The History of Point Hope, A Voice for Forgotten Children
One December night in 2003, while Delilah was hosting her nightly radio program, she received an email written by a single woman in West Africa, Winifred Tickley. Winifred wrote to Delilah from an internet cafe’ located outside a refugee camp run by the UNHCR in Ghana. Delilah read the appeal, Winifred was asking for help caring for her three starving children. They lived in a mud hut in a camp called Buduburam where over 80,000 refugees from Liberia and Ivory Coast lived in complete destitution .
Delilah felt God telling her she had to check out this story. She reached out to the people at World Vision, and learned the truth of Buduburam. The United Nations had sponsored a refugee camp, primarily filled with Liberians, since the first civil war broke out in Liberia in 1990. Over the years the population swelled to over 80,000, in a camp that was equipped for 4,000. Instead of three little children who were starving and needing help, there were more than 30,000 children living without hope.
Delilah also discovered there was no fresh, potable water. Instead residents had to walk over 3 miles along a busy highway to fetch water at a local lake, or children would climb down the side of the road into a sewage ditch, make a small pile of rocks, pebbles and sand and use it to filter the filthy sewage. They would then scoop out the filtered water, pour it into a bucket and hand it to the adults waiting to collect it. For those who were able to afford the expense, water trucks would deliver dirty water dredged from the lake for a price. Water borne diseases were rampant and children in the camp were dying daily.
After her first trip to Africa, Delilah decided to reinvest her energies into a small project she had birthed years before to feed and care for the homeless population in Philadelphia. Point Hope was reborn and assisted in establishing Point Hope Ghana, its sister Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) needed for work in West Africa.
Today, Point Hope has grown from a handful of friends gathered around Delilah’s kitchen table making hundreds of tuna fish sandwiches for homeless and hungry families living on the streets of Philadelphia , to a non-profit organization that helps thousands of children and vulnerable adults living in West Africa. Point Hope also endeavors to be a voice for the over 480,000 children who are trapped in the foster care system in America, waiting to be re-united with biological family members, or adopted into a "forever family".