The Hope Effect: Giving Orphans (And Yourself) a Brighter Future

by Nov 18, 2015Family Matters0 comments

Everyone deserves a chance.

A chance at health and happiness, love and community. A chance at deeply meaningful work that you can be proud of. A chance to start over, at any age or circumstance, and pursue your curiosity and passion wherever they may take you.

These are some of the guiding principles in my business and I’ve worked hard to extend those chances to as many people as possible. But it’s not just about chances, is it?

It’s about having the capacity—the mindset, confidence, and resilience—to recognize and capitalize on life’s opportunities. To avoid the feelings of helplessness when you suffer setbacks. To believe in your ability to navigate the unknown or uncertain.

These things aren’t easy for any of us, but few factors are as important as the environment you experienced during your formative years.

That’s why I’ve decided to team up with my friend Joshua Becker in support of his nonprofit, The Hope Effect, which aims to bring a better life to orphans around the world.

8 million children live in orphanages. But there is growing research that the traditional, institutional care that most orphans receive may do long-term harm. When children do not receive adequate personal interaction within a loving environment, development is stunted and learning abilities are delayed or lost. Many kids age out only to face a future of crime, prostitution, or trafficking.

The Hope Effect aims to change that by rethinking the orphanage design. Family-style homes for two caretakers and eight children in a campus-like setting provide opportunity for each child to flourish and thrive. Access to health, dental, and social care is provided while each child is prepared for the future through education, responsibility, support and the structure that parents were designed to provide.

I’m asking the Everyday Bright community to help me raise $2000 to extend the chance at a better life to orphans in Honduras. If just 100 people donated $20 (the same amount many of us spend on silly gifts for the office holiday party), we’d hit the goal.

But as a fellow big-hearted citizen of the world, I know there are many, many worthwhile causes asking for your support, so I wanted to find a way to make this a bigger win-win for everyone involved. Here’s what I’m proposing:

Hope Effect table

So not only do you get to be part of a beautiful community that actively invests in others, not only is your donation tax deductible (if you pay taxes in the U.S.), but you also get the tools you need to make 2016 truly transformational for yourself as well. You can keep the gift for yourself, or pass it on to someone as the best holiday gift ever.

Make your donation directly to The Hope Effect right here

To claim your gift, all you need to do is forward your donation receipt to jen (at) everydaybright dot com. In the body of the email, let me know what email address you’d like to use to register for the webinar or course, as applicable, and we’ll get you all set up.

This will be my last blog post for the year, but I hope to have some very exciting news to share with all of you come January. Happy holidays to the entire Everyday Bright community and accept my thanks in advance for your support of The Hope Effect.