Today, I'd like to share an important and exciting new development in the lives of our boys here at Hope, and how you could be a part of this life changing opportunity.
The boys who live at Hope Mountain are under child protection orders from a judge, because they are orphans, abandoned or have been abused. Many were living on the streets before coming to us.
Until 2010, Hope Mountain had its own school and, along with our kids, neighborhood children came to Hope Mountain each day. Unfortunately, financial constraints forced us to close the school in early 2011. This had a very negative impact on our boys. Currently our boys attend local public schools in neighborhoods where crime and drug trafficking are part of everyday life. Just like U.S. schools in similar neighborhoods, these facilities become places to sell drugs and recruit new users.
We have dreamed of and prayed for a solution to this problem. Recently our prayers were answered when Good Samaritan, a private Christian school located near Hope Mountain, agreed to accept our boys as students. The school has a positive, welcoming environment and a committed leader and staff. This opportunity has incredible significance for these boys. Rarely do children from public schools in poor neighborhoods receive an education that enables them to pass the Brazilian equivalent of our SAT. Our boys at Good Samaritan will be prepared for success on the college entrance exam if they choose to go on to college. This past week fifteen of our twenty-five boys started at Good Samaritan. We hope to have as many as twenty boys attending Good Samaritan in the second semester.
Some of our boys have significant learning difficulties and learning disorders, often due to the traumas they've experienced in their lives. With special education assistance and time, many of these boys will be able to enter regular school. Isanon and myself, as house parents who live with the boys, also go to teacher conferences and are active in ensuring homework is done and behavioral issues are corrected.
What can your donation accomplish?
- $300 per month covers all the educational costs for one student for a month
- $130 per month covers a month's tuition for one student
- $50 per month covers a student's monthly transportation cost
- $50 per month pays for one week of a daily hour of tutoring or special assistance
- $25 per month pays for a student's annual cost of books and supplies
- $15 per month buys one library book monthly
- $15 per month pays for a student’s recreational, cultural or educational outing
- $10 per month pays for one hour of tutoring or special assistance
Your donation is really an investment in a young man’s life and the lives of his future generations. Hope Unlimited has twenty years of success in transforming the lives of adolescents at mortal risk. Historically, 80% of adolescents who complete all phases of our program go on to be gainfully employed and have successful family relationships. Without a program like Hope Mountain, the most likely future of these boys' lives would be prison or death before age 25.
How to donate:
Donations can be made by credit card at http://www.hopeunlimited.org/donate.html
or you can make a check payable to: Hope Unlimited for Children, PO Box 100
Jefferson City, TN 37760 with 'HOPE MOUNTAIN EDUCATION PROJECT' in the MEMO
part of your check.