One hot summer night many years ago, radio personality Delilah Rene Luke was broadcasting in Philadelphia, PA. Jokingly, she described for her listeners a place in Alaska called Point Hope where they might seek refreshment from the hot temperatures. Later, she reflected on her joke, and she realized that the name Point Hope could truly mean a place of refreshment and renewal for those in need. Thus, the idea for her Point Hope organization was born.
Point Hope started off as a street mission in Philadelphia, helping improve the lives of the homeless and poverty-stricken. In 2004, Point Hope turned its attention to Budubupam, Ghana, helping widows and orphans in a refugee camp there. Today, Point Hope strives to help children all over the world, giving them the hope for a brighter tomorrow!
This video describes the benefits of Point Hope’s work for the children it helps.
- Here is the website for Point Hope, where you can learn all about this amazing organization!
- Here is a video that shows the people Point Hope is helping in Ghana.
Topics for Discussion:
- Why did Delilah like the name “Point Hope” for her organization?
- Are there people in your community who could benefit from efforts like those of Point Hope?
- Delilah is quoted as saying “discover what you love to do and how to do what you love for others”. Be inspired by her words and take action for others!
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.