emaus Episcopal Community in Ecuador. We traveled outside the city to a protected forest where we hiked, played games, and deepened relationships. For some of these kids, it was their first time outside their urban environment and out into God's creation. #educationequalshope#AnglicanCommunion
Not even close to the whole group but a quick snap under the beautiful "Welcome" sign on the Ecuador Mission Team's first day at Emaus Episcopal Church in Quito, Ecuador! #faithandservice#educationequalshope
Our newest college partner St. Thomas Aquila’s College, screened our documentary First Degree and hosted a panel discussion last night. It was a wonderful evening with very thought-provoking questions from the students.
From left to right:
Dr. Ellen Chayet, Dir, MPA in Criminal Justice Administration, Tarik Greene, Deputy Director, M.a.d.a Transitions Services, Sean Pica, Executive Director Hudson Link, Chief Wiliam Barbera, Chief of Patrol, Rockland County Sheriff's County & Dr. Sammy Arroyo, Dir of Programs Hudson Link
For #famfriday we have to congratulate our 2017 Gala Award Recipient, Van Jones for writing a new book detailing how Americans on both sides can work together to make changes. Congratulations Van!
For #famfriday we absolutely have to share the news that HL alum Samuel Hamilton has been appointed to the board of the Fortune Society, one of our amazing partners in this work. Here's what he had to say about the experience of being chosen for this important role: "With the support of Hudson Link and through the power of education, I was able to deconstruct and reconstruct a new me.
In September 2014, after serving 32 years in prison, I was released and was accepted into the Fortune Society Academy, (also known as the Castle). The Castle provided me with a safe space to reintegrate back into society. While at the Castle I began to stand out to my peers and staff as someone who is focused, disciplined, knowledgeable, and who have a lot to offer. After completing Fortune's transitional program, my name must have come up as someone who would be idea as a Fortune Board Member. The rest is history. I am honored and humbled to have been confirmed as a Fortune Board Member and to now have the opportunity to serve an organization invested in saving the lives of individuals experiencing the collateral effected of criminal justice involvement." Congrats Samuel - we are so proud of you!
Con mi gran amigo @gustavonavarro69 en Canal Uno viendo como puedo dar educacion a unos niños en Guayaquil y darles esperanza. De verdad, un hombre con un gran corazon. // with a local newscaster at channel one news to see how we can give hope to children in Guayaquil. Honestly a great man with a huge heart. #educationequalshope#hopelovecommunity
This is Maria Isabel (in orange) and her family. She is a recipient of the Education=Hope scholarship program in Gualsaqui, a small indigenous community in the highlands. This week we have an E=H vision trip on the ground visiting homes, praying and getting to know the kids that form part of this incredible academic micro-scholarship program. And we get to partner with both Gualsaqui and E=H and be blessed by these hardworking and beautiful kids.
Carmen Bajo: A neighborhood with a high rate of unemployment, poverty and abuse. Even through the darkness, we empower these kids to push through because we believe they will become ambassadors of Christ in their community as well as our future doctors and engineers. #youthworld#quitoquest#ministrysite#educationequalshope
E=H has a new ministry partner in San Ramon, Costa Rica. Community Action Alliance is working to make a difference in the lives of children and their education!
So thankful for our ministry partners at @fashionandcompassion for taking the time to visit our ministry site in Uganda! #educationequalshope#uganda#hopeforthefuture
Spent 8 hours in a van today to visit a partner project of@educationequalshope - Family Spirit School & Orphanage. The work was started by a couple who are both HIV+ and many of the children they serve are HIV+ or otherwise abandoned.
This young lady is HIV+ and is learning tailoring/sewing so she can help sew the uniforms of the over 225 children who live on the compound and attend the school.
Just yesterday the local police brought a malnourished, neglected 3 year old to Family Spirit for the love and nourishment he needs.
I also had the privilege of meeting a student from the project who is now studying Electrical Engineering at University in Kampala. This program is bringing hope and a future to the forgotten.
For more information visit www.educationequalshope.org.
Meet David, a volunteer at the Blessing School for the Visually Impaired (BSVI). I gave him one of the @fashionandcompassion Jesus 2016 shirts! Even in Rwanda they are hopeful that Jesus will return before the US Presidential election!
This is Thierry, the teacher of 1st grade, at the Blessing School for the Visually Impaired (BSVI) and Bosco, the Founder & Director. Thierry has been working with blind children for 15 years! Bosco has a 4 year-old blind daughter named Hannah Blessing who inspired him to start the school.
They are each holding a Braille typewriter we brought that the children will soon be learning how to use.
This is Donatha. She is 18 and in the first grade at the Blessing School for the Visually Impaired (BSVI) in Rwanda. She's from an extremely poor family in a remote area and had no opportunity to attend school until Bosco, the Director of BSVI found her. She is now at the top of her small class. In this picture she is reading scripture and sharing a message of hope and encouragement at BSVI's weekly Chapel service today. She is SO happy to have the opportunity to learn and have hope for her future, even if she got a late start.
This school desperately needs monthly sponsors to support the monthly operations of the school so children like Donatha have hope. You can sign up to support the school monthly at www.educationequalshope.org or send me a message for more information.