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JustHope Founder Leslie Penrose, with Wine for Water 2017 Honorary Chair Ted Campbell
JustHope Founder Leslie Penrose, with Wine for Water 2017 Honorary Chair Ted Campbell

Address delivered by JustHope Founder Leslie Penrose at Wine for Water 2017

Wow, was it really 32 years ago that I stood on that mountain top in Nicaragua with a small group of farmers who were joyfully showing me the amazing crops they had produced on the land that had been given to them by their new Revolutionary Government?

“What’s different now,” I asked… “What’s different than when your dictator owned this land and you farmed for him?” There was a long pause…

“We’ve always had hope,” one old farmer said firmly… “But now our Hope has the strong legs of Justice.”

Has it really been 32 years that I’ve been trying to figure out what it would mean for my life’s work, to try and “give hope the strong legs of justice… “?

Dear JustHope Supporters,

As the Honorary Chairs and Lead Sponsors of Wine for Water: Celebrating a Decade of Hope, we want to share a bit about why we have supported JustHope from the beginning. After working with Leslie for many years in Central America collaborating medical and dental missions, Leslie shared with us her dream to develop a nonprofit organization that would build relationships between North Americans and the people of Chacraseca, a community of impoverished subsistence farmers. She proposed an organization that would facilitate “relationship building” and working side by side with the community of Chacraseca on projects that had the potential to become sustainable and/or improve the quality of life for the community. We loved her vision, so with Jeff’s medical and my social work backgrounds, we were excited to take our participation to a whole new level and joined with Leslie in doing the visioning and start up work for what would become JustHope, Inc.

Leslie, Jeff and I are excited to celebrate 10 fantastic years of building relationships with the people of Nicaragua and specifically the community of Chacraseca. As founding board members and visionaries, Jeff and I are proud to be the honorary chairs as we celebrate 10 years of Leslie’s giving birth to and growing the organization into the unimaginable success that it is today.

Along with our exceptional partners in Nicaragua, North America, and Austria, we brought potable water to a community of families and sponsored hundreds of children in their youth, music and education programs. We brought microbanking to over 200 women, and supported the health and well-being of the community at large with medicine and medical care. The participation and imagination of our partners has exceeded our wildest dreams and we thank you all for your dreams, diligence, and continued support.

Wine for Water, JustHope's annual celebration and most important fundraising event, will be held October 12, 2017. We invite you to join us in moving closer to JustHope's incredible vision and commitment to the organization’s four core values: solidarity, sustainability, mutuality, and collaboration.

Ted Campbell and Jeff Beal

Ted Campbell & Jeff Beal
Honorary Chairs, Wine for Water: Celebrating a Decade of Hope