December 2016 Newsletter
December 10, 2016
Dear Bountiful Hope Foundation Sponsors,
The holiday season often includes good food, table settings, and decorations that help create a special atmosphere. This year, because of your support of Mapoulo’s catering business, many Basotho people will experience memorable celebrations as well! Mapoulo (pictured below) has been able to purchase a variety of catering supplies, which has enabled her business to grow. Her vision of being able to give back to her community by helping young teen mothers and teaching them catering is closer to being realized because of your generosity.
Beyond the gift that you gave to Mapoulo, your donations this year provided over 80 orphans an opportunity to attend school. The Bountiful Hope students continue to be overwhelmed that donors would send funds to pay for their education and be interested in their lives. Many of the Bountiful Hope orphans attended a retreat this year that was held at the Good Shepherd’s Center for Teen Moms. It was a time of laughter and tears as they gathered with one another to share stories, dance, and sing.
A highlight this year was that several of the orphans who have graduated came to share their stories. The graduated students talked about how they now are teachers, accountants, or in collage. Their testimonies of how they made it through because of the hope that education provided them was powerful beyond measure. In the social work field this kind of sharing is called “high Impact” sharing, which often brings about great change.
Another highlight was when a high school group from Holland, Michigan came to spend a day with the Bountiful Hope orphans. This left a huge impression on all. Knowing that, even across an ocean, love and care exists, gives an extra dose of strength that is needed. It takes great courage to be an orphan in Lesotho, especially as a young single mother.
Helping one orphan have an opportunity of education, or build a business, or help empower vocational dreams, can change everything! Beyond the educational and economic programs, Bountiful Hope Foundation, in collaboration with other non-profit organizations in Lesotho, will continue the on-going efforts of the computer lab/center and the purchased land development, while we make sure to lay an infrastructure that will support sustainability and bring about the greatest possible benefit to the vulnerable people of Lesotho. It is challenging, yet the diligent support received is exciting.
The following are opportunities to contribute if you have not had a chance this year:
- Fund one orphan’s tuition for a full school year ($375.00).
- Provide the student with a school uniform ($75.00).
- Supply a student care package of necessities given at beginning of school term ($50.00).
- Contribute to the vocational programs and land development.
If you have an interest in volunteering to assist Bountiful Hope Foundation and/or if you are interested in making a trip to Lesotho, Africa, please let us know. Attached is a thank you note from Moremoholo, who is in 12th grade (Form E) at Auray high school. He expresses well how your generous support has helped changed his life.
With hearts of gratitude,
Bountiful Hope Foundation