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Halifax Volunteer Discovers the Transformative Power that comes Through Serving Others

Halifax Volunteer Discovers the Transformative Power that comes Through Serving Others

By Rachael Dyal “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi I made the move to Halifax solo in February 2023, gearing up for a new job that started later that month. I’m originally from Toronto but decided to pursue grad studies at the University of King’s College in Halifax. It was during my time here that I developed a deep affection for the city. I knew that I wanted to work full-time out here. Fortunately, I was able to snag a run-down apartment right in time before the new job commenced. Despite the relief of having a roof over my head with the basic amenities like running water and electricity, I often found myself hesitant to invite others over due to the apartment’s small size, and old wooden cupboards. I’d always complain about my living situation, and was never thankful for being able to afford stable housing.   About a few months after moving into the apartment that I dreaded, I was invited by some friends to volunteer for Sunday Suppers. The Halifax Chapter of HOPE worldwide Canada supports this initiative. It aims to feed vulnerable people in the community facing food insecurity. Hesitantly, I agreed. I didn’t know what to expect, but I felt like God was compelling me to volunteer and serve those in need. Not only did I show up and help bag food items for people to take home, but I also served hot meals to people.   Volunteering at Sunday Suppers proved to be a humbling experience. Witnessing firsthand the struggles faced by those less fortunate, I was overcome with a profound sense of gratitude. It was a stark realization that I had been taking for granted the very things others desperately lacked. My continuous habit of complaining despite God’s provision, suddenly felt very selfish.   Rachael Dyal carrying a box of food for Sunday Suppers But what humbled me the most volunteering for Sunday Suppers that afternoon was seeing young children and teenagers among those who came. Raised in a middle-class household, I never truly appreciated the comforts I was privileged to until I confronted the harsh realities of food insecurity and poverty. My parents would spoil me, and I never had to worry about food, clothing, or shelter. When I saw kids younger than me with their families at Sunday Suppers, my heart ached.   I understand that sharing my experiences might give the impression of being privileged or even boastful, but my intention is quite the opposite. I want to delve into the harsh realities of poverty, offering insights from my own journey as someone who initially struggled to appreciate God’s blessings in my life. I aim through my writing to acknowledge my own shortcomings, embrace growth, and foster understanding and compassion for others' struggles. My hope is that by sharing my story with sincerity and humility, I can contribute to a deeper awareness of the challenges faced by those living in poverty and the importance of cultivating a compassionate outlook.   For those who haven’t volunteered yet, I strongly encourage you to give it a shot. Deuteronomy 15: 11, says to open your hand to those in need, and volunteering at Sunday Suppers is a great way to do that. For me, it served as a wake-up call, prompting me to shift my perspective and begin thanking God for even the small blessings in life. If you are interested in learning more, or would like to volunteer with us, please reach out to us on: Facebook: HOPEworldwide Canada - Halifax Chapter Instagram: @hopewwc_halifax

Please Donate Hygiene Essentials

Please Donate Hygiene Essentials

The Central region chapter of Hope worldwide Canada will be arranging a distribution of hygiene products and toiletries for people experiencing homelessness in downtown Toronto. Event Date: Saturday April 27th, 2024 Meet up point: Allan Gardens, 160 Gerrard Street East., Toronto Downtown Meet up time: 12pm (for all those interested to join) Distribution area: Moss park, Allen Gardens, College & Dundas downtown Hygiene items needed: Toothbrushes Toothpaste Deodorant Disposable shaving razors Face cloth Body lotion (small size) Shampoo (small size) Soap There is a desperate need for these items and your help will be greatly appreciated. There are over 9,200 people in Toronto who are experiencing homelessness on any given night, including 7,000 members of our community who use the shelter system every night. How You Can Help: Milestone Churches, 610 Monarch Ave, Ajax OR Wellness Family Care The Iveys residence (front door) Any time between April -14 68 Shaughnessy Blvd, Toronto, (Leslie & Sheppard) To make other arrangements you can also call: (647) 328 2192 We thank you for your support.

Volunteer Spotlight: Evelyn Trickett

Volunteer Spotlight: Evelyn Trickett

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.  – Matt 5:16   Evelyn is typically described as vibrant, adventurous, humorous, and full of energy. She is also well known for her positive outlook and passion for running, having finished seven marathons. Like a ray of sunshine, she undoubtedly adds brightness to any room she enters. Her fun-loving nature, love for God and heart of gratitude are the reason behind her generosity in giving back. She has supported HOPE worldwide Canada programs by running, biking, cleaning up the shoreline, and selling pastries in order to raise money for HOPE in Action. In 2022, she suffered a serious bike accident on her way to the running track, severely injuring her right leg. She was informed that she would need much time to recover before being able to run or even walk. Evelyn continued to inspire others despite this challenge, refusing to let them bring her down or cause her to wallow in self-pity.  After a year of rehabilitation as we saw, Evelyn overcame the odds.  In July 2023, this driven woman succeeded in doing what she loved the most, running! She completed her first five (5) km run following the incident! Evelyn has continued to give back because of her steadfast devotion and dedication with greater gratitude in her heart and as of today, she is now formally a member of our Vancouver HOPE Team! In addition to her volunteer work at the Hope Toy Drive in 2023, she now searches for new volunteer opportunities, assists with bible studies, sings in the church choir and other work to support the church and the community. Selflessness, according to Mahatma Gandhi is a source of strength. In the face of hardships and obstacles, Evelyn is a living example of this; she trusted God, made the most of what she had, and persisted in using her strength and talent to assist others rather than giving up. Because of this, God hasn’t stopped blessing her, she has encouraged others and carried out incredible deeds. It is a pleasure to work alongside Evelyn, a sister, friend, fellow runner, and coach in support of HOPE.

Kids for Kid

Kids for Kid

We started a new program. Our children did chores for their families and others. With the money they earned they bought items to fill shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child - Samaritan's Purse Canada ( samaritanspurse.ca ) They were able to fill 7 boxes to bring joy to children around the world.

It's Christmas Time In The City

It's Christmas Time In The City

On December 9th we were able to encourage the residents at Rosslyn Seniors Lodge with Christmas Carols and visiting - Santa even stopped by!
On December 14th we had a fun Night at Thorncliffe School, serving up hot Chocolate and Cookies. On December 21st, we had our 2nd Annual Pancake Brunch at Thorncliffe School. Our Volunteers and Santa had a busy month.

Sports Day!

Sports Day!

On June 8, 2023, 6 of our volunteers were able to take part in Thorncliffe's Sports Day. We manned the refreshment station, providing water bottles and watermelon on a hot day. We also provided sidewalk chalk for the children to use as they took their refreshment break. It was a fun day helping and talking to the children.

Une célébration de la fête de Saint-Nicolas pour les familles ukrainiennes

Une célébration de la fête de Saint-Nicolas pour les familles ukrainiennes

Les 17 et 18 décembre, HOPE worldwide Canada à Montréal a participé à la célébration de la fête de Saint-Nicolas pour les familles ukrainiennes nouvellement arrivées au Québec. Nos bénévoles ont aidé à décorer la salle et à monter les tables, acheté des cadeaux pour les enfants et de la nourriture pour les repas qu'ils ont servis le dimanche. Ils ont fait la connaissance de gens très vaillants et courageux! - ENGLISH TRANSLATION - On December 17 - 18, HOPE worldwide Canada in Montreal took part in a Saint-Nicholas celebration for Ukrainian families newly arrived in Quebec. Our volunteers helped decorate the room and set up tables, bought gifts for kids as well as food for the meal, and served at tables. We met very devoted and courageous people there!

Une célébration de la fête de Saint-Nicolas pour les familles ukrainiennes

Une célébration de la fête de Saint-Nicolas pour les familles ukrainiennes

Les 17 et 18 décembre, HOPE worldwide Canada à Montréal a participé à la célébration de la fête de Saint-Nicolas pour les familles ukrainiennes nouvellement arrivées au Québec. Nos bénévoles ont aidé à décorer la salle et à monter les tables, acheté des cadeaux pour les enfants et de la nourriture pour les repas qu'ils ont servis le dimanche. Ils ont fait la connaissance de gens très vaillants et courageux!

Pancake Lunch

Pancake Lunch

On December 22nd, 8 of our volunteers went to Thorncliffe School and made and served a Pancake Lunch to the whole school. The children were so grateful and thanked and wished us a Merry Christmas as they went through the line. One child who had recently moved to Canada was able to taste his first pancake. Our volunteers also provided 9 food hampers to 9 families. When one women picked hers up she burst into tears in gratitude. It was a Merry Christmas!

Making Spirits Bright

Making Spirits Bright

On December 17th, 22 of our volunteers went to Rosslyn Seniors Lodge to sing Christmas Carols. The seniors were very encouraged and shared memories of past years we'd been there. Always a highlight is when we sing the 12 days of Christmas and get everyone involved. They also requested O holy night sung by Ashley Griffiths. We were accompanied on guitar by Enrico Ilaga.

"No Child sleeps on the floor in our town"

"No Child sleeps on the floor in our town"

On Saturday, September 10th, 11 of our volunteers were able to help build beds for children who do not own one. The organization, Sleep in Heavenly Peace ( Sleep in Heavenly Peace | Canada (shpbeds.ca) set up a space, along with materials and tools to enable the volunteers to build beds. They were able to build 40 beds.

Dreams Really DO Come True: Riya Rokka's Journey to Becoming a Nurse

Dreams Really DO Come True: Riya Rokka's Journey to Becoming a Nurse

Meet Riya Rokka. She lives in Kathmandu, Nepal with her family. She is a graduate from the Asha Vidhyashram School (translates from Nepalese to "Hope for Education") operated by HOPE worldwide Nepal, and from the Nava Indra Dhanush English Boarding School. Riya is a stellar student, loves to learn, and always had the desire to become a nurse. But due to her father's illness, and hence inability to work, her family is unable to afford her tuition fees. In 2019, HOPE worldwide Canada offered financial support by sponsoring Riya for her 3 years of Nursing Studies at the "Om Samaj Shaikshik Pratisthan" College in PCL Nursing (Staff Nurse) in Kathmandu. Flash forward to the present, she has successfully passed her entrance exam for the nursing program, completed her years of studies, and is now an officially licensed nurse. We at HOPE worldwide Canada are so proud of Riya and her wonderful achievement! Thank you to all of your prayers and your donations that helped make Riya's dream a reality. Check out the video below of her testimony: To support many others just like Riya, consider making a donation today: https://donate-can.keela.co/HOPEworldwideCanada

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