Tweet As an update on the result of our AIDS/HIV discussion (see prior blog post, “Day 2: Afternoon Session: Health and Heroes”) we are jumping ahead to share some of the comments the girls made about it on the last day of camp, Friday, July 30th. Hope Shines CSC Camp 2010 AIDS/HIV Discussion had a [...]
Tweet Guest blogger Dr. Stephanie Chu… Our Second Annual AIDS/HIV Discussion with the orphans of CSC began this year by having the children identify their heroes. The girls were at Activities where they were asked to draw pictures of their heroes today and then draw pictures of themselves 10-years from now and how their heroes [...]
Tweet Day 2 at CSC was a very action packed day! But for now, let’s just talk about what we did in the AM. We will post another blog about the afternoon session bc that deserves to stand on its own! We started out w the boys at Activities and the girls at Sports. In [...]
Tweet After completing the medical physicals we became aware that TWO children are almost blind in one eye and are in desperate need of glasses ASAP. How can they do well in school if they can’t see the blackboard? If anyone can get a hold of these two or one of the prescriptions pls notify [...]
Tweet Today we launched our third annual camp with CSC. It was a little crazy in the AM handing out t’s, water bottles and getting all of the supplies ready for the first activities….but all that we can handle. What made it so much more chaotic was that we were dealing with a final desperate attempt to get some of the [...]
Tweet One of our favorite educational activities to do with the children is one we developed called “Reading Telescope and Bingo”. It involves creativity when they make and decorate a paper telescope and speaking, reading, spelling and identifying everyday objects in English. With this one activity we try to tap into every possible way a child can learn. Everyone [...]
Tweet It is always a little bit confusing to the kids when they first attend one of our camps b/c what we do is so radically different from what they are used to. At Pamasor, the site of our first camp, the kids were a little reserved at first but it took them no time [...]
Tweet The cornerstone of Hope Shines is keeping our promise to the children we work with. When we say, “see you next summer”, we do everything to make it happen. Recently, the center which we’ve worked with since 2008 under went a very trying time and had to dissolve; start anew. Financially, CSC has been [...]
Tweet I have officially completed my first week of observing and teaching English at CSC (“Children’s Support Center”) in Nyamirambo. Although I am still learning, this week has been monumental in establishing a comprehensive Hope Shines program with these children. I’ve started to see first-hand the need we are trying to address. Firstly, I’d like [...]
Tweet Today marks the last day of week one! We have made a lot of progress since we have landed! I have been spending most of my time at CSC teaching the children English lessons and April has been working very hard arranging all of the logistics for the first camp at PAMASOR (which begins [...]
Tweet Hello all Hope Shines followers! April and I (Kathleen) have arrived in Kigali and have been working hard on the ground to prepare all the logistics involved with making our 2010 camps a success! We have met with the administration of both PAMASOR (“peace village”) and CSC (“children’s support center”). They fully support our [...]
You’re leaving your friends, your fam and your city
Tweet Last summer, just a few weeks before we left for Rwanda, we held our first fundraising Soiree. We’re excited to continue the tradition this year with our Spring Soiree on May 18th! The event, at Marfa in downtown New York City, will feature an open wine & beer bar, hors d’oeuvres, as well as [...]
Tweet Hope Shines is sorry to announce that due to unforeseen circumstances we had to cancel our Kentucky Derby Keg party. HOWEVER we are currently planning a Spring Soiree for May 18th, so keep your calendars WIDE OPEN! The Spring Soiree will feature a fabulous silent auction and raffle, and we’ll have a special guest [...]
Tweet We’re thrilled about our new informational video! Check it out here! We must thank Travis Stewart for his editing skills, and of course Brad Teitelbaum and Free Advice for the music!
2009 is almost over. We can’t believe it either!
Tweet We were thrilled to find that the Wall Street Journal included a Hope Shines volunteer in an article about philanthropic giving… But we weren’t surprised! Kathleen Flaherty, who helped run the sports program in Rwanda this past summer, is an amazing individual who has given tons of time and energy to Hope Shines. Not [...]
Tweet Join us for our second-annual extended happy hour as we begin to spearhead fundraising efforts for our 2010 camps! The Village Pour House is offering drink specials and will be donating 15% of the full tab (food and drink) to Hope Shines! We so excited that the VPH has offered to partner with us [...]
We’ve had an incredible summer…
Tweet We are so excited about the Summer Soiree this coming Wednesday, July 1st! We’ve literally been gearing up. Here’s a lit of some of the amazing items we’re offering through our raffle and silent auction: •Samsonite luggage Set •Burberry travel bag •Juicy Couture clutch •Home entertainment sound system •Bruce Weber “Blood Sweat & Tears” [...]
Tweet Hope Shines is holding a special fundraiser at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery on Wednesday July 1, 2009. Check out our invite below! We’ll be having a raffle & silent auction; we’ll list details on those soon. To RSVP and purchase individual tickets, please click on the “Donate” button below, which will take you to [...]
We raised $150 at our Extended Happy Hour at Village Pourhouse.
Tweet Our first fundraiser will take place May 20, 2009 at the Village Pour House in New York City. This legendary bar will generously be donating 15% of our “extended happy hour” tab to Hope Shines! The money Hope Shines earns from this event will buy clean drinking water for every child each day we [...]
Tweet As of today, Hope Shines was officially incorporated in the state of New York. We were approved by both the New York Department of State and the Department of Education. This is a huge step forward in our quest to make a significant mark. Hope Shines is now Hope Shines, Inc.! Thank you to [...]