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Peace Gospel International

  • Houston, TX
  • http://www.peacegospel.org

Mission Statement

Through the development of small business enterprise, Peace Gospel International is empowering sustainable, native-led, mercy-based programs in Asia & Africa: caring for orphans, child trafficking victims, at-risk women and destitute children of the slums. Our work began in India 20 years ago. Today we're working in several of the world's poorest nations in Asia and Africa.

Main Programs

  1. Orphan Care
  2. Women's Empowerment
  3. Slum Children's Education
  4. Economic Empowerment
  5. Human Trafficking Rehabilitation
Service Areas

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International

We're empowering mercy in India, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, and Uganda.

ruling year

2001

Executive Director

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Mr. Kirby Trapolino

Keywords

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India, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Uganda

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Also Known As

She Has Hope

EIN

76-0659778

 Number

0980389001

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Through the development of small business enterprise, Peace Gospel International is empowering sustainable, native-led, mercy-based programs in Asia & Africa: caring for orphans, child trafficking victims, at-risk women and destitute children of the slums. Thanks to your support, we currently...

• care for 287 orphans in Uganda, India, Nepal, Myanmar, and the Philippines
• train over 1,000 Nepali girls how to avoid the dangers of sex trafficking
• house, rehabilitate and empower 15 girls recovering from sex trafficking
• equip more than 25 at-risk women to start businesses
• serve 41,500 fresh meals to our various program beneficiaries
• educate and feed over 300 children living in slums and extreme poverty
• provide Bible Day Camps, including hot meals, for more than 400 children
• combat frequent power outages at our project locations with solar initiatives

...in a way that's sustainable and creates a strong sense of ownership among our native teams. As for who we're serving, we have a passionate heart to reach the destitute, the orphan and the widow. We're working among the world's poorest, where the vast majority live on less than $2 per day.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Orphan Care

We operate 10 orphanages in 6 nations, caring for over 250 children.

Category

Females

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

None

Budget

Program 2

Women's Empowerment

We train 50+ widowed/destitute women in small business each month.

Category

Females

Population(s) Served

Female Adults

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Single Parents

Budget

Program 3

Slum Children's Education

We educate & feed over 60 children from destitute/slum homes each month.

Category

K-12 (5-19 years)

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

Budget

Program 4

Economic Empowerment

Our native teams in India, Myanmar, Nepal, The Philippines, Uganda and
Chad multiply your donations through microeconomic efforts involving
dairy production or animal stockbreeding. This provides empowerment for our projects along with local jobs.

Category

Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

None

Budget

Program 5

Human Trafficking Rehabilitation

In addition to offering a safe harbor for at-risk orphan girls at our orphanage home in Kathmandu, Peace Gospel has also been conducting a human trafficking awareness campaign in Nepal. We’ve been focusing our latest efforts on the Rupandehi district, an area especially susceptible to traffickers due to its proximity to the Indian border. Our goal is to train young girls and their families how to avoid the tricks of the traffickers’ false promises and deceptive offers. We also operate a rehabilitation home in Kathmandu, home to several young Nepalese ladies rescued from Indian brothels. There they receive counseling and medical care (some are HIV positive), room & board, literacy classes, and become proficient in several craft-making, seamstress and gardening skills through daily coursework offered by our full time teachers. Their crafts are sold on the "She Has Hope" Etsy Crafts Shop to supplement the program’s funding and for their own fair trade earnings.

Category

Females

Population(s) Served

Crime/Abuse Victims

Asian/Pacific Islander

People Living with HIV or AIDS - PLWHA

Budget

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Multiplying Your Impact. Our donor funds are multiplied by native-led small business projects like dairy production, agriculture, animal stockbreeding or other culturally relevant micro-business. We're constantly seeking to improve and expand this model of “giving multiplication" with small businesses that will produce the resources necessary to bring in more orphans, empower destitute women, and more—without having to raise funds for each step of the way. It's our hope that through this method, our teams in Asia & Africa can become more self-sufficient in their work to care for those who have no hope.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Through the development of small business enterprise, Peace Gospel International is empowering sustainable, native-led, mercy-based programs in Asia & Africa: caring for orphans, child trafficking victims, at-risk women and destitute children of the slums. Thanks to your support, we currently…

    • care for 287 orphans in Uganda, India, Nepal, Myanmar, and the Philippines
    • train over 1,000 Nepali girls how to avoid the dangers of sex trafficking
    • house, rehabilitate and empower 15 girls recovering from sex trafficking
    • equip more than 25 at-risk women to start businesses
    • serve 41,500 fresh meals to our various program beneficiaries
    • educate and feed over 300 children living in slums and extreme poverty
    • provide Bible Day Camps, including hot meals, for more than 400 children
    • combat frequent power outages at our project locations with solar initiatives

    …in a way that's sustainable and creates a strong sense of ownership among our native teams. As for who we're serving, we have a passionate heart to reach the destitute, the orphan and the widow. We're working among the world's poorest, where the vast majority live on less than $2 per day.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    It was the summer of 2011 that we began our women's crafts business program in rural Uganda to empower destitute widows and single mothers. Since that time the program has expanded to include their own solar-powered workspace, and diversified to include a catering company. Funds were recently provided to finish out the space with the equipment needed to propel the women to the next level of efficiency and profitability.

    They're making beautifully crafted, in-demand products such as wicker baskets, beaded jewelry, and purses. A gift of just $79 can commission one of these women into a profitable business, empowering her with the ability to supplement her family's income. More importantly, by assisting in the launch of her new business, we give her the gift of self-confidence and fulfillment in utilizing her talent and ability.

    However, we're not just training the women and sending them out to find their own sales. The program is structured as co-op model, whereby we source buyers in the market and provide the women with orders to fill for the demand, paying them fair trade prices for each piece produced. In addition to local sales, we've now made an initial limited offering of their crafts available for sale on our "She Has Hope" Crafts Shop, hosted by Etsy.

    To diversify their entrepreneurial pursuits, we're also harnessing their collective talents in meal preparation by starting a local catering company they manage. They love coming together to cook their delicious food in the adjoining kitchen of the center, where they now have a convenient location to store their supplies, ingredients, pots and serving utensils. Demand is coming from area towns and villages where their services are needed for weddings and other functions.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Our farmland enterprise in South India serves as a funding multiplier for our programs, reaching orphans, destitute women and children of the slums. The enterprise started as a water buffalo dairy farm— that's why we have a water buffalo in our logo! However, today the farmland focuses on a lucrative rice crop, along with a vegetable garden and banana grove on campus. The enterprise empowers our native team with more funding and a stronger sense of ownership in their work.

    Our native team in Myanmar (formerly Burma) is currently operating four orphanages and extending various relief efforts to the local destitute population. Our budget in-country is being supplemented by a farmland enterprise which includes a 12-acre rice farm and a piggery.

    In 2008 we partnered with a native-led Nepali house church desiring to change lives among the undervalued & neglected of their society. As a result, we established a native team to launch a new orphanage & its supporting farmland enterprise. The 6-acre farmland consists of a goat house & crops such as ginger & a variety of vegetables. The profits supplement our in-country budget which includes operating our orphanage in Kathamandu: now home to 21 children who were previously abandoned or living with relatives in unacceptable conditions. Tangible life-change is taking place among at-risk women through our craft business development program. We conduct human trafficking awareness training in several remote areas of Nepal where traffickers have been known to target victims, training young girls in how to avoid the deceptive practices of traffickers. We also operate a rehabilitation home in Kathmandu for young Nepalese girls and ladies who have been rescued from Indian brothels.

    Our native team on the island of Cebu have been making a difference in the lives of those affected by extreme poverty for over 10 years. Our work of reaching orphans, destitute children & at-risk widows in the Philippines is being sustained and multiplied by a hen house project producing over 300 eggs per day, & a banana grove that yields over 6,000 bananas annually, & a fishery that provides up to a half-ton of fish 2-3x/yr.

    For the past several years our native team in Uganda has been reaching out to the destitute population of the Mayuge District, third poorest of Uganda's 74 districts, where 50% of the population is under the age of 15. The district was the site of the infamous sleeping sickness epidemic in the 1950s, during which the government declared the area a no-man's land & drove out the entire population. Since the 1970s the community has been slowly rebuilding from scratch & as a result seems behind the curve in what is already a very underdeveloped nation. Operating a 6-acre farmland enterprise, we've equipped our team with a piggery & other resources to empower & multiply their efforts. Our programs are currently focused on reaching out to orphans, destitute women and children, & those who lack access to clean water.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Our Widow's Seamstress Business Initiative in India is successfully empowering widows who are among the poorest of the poor in South Asia. Many widows in this part of the world are socially shunned and often pulled into the darkness of prostitution. But Peace Gospel is offering widows a way out of their poverty and despair. As we receive sponsorship funds from donors like yourself, widows are taken through a 4 month training program and then equipped with a sewing machine and basic supplies. This allows widows to start a practical in-demand business that provides for their family. Recently the program has been expanded to include non-widows who are facing extreme poverty in the slums.

    ANTI-TRAFFICKING AND REHABILITATION PROGRAM. In addition to offering a safe harbor for at-risk orphan girls at our orphanage home in Kathmandu, Peace Gospel has also been conducting a human trafficking awareness campaign in Nepal. We've been focusing our latest efforts on the Rupandehi district, an area especially susceptible to traffickers due to its proximity to the Indian border. Our goal is to train young girls and their families how to avoid the tricks of the traffickers' false promises and deceptive offers. We also operate a rehabilitation home in Kathmandu, home to 15 young Nepalese ladies rescued from Indian brothels. There they receive counseling and medical care (some are HIV positive), room & board, literacy classes, and become proficient in several craft-making, seamstress and gardening skills through daily coursework offered by our full time teachers. Their crafts are sold on the She Has Hope Etsy Crafts Shop to supplement the program's funding and for their own fair trade earnings.

    As we reach an average of 400 children monthly through our children's outreach program in the Philippines, we've encountered orphan girls who are victims of child labor or slavery situations. In response to this tragic realization, our native team has provided refuge for a handful of these girls through a girl's home orphanage. This effort to rescue orphan girls from tragic circumstances has been made possible by a combination of orphan sponsorships and the success of our native team's hen house. For other orphans we've encountered who are living with relatives, we're also offering education supplies and scholarships.

    Determined to offer an affordable, quality education for the local population, our Uganda team operates two private schools with a current enrollment of over 350 children. On our main campus, a new school building has just been completed in an effort to improve the quality of education and increase our ability to bring in more students. As the government in many cases has merely offered primitive arrangements such as chalkboards attached to tree trunks where the children gather in the shade of the tree, our team is making a profound impact in the community.
Service Areas

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International

We're empowering mercy in India, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, and Uganda.

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Executive Director

Mr. Kirby Trapolino

BIO

Kirby Trapolino is an artist, photographer and writer who is the founder and director of the nonprofit organization Peace Gospel International, a project he began in 1993. Through the development of small business enterprise, his organization is empowering sustainable, native-led, mercy-based programs in Asia & Africa: caring for orphans, child trafficking victims, at-risk women and destitute children of the slums. He uses his photography extensively in social media to tell the story of his work abroad, raising awareness and support for these causes. He has gained notoriety for his "30 Day Challenge" blogs where he chronicles his experiences living off of just $30 of food for 30 days, to raise awareness of extreme poverty in the developing world. Concurrently during the early years of his philanthropic work, he pioneered an independent music distribution solution called Grassroots Music, which he operated from 1994-2004 with an online presence ranked among the world's top 20,000 websites by Alexa. During this time he also served as manager of the internationally acclaimed music group Caedmon's Call during their first 3 studio releases, with career sales topping 2 million CDs. He studied Radio/TV/Film Communications and Art at University of Houston.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Kirby Trapolino

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