In 2008, we took our first trip to Zimbabwe. It was 5 men who labored 14 hours a day to help build a new type of home to house orphans. Hear The Cry has sent teams every year since to care for and be cared for by these same orphans and those who serve them on a daily basis.
Hands of Hope was founded in 2001, when Glen Miller asked a girl in a class he was teaching, “What would you do with your life if you could do anything?” She answered, “I want to take care of children.” Zimbabwe has approximately 1-1.5 million orphans with a population of 14 million. Glen and his wife Patty gathered some funds together and helped to purchase a home where these orphans were raised and given opportunities they likely would not have had otherwise. Hands of Hope (HOH) now has projects that include 19 residential homes, 30 feeding centers, 6 preschools, a Village, and a Training Center. The recent addition of the Training Center, Habitation of Hope, is a 134 acre Camping and Skills Training Center that is also used for vacation bible school (VBS), Pastor’s Conferences, and Retreats.
Hear The Cry has sponsored 4 orphan homes, helped fund various Zimbabwean village church plants, offered support for the village and Training Center, as well as sent teams to host VBS, do construction, and skills training. We have also sent individuals who have gone for 2-6 months to serve with Hands of Hope.
A home with Hands of Hope consists of 10-12 orphans who are raised by aunties and mommas (oftentimes widows) from a local church in conjunction with the pastor. The children receive 3 meals a day, schooling, shelter, and are raised together as a family.
Hear The Cry and Hands of Hope have a dear partnership that continues to grow as both strive to provide opportunities and a future for these children.
To Find Out More About Hands Of Hope And The Work They Do Check Out Their Website Below For More Information.