A Shelter for Your Pain

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On this #ThankfulThursday we invite you to listen to a story that will draw your hearts closest to the true meaning of purchasing with purpose.

Candi Goll experienced some ongoing dizziness for a little over a year with no clear explanation. Until one day an MRI came back showing a mass in her cerebellum; the news no family ever wants to hear. Brain surgery followed shortly thereafter and Candi's loved ones finally experienced some comfort when she made her way into the recovery room and began the healing process.

Unfortunately, only four days later, she was struck with a severe headache, which was determined to be a brain bleed, and Candi was rushed once again into emergency surgery. According to the family, this unexpected turn was a major setback, and significantly affected the way Candi functions today. She has a hard time walking and can no longer eat solid food. Candi works daily with various therapies to gain pieces of her independence back, but still requires nearly round-the-clock care from her husband, her Aunt Darlene and her cousin, Kelly.

                                             Candi with her grandson, Silas.

                                             Candi with her grandson, Silas.

When a family is first hit with news this devastating, their world crumbles around them. What once was stable is now shaky, and all they can do is reach blindly for a solid beam from which to start rebuilding hope. Candi and her family could easily lie down in the midst of their suffering, and they would be completely valid in this reaction. But instead, they continue to reach for ways to repurpose their pain.

The remarkable thing about Candi’s family is that although they have experienced loss multiple times over, their only holiday wish is to GIVE. Candi’s family members cut back on gift-giving this year and gathered together to donate their money to Humanity and Hope with the humbling wish of providing a more stable lifestyle for our friends in Honduras.

Candi's family honors her this holiday season- Stacey, Kelly, Chris, Darlene, Kate, and Laine.

Candi's family honors her this holiday season- Stacey, Kelly, Chris, Darlene, Kate, and Laine.

Their generosity has touched our hearts and reminds us what this time of year is truly about.

We often think of the holiday season as a time of magic and wonder, and with the new year approaching it is often perceived as a time for turning a new page. However, there are some things in life that we cannot simply turn the page on, like the sickness of a family member or the struggle to provide for your children when you have no stable income. We all know far too well, when the clock strikes twelve on December 31st, our pain is not magically wiped away.

However, what if the magical new beginning we are all looking for is found in simply believing we are not alone?

Candi and her family have shown us a new way to look at the wonder of the holidays. Together we can say: 

I know you are hurting.  I am too. But, I’m here with you in this struggle. And as we simultaneously walk through these difficult seasons of life, I choose to be a shelter for your pain.

H&H Director of Engagement, Ally Browning, sheltering her friend Ariel with love, in the village of La Coroza

H&H Director of Engagement, Ally Browning, sheltering her friend Ariel with love, in the village of La Coroza

We believe that, just like Candi’s loving family, you too were given the power to build sanctuaries for others out your own suffering. By choosing to purchase with purpose this holiday season, you are consuming in a way that reminds you that your pain can be repurposed for the good of others, and simultaneously gives our most vulnerable friends the power to believe that too.

By: Kelly Segar with Ally Browning 

Purchase with Purpose

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What if living the abundant life isn’t about having better stories to share but about living a story that lets others live better?
— Ann Voskamp

Besides being nostalgic, a walk through a tree farm during the holiday season can be a really eye opening experience. How is it that all of these trees are still alive and thriving throughout all the seasons of their life?

The simple answer is, their seeds were watered patiently, allowing them to create deep roots. The first couple growing seasons of a tree's life are tough. They expend a lot of energy trying to establish their roots. They need a lot of water and consistent care to survive and develop into their full potential.

The same goes for our families in Honduras. They too need a steady outpouring of love to believe in their potential and begin establishing roots strong enough to withstand even the most difficult seasons of life.  However, at this point, nothing about their lives is stable. Some wake up every day not knowing if they will have enough food to feed their children tomorrow. Others have lost the motivation in their hearts to dream about a better life.

We believe that you are a gift the world needs. You have the power to purchase with purpose and plant seeds that together we will continue to grow for years to come. While we watch them establish their roots, so will you. And you can look down at your cup of coffee or bracelet and think, I am a part of something so much bigger than myself. I am living a story that allows others to have a better life. My outpouring of love will always, always make a difference. Your loved ones will think the same when you decide to make an investment of hope in their honor. Our life stories become so much deeper when our givenness is rooted in love. 

Browse below to check out our holiday gift options …

Generous CoffeeCoffee is a huge part of the morning routine of so many. Why not choose to give back with every sip you take? Generous is a lifestyle. Even the most minuscule decisions we make each day reflect the tone of our life story. We can choose to punctuate our days with an attitude that seeks to give back ---let others see your smile, be a little more present, give an encouraging word without being prompted. With Generous Coffee, we can now choose to use this mindset when selecting consumer goods. Purchasing a bag of coffee means providing job opportunities for those who need it most. Be Generous, because you don't have to. 

Doxhalogy - The Emerita Bracelet: is a handcrafted leather bracelet, which displays the coordinates of a very special place: the village of La Cuchilla.  This village of 27 families had been praying for help for years, and today we are taking steps toward answering their prayers. But the village of La Cuchilla was “off the grid” before a woman named Emerita showed us the way. Emerita leads a group of women in a chicken business in the village of La Coroza and knows firsthand the impact purpose can have on a woman's life. She chose to delay advances for her own family such as obtaining electricity, so that the people of La Cuchilla could have their basic needs met first.  She and her husband even gathered clothing from families in her village to donate to others in La Cuchilla. We need more of this in our world. Emerita is a stunning reminder that with each other, we are never lost. Her tenacity to pay it forward to others is nothing short of remarkable. 

Every bracelet was created by women like Emerita, who believe in the power of opportunity. Each bracelet will create three days of work for a woman in Honduras. When you purchase this bracelet, you too are choosing to believe in paying it forward and bringing light and purpose to those who need it most. 

Investment of Hope: Give the gift of time to a family in Honduras. One month of stable income and clean water means more time to walk forward towards creating a better life. It means more time for the children of this family to make their way to school and feel new dreams coming alive in their hearts every day. One month may not seem like a lot of time, but by choosing to purchase that “one,” you may provide the most stability this family has seen in their entire lifetime. 

Purchasing with purpose means believing that ALL trees deserve a chance to root down and blossom up. Won't you join us in this movement? Click here to purchase with purpose and make an investment this holiday season.

Our World

Our world is in pain. Every week it seems like the news is packed with devastating stories; things that none of us can even begin to wrap our minds around. How do we respond to our world’s desperate call for help?  Is there any hope left to hang on?

A while back, Humanity and Hope United’s founder Riley Fuller said something about the villages he works with that resonates with the current climate of our world.  He said:

It may not look to the outside world that there’s a lot here. It may not look like there’s hope here. But, I believe in you.

It may not look like there are a lot of helpers out there.  It may not look like there’s a way to overcome the evil that we see blazing through our society, but what if someone believed there was? Wouldn’t that be comforting?

Humanity and Hope believes that every single one of us holds the potential to rise above even the bleakest circumstances. 

Meet Dunia. Her name literally means “our world” and we believe her story is calling us to respond. Not only to her, but to everyone who has ever felt lost or hopeless or abandoned. 

Photo by Christina Cernik

Dunia Miranda is a single mother. She lives in a small hut with seven children in the village of La Cuchilla. Not too much is known about her except that her husband had a drinking problem and would beat her. He has since abandoned the family. Her only source of income is occasionally washing other people’s clothes for money.

Dunia is trying desperately to rise above her circumstances. She puts on a brave face every day for her children and actively seeks any work she can find. 

But, Dunia is tired. 

Our world is tired.

You can help. We all need each other so desperately. The world's heart is breaking and it is actively seeking givers to bring back the hope. 

Please follow the link to our latest campaign which will provide sustainable jobs opportunities for women like Dunia in the village of La Cuchilla. By purchasing a mug or bracelet created by Moon& Lola, you will not only provide concrete opportunities for individuals in need, but you'll also be telling the world, "I believe in you."

That phrase is a comfort we all really need right now. 

-Kelly Segar with Ally Browning and Kathryn Muccino

Life Unfiltered

What do you want to be known for? Have you ever asked yourself that question?

I bet without even realizing it, you screen your Instagram photos based on your answer to it. What would our albums look like if we all posted our outtakes instead of the ones we’ve carefully selected to share? 

I think we’d realize that we are all much more alike than we are different. We’re all flawed.  We all yearn for acceptance.  And deep down, we know it’ll be easier to find or follow our purpose when we embrace our outtakes.  But how do we get ourselves to that place of vulnerability? 

We can look to our friends from La Cuchilla for some help. Meet Karmen and Aldon. They didn’t ask us to take these photos multiple times. Sometimes there is no option but to be vulnerable. They live every day unfiltered. 

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And that goes for their water and homes too. The people of La Cuchilla ration out foggy water just to survive. They’ve woven shelter out of twigs and old pieces of trash. 

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Their lives are so different from ours.

And yet, it is in their reflection that we see our potential to live life unfiltered. 

Despite the daily struggles and heartbreak and exhaustion, they are living proof that vulnerability pushes. It may be uncomfortable, but it pushes you to seek out a true purpose in this life, something that will bring you hope in all of life's most trying seasons. 

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Many villagers of La Cuchilla have told us their most earnest wish is to find their purpose. They ask themselves the same question we do: “What do I want to be known for?” These next two weeks we invite you to join us for a couple of unique fundraising events and help us raise money to create jobs for women in La Cuchilla (event details below). 

We all need one another so deeply. We need the villagers of La Cuchilla to teach us about living life in a very raw way; without filters.

They need us to give them the acceptance we all yearn for by investing in jobs which give them the opportunity to find their purpose for the first time ever. 

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I am, you are, we all are: individuals, dreamers, victims, apprentices, ambassadors, advocates, lovers, educators, health providers. We are the change makers. Let’s live our lives in such a way that when we look at the big picture it needs no filter, because it tells the world exactly what we want to be know for. 

-Kelly Segar with Ally Browning and Riley Fuller


The Generous Event - September 30, 2017
Location: Colony KC + The Rino, 7-11 pm
{312 Armour Road, N. KC, MO 64116}

Honduran appetizers, beverages, live music, silent auction and story telling
Purchase tickets here

Howl at the Moon - October 6, 2017
Locations: Tippy Creek Winery, 6-9 pm
{5920 N 200 E. Leesburg, Indiana 46538}
Live Entertainment, wine, food truck and good company
Purchase tickets here.

Growing to Roar

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…we believe that magic can happen inside people. Magic can’t happen inside projects; magic can’t happen inside inanimate objects. Love. Loving people is our end goal. And it’s just difficult to describe why unless you’ve seen the results.
— Riley Fuller, President and Co-Founder

As Humanity and Hope United embarks upon building relationships within a new village we will be partnering with called "La Cuchilla," it’s important to be reminded of the potential for magic dwelling in each person we meet. The village of La Cuchilla consists of 27 families living in 20 small homes. They all share one well to obtain life-sustaining water, which must always be boiled in order to make sure it’s safe to drink. The villagers of La Cuchilla have told us they have been praying for seventeen years for our arrival, and we do not want to let them down. 

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RP Imagery, La Cuchilla

So where do you start when you are called to help others prosper? Transformation isn’t something you can achieve overnight, nor is it something that should have a planned trajectory. There are a lot of unknowns along our path to serve the people we partner with, but the one thing we do know for certain is that people grow when they are loved well. 

We are reminded of this truth when we look at this recent photo of some of the young girls in La Coroza, a village Humanity and Hope United has been partnering with for years. The girl to the far right is Sarah. From this photo you may never know the suffering and hardship she has faced in her young life. She has been thirsty. She has felt alone and scared. But, these experiences do not define her as you see her today, hand on her hip, ready to face the world. 

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RP Imagery, La Coroza

If you look closely at the slideshow below, you can see the progression she makes as time rolls on. In the earlier photos, you still see joy, but it is also coupled with exhaustion and hesitation. She is not yet ready to believe that the love being given to her by strangers is something that will endure.

Flash forward a few years and we are now able to revel in the fact that she is becoming a force to be reckoned with. Sarah sees the people of Humanity and Hope United as her friends. She welcomes volunteers with open arms because she knows that they are there to love on her, and will always believe in her. Not only that, but she has clean water to drink, food in her stomach and experiences of joy and stability at home. The power to dream big has been inside of Sarah since the beginning, now she just has a little more “roar” behind it.

It is our deepest hope that one day the children of La Cuchilla will pose for a photo with courage in their eyes and a strong stance to take on the world, just like miss Sarah.

So let's ask Sarah...

What would it be like if his character was supported and encouraged? 

(click right to see her response) 

What dreams would live in her eyes if she knew she had a stable platform from which to soar?

What would happen if he met new people and they held him with love? 

Magic would happen. 

Together we are so, so strong. Magic happens when we focus on serving the world, not saving the world.
— Ben Higgins, H&H Board Member

Upon returning from a trip last month (which you can read about in our previous post ), Ben and the rest of the team at Humanity and Hope United were encouraged by the stories they heard and the path they travelled, admiring relationships old and new. They travelled from Sarah's village of La Coroza to La Cuchilla and were able to compare the two. And just like the old photos of Sarah demonstrate, despite immense hardship, love grows abundantly in the hearts of the children and adults of La Cuchilla. But, these hearts are tired. They long for a brighter future, but how can they look to a future growth without present work? 

Jobs give people a purpose and a means to provide. Purpose and stability bring hope, and that's where the real magic lives. Without motivated adults to look up to, Sarah's story would have turned out much differently. Please help us to give voice and power to the wishes of the villagers in La Cuchilla by joining us in our campaign to provide them with jobs, a way to provide stability they've not yet known, which will enable them grow into the best version of themselves. Together let's help them grow to ROAR. 

By: Kelly Segar with Ally Browning