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Dr Sasa’s visit to the US

Posted on 5th September 2019 by Philippa Wilford

Dr Sasa’s visit to the US

Dr Sasa will be attending speaking events across the US during September and October including New York, Chicago, Indianapolis, Detroit, Redding, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Texas and North Carolina! 

If you've heard Dr Sasa speak at one of these events, or on the Eric Metaxas radio show, we really hope that you've been inspired by his story and the work of Health and Hope and would love for you to become further involved in our work.  Below are three steps that you can take:

1. Giving financially to our work from the US

If you would like to support the work of Health and Hope financially, please note that we are a UK registered charity, as such, while one-off gifts can be made in USD via our website, these are not eligible for tax relief in the US.  

Giving via our partner: Global Giving
For tax efficient giving in the US, you can give directly to one of our projects as a one-off or regular gift through our partner Global Giving.  Click here to visit our page on the Global Giving website and scroll down to find a specific project to support.

Philanthropic Giving via Trustbridge Global Network: 
For philanthropic giving from the US, Health and Hope UK partner with Trustbridge Global Network, a partner of the National Christian Foundation. If you are considering giving a larger gift, please contact our Executive Director: Chris Jones on chris.jones@healthandhope.org who will help match your giving aims with key areas of need in our work.

Health and Hope UK is registered with the UK Charity Commission. You can find our full registration details and a set of historical accounts on the Charity Commission website


2. Keeping in touch
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3. Find out more 
If you would like to find out more about our work, or have any specific questions, we'd be delighted to hear from you.  Please contact Pip on pip@healthandhope.org or call us on +44 (0)20 8144 5701‬.
 

Thanks for your interest in our work, we look forward to hearing from you!

Dr Sasa's interview on the Eric Metaxas show:

International Youth Day

Posted on 8th August 2019 by Philippa Wilford

According to the UN, there are currently 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10 and 24 in the world. This is the largest youth population ever. However, the challenges facing these young people are massive, particularly in the areas of education, which is this year’s theme for International Youth Day.

As part of our mission to bring hope and development to the poorest people in western Myanmar, we are working to educate young people so that they might be able to fulfil their potential and bring positive transformation to their community in the future.

Since 2009, Health and Hope have provided funding and support to young people pursuing higher education through the Freedom to Education Programme (FEP). Over the last few years, 17 graduates have returned from the programme to serve the people of Chin state on the Health and Hope Myanmar staff team.

One such individual is Peter, who studied to be a social worker through the sponsorship programme and is now working for Health and Hope Myanmar managing the Education for All project which was launched in June this year. This project is aimed at tackling the year 10 pass rate among ‘repeater’ students, those who have attempted to take the exam for many years and failed and will provide full-time education to around 100 students over the next 12 months. Last year’s pilot project was a great success and resulted in a significant improvement in the pass rate for the year 10 exams taken earlier this year. You can find out more about the project on our website here

"Because of Health and Hope’s Freedom to Education Project I was able to study freely and peacefully. Now my dream is to produce more educated people and to be a good teacher. Thank you for changing my life upside down!"

A fantastic start to Education for All!

Posted on 9th July 2019 by Chris Jones

At the end of June, the first students arrived in Lailenpi to enrol in the newly launched Education for All project. Over 100 youth from surrounding villages, who have previously failed their Year 10 exams, signed up to receive tutoring for the next ten months at the recently built Health and Hope Training Centre.

The project was piloted last year, supporting 202 students part-time, who were studying in two schools in Lailenpi town. The team focused on providing additional tutoring in English, Maths, Physics and Biology.  The Year 10 exam results are just out and there was a significant improvement...

As a result of the pilot project, 24% of students passed their exams compared to under 10% two years ago. The 2019 result means that an additional 21 students passed the Year 10 exam in comparison to 2018 at a cost of £182 per student. Whilst the pass rate in Chin State continued to be the lowest for the whole country, students in Lailenpi achieved a 4% higher pass rate than the state average (20%), with the highest state in the country achieving 37%. For a remote rural town, this is a significant achievement, almost matching the pass rate of students from the state capital, Hakha.

The new students enrolled last week for full-time education with the first classes taking place on Monday. Dipar, one of the graduates of Health and Hope's Freedom to Education scholarship programme, is now a class tutor, supporting this project.  She wrote this short message to us during enrolment: 

"Yesterday when I was receiving the students for Education for All, unexpectedly I met one of my year 10 classmates. Incredibly, he has been trying to pass class 10 since 2010 when I was also taking the same exam.  As soon as I met him, he said to me: "I really need your help to pass my year 10". I am so touched by what my friend said to me. I really hope and pray that this project will be a blessing for many students. Please can you thank everyone for all of their support to start this project and a big thanks to all our generous donors. May God bless you all."

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