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Six Years of Merry Christmases

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Christmas 2014


Six Years of Merry Christmases

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Six years ago, Georgina and her family received a BioSand filter (home water purification system), and we featured her in our SoHIP video. This past summer, Kirk Schauer, our International Director, caught up with Georgina and her family. Thanks in part to the clean water from their BioSand filter, they’ve been able to enjoy six healthy Christmases together, celebrating Christ’s birth and the hope He brings to the world. Hopefully, they can look forward to many more.

To date, Seeds of Hope International Partnerships has used donor-designated funds to install over 7,500 BioSand filters in homes just like Georgina’s. Through new water wells, repaired hand pumps, and BioSand filters, more than 650,000 people in Zambia will be able to celebrate a healthy Christmas this year—and it’s because of the giving hearts of people just like you. Your one-time or monthly contribution can make a world of difference in the futures of countless more like Georgina. Consider donating today by visiting

During this Christmas season, our thoughts turn gratefully toward those who have brought hope to communities in Africa. Thank you, and may your holidays—and this coming year—be blessed with God’s joy and hope.


African-Nativity“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6


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January 2014 Newsletter

Staying True to our Call

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Reflecting back on 2013 reminds us of how Seeds of Hope got started. It was born in 2003, in response to the cries of widows and orphans calling out for God—to slum communities overwhelmed by basic needs—to people seeking refuge and hope. God heard, and He opened our hearts, inviting us to be part of the solution.

Clean water brings so much health and healing to communities, so that’s where we began. Seeds of Hope was founded to help meet people’s practical needs by training teams to repair broken hand pumps. We were quite successful, but we soon realized we could have an even greater impact on the health of Zambian families and communities by moving beyond clean water, to provide sanitation and hygiene training as well.

Soon, families were getting healthier as cholera and other waterborne diseases vanished, but the cries of the poor still rang out. We began to see poverty as a downward spiral, and to recognize that clean water, proper sanitation, and good hygiene were needed to stop it—but we believed, as we still do, that God intended something greater for humanity. God wants us to flourish, and live lives of purpose and destiny. We believe that God commissioned Seeds of Hope not to simply stop the downward spiral of poverty, but to reverse it, by addressing water, sanitation and hygiene, agriculture, health and nutrition, and business development. By addressing each one of these areas simultaneously, while infusing Kingdom values, we have seen vast sustainable transformation.

In order to foster true transformation, we encourage families to implement all of our solutions through our Healthy Home Initiative. Households that adopt all the elements of a healthy home receive a certificate, empowering them to advocate and promote a healthy lifestyle to their neighbors. As beacons of hope, these champions inspire their communities to step out of poverty and flourish.

With this comprehensive approach, we are staying true to our foundational call to help widows, orphans, and others who are struggling, out of poverty and into a life full of hope and purpose. We are charting a new course to saving and transforming lives, and as we establish this unique model of development, we need your support.

SoHIP teams up with Rotary to provide vocational training

rotarySoHIP has been awarded a Matching Grant from the Rotary Foundation, which supports the humanitarian service projects of Rotary clubs and districts. We are so thankful for the Rotary Clubs from District 5240 in California, and the Ndola Mukuba Rotary Club in Zambia, for enabling us to provide vocational training to disadvantaged youth and women.

kirk in containerFor this project, District 5240 has purchased equipment and supplies for Seeds of Hope’s carpentry, water quality testing laboratory, computer-based business, and sewing vocational trainings, and will be shipping a container filled with all that, plus material contributions from our wonderful donors, to strengthen the training center in Zambia.

At this training center, students will have the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to become qualified for employment, or even start their own small businesses. Students will also be able to purchase the tools of their trades—sewing machines, laptops, carpentry tools, etc.—through a micro-finance system, payments on which will finance the purchase of tools for future students.

florenceThe training is already working. Florence, SoHIP’s first sewing program graduate, is now working for Seeds of Hope as one of the Sewing for Business instructors. Being trained by SoHIP has changed her life:

“Before Seeds of Hope, I couldn’t pay my children’s school fees and I could only give my family one meal a day—but now that I’ve been trained, I can pay my bills, and we always have at least two, usually three meals a day.”

With between 75 and 100 students projected to be trained each year, this program will promote lasting transformation, and provide opportunities for disadvantaged Zambians to lift themselves out of poverty.

Seeds of Hope is very excited about this project and the possibilities of establishing more amazing partnerships. We would love to see our efforts to bring hope and health multiplied throughout Africa, and we greatly appreciate the generous partnership of Rotary International in helping to make that happen.

Praise & Prayer

kidsPlease rejoice with us over what God is doing through SoHIP, and pray for even greater success!


  • Container filled & being shipped to Zambia
  • Awarded grant from 25-40 Foundation for BSF Factory in Solwezi


  • Funding for 2014
  • Container arrives to Zambia on schedule
  • Short term teams traveling to Zambia in March & April
  • Volunteers needed in all areas

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Thanksgiving ~ November 2013 Newsletter

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Saving Lives through Healthy Homes

By George Musabandesu

george4Through our work in the community, we at Seeds of Hope have learned that establishing healthy homes can transform and save lives. Our Healthy Home Certification Program was birthed out of our desire to see true transformation and deal with health issues related to water, sanitation, and hygiene in a home setting. The Healthy Home Certification Program enables SoHIP to partner directly with households to develop workable plans that best fit the needs and interests of entire families.

Addressing health issues at a household level will, in time, expand to a community level. The program is currently targeted at our Community Health Promoters (CHPs) because of the vital role they play in health-related community interventions. CHPs were considered first because they are the beacons of hope in their communities. They are the familiar faces carrying and promoting the good news of health.

CHPgroup - CopyThe program’s focus is to develop an action plan that describes what qualifies a healthy home: one that prevents diseases and promotes health. Participants in the program encourage one another to raise the health standards of their homes. SoHIP staff trainers facilitate this by providing guidance in identifying potential health hazards in homes, and by formulating initial steps to eliminate the dangers related to water, sanitation, and hygiene. The Healthy Home program runs for a period of six months, at the end of which SoHIP trainers conduct household visits, and homes that meet the criteria receive Healthy Home Certificates.

The Healthy Home Certification Program has been very successful—we now have 164 people with certified healthy homes! Establishing a healthy home has incredible benefits for entire families, including decreased hospital visits, a heightened sense of peace and security because of the absence of disease in the home, and ample time to engage in activities that foster social and economic welfare, such as starting a small business. We look forward establishing even more healthy homes in the coming year!


A Season of Reaping

By Kirk Schauer, Founder and International Director

The Thanksgiving season is my favorite time of year, because I feel that focusing on thankfulness is incredibly powerful and is a great catalyst for transformation.

kirkwithCHPMy last trip to Zambia in September was a time of reaping! Each day, I was so full of thankfulness and felt so blessed to see the fruit of many projects that we have worked hard sowing for years. It had been eight months since my last trip, and I was so encouraged to see the staff and the level of ownership they’ve taken in so many different projects. It was amazing to see the Resource Center transformed, and to hear many great testimonies from our work in the communities.

The most amazing experience for me was when I visited a group that Seeds of Hope has been working with in the Mapalo community for over a decade. Everyone in this group of Community Health Promoters was awarded their Healthy Home Certificate. Throughout the years, we’ve struggled to get people to adopt multiple interventions that would truly break the cycle of disease. So, we came up with the idea of rewarding and acknowledging their achievements by helping them to certify their home with all of SoHIP’s interventions. It was a wonderful time of celebration! I was able to address the group, and told them that what they had helped create is now impacting individuals, communities, and nations throughout Africa. We danced, sang, and celebrated their achievements!

While visiting the George compound, I met a woman who had received her Healthy Home Certificate, who was kind enough to show us around. She was so proud of her home, her certificate, and her new knowledge, that she has began encouraging all of her neighbors to establish healthy homes as well! A beacon of hope, this woman is now taking part in transforming not just her home, but also her entire community!

I wish that everyone who has supported Seeds of Hope could see the fruit that I was able to see on my last trip. It’s amazing what sowing a few seeds of hope can do in an entire community. To be witness to the transformation of lives, see hope restored, and hear words of thankfulness, is truly an honor, and something that will forever be in my heart.


We are thankful for your support

Through our partnership with you, SoHIP has:

~ provided safe water to more than 678,250 Zambians;

~ repaired more than 630 broken water well hand pumps;

~ drilled or overseen the drilling of over 280 boreholes;

~ built and installed more than 7,760 BioSand Filters (household water purification devices);

~ helped rural communities to build 297 latrines in schools and villages;

~ trained more than 44,710 people in participatory hygiene and sanitation classes in 250 villages;

~ trained more than 290 Community Health Promotors (CHP) who have trained more than 19,650 community members;

~ and equipped more than 160 people with increased vocational or agricultural skills.


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Letter from founder and International Director

October 22, 2013

Dear Friends,

Certified healthy home recipient proudly demonstrating her tippy-tap.

Certified healthy home recipient proudly demonstrating her      tippy-tap.

I just returned from an amazing month in Zambia. It was encouraging and inspiring to see community members proudly showing me their healthy home, equipped with all of Seeds of Hope International Partnerships’ (SoHIP) interventions. Walking through the George compound, I was overjoyed to see BioSand Filters, mosquito nets, drying racks, latrines, and rubbish pits in so many homes. Families shared their stories of hope and health with me – stories of cholera being completely wiped out in their community and children being able to attend school now because they no longer suffer from chronic diarrhea. Transmission of disease is being stopped. It’s remarkable what we have managed to accomplish with limited resources, but in order to continue building healthy homes throughout Africa, we need more support.

We appreciate amazing friends such as you, who enable us to save lives and restore hope to African families and communities, but we are in the midst of a funding crisis and need your help. So, I’m inviting you to become a SoHIP Monthly Champion.

International Water Association Award

International Water Association Award

Seeds of Hope is growing and gaining international recognition. Last week, along with Center for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST), we were awarded the prestigious Project Innovation Award from the International Water Association for our Water Expertise Training Centre. Our holistic solutions are yielding incredible results. To date, we have provided clean water to over 600,000 Zambians.

This growth is a blessing, but with growth, oftentimes comes growing pains. While our impact has been great, there is still much work to be done. There are 300 million people in Africa living in extreme poverty. But with your support, you can help make a difference!

Our goal is to raise $15,000 per month to strengthen and sustain our work. A monthly investment in Seeds of Hope can have a massive impact. Would you consider joining us as a monthly supporter in our efforts to reverse the downward spiral of poverty? Your help will enable us to provide clean water, sanitation and hygiene training, food security, and vocational skills to families. As a monthly supporter, your donation will go where it’s needed the most, bringing lasting transformation and hope to families and communities throughout Africa.

Your donation will save lives! To make a tax-deductible donation, please visit You can also mail a check (payable to Seeds of Hope International Partnerships) to: PO Box 4405, San Luis Obispo, CA 93493.

Thank you for partnering with us. Together, we can bring hope and holistic solutions to Africa!

Kirk congratulating the Certified CHPs

Kirk congratulating the Certified CHPs

In Service,


Kirk Schauer

Founder & International Director




May 2013 Newsletter

Community Highlights: Stories from George

Seeds of Hope International Partnerships (SoHIP) strives to bring tangible relief, simple interventions, and practical solutions to community members. Nearly every day, SoHIP staff members are in the communities, conducting trainings, drilling boreholes, following up with BioSand Filter recipients, testing water sources, etc.—we’re committed to educating, supporting, and encouraging healthy homes and lifestyles. In particular, we’ve found our Integrated Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene training (iWASH) and Healthy Home programs to be two of the most effective ways to bring our holistic solutions to communities, while covering basic principles and practices to prevent disease and live a healthy lifestyle.

DSC02346In early May, SoHIP staff met with Community Health Promoter, Unety Sikaonga, while conducting an iWASH training in George, a nearby community. Unety shared that he never wanted to attend a SoHIP workshop because he thought he knew all there was to know about hygiene—even more than the trainers. When he eventually decided to attend a workshop, he realized that while he was practicing good hygiene, he was missing other areas, such as safe water filtration and storage methods. After a single workshop, he learned that while one intervention can reduce sickness, it takes a holistic approach to bring lasting health to a home.

“My family experienced a lot of diarrhea because we didn’t have safe storage containers. We used open buckets. But now [after the SoHIP training session], that is a thing of the past. We want to experience good health.”

dry rack may13During one of SoHIP’s Healthy Home Monitoring visits, another George resident, Queen Chikanda, learned a similar lesson: a Healthy Home is made of many parts—a latrine, rubbish pit, dry rack, clean water source, and safe water storage area, to name a few. “I didn’t have a latrine, but after the training, I saw how important it was to have,” she said, “So, I dug my own.” This kind of immediate stewardship of what attendees learn is common, and demonstrates beautifully how motivated community members are to create healthy environments. Thank you for supporting SoHIP as we educate, train, and support residents in making healthy changes in their lives and homes!

United Nations Recognizes SoHIP

WHO_UNICEF_HWTS_MonitoringToolkit_2012-1Near the end of 2012, the World Health Organization and Unicef, branches of the United Nations released a manual, ‘A toolkit for monitoring and evaluating household water treatment and safe storage programmes,’ which was widely distributed in early 2013. In it, Seeds of Hope is recognized for contributions to household water treatment and safe storage (HWTS) program development. We’re thrilled to receive this acknowledgement, and know it will continue to motivate us to invest in our mission—forming international partnerships for the good of the global community.

To read the entire United Nations document with the reference to SoHIP, visit

New Resource Center in Solwezi

Seeds of Hope is partnering with Zambia’s largest mining company, First Quantum Minerals (FQM), to build a new Resource Center in Solwezi. Located approximately 300 miles from Ndola, Solwezi is experiencing population growth too rapid for the area’s water, sanitation and agricultural infrastructure to support. To mitigate this, FQM identified SoHIP as a strategic partner in bringing holistic development, clean water, and on-going support to the citizens of Solwezi. We are excited to be expanding, and further developing the Copperbelt region.

New Office in Redding, California

Seeds of Hope–US has a new satellite office in Redding, California. While the official SoHIP–US headquarters will remain in San Luis Obispo, California, the Redding office has begun building mobile demonstration units, planning fundraisers, and developing international team trainings. For more information regarding our Redding location, please e-mail

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February 2013 Newsletter

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ABINET Learning Exchange

Seeds of Hope is recognized as a global leader in BioSand Filter (BSF) fabrication. To ensure the greatest benefit to the global community, we recently invited partners, collaborating organizations and other stakeholders to our Ndola Resource Center, to participate in the 2013 Africa Biosand Filter Implementers Network (ABINET) Learning Exchange. The Exchange is a week-long opportunity for BSF implementers and our own Water Expertise and Training Center staff to share experiences and solutions with implementers from other African countries, such as Ethiopia, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Zambia. The ABINET Learning Exchange exemplifies many of Seeds of Hope’s ideals, such as our commitment to growth, forward thinking, and unity in theABINET Participants field. This year, attendees learned about the newest BSF technology and household water treatment initiatives worldwide. Also, we have pioneered a large-scale factory model which we shared with those attending, in addition to providing technical consulting support, leadership and implementation training, education resources, and networking services to NGOs, government agencies and community groups involved in water and sanitation. This year’s ABINET Learning Exchange was a rich time of cross-pollinating and networking which will strengthen water treatment initiatives throughout the world.

Agriculture: 3 Crop Model

 Last year, Seeds of Hope’s Agriculture Department (AG) graduated 30 students from its first-ever “Farming as a Business” class. Students took part in rigorous in-field and classroom training, and now have the skills either to begin farming cooperatives with the Zambian government, or to establish their own small scale farms. Of course, ongoing support and consultation is key to success when new skills are being used for the first time in the real world, so each week since, members of our AG staff have visited graduates to offer both. A handful of the graduates have even worked so well with our staff, and shown such diligence and competence, that we have hired them for the SoHIP Farm.


SoHIP Farm is always working to improve production and sustainability. Right now, we’re conducting research in the three-crop model, a strategy of crop rotation based on growth time. Ideally, farming cooperatives want toalways be harvesting something, so there is never a major delay in production, or dip in income. Here’s an example of how it works: one of our research groups has planted green beans, carrots, and tomatoes. If everything goes well, once the green beans are harvested, the carrots will be coming, and once those are picked, the tomatoes will be ready. Then the cycle will repeat with different crops, based on seasonal rotation.

This research comes alongside a concentrated effort to maintain detailed profit-vs-loss records, both as part of training for business students, and to track internal progress, in an effort to become completely self-sustaining.

Distinguished by a Holistic Approach

Seeds of Hope works to reverse the downward spiral of poverty by empowering Africans through hope and a strategy of holistic development. This approach is based on the idea that lasting, long-term growth requires simultaneous efforts in multiple interrelated areas. We have seen, for example, that poverty continues in Zambia because of three things: unsafe water, malnutrition, and the inability to secure income. To address only one of those areas would improve the situation temporarily, but the other two would creep in. For people to truly thrive, each of these areas requires attention in symphony with the others.

Seeds of Hope’s pioneering holistic approach includes programs focused on water, sanitation, health education, agriculture, vocational training, and business development. This approach culminates at our Ndola Resource Center, which serves as a community hub for inspiration, opportunity, and development. Here, we address the many needs of the community by demonstrating innovative solutions, and through vocational skills classes, laboratory access for quality testing, health education workshops, agriculture training, and water intervention. Seeds of Hope is teaching people—both local and international—to think holistically about the layers of issues and solutions, and how to best implement lasting, life-saving changes.

To find out more about SoHIP’s holistic approach, or the Ndola Resource Center, go to:


Champion Spotlight: Mountainbrook Community Church

Seeds of Hope would like to highlight Mountainbrook Community Church for their continuous support! A SoHIP Champion, Mountainbrook has supported Seeds of Hope for nearly a decade from California’s central coast.

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Mountainbrook’s support includes sending teams to Zambia, running holiday campaigns, and showcasing SoHIP displays in their church foyer. Furthermore, Mountainbrook’s faithful friendship and support have helped bring clean water to over 5,000 Zambians, through the sponsorship of five water wells, 445 BioSand Filters, three support teams, a drill rig, and two shipping containers packed with necessary items for SoHIP Zambia.In fact, Mountainbrook is currently packing a third shipping container, filled with over 275 bicycles, as well as computers and sewing and drilling supplies. Thank you, Mountainbrook Community Church, for your cheerful giving. It is changing communities and saving lives.


January 2013 Newsletter

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The Easter Journey: Waiting for Water 

Did you know that the ancient Romans enjoyed a higher quality of drinking water than half the people alive today? Or that more people alive today own a cellphone than have access to a toilet? These basic human rights, like access to safe water and sanitation facilities, are what Seeds of Hope and thousands around the world are working to bring forth on the planet! 

Waiting for Water is an ecumenical network of Christians who recognize that millions of people

around the world are still waiting for access to safe water. They provide free resources for churches and individuals to participate in The Easter Journey. Over the Lent and Easter season, here’s how you can get involved:waitingforwater_jug2

1. Give up a favorite beverage or activity and donate to SoHIP the money you would have spent to provide safe water.

2. Participate in Bible studies or devotionals created by Waiting For Water’s Christian writers and pastors.

3. Learn from weekend sermons which incorporate the Waiting for Water themes (available to churches only.)

4. Contribute to giving the gift of safe water, and celebrate Easter like never before!

Visit for more information, downloads, and to watch their “Waiting 2013” promotional video.

Champion Spotlight: Your Name Here

Seeds of Hope would like to see you turn 2013 into the Year of The Champion! Significant contributions of time, resources, and expertise by Champions are needed to continue the great work Seeds of Hope is doing!

Champions come in all shapes and sizes- adults, teens, churches, experienced workers, office volunteers, philanthropic organizations, and so on. Simply put, a Champion is an individual or group who fights for or defends a person or cause; an advocate. You can become a Seeds of Hope Champion, save lives, and be featured in our monthly newsletter and on our website by (1) joining us in celebrating that everyone has valuable skills, talents, and gifts, (2) identifying what you have to offer (time, funds, items to donate, a shipping container to host and pack, leading a team to Ndola), and (3) contacting us at with your ideas. Ultimately, our combined efforts will be able to make lasting changes in African communities.

Some past Champions include:

Orley Campbell (Retired) donated a drill rig, taught SoHIP Staff.

Jake Sherley (Firefighter) gave his time and heart while serving SoHIP Zambia as well as raising funds for BioSand filters and water wells.

David Mann (High School. Biology Teacher) innovated laboratory tests for BioSand filter improvements.

Young Philanthropists (elementary students) moved by their Zambian peers’ needs, raised money to bring clean water to a new community.

Churches packed and sent shipping containers, sponsored vocational students, hosted fund-raising events, purchased textiles, sent missions teams.

Become a Champion today. SoHIP and Africa need you.


Distinguishing Aspects of SoHIP

In the coming months the Newsletter will showcase Seeds of Hope’s unique approach to community development and changing the lives of people in Africa. Many organizations do a great job of bringing safe water, drilling boreholes, and/or raising awareness, but Seeds of Hope sets itself apart in many ways, some of which may not yet be familiar to you. SoHIP is a truly holistic development organization, which focuses on bringing multi-faceted solutions and lasting hope through strategic, long-term approaches to reversing the causes and effects of poverty in people, communities, and regions.

You may not know that Seeds of Hope has over 70 Zambian employees. Or that our staff are being flown to other countries to train various governments and non-governmental organizations (NGO) across southern Africa. Or that Seeds of Hope hosts international learning exchanges, bringing water solutions experts together to share remedies, challenges, and lessons. Or that SoHIP drillers are among Zambia’s most skilled, qualified water well developers.

Seeds of Hope is on the ground, run by nationals, and empowering people with the skills, training, and information they need to transform their lives and their communities. 

Every SoHIP department demonstrates organization’s values—from the compassionate hands of staff when delivering BioSand Filters, to the transparency and accountability of our bookkeeping.  Our transparency is upheld by SoHIP’s status of being one of the few NGOs in Zambia with audited books and certified accountants.

We look forward to sharing in 2013 what makes Seeds of Hope so unique.

Twenty-Twelve Highlights

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In 2012 Seeds of Hope:

Impacted over 22 nations during local and international water, sanitation, hygiene, HIV/AIDS, and community trainings.

Provided 52,618 Zambians Access to Clean Water

Equipped 3,099 Zambians with vocation skills, training in water programs, and/or health-related issues

New Address for SoHIP USA

Seeds of Hope- USA has recently moved.  Please update your records to reflect these changes:

Mailing Address Physical Address General & Gifing Inquiries
PO Box 4405 11549 Los Osos Valley Rd Ste 106 +1.805.439.1489
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403 San Luis Obispo, CA,93405


November 2012 Newsletter

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This month we bring you a glimpse into SHIP Zambia through the eyes of Hannah Messick, Seeds of Hope’s newest American staff member

Ndola, Zambia, home to the Seeds of Hope Resource Center and the main hub of trainings, fabrication, and implementation for SHIP Zambia. I had been reading about this place since May and finally had the opportunity to visit in late October; to my surprise I had severely underestimated the breadth and depth of work and areas impacted by SHIP Zambia! I knew we installed boreholes, had an agriculture division, and blooming vocational trainings, but I did not anticipate the numerous tasks, trainings, and projects that are being accomplished each day inside of each department. 

“ We want to make a difference in people’s lives… we could save one who is going to be a doctor or a president tomorrow, you never know. ”

As I walked around our Ndola campus, I saw bikes being repaired and sold, agriculture students working in the field, Community Health Promoters being trained, textiles being sewn, biosand filters popping out of their molds, new projects being drafted, and community members engaging the multi-barrier approach demonstration area. I was struck be the staffs’ passion and dedication to their tasks, so while waiting for the bus one day, I asked Tauzen, a trainer and a native Zambian, “Why do you care so much about what you do? What drives you?” He gathered his thoughts into English for a moment, then replied, “What drives me most is that I know there are problems out there and I see them, they are feasible [can be solved]. We have options for solutions, so why not bring them to the people? Because there are solutions that are needed. It is one thing to see a problem, but another thing to identify the solution because once you identify the solution then that becomes a good thing. You need to promote the solution so people can see it works, because then people will embrace and implement it. The drive is, we want to make a difference in people’s lives… we could save one who is going to be a doctor or a president tomorrow, you never know.” Tauzen is regularly in the field, so to hear his honest, heart-felt response was beautiful. He lights up when he talks about his job and is evidencing the vision and mission of Seeds of Hope each day. Tauzen’s reply embodies the steadfast commitment I saw in our remarkable Zambian staff. 

During my time in Ndola I touched transformation and saw that our men and women are transforming communities and impacting generations through community-centered, solution-oriented responses to Zambia’s most devastating issues. There truly is hope when transformed people are trained, empowered, and equipped to be agents of change and transform their community, region, and nation! I am honored to work alongside such passionate, intelligent, capable people. My time in Ndola broadened my understanding of the vast depth and breadth of areas SHIP is impacting, I look forward to sharing these areas with you as we strengthen the US base.





Gratitude Wins

Thankfulness is a way of being and here at Seeds of Hope we have chosen a lifestyle of thanksgiving for what is working right and celebration for the progress we are seeing! Join us this month in focusing on the beautiful things in life and praising the Lord for:

• Amazing Volunteers, Partners, and Churches
• Ever-increasing and lasting impact in Zambian communities
• New and strengthened connections
• Safety and protection in travels



Life Giving Christmas Gifts

A gift can be a small thing, but its effect can be huge. Suppose your gift could change lives, transform communities, and even impact generations. The holiday season is the biggest time of the year for giving, spreading joy, and uniting people, but amidst the eggnog, there’s room for something more—something in the true spirit of the season. For this very reason, this Christmas, Seeds of Hope is inviting you to be part of the solution to an epidemic in Africa that takes more lives each day than all violence combined, including war. SoHIP is asking you to give life by choosing a meaningful gift on behalf of your friends and family, then we’ll carry out the transformation, send your loved on a card symbolizing the solution they’re now a part of, and mail you a receipt.



BioSand Filter

BioSand Filters remove up to 98% of water pathogens, last a lifetime, making them a low-cost and  effective option for in-home filtration systems.  Affectionately known as “God’s Design in a Box” and “The Fridge”  this technology is revolutionizing home environments in target communities by providing clean, good tasting water for drinking, cooking and washing.  A BioSand Filter can help eliminate diseases like cholera, dysentery, diarrhea, dehydration, typhoid, giardia, and worms, from a family forever.  Many community members attribute their BSF to saving the lives of their children and ending disease in their home, give life this Christmas. $85 per BioSand Filter

Bicycle for CHP

Community Health Promoters (CHPs) are SoHIP’s most effective catalyst for change in the Zambian communities. With this gift you will be equipping strategically chosen, trained and empowered person with the ability to reach more people and build healthy environments more quickly!  This is a simple, but effective way to extend the reach of life-saving knowledge, support, and interventions. $50 per CHP bicycle

Area of Greatest Need

If you have trouble deciding which of the below gifts would be best, or you don’t feel that any of them are quite perfect, you can leave it to SoHIP to decide. Areas of Greatest need funding may go to the purchase of construction supplies, overall operating expenses, or to the upkeep of drill rigs, or any of SoHIP’s other programs. 

Sponser a Vocational Skills Student

Sponsoring a student in vocational courses  in agriculture or sewing will give them the skills they need to start a business, earn income, and step out of poverty. Seeds of Hope will give your student a unique, hands-on approach to acquiring new skills, write a letter of recommendation post-graduation, and guide the student into a secure job! Florence, Seeds of Hope’s 1st sewing program graduate shares how SoHIP’s vocational training changed her life, “Before Seeds of Hope I couldn’t pay my children’s school fees and I could only give my family one meal a day, but now that I’ve been trained I can pay my bills and we always have at least two, usually three meals a day!”  You can change a family’s history by sponsoring students like Florence! $100 per student
All gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. SHIP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, Federal Tax ID # 26-3460983


The Faces of SoHIP

The Faces of SoHIP Zambia

Finalist at the Energy Globe Awards

Seeds of Hope International Partnerships,made it to the finals in the prestigious Energy Globe Awards’ Water category!

Seeds of Hope International Partnerships, in association with the Center for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST), made it to the finals in the
 prestigious Energy Globe Awards’ Water category! These annua
l awards showcase the most exceptional projects aimed at ensuring the survival and enrichment of people all over the world, at solving global environmental problems, and at offering hope. SoHIP has earned this recognition for its Water, Expertise and Training Center (WET-C) model, a program that represents a change of paradigm within current development aid efforts through an innovative approach to training and education. In coming years, we will strive to make an even bigger impact. This award is acknowledged by:

Global Handwashing Day

Each year on October 15th, over 200 million people in more than 100 countries are involved in Global Handwashing Day (GHD) celebrations! Handwashing with soap is the most effective and inexpensive way to prevent diarrheal and acute respiratory infections, which take the lives of millions of children in developing countries every year and, together, are responsible for the majority of all child deaths. Despite its lifesaving potential, handwashing with soap is both seldom practiced and difficult to promote. Seeds of Hope works to teach proper hygiene and sanitation through community workshops, and tippy-tap trainings and installations. We are working to create simple changes in handwashing behavior that are critical to meeting GHD’s Millennium Development Goal of reducing deaths among children under the age of five by two-thirds by 2015.
Global Handwashing Day

Introducing the Faces of SoHIP Zambia

This dynamic team of nationals and resident international trainers lead operations at SoHIP’s Ndola Resource Center and WET-C base in Lusaka. We hope that you will support these men and women through financial contribution and prayer as we grow. To read their complete biographies, please visit:

Evans Chiyenge WET-C Director

Sam Phiri Program Manager + Interim Director

George Musabandesu Head of Trainings, Ndola

Kebby Ntabo Chief Accountant

Terry + Carolyn Webster Systems Development + Maintenance Crew Trainer Vocational Teacher

Matt Ellis Head of Agriculture

Dan + Mary Vissani R+D and Pastoral Care Int’l Teams + Guest Service Coordinator

Peter Duane Volunteer, Water + AG New Technologies

Shipping Container Needs

Seeds of Hope is working to strengthen the Resource Center. Currently, a shipping container is being filled with bicycles, an old army truck, sewing machines, and other needed supplies. Please check the list of items needed and see how you can contribute to this container! You can mail in or drop off donations in San Luis Obispo or Redding, California. We greatly appreciate all donations. However, we cannot currently accept books, clothing, or used shoes.

For more information, or to become a monthly supporter, call the SoHIP office, M-F, at: 805.439.1489.
Check your garage for good condition:
• Tools for gardening (incl. hoses + wheelbarrows), farming, carpentry, and mechanical work— metric or standard OK, metric preferred
• Desktop + Laptop Computers running Windows XP or newer
• Sewing Machines— electric and treadle— and sewing patterns
• Mountain Bikes and tire pumps
• Sports Equipment
• Bibles

August 2012 Newsletter


(Click here for the PDF version of the August 2012 Newsletter)

Hello Champions,

This month I am taking a moment to personally inform you of some very exciting news!  As the Founder and Director of Seeds of Hope I have been privileged to be a part of each step of the Seeds of Hope journey since 2003.  Four years ago I expanded my role to include serving as the Zambian Director and since then we have seen God do many incredible things!  We have been part of changing the history of many villages, households, and individuals as we bring Hope in Christ through clean water, education, and agriculture.  As an organization, Seeds of Hope Zambia has grown to 66 employees, successfully passed a financial audit and diversified our financial base to include a larger percent of income from in-country sources. We have become a WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) Center of Expertise (WET-C) in our region and are now training throughout Africa.

Over the past year, Denise and I have seen puzzle pieces coming together in our lives that are just now becoming clear. We feel that it is time to transition from living full-time in Zambia and my role as the Seeds of Hope Zambia Director, to moving to the United States and focusing on my role as the Seeds of Hope International Director in order to strengthen Seeds of Hope U.S.A. operations. The main reason we have made this decision is that:

Seeds of Hope U.S.A. needs our attention. We have chosen to build in Zambia and Zambia has steadily grown, but the US side has yet to experience such robust growth. This change will allow us to develop SHIP US’s capacity and Champions base, establish internships, raise additional funding, and boost SHIP’s initiatives and future projects.

My family and I are in the process of relocating to the United States this month and making our new home in Redding, California where I will continue my work as International Director, taking multiple trips to Zambia each year.  The department heads and senior leadership team in Zambia are stronger than it has ever been. I am excited to see our staff take more ownership of our Zambian projects!  I will be gone from Zambia for about six weeks and then return in late September to evaluate the first phase of the transition.

My next chapter will be focused on building SHIP U.S.A. into a flourishing base and increasing the reach of both the U.S.A. and the Zambia offices.  Together, through our strategic partnerships, we will take the next steps to develop Seeds of Hope U.S.A. into a vibrant international organization.  We will do this through increasing our visibility and strengthening our funding base by showcasing our financial stewardship and maximizing Champion involvement.  We are committed to seeing hope transform nations through practical solutions, empowerment, and God’s love. We feel these are the next steps in building a strong foundation for SHIP.

Our goal is to see Seeds of Hope Zambia mature into helping their own people and others around the world. I am filled with anticipation because this transition is a necessary step in achieving that goal. We are expectant and excited for the coming transition and fulfillment of God’s promises for Zambia!

Thank you for your consistent support; join us in rejoicing for this wonderful opportunity to shift Seeds of Hope into the next major stage of development!  Remain steadfast in prayer as we continue to follow the Lord in this journey.

God bless you,

Kirk Schauer
Founder & International Director


Celebrating Change and Embracing Transition

George presenting Denise a cake during the Celebration

George presenting Denise a cake during the Celebration

Thank You Drum


Sam, SHIP Zambia Program Manager


Department Heads saying, “Help Lord!”, Kirk’s favorite prayer.

Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know – Jer. 33:3



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