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November 2020

Helping Hands International’s Sifting Teams continued to work through 11/6/20 until the number of Fire Victim requests started to dwindle and the winter weather set-in with heavy rains and even snow on the surrounding mountains.  In total, we were able to sift approximately 68 homes and send out about 340 Volunteers during Phase 2 of our Disaster Response!  It was beautiful to witness the Lord moving through our Volunteers to encourage Fire Victims and watch individuals and families reach some closure.  A special thanks to the continued sacrifice and commitment of our Sifting Team Leaders and out of State Volunteers – some of which were interviewed by local news stations – click here to see the Foreward Edge Team from WA who spent 3 days sifting with HHI!  Helping Hands International is now in the process of forming a Phase 3 response, which is likely to involve the Phoenix/Talent School district so please be on the lookout for more information in the coming days!  Finally, if you would like to be a HHI financial supporter, Volunteer or both, please go to our website (www.helpinghandsinternational.com) to learn about how you can be involved – we’d love for you to join us!

To God be the Glory,

Helping Hands International Staff

 

 

 

 

 

October 2020

Helping Hands International continued to provide meals to Fire Victims via our Food Distribution Teams at the Jackson County Expo. through 10/5/20.  In total, we deployed our about 273 Food Distribution Volunteers to the Jackson County Expo. and served approximately 12k meals at the Salvation Army food trailer – thanks Major Jason and Angelina Koenig!  For the remainder of the month, we focused on sifting through the debris of individual Fire Victims homes.  A special thanks goes out to our Sifting Team Leaders and repeat Volunteers, particularly those who came all the way from Bend, Sherwood and Tennessee – we are so thankful for you!  You can read more about the Sifting Teams efforts here and, if you would like to become a HHI financial supporter, volunteer or both, we’d love for you to join us!

To God be the Glory,

Helping Hands International Staff

 

 

 

 

 

September 2020

Helping Hands International completed the construction of the Hope Community Park at the beginning of September, thanks to approximately 200 Volunteers, and had plans to have a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate but, like many organization in the Rogue Valley, postponed those plans due to the unexpected Almeda and Obenchain fires which on 9/8/20-09/9/20 destroyed nearly 3,000 structures and displaced almost 11k residents in Southern Oregon.

We received hundreds of online registration forms from individuals in the community and beyond wanting to help local Fire Victims and ultimately formed a three pronged Disaster Relief approach in which we (1) organized and deployed Food Distribution Teams to the Jackson County Expo. to serve meals (2) created online platforms to collect donations for Fire Victims and (3) trained and sent out Sifting Teams to go through the debris of individual Five Victims homes!  You can read more about our daily efforts here.

Thank you to everyone who helped complete the Hope Community Park and  who volunteered with our Disaster Relief efforts to Southern Oregon Fire Victims – God used your willingness to give of your time, materials, finances and words of encouragement to make a difference in our community!

If you would like to become a HHI financial supporter, volunteer or both, we’d love for you to join us!

To God be the Glory,

Helping Hands International Staff

 

 

 

 

 

August 2020

Helping Hands International continued construction on the new Christian Dream School in Kenya this month; we are happy to share the walls and roof are now complete!

We also announced that our Child Sponsorship program is expanding to India – see the 17 new students who are posted online and waiting for monthly sponsors like you!

In addition, Helping Hands International continued spreading the word about the opportunity to serve at the Southern Oregon Makeover project, namely the Hope Community Park, as either a volunteer or financial supporter.  Click here to view theDove TV and Radio broadcasts and select this link to see the local businesses who are already supporting this year’s project – this is truly a community event!

Thank you to everyone who has supported the new school in Kenya, the Child Sponsorship expansion in India and the S.Oregon Makeover project by giving time, materials and/or finances!

If you would like to become a HHI financial supporter, volunteer or both, we’d love for you to join us!

To God be the Glory,

Helping Hands International Staff

 

 

 

 

 

July 2020

Helping Hands International has partnered with a local Rotary and Kidshare to build eight new classrooms and six new latrines (pit toilets) at our Christian Dream School in Kenya!

Construction started this month thanks to local villagers who came together to support this project by digging trenches and forming the 6,000 stones necessary to complete the new building.  THANK YOU to our friends who are truly working so hard!

If you would like to be a HHI financial supporter, volunteer, or both, we’d love for you to join us!

To God be the Glory,

Helping Hands International Staff

 

 

 

 

 

June 2020

Helping Hands International announced three projects this month, namely two fundraisers and a service project!  We are specifically trying to raise funds for our staff between now and the end of August, through a “Keep HHI Staff Going!” campaign, and for the 2020 S. Oregon Makeover project, through our annual phonathon.  We also announced the opportunity for people to volunteer to help build the “Hope Park”, which is an outdoor activities area for individuals and families living in the Salvation Army’s Hope House (a transitional living facility for those facing homelessness) – click here to register!  Will you help us either as a financial supporter, volunteer or both?  We’d love for you to join us!

To God be the Glory,

Helping Hands International Staff

 

 

 

 

 

May 2020

Helping Hands International was awarded the Silver Seal of Transparency from GuideStar this month, which places us in the top 2% of the nonprofits on GuideStar, the nation’s premier nonprofit database.  We also announced a India Orphanage project in an effort to bless >30 children in need of an enclosed shelter at the “Bethany Children Home” this October.  We invite you to register for the trip and/or donate today!  “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” – James 1:27

To God be the Glory,

Helping Hands International Staff

 

 

 

 

 

April 2020

Helping Hands International announced a COVID-19 Disaster Relief eCard response project this month in an effort to bless individuals and families impacted by the health crisis. So far we have blessed over 25 individuals and families in Oregon with $50 eGift cards from Walmart.  In addition, we used social media method to encourage our readers to participate in a “Share the love of God” campaign where individuals completed a HHI flyer and shared their pictures on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. We also worked with our partners in India and Kenya to ensure over 350 families received famine relief during this time of uncertainty by purchasing beans, rice etc.  Finally, we announced an opportunity to raise funds for HHI through GoFundMe’s COVID-19 matching gift program, which we are happy to report raised over $1k but, which did NOT result in a match from GoFundMe, due to the fact we did not meet the donor count threshold within the time frame provided.  

To God be the Glory,

Helping Hands International Staff

 

 

 

 

 

March 2020

Helping Hands International was planning to send our first round of 2020 Volunteers to Baja, Mexico on 3/22/20 to build three homes for families in need until COVID-19 travel restrictions were released (see COVID-19 video update for more information)!  Please continue to pray for our Team Leader, Nate Decoste, and the 30+ Volunteers who committed to building these new homes over a seven day period as we hope to reschedule the trip for later in the year.  If you would like to help Helping Hands International offset the cost of one or more of these new homes, please visit our Donate page today – thank you!

To God be the Glory,

Helping Hands International Staff

February 2020

During February Helping Hands International’s President and Founder, Ron Ashpole, had the privilege to speak with Ashland Christian Fellowship on 02/02/20.  We encourage you to listen to the entire message but, particularly Ron’s section (starting around the 52 minute mark), which focused on being mission-minded.  We also reached out for volunteers to join us as we planned to partner with Samaritan’s Purse to provide Disaster Relief to flood victims in Pendleton, Oregon.  Fortunately/Unfortunately, we had to cancel the trip because Samaritan’s Purse received an unexpected influx of local volunteers, which resulted in open work orders closing more quickly.  We appreciated everyone who responded to our “Call for Volunteers” – we hope you can join us next time!  Finally, during the monthly of February we received the exciting news that the clean water project in the Mathare slums of Nairobi Kenya was officially completed.  This single project is expected to benefit the 527 pupils at the Mcedo Beijing School as well as the surrounding community.  THANK YOU to everyone who donated to this project!  If you would like to join Helping Hands International on a future service project, or become a financial supporter, please visit our Trip Registration and/or Donate page today!

To God be the Glory,

Helping Hands International Staff

January

Helping Hands International has been busy this month finalizing our 2020 Service Project calendar, coordinating with Team Leaders to roll-out our new online Trip Registration process and continuing to support the projects we committed to complete at the end of 2019.

We are happy to announce we have 12 confirmed, and 3 to be announced, 2020 Service Projects!
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To volunteer, submit an Interest Form today – approximately 10% of our total volunteer count in 2019 has already registered for 2020!
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Well drilling in the Mathare slums is well underway (pun intended)! Drilling started on 1/17/20, was completed by 1/19/20, and we are now proceeding with water purification tests and identifying the best pump for the location.  This would not have been possible without your generous donations – THANK YOU!
Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya

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Helping Hands International is a nondenominational Christian Organization dedicated to sending teams throughout the world to bring help and hope to hurting people. Sharing the love of God through practical help is our primary Goal.

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