We are incredibly pleased to report on the growing number of fair trade product sales. In 2016, $4,726 worth of products were purchased by supporters, many of which were from our online Etsy store, through a craft fair, or by attending a Hope Party. We
praise God for the growth of this program as each product is lovingly made by a woman with a disability in Sierra Leone, who uses the revenue to support herself and her family. Many women with disabilities have little education and few employment opportunities, so providing for their families with work that brings them dignity is a powerful tool that God hasused for transformation. To learn more about how you can host a Hope Party, or sell items at a craft fair, click here! Thanks for being a part, and continue to shop and spread hope.
Hope Centre Construction
In October of 2016, Women of Hope Sierra Leone celebrated the official opening of the brand new office, cooperative workshop and training center in Makeni! This project had been in process for years, and seeing how God used partners and friends to supply the support for this project was such a powerful journey of faith.
Women of Hope International in Memphis was also blessed to move into a spacious new office space in Southaven, Mississippi. This has allowed us the space and vision to better serve and connect with our global partners, and made room for a new program assistant who joined us in November.
Theology of Disability
In 2016 we launched Equip, the consulting and training arm of Women of Hope. Over the course of the year, 99 participants were trained on how to better approach people with disabilities with the Gospel and incorporate them into the body of Christ. Trainings took place in multiple countries and included participants from India, Ghana, Togo, Benin, The Gambia, Zambia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Swaziland, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and the USA.
In November, the Women of Hope International office in Memphis hosted and trained 5 new trainers called Ambassadors, equipping them to facilitate Theology of Disability trainings globally. We are immensely grateful for the Ambassador team who now provide us with even more opportunity to extend our capacity and global impact.
- 290 attending monthly general meetings
- 65 attending social events (like movie nights, games, celebrations)
- 60 attending Bible studies
- 82 mothers of children with disabilities attending support groups