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New Hope Trust Charity Profile
In 1974 New Hope began as a Missionary Training Centre, led by Pastor Simon Cameron. In 1989, Pastor Cameron suffered through major surgery on his back and leg for skin cancer. The operation was so serious that for weeks afterward he was in too much pain even to lie down. His wife Wendy had satellite television installed to give him something to do in the small hours while he sat up awake at night, in far too much pain to sleep.
On November 9th, 1989 the Berlin Wall fell, signifying the end of the Eastern/Western European divide, and soon afterward the first western journalists were allowed into Eastern Europe, and the first pictures came back from Romania. Wide awake from the pain, Pastor Cameron watched in horror as the pictures and films were shown of children living in the most horrendous conditions imaginable, and felt a pain in his heart far worse than the physical pain in his back. He decided then and there that he had to help those people, that we ALL had to help those people. He emptied his cupboards of every tin of food he could find, and at the next Church meeting, informed everyone he was going to Romania.
And so in January 1990 the New Hope Trust began its humanitarian work, focussing in Eastern Europe. The Trust provides emergency relief and ongoing supplies of humanitarian aid, particularly to the orphan children of Romania and Moldova.
The growth of the humanitarian work over the last 20 years, and indeed the generosity of the North East of Scotland, has resulted in the continual expansion of the Trust. We now own several trucks we use to collect donated goods across the whole of the North East of Scotland, and to carry humanitarian supplies on the long journeys to and from Eastern Europe. We also have a 24,000 sq. foot warehouse we use to sort and store the myriad items the North East of Scotland so graciously donates. The lower floor we use to resell household goods, furniture and textiles that we cannot send abroad, funnelling the profits into our humanitarian endeavours. This along with the fact we use our own trucks to deliver furniture bought at the Barn provides a unique and popular service to the people of the North East. We also now have a smaller Charity Shop in Aberdeen, selling household goods, textiles, bric-a-brac and the occasional small item of furniture.
Outside our retail outlet near Peterhead we also host a range of recycling services, taking in everything from plastics and waste paper to textiles and glass bottles, and we pride ourselves on the knowledge that not one single piece of waste that comes to us through our recycling program ends up in landfill. This is a huge double benefit, as not only are we generating funds for our humanitarian projects in Eastern Europe, we’re also helping save the planet, once piece of waste at a time.
In addition to our retail outlets and recycling service, we have a number of Board and Seminar rooms in our headquarters building at Faith Acres, and a fully equipped Auditorium, all of which we rent out to third parties for training courses, seminars, speeches - really whatever they need it for. We offer catering for these events and equipment hire, and aim to take as much of the hassle of event organisation onto ourselves as we can to make the experience as pleasurable as possible for the client.
Lastly we have our Coffee House on site at Faith Acres, serving excellent flavoured Teas, Coffees, Hot Chocolates and soft drinks, as well as serving home made soup, salads and other lunch orientated meals. The Coffee House was refurbished in January 2010 and looks better than ever, a light and relaxing space to sit back and enjoy a light lunch amongst friends, and where you can find an outstanding cup of coffee. With plenty free and safe parking, and an adventure playground for the children to enjoy, it truly is an excellent place to come for a bite to eat.
And the best part of everything we do? Every pound, every penny of profit we make goes directly into funding our humanitarian projects in Eastern Europe. With every piece of furniture you donate, every household item you buy from the Barn, every empty bottle you put in our recycling bins, every seminar you organise with us, and every cup of coffee and tasty bakers piece you buy at the Coffee House, you are directly helping us to save children from some of the most horrendous conditions you could possibly imagine.
There are no words to convey the horrors we have witnessed in Romania and Moldova, and no words to accurately convey our deepest gratitude for every contribution you make, no matter which part of The New Hope Trust it has been through.
New Hope Trust Volunteer Information
You can help save a life for less than the price of a cup of coffee a day.
We look after some of the highest risk orphans in Europe. Without our assistance these girls would be brutally and mercilessly forced into a life of horror beyond what normal people can imagine, a life of torture, rape and degradation that only the most evil degenerate mind could conceive and carry out. A long time ago we took it upon ourselves to stand between these girls and the evil that stalks them, and set up a safehouse where we could ensure the girls were safe, had adequate food, heating, healthcare and education. In short, we gave them a future. Today we have three such safehouses, with two more under construction.
What does this have to do with £1 per day? Well, for this tiny sum of money, you too can join us in protecting these girls from a life of horror. Your £1 a day will help pay the ongoing construction and maintenance costs for these safehouses, will literally help put food and water on the table, will help keep medical supplies flowing when they are most needed. Your £1 a day will help give these girls a safe and secure future, and give them something almost unknown amongst their peers - hope.
To make it as easy as possible to donate, as well as the online buttons, we’ve made a small standing order form you can download and print out, fill in and hand in to your bank, or return to us.
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