Many times we are contacted by international organizations asking for help. Once they submit the information requested, we sit down and look at the requests that have come in. The final determination is based on the location with the most need and the biggest potential for change.
Once the location has been a determined a team of POHI scouts the area to determine the real needs and what changes can be implemented. For example a location may have clean water but no school or school but no clean water, shoes and others.
Project cost is then determined based on the needs accessed and they type of help that will most benefit the community and its people. Budget is the most challenging of all since every penny donated goes directly into the project. All calculations have to be made from cement for construction to shoes for the children.
Once a timeline of the project has been set the recruitment for volunteers begin. We accept volunteers to come to our projects many, which are donors to POHI so they can see, and testify that money donated is money spent. We have doctors, handyman, just all sorts of volunteers; all they need is a willing heart to help to join our projects (each volunteer and staff funds their own trip).
Once project is complete we ensure that your donations are making a difference. We do this by requesting progress of what was completed, at times staff from POHI visits the location, and/or continue to request information and pictures of the progress.
dress a child
If you have traveled to a third world country, you have seen the amount of children that lack clothing and walk barefoot. Many obtain bacteria and diseases that become life threatening when not treated. It is know that not having the appropriate clothing and shoes to wear, contributes to 70% of the preventable diseases found in third world countries. Many are unable to attend school because they don’t have the means to purchase uniforms and shoes. Others need to work from a very young age and without shoes they suffer from foot lesions preventing them from working to help their families. It was after seeing such a need that Prints of Hope International launched Dress A Child in 2007.
The program provides incredible joy to those children who receive the gift as well as the people who participate by donating the new clothing and shoes. Many people have made this a family project purchasing the clothes together, placing the outfits in bags, writing a letter to the kids that will receive the gift and even sending a picture of themselves. This is an incredible opportunity to give your best to those that are less fortunate, and share your blessings.
POHI is committed to bring clean water to every location it has chosen to work. The lack of clean water for consumption and personal hygiene in developing countries is one of the reasons that cause diseases, malnutrition, parasites, and sums to the high rates of mortality deaths. Where water is accessible children’s have to walk a few miles to obtain some water to cook or drink many times preventing the children from going to school.
In order to avoid many of the diseases obtain through the soil or unclean water, giving them shoes/clothing to wear, and/or clean water to drink will not cure the problem or disease they already have. For this reason POHI recruits a team of medical professionals that volunteer their time to treat as many people with many different diseases; people that don’t have access to medical attention and are unable to obtain the necessary medication to cure their problem. In the last 12 years POHI have been able to provide medial assistance to over 30,000 people in eight different countries. These are men, women and children who are dying due to lack of medical attention, medicines and vitamins.
Now our goal is to change impoverish communities/villages and not just put a patch for a month or two with the medications provided knowing that after that time they will go back to their sickness. So POHI not only provides the medical attention, but also teaches them on how to prevent many of the diseases that affect them. We do this by two different ways. We either train local individuals to teach their own community or village on how to implement health preventable measures and/or we use one of our medical experts to live among the people and help them implement the necessary changes to change the community and avoid many of the preventable diseases and many times death.
When we travel to different regions, our challenge is to find the biggest need in the area. We try to find what would make the most impact in the community, with a special focus on how the children in the area can live healthier lives, obtain the education they need and have an opportunity to live to their full potential. When we visit an impoverished location their needs could vary from an adequate shelter, a school or a multipurpose building. Having clean water, new clothing and shoes or the proper medications to treat their sickness is not enough. To make a complete change many times they need a construction that will be safe and child-friendly, were they don’t have to sleep in dirt floors or get wet from the rain in their classroom because of the inadequate roof or having to meet under trees because they don’t have a room to sit at. POHI uses a group of volunteers that sign up to do these projects. This helps us to keep costs down and stretch every penny to help as much as possible.
The Dress A Child coloring book is a fun and interactive way to learn about Christ; this is not a story-coloring book but is the message of the gospel. It contains 32 images that explicit the bible gospel and utilizes a bible verse for each image. The manual explains in detail the image that the child is coloring. Each lesson comes with additional bible verses for further study and activity ideas to enhance learning in a practical way. These lessons are used either by parents, teachers in school, orphanages, homes and where ever children can gather to hear the good news.
Unlike all other coloring books, the Dress A Child coloring book is designed not only for children but also for adults that are unable to read; as they would be able to look at the images and understand its message. We are very excited about this addition as it fulfills our mission in bringing Christ to family’s homes in a simple and understandable manner.
We would love for you to be part of the change that countless children are experiencing. Volunteer.