Pictures from the Houses of Hope March 2011 Trip

Big shiny plane.

Nick was already asleep before we boarded the plane.

Woke up to the pilot announcing we were finished crossing the Atlantic Ocean and ย officially on the African continent…beautiful!

Jill’s excited face!

Love the moving map–ALMOST there ๐Ÿ™‚

First time seeing the new house under construction!

The inside!

Hard work happening!

Kate’s Dad, Bill…& Philip…Philip has helped build all of the Houses of Hope. Love him.

Dan (a local missionary who has helped build the HOH homes), Philip, Nick, Isaac (who has also helped build the homes–LOVE him) and Sean.

A first of many, many group pictures ๐Ÿ™‚

Frisbee fun!

Name tag decoration time!

Laura wrote all the kids’ names on the name tags…and did a great job!!

The climber!

SO happy to see these kiddos again!

Jill’s dad, Greg holding one of the kids!

They loved doing puzzles!

Alphabet puzzle!


Kate & her mom Pam, & Jill’s mom, Syl.

Group shot!

One of the special guys at HOH.

We had the best group!

Who doesn’t love a good name tag?

Soccer ball fun!

Simon says…pat your head ๐Ÿ™‚

The kids LOVE seeing themselves on camera!

Kate, Pam & little man.

We had some retired teachers with us so they created some awesome, educational games for the kids!

The awesome teaching staff with Syl & Jeanne.

Coloring fun.

Jill’s brother Tim made the kids laugh SO hard.

Blurry but the the kids loved taking pics with our cameras!

We did some singing in the shade!


Kate would hide the sharpies from the kids…and then forget where they were…haha.


Group t-shirt day!!!!! Todd (who couldn’t be with us on this trip) designed the logo. A BIG thank you to Gaby Robbins, Company X & SPI who helped get us these AMAZING shirts.

Yes–we are that cool…we had our names on the shirts!

Remember the awesome friendship bracelets you guys made last year? Well, we had extra last time, so we saved them and brought them again on this trip! The kids loved them ๐Ÿ™‚ This is one of the sweet boys picking one out for Kate.

Project Friendship Bracelet continues!

Picking out bracelets!

Kelly and one of the little guys.

Jill and her cousin Caitlin helping start a craft.

Syl reallllly enjoying the sticker time.

Aerial shot of a meal one of the kids ate.

Caitlin with some of the guys!

This looks fun…and dangerous.

A kid took this pic of Jill! They loved taking our cameras and snapping as many shots as possible!

Kate’s mom having some sticker craft fun.




Photo bomber.

Kentucky Fried Chicken party time.

Jill helping feed one of the littler guys.

Nick helping distribute food!

Kelly & one of the little girls!

Fun new stuff for the kids!

Chaotic big group shot!!!!!



30 Responses to “Pictures from the Houses of Hope March 2011 Trip”

  1. Mary B Says:


  2. Amanda B Says:

    Those are pretty awesome name tags!

    Thank you guys so much for sharing your experience and your pictures. Stuff like this is heartwarming and refreshing with all of the horrible things happening in the world. You, your family and your friends as well as the other volunteers are such good people.

    Thanks again.

  3. kztn Says:

    wow.. you’re making all these kids happy.. the world would be a better place if more people are like you guys… ^_^

  4. Carol Boyd Says:

    Hi I just love these pictures of these awsome kids. Thank-you so much for caring. With all of the crappy things that go in the world, it is so wondeful to see that people can do something postive for others who don;t have very much. Thanks so much. an thanks for all of your awesome music.

  5. Shari Says:

    LOVE IT! I would love to take part in such a great place! Love ALL the photos! Pictures say so much and can tell how much love your group has for those kids and how much love they have for you. All the smiles just melt your heart!

  6. Lisa Says:

    The smiles on the kids’ faces is proof that what y’all are doing for them is amazing. Thanks for sharing these photos with us. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Melissa Says:

    These have got to be some of the most uplifting pictures I’ve ever seen.

    Everyone looks so happy. The children look like words could not describe their gratification. I couldn’t imagine spending my childhood an orphan in South Africa, but y’all make it just a little better for them every time you visit.

  8. heinv Says:

    Cute ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Erin Says:

    Wonderful photos! You can see on the kids’ faces how happy they are to be around you all, and how happy you all are to be around them too.

  10. crystal Says:

    these blogs warm my heart soo much!
    i say it everytime, but y’all are amazing.

  11. Miriam Says:

    Oh my goodness! These pics are just so precious and HAPPY! Y’alls smiles are are big as the kids. One can’t help but look at these and feel uplifted. It’s so awesome to see a little goodness in the world.

    So, LOVING the Atlanta love on Nick hoodie. (I don’t know when I became mayor, btw, but I guess it’s my thing. Ha.) And does Jill have some sort of endorsement deal with Coca-Cola (Coke and Fanta tees)?

    Glad y’all had a great trip! Thanks for sharing the pics. So awesome to see the new house going up. Yay! Here’s to many, many more. ๐Ÿ˜€

  12. bethannhayphotography Says:

    Thanks for sharing Ladies! I have to say, I said “awwww” way too many time while looking through these photos! And the “aeriel shot” cracked me right up! Who does that?haha

  13. Tiffany Says:

    Hey guys,
    I know I’ve asked before…lol
    But is there any way us normal folks could have a way to volunteer? I would love the chance to take my daugthers (ages 5 and 7) there to volunteer as well….
    Their father is in prison until they are adults….he left when they were babies…and they are at an age where they think they are the only ones that anything bad has every happened to. Having no dad and having a mom who can’t buy them the world.

    But i want them to see that it’s the heart that matters and we are all connected and we are all the same….

    Tiffany and my eggs…(Eden and Helayna)

  14. Linda Says:

    Thank you SO much for sharing your trip with us!! The pics are fantastic, and the look of joy on those kids faces are priceless. You guys are great for taking your time and money to go there and uplift their spirits. Ya’ll ROCK in more ways than one ๐Ÿ˜€ โค

  15. Elena Says:

    You can see the joy on everyones faces. You all are amazing! Keep up the great work.

    Thank you for sharing!

  16. gypsygies Says:

    Thank you so so much for posting these and thank you all even more for going! Such big beautiful hearts y’all have. I wish I could hug every one of you.

  17. Selena Says:

    Thanks for sharing pictures from your HOH trip. You two and the rest of the crew are impacting these kids in such a positive way. So sweet! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Stephanie Says:

    Amazing! I too am inspired to go and help! Great job ladies and thank you for sharing pics with us! Will the t shirts be available to purchase?

  19. Jaclyn Says:

    These pictures made me smile reallllllly big…those kids are precious!

  20. myriam Says:

    AHH! I LOVE THESE PICTURES! And I love seeing the smiles on the kids faces!

  21. Jennifer Johnson Says:

    ๐Ÿ™‚ โค Thats what happens when I look at these pictures…. Thanks for all you do … count on us to help …. Hugs Jen

  22. Higzy Says:

    Oh my gosh these photos are soo cute. It’s great to see people being involved in charity. Kudos to Kates dad ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Boston_Holly Says:

    You all are truly wonderful people for sharing your love and time with all of these kids! Thank you for posting pictures…everyone looks like they are having such a great time together!

  24. Pam Says:

    It looks like you had an incredible time and changed the lives of those children. I’m smiling so much by looking at these pictures ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much for sharing!!!

    PS- If you need any more bracelets made, please let us know!
    PPS- Jill, do you like soda?
    PPPS- Kate, your mom’s name is awesome.

  25. Lauren M. Says:

    I love,love,love…these photos! I really wish I could go down there to visit with those kids and play with them. They are so cute! It’s great that ya’ll got to have your families there to share the tremendous experience. Thanks for sharing the pictures with us. Looks like ya’ll were having alot of fun!

  26. happiness Says:

    Jill.. You look like you’ve lost weight!!! You’re always beautiful.. NO MATTER WHAT.. but HOW are you doing it????? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  27. Marleen Says:

    Love these photos.. the HOH seem so amazing, I think it’s awesome what y’all are doing for these kids.. ๐Ÿ˜€

  28. jasmine Says:

    Thanks for sharing the awesome pics! Double Woops for the friendship bracelets x2!! Y’all are such a blessing and inspiration to so many! Keep up the strong work!!

  29. Selena Says:

    So, I was looking at the pics again, and came across some I don’t remember seeing before. Did y’all add some new ones? If so, thanks! If not, I don’t know how I missed ’em or forgot ’em before! Haha.

  30. Not the Doctor Says:

    This is so awesome. What cute kiddos! Hey Kate or Jill, out of curiosity, what music did y’all put on the ipods?

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