Creating Hope International (CHI)

Creating Hope International (CHI) was founded with the vision of bringing hope to victims of war, political unrest, and natural disasters through programs designed to help them rebuild their lives for a brighter tomorrow. CHI's mission is to empower grassroots organizations that provide education, training, and health care to needy people. CHI supports organizations that respond to community needs on an individual level, foster community participation and utilize culturally sensitive education and training.
Feb 20, 2015

Broadcasts to begin next month!

Building where the station is housed
Building where the station is housed

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for your support of our new radio station. It has now been four months since Radio Meraj was founded. There are now three staff members – a general manager, and broadcasting and technical managers. The general manager is a woman with 8 years experience, and she is head of the journalism department at Herat University. The radio station is busily preparing to go live in March!

 Following is a sampling of the activities of the staff over the last few months:

  • Preparation of the employee manual for the station, including all relevant laws, and the aims and goals of the station.
  • Design of the station logo and motto
  • Establishment of an email address and Facebook page
  • Recording of short, memorable phrases to be used on the air
  • Purchase of equipment.
  • Preparation of the schedule of programs
  • Development of programming for the station, including children’s shows
  • Organizing over 12,000 songs and poems to be played on the station
  • Meeting with staff of other radio stations in the area

Our whole staff is really looking forward to the day when Radio Meraj, 94.1 FM in Afghanistan, makes its first broadcast. Thank you for your support of this worthwhile venture!

Radio Station Logo
Radio Station Logo
Feb 20, 2015

Quality medicines provided to all

Afghanistan is developing, and support for the private sector is a crucial part of renewing a society that has been devastated by war and civil strife. The Professor Yacoobi Private Hospital is well regarded and people travel great distances to seek treatment there. Afghans can buy some drugs in the marketplace but often these drugs are of low quality. The Yacoobi Hospital is known for providing only the best quality drugs at its pharmacy so people feel confident about the medicine they are receiving.

Drug support is part of the care needed by surgical patients who come to the hospital for treatment. In the last two months, there have been 35 surgeries performed and patients have been happy with the care received and the quality of medicines provided.

Thank you for your interest in Afghanistan and your support for our projects.

Feb 20, 2015

2014 Was a Great Year!

Science Fair in Progress
Science Fair in Progress

Dear Friends,

2014 was such an exciting year for the schools attended by our scholarship students. In May, one of the schools began a program that is very similar to the Model UN here in the US. Students were assigned various local and national leaders, and then had to spend the day behaving and problem solving just as those leaders would. From this exercise, leadership classes for boys and girls were developed, allowing older students to further develop their skills and prepare to be Afghanistan’s next generation of leaders.

In October, students from one of the private schools entered an academic competition sponsored by the Afghan Ministry of Education. In the end, a girl from one of the Professor Sakena Yacoobi private schools won the competition, and an award was given congratulating the whole school for the high quality of education that led to such an achievement.

In December, students held an exhibition, similar to an American science fair, to show all that they had learned in their math and science classes during the year. Students (including GlobalGiving scholarship recipients) hosted thousands of people from the community, and everyone agreed that the event was a huge success.

Also in December, the Minister of Education in Herat province honored one of the private schools with a certificate of appreciation, noting the high quality of education being provided to students.

Together, we have been able to give deserving Afghan students the opportunity to attend these outstanding high schools and receive a high quality education. School begins again in April, and we are looking forward to awarding many new scholarships to students!

Students at the Science Fair
Students at the Science Fair

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