The Beginning

 

                              The joy of holding a Basotho baby.

                              The joy of holding a Basotho baby.

Hello, my name is Cindy Trollinger and I am one of the Founders of Bountiful Hope Foundation. In 2004, my son, Joshua, and I went to Lesotho to visit my mom (Harriet) and her husband (Bill), who were volunteering at Beautiful Gate (a wonderful care center for abandoned babies).  During our trip, we met Sister Constance from the Good Shepherd Center.  As a friendship was forged, so to was a dream that Sister Constance held close to her heart - starting an education fund for Lesotho's orphans.

Sister Constance passionately shared how Lesotho children were greatly impacted by the death of their parents largely from a lack of medical interventions and a country ravaged by HIV/AIDS.  Many orphans were left without the hope of education (school fees are largely unavailable past 7th grade).  Sister Constance would often have grandparents of orphaned children knock on her door for assistance, pleading for tuition fees.

                                                 Sister Constance,  Bill and Harriet

                                                 Sister Constance,  Bill and Harriet

 

Her dream became our own and when we returned to the States, a penny jar campaign was started.  The goal was to raise enough funds to be able to sponsor a handful of orphans. 

Bountiful Hope Foundation was created with the intent to bring a brighter future to the vulnerable orphans of Lesotho, Africa by providing the hope of education. 

 

 Some of Bountiful Hope’s first orphans to receive sponsorship.

 Some of Bountiful Hope’s first orphans to receive sponsorship.

                                            

 

At the end of 2004, we discovered that the penny jars that were sent out broke in the mail.  Ironically, around the same time our family's heart broke as well.  Joshua our son suffered from a tragic experience and lay in the ICU with a severe brain injury.  The doctors told us that school might never again be a possibility for him.  While our family struggled to find hope in the midst of

our own grief and uncertainty, money started to arrive from the broken penny jars and several Bountiful Hope orphans attended the 2005 school year.

My husband, Paul (who does not enjoy flying over oceans), promised Joshua that when he recovered, they would go visit Lesotho together.  In October 2008, Paul and Joshua did just that.  Since then, many trips have been made and friendships forged.  Against all odds, many of our BH orphans have graduated from high school, just like our son Joshua.  The journey has been life-changing for all involved, teaching one another that life is meant to be traveled together and that hope can help us make something beautiful out of our pain, suffering, and "brokenness".    

Paul and Joshua with good friends, Puleng and Evelyn.  They are examples of Basotho women who are tenacious and  persevere, no matter what hardship they face.

Paul and Joshua with good friends, Puleng and Evelyn.  They are examples of Basotho women who are tenacious and  persevere, no matter what hardship they face.

 

 

 

Bountiful Hope Foundation, which is made up of a variety of supporters (individuals, businesses, schools, and other non-profits) has had the joy of providing tuition for over 900 orphans.  In addition, we've had the privilege to hold annual retreats that bring the BH orphans together to empower, inform, share, and create their own community.  We've also supported vocational education and economic development projects and have seen many success stories such as Francis (pictured below). 

                                Francis

                                Francis

Francis, now employed by Bountiful Hope, was the second Orphan who was sponsored in 2005.  He  has graduated from high school and completed further schooling to become an Educational Social Worker for Bountiful Hope Foundation.

Francis, now employed by Bountiful Hope, was the second Orphan who was sponsored in 2005.  He  has graduated from high school and completed further schooling to become an Educational Social Worker for Bountiful Hope Foundation.

At times, when one looks upon the great need of a whole country, it can be overwhelming.  But we have come to see that one orphan at a time, one day at a time, one penny at a time, one “Yes, I will do something” makes all the difference.   Your generosity helps forgotten orphans believe that they are no longer forgotten, and reminds them that they have intrinsic dignity.  Your donation plants the seeds of hope.

Kea leboha haholo (Thank you very much),

 Joshua and Francis teamed up in 2015 to visit the current Bountiful Hope orphans and to encourage them to continue to work hard and finish their studies.

 Joshua and Francis teamed up in 2015 to visit the current Bountiful Hope orphans and to encourage them to continue to work hard and finish their studies.

Cindy Trollinger for Bountiful Hope Foundation