Global Activism: Bright Hope International gives aid and comfort to the extreme poor

April 4, 2013

(Courtesy of Bright Hope International)
Bright Hope International CEO and President, C.H. Dyer, in Haiti

Join Worldview on Saturday, 4/6/13 for WBEZ's 6th Annual Global Activism Expo, hosted by the UIC Social Justice Initiative.

Bright Hope International helps faith communities provide aid and assistance to the extreme poor in some of the world’s most devastated countries. The group aligns many of its programs with the UN Millennium Development Goals. Some of Bright Hope's primary goals are in: extreme poverty and hunger eradication; universal primary education; combating infectious disease and promoting environmental sustainability - all this with a focus on gender equality, reducing child mortality and improving maternal health. Bright Hope recently started a program to rescue girls from the sex trade in northern India.

We’ll talk with Bright Hope's CEO and president, C.H. Dyer about the group's work. Dyer has encountered a number of memorable people in his travels:

Justine Nkandu is a single mother of six from the rural area of Samfya, Zambia. She is thriving after being given the opportunity of a microloan through Bright Hope in 2009. From three years on the program, Justine increased production of beans by 300%. Last year, she harvested 84 gallons of peanuts and used the profits from her farming business to build a house and iron sheets for her roof. “My vision is to save money for my children’s education before they reach high school, and to maintain food security for my family,” she said.

Justine now feels that she has made enough capital to stand on her own and has requested that the leadership from her church allow her to step aside from the microloan program so that others may benefit. “My family no longer worries about where our next meal will come from. We are not poor anymore. Now we can bless others. I thank the Lord for giving me knowledge and wisdom to make me reach this far in sustaining my livelihood and my family,” she said. Justine is expecting to double her harvest of peanuts, cassava, and maize this year.