From our Founder Steve Kasha: This is Emma Topos… When I found her she was on a leash tied to a tree and left to either die or survive on her own. Emma contracted cerebral malaria and now suffers from brain damage… The great news is that although the brain damage is not reversible we have her in a special needs school and she is doing fine on her own level. For those of you with special needs children you know their are always extra expenses involved.We are looking for anyone willing to help sponsor Emma’s on a one year commitment of $55 per month. She is a beautiful blessing and was my first child brought into House of Hope which now has 40 children. Please consider making a difference in Emma’s life.
My birthday is November 4, 2004. I like to dance and sing songs with my friends. When I grow up I want to be a doctor.
Anna is the youngest of 3 children, and is happy to be at House of Hope with her brother Peter and sister Consolata. Her mother died most likely of HIV/AIDS.
My birthday is November 2, 1999. I enjoy making up songs I memorize about the scriptures, and enjoy singing about God’s promises. I like to go to school and work very hard at my studies.
Consolata was old enough to remember her mother’s painful death, most likely due to HIV/AIDS. She lives at House of Hope with her brother Peter and sister Anna.
My birthday is February 3, 2006. I’ve been told I am a little shy, but I really like playing with my friends on the playground, especially on the merry-go-round. When I grow up I want to be a pilot.
Both of Paulo’s parents died during the post-election violence of 2007.
My birthday is April 8, 2006. I really like to play soccer and dance to music. I enjoy playing with my friends, and I’m quick to join in the fun! When I grow up I want to be a pilot.
Francis is one of 3 children and his mother is still living. His father died as a result of a shooting by cattle raiders.
My birthday is October 6, 2005. I like to dance, sing and make up songs with my friends. I like to play soccer on the playground too. When I grow up I want to be a secretary.
Nancy was left with her grandmother after her mother died, most likely of HIV/AIDS when she was just 3 months old.
My birthday is May 28, 2001. I am a fast runner and like running on the playground with my friends. I speak and write English very well and like to draw and paint. When I grow up I want to be a teacher.
Peter lives at House of Hope with his sisters Consolata and Anna. He was raised by his mother until her death, most likely due to HIV/AIDS.
My birthday is April 8, 2005. I am a good student and mathematics is my favorite subject. I like to have fun and play games on the playground with my friends. When I grow up I want to be a driver.
James is the 4th child in the family of four children (2 girls and 2 boys. Their father was working in the military in Kenya, but both parents died of HIV/AIDS in 2006.
My birthday is July 1, 2003. I love to play soccer with my friends. I like to study English and Math. Although I am quiet sometimes, I like to play with my friends and laugh. When I grow up I want to be a driver.
Benson and his older sister Rebecca Akamais live at House of Hope. They lived with their grandmother after their mother died of Tuberculosis caused by HIV/AIDS
My birthday is July 27, 2002. I like to play soccer with my friends and play on the merry-go-round. I am told I am shy at first, but I warm up fast and am very friendly. When I grow up I want to be a pilot.
After giving birth, Benjamin’s mother ran away from home, leaving him to live with his grandmother.
My birthday is July 10, 2001. I like to study English in school and play soccer and other sports with my friends. I’ve been told that I am a good athlete. When I grow up I want to be a pilot.
Kebo lived with his sister and their grandmother after both parents died of an undisclosed illness.
My birthday is December 21, 2002. I’ve been told I have a “magnetic” personality and have lots of joy and energy. I like playing soccer and Science is my favorite subject. When I grow up I want to be a doctor.
Lodio is the youngest of four siblings (3 boys 1 girl). He lived with his grandmother after both of his parents died from HIV/AIDS.
My birthday is December 7, 2000. I am usually smiling most of the time and like to draw. I am very good at speaking and writing English. When I grow up I want to be a pilot.
Ezekiel is the fourth child in a family of 5 children (4 boys and 1 girl). Both of his parents died of HIV/AIDS.
My birthday is November 30, 2000. I like to sing, worship Jesus and talk about my favorite scriptures. When I grow up I want to be an English teacher.
Rebecca and her brother Benson Imana live at House of Hope. They lived with their grandmother after their mother died of Tuberculosis caused by HIV/AIDS.
Thank You for making a difference! You just did a really awesome thing! Your money will be supporting SERV’s ONE FUND, which is dedicated to providing to our greatest needs of Food, Water, Shelter, and Life projects/missions.
“I was in the middle of the jungle, eight hours up the Orinoco river and a day and a half away from any major population when I tripped and fell face-to-face with one of the deadliest snakes in Venezuela, the Brown Four-Nose. As the snake rears and prepares to strike me, I see my entire life flash before me and think, "Well this is it!" Just before the moment of certain death, an elderly tribesman clubbed the snake with a piece of sugarcane and saved my life. Through this traumatic event God claimed me as his own, and I realized at that moment that my life was not my own, but my choices were. I felt God impressing on me that if I would trust Him and seek His face, he would provide for all my needs."
“Giving people the opportunity to make a difference” is a statement that holds true to this very day about who and what SERV International is.
SERV began in May 2000 building outreach centers, churches and meeting spaces in Mexico. We found out in the early years that people were looking for opportunities to serve others and get involved in things that made a difference.
Years later, SERV expanded into the Dominican Republic, continuing to give others the opportunity to make a difference through various outreach projects and mission trips that were geared toward creating a Christ-centered experience for the Dominican people, as well as for each person serving.
In 2006, SERV’s founder Steve Kasha and another team member were on a plane to Africa for the very first time with eyes wide open looking for what God would have them to do. Little did they know that years later, SERV would have an orphanage in the northwest corner of Kenya that would house 40 children. Because of the famine and drought, SERV also started a large-scale feeding program that has now distributed over 7million meals in Kenya. The purpose of this food is to reach the places we can and use it as a platform to share Christ with those who have not heard the Gospel. We recognize that we cannot save the world or everyone in Kenya; however, we can share a message and a meal with those we serve.
We use all of these as a platform to share the Gospel. We continue to seek after the heart of God and look for new opportunities to serve others while trusting Him for our direction.