Off The Fence is committed to making a real difference in the lives of many that are ‘most at risk’ in the community of Brighton and Hove. www.offthefence.org.uk
Hope exists to strengthen and support family life. We love to see strong loving family relationships, as we consider them to be the key to every other relationship and aspect of life. If family life is good, then each individual, no matter what age, will be content and able to fully be the person they are intended to be.
When relationships are encouraging, supportive and forgiving, home will become a place every member feels supported, valued and want to be. With a strong, healthy family life, every individual will have self worth and a safe place from which to venture and explore what the wider world has for them.
We recognise though that there are many who do not have a happy family background, so we aim to build Hope as a community that people feel can become their family. A group of people who support and encourage, laugh and cry and help practically whenever possible. People who are not always professionals, but have life experience to share and learn from.
In all this, we believe that it is the love of Jesus that is our strength and what everyone will find peace and hope from, no matter what their situation. We look to demonstrate this in all we do and say as is appropriate.
Supporting Youth Development Programme Field Officer Boblin Omondi in Carlile College’s Centre for Urban Mission. Boblin is married, and graduated from Carlile College with a Higher Diploma in Urban Mission in 2011. He has administrative experience in Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi Academy, operated by the Holy Trinity Parish, Kibera, of the Anglican Church of Kenya. Boblin has worked as a volunteer with African Evangelistic Enterprise, and the National Alliance of Churches. His experiences in Youngsters for Christ Team include coordinating events, leading Bible study, and most recently, serving as assistant director and coordinator of youth counseling. Boblin aspires to impact young people through a personal testimony of hard work, integrity and accountability. www.carlilecollege.ac.ke
On January 12, 2010, Haiti suffered a devastating earthquake, with a death toll estimated at 220,000. The capital city, Port-au-Prince, was effectively levelled. Around 1.5 million Haitians were left homeless, Cholera and other diseases thrived and many people lived in make shift camps, struggling to find enough food and clean water.
In the aftermath of the earthquake, with so many displaced people, Yvrose, a Haitian born teacher, and her husband Pierre-Richard felt strongly that God was calling them to work amongst the poor and needy in their home land. They set about trying to reunite displaced and orphaned children with members of their families. When all avenues were exhausted, they looked after the children themselves and set up an orphanage which currently offers a safe and loving family environment for around 30 children aged from a few months up to teenagers. Subsequently they set up a school to educate both those in the orphanage and local children, Hope Academy. They live by Faith, trusting God to provide their most basic needs of food, shelter and clean water.
Hope House, Haiti now includes, the orphanage (which is more like a family!), the school, educational outreach to the surrounding area including other schools in the mountains and a small but growing farm. Members of The Point have been out and visited Hope House and we continue to maintain close links, with Yvrose visiting us on several occasions.
Our donations go to Hope house via the UK arm, Hope House Haiti (UK), registered charity number: 1160880.