Hands of Hope Int'l was established in 2000 as a Christian non-profit 501 c3 organization whose mission was to improve the health, education and economic conditions of disabled children and families in Vietnam.
The very first initiative launched was a ministry to street kids. Over the years the communist government became more involved and wanted us to start working with disabled children and their families. Our programs included medical services such as health check-ups and screenings, much needed surgeries, prosthetic devices, and wheelchairs along with training for the physicians who serve disabled children. We also provided scholarships for education and support for the families such as a home, food and the ability to gain career skills through training and micro-finance loans. Over the course of the 13 years, the government of Vietnam imposed further restrictions and regulations that ultimately resulted in a significant decrease in our ministry effectiveness and also left us with higher ministry costs. While over 8,000 children’s lives have been changed, we were not be able to share the hope we all long for, which is Jesus.
So in January of 2010, we officially closed down our Vietnam operations and moved our efforts to Guatemala, where we have the freedom to minister to children at risk without any government interference. It is interesting that our first initiative in Guatemala was working with street kids, just as we started 15 years ago in Vietnam – God is amazing!