How To Teach Your Children About Poverty… and Hope!

By: Hope International
Reprinted from: October 2014 – “The Hope Insight”


Talking to children about the complexities of poverty can be daunting, but it’s also important—and rewarding—to engage their creativity and passion from a young age. Below, we’ve gathered a few resources and stories to encourage you as you talk with children—the next generation of problem solvers and entrepreneurs—about poverty, microenterprise development, and how they’re never too young to be a part of God’s redemptive work in our world today.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14

Kids and the Power of Business

HOPE’s president and CEO, Peter Greer, recently teamed up with his 9-year-old son, Keith, to write a book for children and their parents, Watching Seeds Grow. In this blog post, Peter offers three tips for teaching children about how entrepreneurship can be an instrument for restoration. Read More

Jean: Building Business and Mentoring Students

In his community in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, Jean is not only a HOPE client but also an example of hard work, not letting the poverty around him define him. He mentors young students, inspiring them to grow in their faith, finish their studies, and use their skills and talents to invest in their communities. Read Jean’s Story

Brant’s New Perspective on Poverty

In January, Doug and Amy Wilson traveled with their three sons—Brant (11), Sam (9), and Nate (8)—to the Dominican Republic on an Experience HOPE Trip to learn more as a family about global poverty and ways to address it. Since returning from the D.R., Brant has spoken on a number of occasions about his experience, and here he shares how the trip shaped his perspective on poverty. Read Brant’s Story