Caleb’s Hope | My 3rd Anniversary

18 03 2012

February 2009. I had dropped out of my Earth Science course at University two months previous, and was busy looking for a job to earn some money and get some experience over the following few months till I went back to do a new course. Opportunities were eluding me; there weren’t many suitable jobs for an 18 year old who was stuck between University courses.

Then one day I found myself on a fan-site for the actor, Tahmoh Penikett, and as I was scrolling down the page, I noticed a charity mentioned in a convention report part way down the page. Caleb’s Hope. Intrigued, I clicked the link and followed through. After a few minutes of seeing what was what, I closed the tab and went on my way. A couple of days later, I came back to the site again, and the link caught my eye once more. This time, I actually took the time to read the information there, and was struck by what had happened to the men, women and children that the charity was trying to support out in Uganda. After relaying it all to my Mum, I told her that they were looking for volunteers, and that I wanted to apply. Obviously, I knew about the possibilities of volunteering after many careers talks at school, but I had never really considered it before, not until I found Caleb’s Hope.

I applied, and was successful. After an initial email or two and a shuffle around, I became a member of the website’s e-team, which is still going today. We work to maintain and update the website, while also keeping interested followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr (although, we did use Myspace back in the day) up-to-date with the goings on of the charity and news from the areas that we are supporting.

For more information on what Caleb’s Hope do, please visit the website and take a look for yourselves.

I am immensely proud of all that the charity has achieved since Holly created it, putting in the love and dedication to build the organisation from the ground upwards. And, of course, the people who have helped along the way. While it was the NYARA paper beads that initially captured my attention (I am now the proud owner of a necklace, and a choker which I wear as a bracelet), I also really believe in the RMDR – Real Men Don’t Rape – campaign, which raises awareness and specifically helps the women in Uganda who have been victims of rape. What the people there have lived through and bounced back from is a testament to a strength that very few of us are able to tap into in our daily lives.

I fully plan to support Caleb’s Hope for however long they will have me.