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.
Dec 23, 2014

School Gets Top Honors!

Private School Students
Private School Students

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your support in 2014! So many of you have helped to fund a number of scholarships to four private schools in Afghanistan, and on December 17 one of these schools received top honors from the Ministry of Education in the province of Herat, Afghanistan. 

The Appreciation Letter Reads:

We are honoring you for your outstanding efforts… for offering exceptional educational services, having qualified teachers and excellent equipment in a good environment. You are paying great attention to expanding students’ level of knowledge. The education department of Herat City offers this letter to you in appreciation for your extraordinary services. We wish you greater success in the future.

Of all of the schools in Herat Province, only four were chosen for this honor. At the ceremony where this honor was given, a government official said “Professor Sakena Yacoobi (the founder of the school) is not only providing the people with the best educational services through her high schools, but she is also providing great educational services for thousands of people yearly through AIL. I, on behalf of the President of Afghanistan and the minister of education, appreciate the services which are being provided by this honorable and hardworking lady, Professor Sakena Yacoobi and her staff.”

Thank you for supporting our efforts to provide scholarship students so that they may attend such a high quality institution. Your support is helping to change lives. Thank you. 

Dec 9, 2014

40 Operations = 40 changed lives

Afghanistan needs a balanced economy and that is why we support the private hospital established Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, Founder of the NGO the Afghan Institute of Learning. Private development is crucial to establishing a self-supporting Afghanistan. Dr. Yacoobi believes Afghans want to be responsible for themselves and are not looking for handouts. The people who come to the hospital all pay something, those who can, pay more and subsidize the needy but sometimes there is a funding gap and that is why we need your support to help pay for surgeries for the poor.

In the last 3 months there have been 2,523 treatments at the hospital including, 40 operations. The hospital treats all manner of medical issues from injuries, diseases and pregnancy to prevention and health education.

Thank you for your interest in Afghanistan and your support for our projects. We have included Creating Hope International’s 2014 newsletter and hope you will read through it.

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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