This month, I’m beyond excited to partner with Project HOPEFUL in a bitty little way in featuring them as the MERCY iNK Cause of the Month.
If you’re not familiar with them, Project HOPEFUL’s mission is to bring hope to overlooked children and vulnerable mothers around the world. They work in the United States and globally to support families and individuals fostering, adopting, or considering care for overlooked orphaned children. Project HOPEFUL believes adoption is a wonderful gift for children in many circumstances, but it isn’t always the best answer.
Therefore, they have developed a focused set of in-country care efforts in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Uganda and Ukraine to provide direct care and support to women, children and families who are without resources. Their goal is to bring the right educational, financial, spiritual, and emotional resources to bear where they can make the most impact for each overlooked child.
While Project HOPEFUL now raises awareness for many categories of “overlooked” adoptable children, their roots are in the care of children who are HIV+, which is one of the reasons I love their work so much.
For my practicum placement for my BSW (social work) degree, I spent a semester working full time in an outpatient, primary care unit of an incredible teaching hospital in Boston. In particular, I worked with patients who were HIV+, helping to get them needed community services, manage meds, and empower them to get the best care to live their best lives.
It surprised me then, nearly ten years ago, that so much stigma and misinformation surrounded HIV and AIDS; so it really shocks me now to hear some of the same stigmas swirling, especially in relation to adopting children that are HIV+. If you do not know the facts or understand the disease, I urge to take a minute to read these medical facts on HIV and AIDS and this pamphlet on the truth about caring for a child who is HIV+.
Project HOPEFUL’s advocacy work and campaigns to promote truth are what originally led me to them years ago.
Now, wouldn’t you know, I live not so far away from Charisa Knight, who works as the Director of Project HOPEFUL’s FIG (Sponsorship) Awassa program. We’ve had the chance to meet at a couple of local adoption gatherings, and I think the whole thing is pretty wild, since I heard about Project HOPEFUL years ago, way before our adoption journey ever began.
Project HOPEFUL’s work has now expanded to include many groups of overlooked children, as well as providing direct care for women, children, and families in-country. Which brings us to the month of April and MERCY iNK…
Charisa and the PH team are working oh so hard to raise the funds needed to supply a new, desperately needed clean water well in Bona Kiike Kebele, Ethiopia.
And guys, they are so this close. $3865 away from their huge original goal.
So, for any donation of $25 or more to this specific project, you will receive a digital download of this MERCY iNK print, designed especially for the Awassa water project.
You can give a tax deductible gift here and fill in the amount at Fresh Clean Water. Or, if you’d prefer to send a check, please email charisa @ projecthopeful.org
Lastly, $10 from every sale of this necklace for the month of April benefits PH. I can’t wait to bless them big, so help us out and head over to grab one of these special pieces that Charisa and I collaborated on.
You can learn more about the Awassa program here on Charisa’s blog.
Thanks for joining MERCY iNK to give back BIG!
Awassa photos via Charissa Knight