Friday, July 18, 2008


My big project that I've been working on is finally good to go! Here are the details:

I am involved with a nonprofit organization called AHOPE for Children. They run an orphanage in Ethiopia for HIV-positive orphans, as well as a community program that assists HIV-positive children and enables them to remain in their families.

This weekend I'm launching a new sponsorship program for AHOPE (the backbone of AHOPE's funding comes from people like you and me who commit to sponsoring an HIV-positive orphan for $30 per month). People can sign up to be a Hope Partner, and they'll receive a packet that contains a child's name, photo, and bio, along with a letter about AHOPE and a brochure.

I'm debuting this program at the Mile High Music Festival here in Denver tomorrow and Sunday. AHOPE will have a booth where we'll be displaying our brand new banner, we'll have our Hope Packets, and our fabulous AHOPE tshirts can be purchased for a donation. Ultimately I'm hoping to get the word out about AHOPE and hopefully snag some sponsors!

The music festival is being headlined by Tom Petty and the Dave Matthews Band. There will be 40,000 people in attendance tomorrow, and 50,000 on Sunday.

So that's what I've been busy doing. If you've emailed me lately and I haven't written back, it's because I've been either working on this stuff, or making sure my kids don't get in the way of the people installing the hardwood floors in our house. Next week things should be back to normal! (Except for Monday, when they're working on the hardwoods again...Angela, are you busy???)


Jeannett said...


Ok, but I have a couple of questions:

1) how is this different than the sponsorship you already do?

2) can I sign up even if I'm not cool enough to live in Denver and see DMB for free???


Unknown said...

You are so funny! Of course I'm NEVER too busy for you!! :) Come on over!!! We'll make a day of it! :)

Brianna Heldt said...

hey jeannett! it's not technically different from just signing up to be a sponsor thru AHOPE--except that we are going to try to start doing events and get the word out, and in the past there was no real sponsorship packet, you'd just get a child report in the mail, which was great, but less "flashy". (not that what i put together is particularly grand, mind you. :) )my hope is that AHOPE can become more accessible to people.

and YES you can sign up! i'll email you.

and angela, i'll be calling or emailing to set something up!

Valerie said...

Could you email me info on sponsoring a child? :)

Anonymous said...

That is so awesome. I thought I signed up to sponsor and AHOPE child, but have not received a picture or anything?!

It's been a couple of months and I've really been looking forward to receiving the info. Do you know who I would contact?

Please let me know! I really wanted a picture so that I can talk about with my kids and so that we can pray for a child.


mfearnsi at aol dot com

Melissa said...

Awesome work, Brianna!

Thankfulmom said...


Everything looks fantastic! I can't wait to hear how the festival went.


4dogmomma said...

Amazing! Hope the weekend went well.

Brianna Heldt said...

Monica I'll ask Kathy about it, that's strange! SO excited you're sponsoring a child!

Angela H said...

Thanks for all of your hard work on the behalf of the kids at AHOPE. I am sure that you did a great job at the festival over the weekend.

this is us said...

Looks great! Post on how it went!!!!! And remember I want to buy a shirt and a bracelet!


- Jennifer

Anonymous said...

Thanks Brianna! I am sooo excited to receive my picture!

I did wonder if, when I set up my recurring payment, I became confused and sponsored some other program through AAI?!

I thought I had made 100% sure that I was sponsoring a child through AHOPE, but I could be wrong. I have a severe case of mommy brain!

Thanks so much for checking for me!

Laurzie said...

WOW, this is terrific! How did the festival go?

Anonymous said...

This is awesome. I am on the board of Ethiopian Orphan Relief ( and AHOPE is one of our partners. We are hoping to fund a water sanitation system.

I am so happy that you are raising awareness for this great cause. Can't wait to hear how the festival went and the reponse to what you are doing.


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