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Project HOPEFUL developed the Hope + Sisterhood program to support mothers in developing countries who are infected with or affected by the HIV virus.  The initial goal of the Sisterhood was to help prevent children from becoming orphans because of the HIV virus.  Since its initiation, the Sisterhood has grown to provide not only financial and prayer support for mothers and their children, but also micro-financing and job training which allows the mothers to be self-supporting upon graduation from the program.  Your partnership in the Sisterhood will be life changing for one family.

We are launching our Hope + Sisterhood program in Guatemala in 2014 in partnership with the Village of Hope.  The majority of our Hope + Sisterhood mothers in Guatemala are impacted by the HIV virus and many are also very poor and have been physically, emotionally, and/or sexually abused.  Because of severe poverty, women in Guatemala may be trafficked for prostitution at a young age, leaving them vulnerable to serious abuse and disease, including HIV.  This cycle of poverty and violence often repeats itself in the lives of their children, absent intervention.  To try to break this cycle and deliver HOPE to some of these women, we provide our Guatemalan sisters with:

SAFETY:  Most of the mothers in our Sisterhood live on the Village of Hope property.  Safety is our number one priority.

PERSONAL CARE:  The women need everything from clothes to tooth brushes to groceries and we provide it through your partnership.

COUNSELING AND PSYCHOLOGICAL CARE:  Our Guatemalan sisters have regular visits with a psychologist and hear the truth about who they are — pure, precious and blameless.

PARENTING CLASSES:  Our program includes parenting classes and methods for providing appropriate child care.

MEDICAL CARE: Village of Hope has a staff doctor who treats each sister.  We also consult with specialists at the University of Chicago in order to provide medical care to our mothers and their children.

JOB TRAINING:  We provide job skills training with a goal toward self-sustainability for all mothers entering the Sisterhood.  Our training includes cosmetology, sewing, jewelry making, and other crafts.

Your monthly commitment of $45 for one year provides a hand-up to one of our vulnerable sisters.  Each sister is paired with five or six sisters in the U.S. who each provide $45 a month and also work together to raise $2,000 toward the permanent home.  Each sister will have support of approximately $250 a month since they are living with us, in our facilities.  If your sister creates any handicrafts for sale, she may also seek your help marketing these in the U.S.

When you join the sisterhood, you will have the opportunity to select your sister.  Once you have contacted us and are matched, you will receive a picture and information about your sister.  You may also choose to write letters to her and even meet her.  For more information about becoming a sister in our Guatemalan Sisterhood, please email Lyndsay Boulton at lyndsay@projecthopeful.org.  Once you have been matched with a sister, use the Give Today button below to start your monthly financial support.

For more information about visiting Guatemala, the Village of Hope and your sister, click here.

Click here for a photo gallery of the Village of Hope in Guatemala.

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