Many UK Christians wanted to be involved in the relief effort, but did not know where to begin. Believers in the Harold Wood area of Essex had some experience of sending aid overseas and set about collecting blankets and aid items from all over the UK. These materials were dispatched in the first of over 70 containers to Africa and Eastern Europe. This was the start of “Containers of Hope”, the original name of Christian Hope International.
Over the intervening years, supported largely by Christians in the UK, CHI has also branched out. Our Container Aid has now ceased. however we still have a three-fold ministry: Child Sponsorship; Stitches of Hope and Project Support. The expansion into these new areas of ministry is why Containers of Hope changed its name to “Christian Hope International” in 2005.
Since the dark days of 1994, the political situation in Central Africa has greatly improved and for the majority, life has returned to “normal”. Needs have changed rather than gone away.
Christian Hope International was born out of the pain and suffering that occurred during the Rwandan genocide in Central Africa in 1994.
Today our focus is on helping those in need along the road to self sufficiency.
Following on from the murder of the Rwanda president, violence erupted leading to the killing of hundreds of thousands of innocent people and the mass exodus of well over a million Rwandans to neighbouring countries.