Celebrating Mama Maggie

Celebrating Mama Maggie

Stephen’s Children Founder Mama Maggie Gobran was recently recognized with an Arab Hope Makers Award. The award, given by Emirati Vice President, Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, recognized five leaders from among 65,000 nominees. The happy news comes as Stephen’s Children finishes a successful academic year in its more than 95 schools, and prepares… Read Full Story

Reflections from Oaxaca

Reflections from Oaxaca

Melanie Lopez-Grewal is a Grants Coordinator for VHF. Following is her reflection on a recent site visit to Oaxaca, Mexico. “True hospitality is welcoming the stranger on her own terms. This kind of hospitality can only be offered by those who’ve found the center of their lives in their own hearts.” – Henri Nouwen As I… Read Full Story

Kashmir APPLE Program Kickoff

Kashmir APPLE Program Kickoff

Wedged between India and Pakistan, Kashmir is a lush, green bowl-shaped valley surrounded by the Himalayas.  While the land is fertile, a protracted political dispute over the region has caused widespread instability as people struggle with unemployment, chronic rural poverty, food shortages, and poor infrastructure.  Potatoes and apples have emerged as two of the most important cash… Read Full Story

Visit from Plant with Purpose

Visit from Plant with Purpose

From June 27-29, we had the joy of hosting Luis Castellanos and Doug Satre with Plant with Purpose, an organization that VHF has partnered with in Oaxaca since 2008. Luis is based in the Mixteca region of Nochixtlan, a place that was recently in the news due to unrest and violence.  Staff from the Foundation,… Read Full Story

Visit with Mama Maggie

Visit with Mama Maggie

Our community was blessed by a visit from Mama Maggie this Fall.  She is the founder of Stephen’s Children in Egypt and has been a special friend to us since 2004.  Over the past 25 years, Mama Maggie has devoted her life to serving vulnerable children and families living in the slums and squatter areas… Read Full Story

Youth Peacebuilding School

Youth Peacebuilding School

This summer we had the opportunity to travel to Northern Uganda to visit several of our partners serving in a very traumatized region of the world.  In Northern Uganda, 20 years of brutal war resulted in the internal displacement of some 2 million people. Pader was one of the most heavily impacted districts, with nearly… Read Full Story