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 1, 2015

School awards Gold Medals

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Dr. Yacoobi was honored to receive the 2015 WISE Prize for Education. A prestigious award given to those who are tireless advocates for the right to education.  “I know from my life that education gives power, status and opportunity. I see women who are smart, intelligent but did not have opportunity so I gave them that. It is education and not guns that can transform society and give us a peaceful tomorrow. “ Sakena

Dear Friends,

It’s Giving Tuesday  - can you support Afghan youth?

It was a particularly exciting time at one Yacoobi Private School in Herat this past September as a ceremony was held to honor the top students with gold medals.The event was attended by Dr. Yacoobi, the Governor of Herat and the Head of the Women's Affairs Department among many others. The awards went to the top student in each of the following: logic, chemistry/physics, sport, speech/music, English and the leadership project. There were 300 people at the event including 155 females.  The ceremony continued with songs and music by the students from the school. There was recitation of poems and reading of articles about peace in English and Persian, along with the appreciation and congratulations of other speakers during the ceremony.

There were seven other students honored either from the gold medal program or the cash prize program who are in the third to eleventh class. These seven of the best students also had great grades but couldn’t quite meet the gold medal program requirements. They were gifted with a cash prize as a congratulation for what they had achieved and as an encouragement. These were the students with the best behavior, attitude, morals and personalities who were also the best in at least one subject.

Dr. Yacoobi had this to say about one of the students, “Four years ago we hired a widow as a cleaner for the school.  When she started, we found out that she had a small daughter, Zahra, who was not going to school.  Her mother said, I don’t have the money to send her to school, so we gave her a scholarship. She is now in the 4th grade and is the first in her class.  She is very little and very smart and creative.   Recently, we had a school-wide competition in many areas of study.  The top students in each category received gold medals and the second-place students received cash awards.  Zahra won second place in two of the categories—art and calligraphy. And, even though she is young and very little, she was chosen to be the announcer for the ceremony because of her presence and speaking ability.  She was amazing as an announcer!  It brought tears to my eyes as I watched this tiny, little girl confidently and with great self assurance announce better than most adults. Zahra, I thought, is a future leader of Afghanistan."

Thank for your continued support.

Dec 1, 2015

Radio Station reaching thousands

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Dr. Yacoobi was honored to receive the 2015 WISE Prize for Education. A prestigious award given to those who are tireless advocates for the right to education. “I know from my life that education gives power, status and opportunity. I see women who are smart, intelligent but did not have opportunity so I gave them that. It is education and not guns that can transform society and give us a peaceful tomorrow. “ Sakena

Dear Friends, 

We are delighted to say that Radio Meraj continues to be a success.  The station has been open since May this year and reaches 8 districts of Herat City. We estimate there are a minimum of 10,000 families listening in regularly. The population of the area is 300,000 so there are undoubtedly many more listeners than that. 

The feedback from the public has been overwhelmingly positive, supportive and participatory. Timor, a listener from Pashton Zarqoon district of Herat called and said, “My mother and my wife are always in conflict about house tasks and affairs. This made me sad and uncertain. But this ended exactly after they both listened to the housekeeping program that instructed the housewives to respect each other and help others to live in peace and enjoyment. Day by day their behavior changed and now they are good friends which is miraculous. This program created a peaceful situation in my house. I thank you for your good programs.” 

The station has increased its hours of operation to 16 hours of broadcasting starting in the early morning with 20 different programs offered. We produce scientific, social and cultural programming as well as news and music. Most recently we started or expanded some programs: 

  • Morning message: teenagers call into this program live and speak about social issues happening in their area. They share their problems and good news with listeners and get good solutions.
  • Housekeeping: housewives call this program and share life skills with other women listening in their own home. For example, they talk about different foods and cooking.
  • News Summary: each hour there is a news update both national and regional.
  • Occasional programs: traditions and customs are discussed in this program as audiences call and share with each other. 

Happy Giving Tuesday and thank you for your support which keeps the station running.

 

 

 

Nov 2, 2015

Essential Oils to continue without external funds

Dear Friends,

The Essential Oils Program is continuing at the Bon Center in Dolanji, India. We have decided to close this project as supplemental funding is not required at this time. We are most grateful for the support we received from donors. Your help meant this program could be established and now it has the stability to continue without external funding.

The oils that are produced are used in traditional medical care. Patients treated come from the Bon Center including, many children who are studying there and from the local Indian community. This good work using natural remedies will continue.

Thank you again for your support.

 
   

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