Category Archives: International

Hope Jam Saturday 26th May 2018

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Memories from the Christmas 2015 volunteer trip to Kathmandu



Nepal video


A Volunteer’s account of serving for two weeks at the Village of HOPE in New Delhi, India

On the evening of Boxing Day 2016 my friend Alison Clark-Morris and I flew out to Delhi to spend two weeks at the Village of Hope; a village which has been built for Leprosy sufferers and their families. Ali is a podiatrist (or, as she became known in India, “the foot doctor”) who works at a chiropractic clinic in Pangbourne and Theale Wellbeing Centre, Berkshire. The Village is run by the charity Hope Worldwide.

Volunteer podiatrist in Village of Hope

What has been achieved over 25 years was inspirational. People with leprosy not only suffer from the illness but because of the associated stigma, the whole family lose their jobs, cannot marry and are cast out of the community, usually ending up as beggars. The Village provides not just a home but also microcredit loans to set up small businesses and training in computing, nursing and sewing. The children and grandchildren of the original 800 residents are now getting jobs and building lives outside the Village.  We saw a busy, happy, vibrant place, with weddings, religious festivals and parties seemingly every day. (We were included in them all!).

Leprosy is now almost eliminated from India, only 127,326 new cases being diagnosed each year. Early detection is essential to avert disability. But for the previous generation, the infection left life-long neuropathy (nerve damage) in feet and hands leading to pain, disfigurement and loss of sensation. Loss of sensation leads to serious foot ulcers, similar to those sometimes seen on people with diabetes in the UK. It is these ulcers that, if not managed carefully, result in amputations and disability.

Volunteer nurse in Village of Hope

The bandaging clinic that treats the ulcers was where we worked alongside Raju. Raju contracted leprosy at 13 and ran away from home to protect his family and seek treatment. He was one of the lucky ones with no permanent damage. The Village trained him in wound care and while he cannot read or write he is a highly skilled medical technician, treating up to 100 patients a day. Ali’s very specialist skills made a real impact in just a fortnight, treating the ulcers and providing orthotic padding to relieve the pressure that causes the ulcers. She helped Raju further improve his skills and left a simple programme of education in self help for the residents to prevent new ulcers.

Our final job was to work with the charity to draw up an investment plan for the clinic to provide more up to date equipment (lights, steriliser, water supply etc.); a female assistant to work alongside Raju to deal with the many female leprosy sufferers who feel too ashamed to be treated by a man and finally the means for more professional podiatrists from the UK or elsewhere to visit as volunteers. Thankfully the first two of these three goals have already been achieved and there are plans for other podiatrists to go out next January. The picture below is of Raju and his new assistant.

Assistant technician in Village of Hope

Thank you to all those who have supported this worthwhile programme. If you would like to contribute to the continuing work of the Village of Hope please donate today.

Hope Jam – Talent Showcase

26th May 2018

Venue: The Star of Kings, 126 York Way, Kings Cross, N1 0AX

Time: 7pm

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HOPE in Nepal

HOPE worldwide is aiming to serve 20,000 people in Nepal after deadly earthquake. Through the local affiliate (HOPE worldwide Nepal), we are working closely with the local government and international community, which is being organized by the United Nations.


As of 4th May, services that have been provided by HOPE worldwide:
– 12,000 blankets
– 1,000 emergency shelter (tarpaulines)
– 5,000 kg of food and water
– 100 kgs of medicines
– 1 camp for displaced families in Balaju, Kathmandu
– 1 emergency school in Balaju, Kathmandu

Teams are reaching out to various districts across the impacted areas, delivering much needed services. So far the areas served include Gorkha, Kathmandu, Nuwako, Sindhulpachuk, Lalitpur. Other areas are being assessed to be served as well.

The people of Nepal need your help, come join us bringing hope and changing lives!

To donate and for links to latest updates and HOPE worldwide Nepal please click here:


Snooker Stars in support of HOPE school

Snooker personalities Jimmy White, John Virgo and Alfie Burden starred in an event to raise vital funds for a HOPE school in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Hope Worldwide UK hosted the evening of entertainment at Guildford Spectrum on Monday 23rd March.

Jimmy White- Rubik Ghalustians- John Virgo- Alfie Burden


The evening kicked off with some trick shots by John Virgo, the former co-presenter of snooker-based TV game show Big Break with Jim Davidson.

Snooker legend and six-time World Championship finalist White, nicknamed The Whirlwind, then played a frame against event organiser Rubik Ghalustians with Virgo acting as MC. Read the full article here:

HOPE worldwide would like to thank:
Jimmy White, John Virgo and Alfie Burden for coming and making the exhibition a possibility
Molesey Refrigeration center in east Molesey who sponsored £500.00 pounds and their Miele centre which gave away a cat and Dog Miele vacuum cleaner as a free prize draw.
Dean Ralphson, the manager of Molesey Refrigeration.
Rubik Ghalustians, the director of  Rugal Repairs and Sales Ltd in west Molesey who organised the whole event.

European HOPE conference: ‘Compassion in Action’ 7th – 9th November 2014 Oslo, Norway.

The UK participants outside the opera house in Oslo: Wil Horwood, Robert Payne, David Kaner and Barry Lamb.

This year, most of the conference was devoted to an introductory course in Empathic communication. This was delivered by Ronny Yttrehus, leader of the Oslo Church of Christ  (pictured below on far right) who has been trained in empathic communication.  Jesus modelled this kind of communication as his ‘heart went out’ to people and it was very helpful to learn how better to listen to people and help them deal with their challenges. This is very relevant to HOPE worldwide’s European projects where we strive to help people in a variety of situations: seniors, orphans, homeless, recovering addicts and refugees. The conference participants are pictured below.

Conference participants. Countries represented were Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Norway, Russia, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Ukraine.

Summary of the introduction course:

Context:  When people can’t understand, manage or find meaning in what is happening to them they can feel helpless and need help to move back to normality.

Empathic communication:

  • Helps people move back to a normal state and boosts their growth and development so that they can cope with future challenges
  • Is a process based on equality and co-creation of new realities through free exchange of ideas and points of view

The four steps of empathic communication:

  1. Narrative – listen intently as the person ‘shares their story’ and listen for keywords
  2. ‘Affect Consciousness’ – listen as the person shares their feelings and thoughts about where they are and try and identify with their situation
  3. Reflections – listen as the person reflects on their story and feelings
  4. Co-creation – work together on how move forward; ask their permission before sharing your thoughts

An example of this communication is shown via this link:

N.B. The listener should not interrupt or comment during Steps 1 to 3 apart from acknowledging what is being said. If questions need to be asked after step 3 then the listener can ask ‘open questions’ such as ‘what else…’ or ‘can you tell me more about …..’ rather than ‘Why?’. The method was developed by  Dr. Lisbeth Holter Brudal (pictured below in deep discussion with conference delegates from Russia and Ukraine).

The book ‘Empathic Communication’ by Lisbeth-Holter-Brudal that accompanies the course is available as an e book on Amazon.

Dr. Lisbeth Holter with two ’empathic listeners in training’.

Compassion in Action – Helping Ukrainian refugees: Lesia  (pictured below) is a Ukrainian married to a Dane. She really wanted to help in the current crisis where there are 800,000 refugees! She and her friends from the church of Christ in Copenhagen collected 40 boxes of clothes etc… and then she shared it on facebook.  Over time 1,000 boxes of donations were made and didn’t know how to get them to Ukraine…something she had to pray about. Amazingly, a major shipping company donated a huge shipping container and transported it for free! It is inspiring to see what can be achieved when you start something in faith.

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