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All In A Day’s Work
Apr 27, 2012
By: ssmith

Now in my eleventh day here in Mokokchung, Nagaland I have switched “hats” to fulfill my assignments for Hope For Change International. I will be evaluating the progress and needs of Nagaland Children’s Residential School (NCRS) located here in Mokokchung. The school, which was begun in 1996, launched a new program for young children when the school […]

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Kohima ~ Capital of Nagaland
Jan 2, 2011
By: ssmith

“Kohima is Yours ~ Keep it Clean” Welcome to MBELE! blog site. This site serves to keep our Hope For Change International followers informed of our travel exploits and inspired by the dedication of our remarkable H4C partners around the globe. On November 17, 2010, I returned safely home in the USA from a five […]

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“Buying 8,000 Liters Per Day”
Jun 7, 2010
By: ssmith

In 1996, my friends Chuba and Tiala Ao opened a children’s residential school, referred to as an “English” school, in Mokokchung, Nagaland, part of the Northeast States of India. Hindi is also taught to all students. Currently, the enrollment is 430 children ranging in age from four years old through eighteen.  Today I spoke with Tiala and […]

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Some pics from H4C Benefit Concert
May 19, 2010
By: ssmith

Here are some pictures of the musicians, H4C Directors, and volunteers who made the H4C Benefit Concert a night to remember. We’ll write more soon… Until then ~ huge thanks to all who came and gave to the cause!

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Back in Ulster County, New York, USA
Nov 24, 2009
By: ssmith

On November 10, 2009 my British Airways flight (BA179) brought me to JFK and my final destination after six weeks of travel to the UK/India/Nagaland/Sweden. As the South Asia Director of projects for HOPE FOR CHANGE INTERNATIONAL www.H4Cinternational.org my purpose was to visit and evaluate the development and needs of schools and orphanages. My review of prospective partners and […]

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“Morning Has Broken, Like the First Morning…”
Nov 14, 2009
By: ssmith

For many of us music and, in particular, certain songs mark moments in our lives, both happy and sad. When reheard many years later, the song evokes memories and awakens imbedded emotions. One of “my songs” is the hymn “Morning Has Broken”. In 1930, Percy Dearmer, editor of Songs of Praise (published in 1931), approached and […]

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School’s Health Report Card
May 16, 2009
By: ssmith

With only five weeks left until the end of the school year I asked Sentila how the children’s health has been this year in comparison to previous years. “Oh, we have had less sickness than last year; the quantity of children getting sick has been much less. Last year the residential school (430 students) suffered […]

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Delayed Monsoon Season
May 14, 2009
By: ssmith

  Walking on our deck early this morning with echinacea tea in hand I thought, “This is the morning weather we had in Mokokchung back in October, 2008.” It’s raining today without a trace of blue in the all-gray sky and the temperature has warmed to about 53 degrees fahrenheit (12 Celsius). Three days ago I purposed to call […]

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