Partners Across The World
At Montview we believe all people are children of God and sacred in God’s sight. Our understanding of mission is to partner with others to bring about a more peaceful, just and compassionate world. We hope that we can be a blessing to others and we know that we will be blessed by the experience.
The following are some of the areas around the world where we have relationships and the focal points of those mission commitments.
Children: For almost 10 years, Montview has reached out to street children across our southern border through support of IPODERAC, a home for abandoned boys ages 6 to 18 in the state of Puebla, Mexico. Montview contributes yearly to a scholarship fund for the youth to attend technical-oriented high schools or to enroll in college. The church supports IPODERAC through annual mission trips, including a recent summer trip for 50 Montview youth. Some 60 boys currently live at IPODERAC. See: www.ipoderac.org.mx.
Montview People in Nepal: For more than 30 years, Montview has extended a helping hand in Nepal. Since 2000, well over 100 people have participated in work trips and personal ministries. The largest trip was in 2010. With activities centered in a village, a water system was built, school children learned English and medical care was given. For more information about the trip visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyNLNZlLUVg and http://tgo.tv/video.php?VideoCode=V23JX97
Healthcare: Montview’s Centennial Campaign provided $175,000 to cover half the cost of a new 65-bed pediatric wing at Patan Hospital in Kathmandu which was completed in 2001. As a result of relationships established from this gift, the hospital requested that Montview people form a 501(c)(3) charity so that Americans could make tax-deductible donations to benefit the hospital. The result was the formation of Friends of Patan Hospital (FOPH) which has raised millions of dollars for capital improvements and, in partnership with Project C.U.R.E., sent millions of dollars of donated supplies and equipment. FOPH also sends teams of medical personnel to train Patan staff (e.g. to establish the first NICU and PICU in Nepal), provides other training opportunities for Patan staff, and contributes directly to the hospital’s charity fund. Montview members continue to play a key role in FOPH, comprising a majority of the officers and 25% of the 16-member Board of Directors. Montview members also are active in other healthcare organizations in Nepal including Global Dental Relief and the Princess Jayanti Memorial Trust (Heart Foundation). See: www.foph.org; www.globaldentalrelief.org/index.php; www.pjmt.org.np/
Income Generation: In partnership with International Development Enterprises (IDE) Montview aims to increase the income of poor rural farmers through the better use of water, advice on crop and seed selection, better farming techniques and assistance in marketing. IDE works with families with annual incomes less than $250. Montview is donating $165,000 which is funding a program to increase the incomes of over 1,500 families. See www.ide-international.org.
Nutrition: Montview’s 2008-2010 Capital Campaign provided $100,000 for half the cost to construct the flagship Kathmandu Nutritional Rehabilitation Home (NRH), in partnership with the Nepalese Youth Opportunity Foundation (NYOF). This facility provides treatment for severely malnourished children, educates their mothers about child care so that the condition will not recur, and trains staff that work in satellite nutritional homes established by NYOF. See: www.nyof.org/programs/nutritionalRehab/index.html ; www.NYOF.org
Books: Since its founding in 2003, Ethiopia Reads has connected over 100,000 children with books through 47 libraries including the famous “donkey” mobile libraries, published the country’s first children’s books in one or more of Ethiopia’s 87 languages plus English, and trained numbers of indigenous educators. In 2008 CNN named Ethiopia Reads founder, Yohannes Gebregeorgis, one of its top ten “Heroes.” See: www.ethiopiareads.org.
Water: In Ethiopia, the world’s poorest country, the majority of the population has no access to clean water. A profoundly high incidence of illness and death, especially among children, results. In 2008, 2009, and 2011 Montview provided funds for seven clean water projects in the country’s Western Wollega Province. These projects supply a lifetime of clean water to over 6,000 people in six communities at an average cost of $3.00 per person. Christians and Muslims share this water, learning to work together as they maintain the projects.
Partners: In October of 2007, members of Montview Church, People’s Presbyterian Church, and Grace Presbyterian Church traveled together to Ghana. While in-country they taught enrichment classes in a boys’ school, donated six laptop computers to the school, and learned about the country’s vibrant culture. In August of 2009, a Ghanaian Presbyterian minister, together with two teachers from the capital city, Accra, spent three weeks in Denver as guests of church families.
HIV/AIDS Prevention in AFRICA: Collaborating with ICA, Louise Singleton established effective HIV/AIDS prevention programs under village leadership in Kenya, South Africa, Zambia, and other sub Saharan countries.
Education in ETHIOPIA: Montview member, Sue Leister, trains local teachers, assists orphans, and supports literacy development in isolated, far western Ethiopia.
HIV/AIDS Orphans in INDIA: The late Donald Elliott, MD, established an orphanage in Miraj and performed surgery at Wanless Hospital.
Community Organization in MYANMAR: Montview has financially supported longtime members in full-time, in-country community organizing work in this country formerly called Burma.
Family Medicine in UKRAINE: The late Jack Reeves, MD, established the practice of family medicine in this former Soviet republic.