Children try to help others far away

PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER TOMLINSON—Lindsey Rogers organizes the western slope chapter of HOPE, which has kids earn money for their school and South African orphans by selling bracelets made by African women. Rogers talked to 3-5 graders at Chipeta Tuesday morning.Sent as HOPE 11-17.

Chipeta and Dos Rios elementary school students will affect the lives of their classmates and kids nearly 10,000 miles away with their next fundraiser.

Students will sell six styles of bracelets made by South African women for $4 to $10 apiece through Dec. 2. Sixty percent of the proceeds will go back to the women and help approximately 650 South African orphans get food and shelter. The remaining 40 percent, which usually totals $4,000 to $6,000 per school, stays in the school that participated in the fundraiser.

The fundraising activity is coordinated through the Georgetown-based organization HOPE, which stands for Helping Orphans by Providing Empowerment. The program has representatives who travel from school to school in Michigan, Wisconsin and Colorado, and HOPE is working on a promotional video that can be viewed at schools across the country.

Lindsey Rogers of Paonia talks to schools across Colorado about getting involved with HOPE. Chipeta and Dos Rios are the first schools in the Grand Valley to participate in HOPE, which was founded in 2004. A group of students at Grand Junction High School also are selling the bracelets.

“A lot of schools have fundraisers and sell chocolate bars, and that’s great, but it doesn’t help the childhood obesity rate, and it doesn’t help other children,” Rogers said Tuesday following a presentation to students at Chipeta.

HOPE sent about $40,000 to Africa last year and has helped build six gardens in South Africa.

A mother of two, Rogers said she keeps kids and other mothers in mind when she goes to work each day.

“Knowing that I’m helping another mom feed her children and have a life that she wouldn’t have before” is the highlight of working for HOPE, she said.

For more information about HOPE, visit


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