February 4, 2013 – HOPE worldwide Ivory Coast is making great progress in helping disciples of the Abidjan Church of Christ rebuild their lives and livelihoods following the 2011 civil war. During that conflict, 3,000 were killed and hundreds of disciples suddenly lost their jobs. Since then, Hww Ivory Coast provided startup funding for 150 small businesses that employ 254 disciples.
One success story is that of six disciples, who with the help of funding made possible by HOPE worldwide donors, established an internet cafe near the University of Abidjan campus last summer. Today the business nets $1,000 per month. The Abidjan Church has continued to grow. By August 2012, 170 baptisms and 60 marriages had taken place since the war. Today, that number has risen to 327 baptisms and restorations and 113 marriages.
Good News from Ghana and Liberia
Meanwhile, HOPE worldwide Ghana is supporting 256 adults and 160 children in Accra, suffering from the physical and social effects of AIDS, at the Princess Marie Louise Children's Hospital. In Monrovia, Liberia, volunteers are providing food and educational materials to those affected by AIDS at JFK Hospital, Redemption Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital, and ELWA Hospital.
Last year Dr. Mark Ottenweller and HOPE worldwide Liberia met with Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a co-winner of The Nobel Peace Prize 2011. President Sirleaf pledged her support to HOPE worldwide’s work in her nation. In a letter to HOPE worldwide she stated "Please let me know if I can help you in your efforts to ‘bind up the broken-hearted' here in Liberia." We are grateful for the support of President Sirleaf and all of the disciples that help make this important work for the poor possible throughout the African continent.