Stephanie Gilmer of World Hope Canada recently spoke to the Rotary Club of Kemptville about the activities of her organization, which has recently relocated to downtown Kemptville. Active in Ukraine since 2000, Sierra Leone, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and, most recently, Swaziland, World Hope is a Christian relief and development not-for-profit working with overseas partners to create dignity and inspire hope. Its clearly targeted programmes include Hope House in Ukraine, a safe home for young women who are still attending school but have outgrown government orphanages or were living on the street. In Swaziland, where the highest rate of HIV infection in the world prevails, they have a programme to reduce its spread, called Reach 4 Life New Testament. In Sierra Leone they have provided prostheses to people amputated in the civil war, dug wells and built latrines and are working to alleviate malnutrition both there and in Congo. Gilmer formerly managed the programmes of the Salvation Army in Kemptville for almost eight years and worked as a missionary in Zaïre (now Congo) from 1986 to 1990.


Stephanie Gilmer, of World Hope Canada, recently spoke to Kemptville Rotarians about her work.