THP Partners with Wheels for the World

THP Partners with Wheels for the World

It was like Christmas in February in Bulgaria as the Hanna Project container loaded with 100 wheel chairs, 95 walkers, 78 crutches, 52 canes, and 72 baby blankets was unloaded in Svishtov.  With the help of church members, workers from the Center for Children with Disabilities and city hall workers sent by the mayor of Svishtov, the container was unloaded in less than two hours.

Click on this link 2018 Bulgaria THP and WftW Report to read the full report of how this incredible gift is impacting so many people with help, hope, and healing. We are thankful for Wheels for the World, a ministry of Joni and Friends partnering with us to make this gift possible. We are also very much appreciative of all who have supported The Hanna Project to make this difference in the lives of so many people. If you are interested in being a part of bringing help, hope, and healing to the suffering around the world click here and become a partner with us.

 

This is Shymkent

This is Shymkent

It’s not third world, but a place where people can find hope.  This is the Hope Center in Shymkent, one of five in Kazakhstan and Tajikistan combined.  It’s grey, and new, but it’s growing. It’s not quite done yet, but we’re getting there.  If there’s a need, they meet it. If there’s a hole, they fill it.  If there’s a hurt, they heal it.   And it really is that simple.  We work together for the common good of spreading HOPE.  We are the body, and without the tangible works of the body, there is no opportunity for hope.  And that is the exact purpose of this building, this campus, and these people; to provide an opportunity for hope.  It’s not tradition, and it’s not theology.  So despite politics and oppression, despite evil and obstacles, despite hopelessness and despite everything, HOPE is here!!!!  — Tony THP team member

Watch the video about Shymkent.

Japan ’16 – What if I hadn’t gone?

Japan ’16 – What if I hadn’t gone?

I asked myself the question, “What if I had never gone on this trip, what would I have missed?” I would never have met our workers and friends in Japan.  I think about the teams that I have been fortunate enough to be part of and the relationships that formed from our times together. We go over to help others, but sometimes I think I gain more than they get out of me. To the ones that help support us, THANKS!  In return I ask, “Why not you next year?”  There is so much to gain from going, helping do the work, and showing support to our missionaries and seeing another culture. When I get back to states I’m thankful for what I have because, WOW we have been blessed!  — Stephen THP team member

Central Asia ’16 – The Hug

Central Asia ’16 – The Hug

The Hug

While working in the eye clinic I was asked to come to the hallway to help with an injury since I am an RN.  A boy about 10 years old had been riding his bike and somehow deeply cut the back of his leg, right above the heel. There was a wide path of blood from the doorway to the bench where he had been seated. His shoe was full of the blood that was pouring from the injury. I put pressure on the wound, but the blood didn’t stop. Someone brought one of the Wound Care Kits we had taken to distribute. We used the gauze from the kit to bandage the wound but it still required pressure.  Since the eye clinic was still seeing people, we needed to clear the hallway. We decided to take him to his house.…I showed the mother how to hold pressure a number of times. I held my hand tight over hers until she was able to control the bleeding.  Later, close to time to leave for the day, the boy and his mother came to show us that the bleeding had stopped. The mother gave me a hug.

I was so happy that she had accepted our help and wanted to thank us…On our last day to work at the Hope Center it was dark when we left for the night.  Just as I was getting into the car the boy came to tell me he was doing very well and gave me a hug. I’ll never forget that hug.  – Joan THP team member

Central Asia ’16 – I Can See

Central Asia ’16 – I Can See

An older Kazak woman sat down.  She wore a scarf on her head; her face moist with perspiration dripping off her chin. She said, through the translator, “I heard about you and have ridden a bus a very long way to get here.” I told her I was so glad she came and wiped her brow with napkins. She thanked me. We proceeded with the eye exam.  I began trying the different lens. She was very quiet with each one, until I placed the correct lens over her eye, she was thrilled. She nodded yes, YES! I told her I would like for her to read my favorite Book, she held in her hands. She indicated she would and thanked us many times. She was all smiles. We hugged as she stood up to go get her glasses from the table. — Joan THP team member

Bulgaria ’16 – Cooking

Bulgaria ’16 – Cooking

The first evening of the cooking class found Casey and Mrs. Dottie leading. Casey made homemade tortillas for a fajita and some sugar cookies!  Over twenty people attended.

The ladies cooked some American type of foods, but used ingredients that the Bulgarians can find in their stores.  After dinner each evening, students from the New Life English class, from the past several months, “practiced” their English with the team members. There were many great conversations at our tables.

On the final day, under Holly’s direction, the ladies made homemade pancakes, homemade syrup, scrambled eggs, bacon, a fruit cup and cinnamon rolls! They did an outstanding job! Pancakes and syrup were a new dish that many do not make in Bulgaria. Cinnamon rolls are very few and far between, and sliced strips of bacon is not often done. The ones who attended were so excited, ate very well, and we even gave them the recipes in Bulgarian so they could make pancakes and syrup on their own! I had a teenage girl tell me she was excited about coming because she came to have the pancakes!
It was a great morning with 50 or more people attending, including the Mayor of Svishtov and the head doctor of the children’s ward along with three nurses! The mayor of Svishtov and the director of the children’s ward came in person to say, “Thank you to The Hanna Project for what you have done for our town!”

A local newspaper also came and interviewed us about our project. We were able to share about other THP projects that we are involved in around the world, as well as share some of the reasons we were in Svishtov this year.

Here is a part of what the newspaper printed,

“The children’s ward of the hospital, ‘Dimitar Pavlovich’, was repaired by volunteers, members of the American non-governmental organization, “The Hanna Project”. The funds for the repair of the value 7 200 Leva were submitted by the organization, and the labor group was completely voluntary… For four days a children’s ward was transformed beyond recognition. With the donated funds and charity work, the team painted the hallway and 10 rooms (6 in the teen sector, and 4 in the nursery).  “The Hanna Project also purchased new beds, mattresses and furnishings for the rooms, as well as furniture for the dining room. The beds all have new bed linens, which unfortunately are scarce in Bulgaria,” said the head of a children’s ward Dr. Daoud.  The doctor was impressed by the smiling and hard-working Americans, their charity and the hearty improvements to the hospital!

Bulgaria ’16 – Hospital

Bulgaria ’16 – Hospital

Our first morning started with breakfast at the cafe, then we walked forever up the hill to the hospital carrying two, 50 pound duffle bags of supplies. We lived!

We were greeted at the hospital by the children’s ward staff that consisted of two doctors and five nurses. They had a traditional greeting for us with bread, spice13509007_10208479819928005_6559551465244260687_ns and honey. It was very nice of them and they were great hosts at the hospital.

During the week we painted six patient rooms, a hallway, the entire children’s section, and the nursery. It was warm, but not too bad and we were excited to be able to work. The children’s ward chief doctor ate lunch with us, so we had some great visiting time with her.

At the close of the week, we were able to put furniture into some of the finished rooms! Everyone was very thrilled because the new supplies were purchased by The Hanna Project.  It was a joy to see the excitement of the doctors and nurses of this children’s unit. The exuberance was felt everywhere!

After long hours and lots of hard work, we finished our hospital project. The hospital director (the guy who runs the entire hospital) came and thanked us for all of our hard work. He said our enthusiasm and joy was contagious and it had the whole hospital talking. He said it had the doctors and nurses in the children’s ward smiling a lot!

We are thankful The Hanna Project team was able to provide:
~ paint for ten rooms, two hallways, one sitting area, and three entry ways, with brushes and rollers.
~ twenty-two twin size beds with mattresses, pillows, blankets and new sheets.
~ six new baby beds with mattresses, blankets and sheets.
~ twelve new tables.

It warmed our hearts as the nurses followed us down the hall thanking us and telling us goodbye until we were gone. It reminded us of leaving grandma’s house in another state and her waving good-bye as you drove down the street leaving.

Thirty hours ago, one taxi, four airplanes, one church van and one truck ride later, The Hanna Project team returned home!

–Darren Walker

Cote d’Ivoire ’16

Cote d’Ivoire ’16

1 country – Cote d’Ivoire
2 locations – hospital & school
3 opportunities –
HELP with a soccer clinic and med kit distribution
HOPE by completing construction on a local school
HEALING surgeon teaching and performing surgeries

This is how you could describe Cote d’Ivoire THP ’16.

Which way did they go?
3 countries of origin – workers from Brazil, USA & Madagascar joined forces
10+ flights delivered 27 people from those 3 countries
1 surgeon (2 doctors) 20+ surgeries
1 speaker to the Ivorian women’s conference + 1 translator
3 veteran workers from Cote d’Ivoire, 1 from Spain, 1 from Madagascar, and 1 from Brazil
15+ college students with 1 professional video/photographer
Why? To bring HELP, HOPE and HEALING to those who needed it most!!!

We want to thank everyone for your prayers and thoughts during a few stressful hours for our team in the Cote d’Ivoire on the final Sunday evening of THP IC ’16. Even in the tragedy that occurred in Abidjan, the THP “home” base, we were reminded once again of the tremendous longing for HELP, HOPE and HEALING that is needed all around the world. Because of your support and participation, we can continue to do what we have been called to do.
The 20+ successful surgeries, the 300+ children touched through the soccer camp, the countless hours and sweat expended on the school construction project (which can now open in September) and the 3 villages visited — ALL were made possible because The Hanna Project continues to fulfill its mission, through and with so many people, right alongside our Ivorian partners!

Ivory Coast ’16 – Soccer & School

Ivory Coast ’16 – Soccer & School

What do an Ivorian youth leader, an American youth leader and an English/French translator…all part of The Hanna Project, have in common?  A very successful week of work!

After a very, long day of travel for the construction and soccer group, the team arrived in Bondoukou.  The construction team evaluated, calculated, and worked alongside the Ivorian workers to complete a roofing project for the new school building.  The soccer team went into the public schools and invited more than 300 children to attend the clinic and games for Wednesday – Saturday.

A Wednesday of thankfulness….
1st stage of construction project complete
70+ children reached with the MESSAGE of HOPE at the soccer camp
Bucket baths each day

THP Thursday – THP Ivory Coast…a day in the life!
Go to a village and meet the local chief and regional queen, then receive a goat as a gift when you give them med kits and soccer balls.
See goats crossing the road.
Dig deep holes, make cement by hand and sweat just a little.
Watch college students work really hard.

Eat, sleep and get ready for a great Friday!

A great day to finish the high school soccer camp and ready for elementary tomorrow.

Saturday is wash day in Ivory Coast and it also marked the final day of soccer, surgeries and school construction activities for a The Hanna Project! We are happy with the end results of the many opportunities to work with 300+ students at the soccer camp/clinic and help the school building be ready for use in September.

Ecuador Earthquake

Ecuador Earthquake

Here is a trusted link and trusted people if you would like to help with the relief efforts in Ecuador following the powerful earthquake.
Rich VanEaton
Sponsor and Donor Relations Director
Compassion International

P.S. If you feel led to give a special gift to help with disaster relief efforts, like the earthquake in Ecuador, you can do so by giving to Compassion’s Disaster Relief Fund. http://www.compassion.com/ecuador-earthquake-donation.htm…

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