Partners in Hope is an invitation for you to consider partnering with us, by regular monthly giving, in our commitment to walk with them on their long road of recovery.
Sharing in Suffering
Third Hope’s work is to help ex-child soldiers face the pain of their experiences, believing that the human heart has a God-given capacity to heal, through the power of forgiveness and reconciliation. Because of this, we hope to empower ex-child soldiers to move beyond their traumatic past and become emissaries of this hope to others.
We are, therefore, looking for partners who understand the long-term nature of this challenge and are prepared to stand with us as ‘Partners in Hope’. A commitment, born not out of ‘project goals’ but out of ‘people’s needs’.
Planting a Tree
Most ex-child soldiers have access to family land and we saw that sustainable farming was key to food security, family health, nutrition and income generation. As in many postconflict zones, most of the trees had been cut down for building, selling or making charcoal. To redress this, we embarked on a large tree-planting programme and implemented natural regenerative farming methods that have begun to reverse the damaging effects of local slash-and-burn practices which had seriously degraded the soil, causing low yields and driving urban migration.
Healing the Soil and Healing the Soul
The healing of the soil is, in profound ways, a mirror to the healing of the soul and we recognise that the facing of their future must also involve the facing of their past. Therefore, woven through the fabric of this programme is a rhythm of ongoing trauma counselling. We have already seen how this teaching is bringing healing and promoting honest dialogue with the local community, leading to greater reintegration and trust.
The Trainees Become the Trainers
Our trainees are encouraged to pass on what they have learned by leading groups in the local community, boosting their self-esteem and reversing the stigmatisation they experienced as ex-child soldiers.Throughout this time, other strands of healing are woven into their training, including classes in literacy and numeracy essential to the setting up of enterprises and making them attractive to local employers.
The ultimate aim is to set ex-child soldiers on their own road to self-awareness, transforming patterns of thought and practice that will point them towards a lifetime of ongoing recovery, restoring dignity and empowering them to become agents of forgiveness and reconciliation in this post-war community.
Partners in Hope
Given the difficulties of securing support for such long-term projects, we humbly ask that you consider travelling with us on this journey through the ‘Blue Ocean’.
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Building a Firm Foundation
The cost of running the project is around £70,000 per year. Nearly 20% of this is currently covered by monthly contributions.
We are inviting you to become Partners in Hope to help reach our goal of covering 50% of our annual running costs through regular monthly donations.
You can become a partner by filling out the adjacent direct debit form or you can setup a Direct Debit using the details below.
Account name: Third Hope
Account number: 39813304
Sort Code: 60 00 08