HOPE Centre Construction is Complete!
On October 14, 2016 Women of Hope staff held a ceremony welcoming community members, ministry partners and women affected by disability to celebrate the realization of our long-awaited dream of constructing a facility dedicated to the betterment of women affected by disabilities in Makeni, Sierra Leone. The Lord raised up a team of laborers, prayers, visionaries, financial supporters and people with special skills in order to make this dream come true. We are so thrilled to celebrate such a milestone in Women of Hope’s history, and we are grateful for the generosity of our ministry partners who joined with us in creating a safe place for women affected by disabilities to work and pursue their fullest potential through Christ!
What is the HOPE Centre?
The HOPE Centre Complex is actually comprised of 5 buildings (plus outbuildings) on 2 different land sites.
1. Cooperative Workshop
2. Training Facility
3. Women of Hope Sierra Leone (WOHSL) Office
4. Shalom Retreat Centre
5. WOHInt Staff House
The HOPE Centre is an acronym representing the purposes and objectives that the Centre will accomplish:
• Healing Wounds
• Overcoming Obstacles
• Promoting Potential
• Equipping for Change
The HOPE Centre is a place where the women can come for trainings, support groups, meetings and to work together to create products to sell. The WOHSL Office houses the staff who work in Sierra Leone with the women on a daily basis, conducting trainings, making home visits and providing support and care to the women and their families.
The Shalom Retreat Centre is the facility where expatriate staff members can stay during visits to the field, a place to house teams who go to the field for short-term trips, a place to house long-term volunteers and staff and a place where other missionaries and NGO workers can stay on their way to or through Makeni.
Why Build The HOPE Centre?
Women of Hope’s mission is to help women affected by disability reach their fullest potential and ultimately fulfill the purposes God has created them for, as community members, mother’s, wives and potential leaders in their communities. It’s our goal to equip and empower the women we serve to be able to carry on with their newly transformed lives independent of our help. We believe one of the best tools we can provide for them is a place to work, giving the opportunity to create a sustainable income through goods production and sale.
To create a solution to this problem and enable the women to work on their Fair Trade business, Women of Hope created a space for the women to work in a safe, clean, nurturing environment, offering them the opportunity to work together, building community and relationship. A permanent facility will ensure that the women will be able to work independently toward their own sustainable future without our assistance.
How can you continue to help?
- Pray! We need people undergirding this project with prayer. The goal of this project is to build up “living stones” (I Peter 2:4-5) – women who wholeheartedly follow Christ with their lives, becoming a spiritual dwelling for His Spirit. Satan doesn’t give life, and he doesn’t like those who do. He came to steal, kill and destroy. Pray against the spiritual forces that will be fighting against this life-giving project.
- Give! While construction is almost finished, there are still a number of furnishings and construction finishing work left to do. Join with us in finishing the job! Shop our Amazon Wishlist above or donate today!
- Come! Invest in the lives of the women. Teach a skills training class to help give the women a new skill they can use to strengthen economic sustainability for them and their families. Contact us to find out how you can go.
Thank you for being part of building up “living stones” for Him!