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.
Sep 3, 2013

Firebreaks for Gallmann Africa Conservancy Built

The firebreak protecting the preserve
The firebreak protecting the preserve

Dear Friends, 

All of us at Creating Hope International (CHI) want to thank our donors for supporting the Gallmann Africa Conservancy in its project to build 300km of firebreaks.  Though they weren’t able to build all 300km of these firebreaks, they were able to achieve about half of their goal. The construction of these barriers saved the conservancy from being destroyed by wildfire and preserved the habitat of the many animals who call the conservancy home.

The preserve still faces many challenges, but because of the support of our donors through Global Giving the firebreaks that were built have lessened the threat of wildfires. The folks at the Gallmann Africa Conservancy are really thankful your help and will continue to keep this beautiful and pristine land a refuge for the majestic, but threatened, African wildlife living within its borders.

Again, we want to thank you for your support and your concern for the wildlife of the conservancy. Below are a few pictures of the firebreaks your donations helped to build!

A wildfire tests the firebreak
A wildfire tests the firebreak
Another photo of the wildfire
Another photo of the wildfire
Aug 9, 2013

Update from Dolanji, India

Sitting in front of the essential oils
Sitting in front of the essential oils

Dear Friends,

We have received a report from the monk in charge of the essential oils project at the Bon Monastery in Dolanji, India. He says:

“Thank you so much for your continued support of our essential oils project. In early June I returned to France, and am now back at the monastery with a fresh one-year visa. My young assistant has left the monastery and monastic life. He has decided to return to the worldly life. I wish him a happy and fulfilling journey. After the time we spent together, I think that he will remember all that he has learned about essential oils and will use them in his new life. 

The weather is very pleasant now; not too hot and not too cold. Because of this nice weather, patients have been rare! It has given me a chance to take inventory of our oils and to let you know which oils we are in need of.  Initially, we need 20 or 24 3 ml glass bottles, and 30 ml of the essential oil Mandravasarotra (or Saro).

This oil is a wonderful antiviral, and a good neurotonic, which can be used to figure infections of all kinds. According to a recently published book, Mandravasarotra is a perfect substitute for the ravintsara essential oil (which can be difficult to obtain due to scarcity) for all immunity-related health issues.

I have a current case which I thought you might find interesting. Two days ago, a 55 year old man came to me complaining of congested nose, sinuses and lungs, and of upper and lower respiratory infection. The man had a fever and a lack of sleep due to the breathing difficulty. Although I indicated to the patient that I thought 3 or 4 visits per day would be necessary, it appears that his 2 daily visits to me were sufficient for healing. Tonight, after only 6 visits, this patient is feeling so much better. An allopathic nose spray is clearing his nose, and an essential oil treatment is proving effective against the infection.

Thank you so much for your support. Essential oils are wonderful. Every day I feel so fortunate to be able to use their healing properties for treatments.”

The monk also included a list of essential oils that he was in need of, which we have been able to provide to him, thanks to this project. He also sent us a picture of himself sitting in front of his essential oils, and was very happy that he now has 83 different oils in 340 bottles.

 Thank you so much for all of your support! It is because of you that he is able to heal those at the monastery who come to him. Thank you!! 

Sitting in front of the essential oils
Sitting in front of the essential oils
Sitting in front of the essential oils
Sitting in front of the essential oils

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Aug 9, 2013

Daily Life at the Bon Monastery School

Older brothers walking young students to class
Older brothers walking young students to class

Dear Friends, 

We wanted to give you another look into the lives of the students studying at the Bon Monastery in Dolanji, India. In our last report we shared the students’ daily schedule and told you that students are placed into four ‘houses’. Each house has been named after one of the people responsible for spreading the teachings of the Tibetan Bon. The names are Dru-tsang, Zhu-tsang, Pa-tsang and Meu-tsang. These houses have various competitions throughout the year. Below you can see pictures of a costume competition that the students participated in. (We would really like to know what the student dressed as an alien used to turn themselves so blue!) 

Each one of the younger students is paired with an older student who acts as their big brother or sister. The big ‘sibling’ generally helps the younger student adapt to life at the monastery. Together the students will eat a simple and delicious breakfast of Tibetan tea, bread, jam and eggs, before the older student helps the younger student get to class. (The top picture of this e-mail shows some older ‘brothers’ walking their younger ‘brothers’ to school.) Since all of the students studying at the Monastery are living far from their families, developing this bond between older and younger students helps to foster a sense of family and togetherness among all of the students.   

The students at the monastery come from very poor homes or are orphans. The students are so thankful for the support that you give to them which allows them to attend school at this Monastery. As you can see from the pictures, the students are receiving a very high level of care while living and studying at the Bon Monastery, and your donations help to make that possible for them. Thank you so much.

Breakfast
Breakfast
Costume Contest Participants
Costume Contest Participants
The student in the alien costume
The student in the alien costume

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