Packs of Hope

The poorest 40 percent of the Guatemala's 15 million citizens lived on just $1.50 per day

Wells of Hope helps hundreds every year through dental and medical missions

It is important for the youth in our North American culture to be aware of the less fortunate in other parts of the world, and more importantly, be shown that it is possible to make a radical impact on poverty. One of the many successful initiatives of Wells of Hope is the Packs of Hope program.

The students in elementary and high schools in Southern Ontario are asked at the beginning of the school year to search their home for a “gently” used backpack. The students are then asked to fill the backpack with items such as school supplies (notebooks, pens, pencil crayons, erasers, markers), hygiene products (toothbrushes, hair brushes, toilet paper), clothing, and possibly a toy or ball.

When the backpacks are collected from each participating school, the students are invited to participate in the preparation for shipping the backpacks to Guatemala at the Niagara Warehouse of Hope.

The backpacks are then shipped to Guatemala and distributed by High School students participating in a mission trip.

If you would like more information about participating in the program contact Scott at

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