Hope Box Project
Sharing Hands would like to thank everyone who helped and supported in the Christmas Hope Box project. This was a major project to help the hopeless in order to give them a new joy and hope to face the coming year. All the Hope Boxes were distributed with the love of God to the poorest of the poor, the weakest of the weak - The abandoned of society.
The Hope Box had over 10 itemised provision goods, enough to last a family for a month. The items included food materials like rice, wheat power, rava, oil, sugar, milk powder, bread, lentils, biscuits, cakes, Christmas eatables etc. Each family was given one box and it was made sure it was given to people who were in the greatest need.
It was a physically challenging and demanding task to distribute these heavy boxes to well over 1400 families. We used seven different locations to deliver over 200 boxes from each location. Distributing the boxes to the doors was very challenging because many of the families were not living in accessible areas. We could not reach them by vehicles, so the team had to carry most of the Hope Boxes to the area where they live.
A large part of these areas were over 10 meters below road level, so the team found themselves walking on just mere garbage, waste and drainage pipe lines. So the project became more challenging in many more ways than we had ever expected. But the overall result was a great success! Originally the goal was to raise enough money to fund 1000 boxes, but because of your generousity we were able to fund over 1400 Hope Boxes.
It took seven days of continuous distribution which really physically challenged the team members. It was so sad to witness the lifestyle of these people. They live on top of millions of tons of rubbish, along the railway tracks and on the sewage water pipe lines.
There is absolutely no health, hygiene or safety in this area. People are living in roof tops, plastic tents, on roads, under bridges and have no way to earn a living. The maximum size per living space is 2/1 Meter and on top of that is the same size hut. Some of the houses are placed in the underground where they have no electricity or ventilation. They live only by candle light and lamps.