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Together in Hope

Together in Hope envisions a world where children don't go hungry, where children can go to school, where parents can afford to give their children a future and where children don't die of curable illnesses. Together in Hope believes that if we all work together, together in hope that we can make this world a reality and give those living in poverty a future with hope.

Together in Hope works with some of the world's poorest communities living in the Philippines, El Salvador and Ethiopia who have been forgotten by international development organizations. We work with these communities to help them break the cycle of poverty and give them a future with hope.

Katy Half Marathon 5K 1K
 Katy, TX
February 6, 2016

I am running the Kona Marathon to celebrate my 60th birthday and to accomplish two goals:

1. Get myself back in shape (right now I can't run more 3 miles without huffing and puffing and I have less than 4 months to train to run 26.2 miles!)  


2. Raise enough money to make a serious dent in the fight against human trafficking.  I run free.  I run healthy.  But, there are millions of girls (and boys) who are trapped in sex and labor trafficking nightmares who will never run free if we don't do something. 

Six hundred thousand dollars is an audacious goal, but it is not an impossible one - not if we all do our part.  A few weeks ago, my children took me to see Kung Fu Panda 3 - a great children's movie, with a great message: if we all do what we can and do it together, we can overcome the most heinous evil. Yes - even the evil of human trafficking.   You can run with me for their freedom by donating.  (Who knows maybe we might even be able to get Jack Black to help us if he hears about this.)

 Here is what I am asking: that each of you give $60 in honor of my 60th birthday and then ask all of your friends on facebook and your email lists and on instagram or wherever, to do the same. If you or they can give more than $60, then give a multiple of $60: $120, $180 or even $6000.  If we get 10,000 people to give $60 each, we will raise $600,000 - wouldn't that be awesome?!  We can do this, if we all work Together in Hope.

I am not getting a penny of it.  Here is where it will go - to help local victims, to help international victims, and to work for tougher laws against those who traffick human beings.  Together in Hope will distribute the money three ways:

  • 1/3 to Agape International Missions (AIM) in Cambodia,  (fighting human trafficking on the international front) agapewebsite.org 
  • 1/3 to YMCA International (rescuing victims in the U.S.) https://www.ymcahouston.org/ymca-international/programs/
  • 1/3 to Children At Risk (working for tougher laws to fight trafficking and to help victims) www.childrenatrisk.org

Donations2Date: $25,220

Donor Donation Amount Donation Date Comment
Onurmark Productions $1,000.00* 2/9/2016 Congratulations and thank you for participating in the Onurmark Giving Challenge.
Gail Ford Smith $200.00 2/6/2016 Go, Diane, go!
Elizabeth Atkinson $20.00* 2/1/2016
Ricardo or Felinda Villa $100.00* 2/1/2016
Hal and Deborah Sharp $700.00* 2/1/2016
Carl or Laurie Husmann $350.00* 2/1/2016
Catherine Kerr $350.00* 2/1/2016
Jean Brackendorff $1,000.00 1/31/2016 Go Diane!!
Karen Juul-Nielsen $500.00 1/20/2016 May God continue to bless you and your ministry. Have a safe and enjoyable run! Love from London.
Sherman Foundation $20,000.00* 12/23/2015 Thank you to the Sherman Foundation for this incredible gift to our work in the Philippines!
Anonymous Donor $500.00 11/6/2015 Godspeed! You are an inspiration. Our God provides for all our needs.
John and Barbara Fitzpatrick $500.00* 10/20/2015 Thank you for helping these wonderful children and families!
* offline donation