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 provide education, training, and health care to the people in the world with the greatest needs. CHI responds to community needs at the grassroots, fosters community participation, and empowers people through culturally sensitive education and training.
Nov 25, 2014

Life Changing Education

Young BCWC Students
Young BCWC Students

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your support this year. You have helped young men and women receive an education and a path to a better life – young people like the one who shared his experience with us.

“When I was five my father taught me the Tibetan alphabet and to read and write using a wooden block as a book and a sharp bamboo stick as a pencil. We were poor, but my father valued education. Early one morning in 1987, when I was seven, my father and I left our home. We walked for several days to a town with an airstrip. There we took a small plane to another town, where we then got on a bus. After a three-day bus ride we arrived at the Menri Bon Monastery in Northern India.

I came to the school to be a monk, but when I reached the monastery the Abbott sent me to school saying that I was too young to become a monk. I joined the Bon Children’s Welfare Center (BCWC) and for eight years I had the opportunity to live there and study at the Central School for Tibetan Children in Dholanji.

Days became months, and months became years. I worked very hard in school and earned many prizes in drawing and handwriting competitions. In 4th grade, I came in third in an all India bird drawing contest.

In 1997 I completed the eighth grade and started to learn Tibetan Bon philosophy, as well as grammar, poetry, astrology, astronomy, traditional art and ritual practices. I had the opportunities to attend workshops at a number of monasteries and institutes throughout India. I became involved in the Emory Tibet Science Initiative and through that received a scholarship to study western science at Emory University.

In May 2013, I graduated from Emory University and came back to Menri. I took my Geshe exams in March 2014. It is perhaps the greatest achievement of my life. Currently I am working in the library at the monastery. In my spare time I am writing a book about Buddhism and Biology. None of this would have been possible if my father had not brought me to the Bon Children’s Welfare Center. I will be forever grateful to him and BCWC.”

Thank you again for your support for this work. The BCWC is helping orphans and poor children gain a high quality and therefore life-changing education.  We have attached our year-end newsletter to this report and hope you will take a few minutes to read it. 


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Nov 25, 2014

Building is Nearly Complete

Newly Constructed Office Building
Newly Constructed Office Building

Dear Friends,

We are so excited to let you know that construction on the third floor of the office building is nearly completed! The exterior of the building has been painted, cabinetry and flooring is installed and the staff is getting ready to move in.

All the necessary permissions for the radio station have been secured, and the station has officially been named Mehrajeh. Staff has been hired to oversee the operations of the radio station, and the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) is developing programming. As soon as the interior of the new offices has been completed, the equipment will be moved into the space and the station will begin broadcasting.

We are looking forward to the station hitting the airwaves in early 2015! The station will give AIL the opportunity to spread information much further afield with lessons about peace, human rights, leadership, health, elections and culture with classical music and news too. Afghans who lived in areas too rural to attend AIL workshops and trainings will now have access to these lessons. Thank you for helping to make this dream a reality. We will be listening in soon!

We have attached our year end newsletter to this report and hope you will take a few minutes to read it. 


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Nov 25, 2014

Thank you!

Young Private School Student
Young Private School Student

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for your support. We have been overwhelmed by the response to our individual scholarship projects this year. Thank you to all  who have chosen to contribute to a scholarship for one Afghan girl or boy. You have made a transformative difference in that life.

Last month, several students from the Kabul private school, where several scholarship recipients attend were entered in to an area wide academic contest. Students were quizzed on a variety of subjects, and one of the girls from the private school won the competition! The students were all so proud of the winner and all felt that by winning the competition, the student had shown everyone in the area just how high quality their school is.

Thank you again for supporting this project. You are helping Afghan girls and boys continue their education at institutions that are providing a very high quality education. Thank you!

We have attached our year-end newsletter to this report and hope you will take a few minutes to read it. 


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