Hope for Change International


Jan 6, 2020
By: pgrimsland

30 YEARS AND COUNTING This week marks 30 years since my first trip to the Philippines, a journey that unexpectedly propelled me towards financial empowerment. I had no idea what I was getting into when I volunteered to travel with Mylon & Broken Heart on their tour in the Philippines.  At that time they were […]

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Feb 22, 2017
By: pgrimsland

It’s been an interesting time for Hope For Change.  In many ways we’re entering into uncharted waters, new experiences! Directors James and Sarah Smith will be in Nagaland, India for another extended period of time also visiting Nepal. I am here in Manila starting the process of registering Hope For Change as a foundation here.  […]

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A few of the faces in the community....
Mar 26, 2016
By: pgrimsland

Today is my last day in Manila after being here for 6 weeks.  As I think about the time here there is so much to be grateful for. I’m so grateful for the success of our college graduates this year.  They will be MOVING FORWARD in new directions making a difference in the lives of […]

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New Shirts in Mokokchung
Sep 12, 2015
By: ssmith

    Hope for Change International partners with other organizations in operating a children’s residential school (NCRS) in Mokokchung, Nagaland, Northeast India. Current enrollment is approximately four hundred forty students ranging in age from four to sixteen. Enrollment requires a willingness to wear “passed down” uniforms  to each day’s lineup of classes and “passed down” pajamas […]

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It’s Complicated
Mar 19, 2015
By: pgrimsland

We’ve all seen that “status” about a relationship being complicated.  I thought of that as a good description for some of the situations we encounter here in this community we’re working in. This past week had it’s share of complicated situations.  For lack of time I’ll tell you about one…..Princess.  At an early age her […]

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The Simple Things
Mar 6, 2015
By: pgrimsland

Sometimes it’s the simple things that have the biggest impact.  In the picture above is Dulce, one of the local staff here working everyday in the “Smokey Mountain” community in Tondo, Manila.  Today she led a team up the steep mountain that was the former garbage dump where there are people living, although they are […]

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Feb 28, 2015
By: pgrimsland

This year marks 25 years since my first trip to the Philippines.  In most situations, like a career, you start thinking about slowing down or retiring.  For me in many ways it feels like things are just starting to take off. Like the sign posted on my bedroom door when I arrived, this place has […]

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