Caleb’s Hope

Caleb’s Hope is a charity founded by Holly Dignard, and is named after an amazing 4 year old boy that she met in August 2007 in a rural town in Kenya. His love, intelligence and hope despite the hardship he’d suffered left a lasting impression on Holly, and she decided to set up the charity in his name.

The purpose of Caleb’s Hope is to raise awareness, and to get people from all over the world, from all backgrounds, involved and engaged in the world around them.

They have projects in Kenya and Uganda, but hope to grow throughout East Africa, and eventually worldwide.

Their most current project is based around helping child mothers and women with AIDS in Uganda. This is the reason I joined the team. There has long been problems with militant leaders and groups in Uganda and this has an awful effect on so many people’s lives. The most familiar group affected to most of us is the child soldiers who are abducted and taught how to fight brutally without any remorse. These children are often sent back to kill their own families and villages. Another group, which isn’t given as much focus, is the women who are taken and raped by the militant leaders. These women aren’t even adults, some of them are still young teenage girls. They are left scarred, and pregnant with no money and nowhere to go.

Caleb’s Hope helps these women by creating jobs for them, educating them, then helping them to microfinance their own small business. This business is the making of paper beads, then the crafting of them into necklaces, braclets… all sorts of jewellery. It is amazing how several strips of paper can become a gorgeous, colourful accessory, and also the making and selling of them can be someone’s life source, their income, their way to survive.

As well as us ordinary folk that support this charity, there are celebrities that offer their support as well, some of whom you will all be familiar with: Tahmoh Penikett, Patrick Gallagher, Emilie Ullerup, Jack Coleman, Grace Park, Wade Imre Morissette, Emma Lahana, Mark Dacascos, Baron Baptiste, Emmanuel Belliveau, Pierre Geisensetter, Ryan Robbins, to name but a few. They’re asking for new support all the time.

Now, there are several things that you can do, some are so simple you wouldn’t even believe.

Firstly, you can go look at the website, see in greater detail the cause that myself and the other guys at Caleb’s Hope have dedicated our support too. At the website you will also find pictures from the camps, of the beads, and also of the photo campaigns that have been done.

Caleb’s Hope also has a Facebook page, a Twitter page, and a Myspace page. If you have any of those, please go join/follow/friend the group/page, show your support! It won’t cost you a thing.

If you have a twitter, we’re trying to draw attention to Caleb’s Hope by retweeting the following message: Caleb’s Hope; helping Child Mothers & Women w/AIDS in Uganda >( It’d be great if you could do the same!

Finally, the most costly way of showing your support is to donate. I’m not going to ask you to do this, only do it if you have the means and you really believe in the cause.

If you read all of that, then I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You truly are wonderful, and if you can do anything to help then you’re an angel.


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