One of ACM’s earliest endeavors, Hope was founded in 2008 and began with a simple bamboo building housing 15 children. Shortly after it opened, Cyclone Nargis decimated the southern delta, leaving thousands of children homeless or orphaned. Due to this emergency, ACM leadership rapidly doubled the size of the orphanage, and funding became available to build a larger and more secure building.
Today, Hope Children’s Center houses about 50 kids. Some are orphans; others are from impoverished families who are unable to support all their children. Josiah and Phoebe direct the center. They ensure these children are raised in a loving Christian environment, fed a nutritious diet and receive education and tutoring to do well academically. The dream is for them to grow to be the Christian leaders of their generation in Myanmar.
The campus now includes a church and a preschool. It also hosts vocational training and other community development events, including topics such as agriculture and health.