Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Operation HOPE wins hearts and votes with 1st place at the Philadelphia's 'Spread Some Inspiration' campaign in its fourth edition.

Dear volunteers, patrons, well wishers, friends, team and everyone else that continue to believe in Operation HOPE’s Mission of Mercy, we would like to extend our deepest Appreciation and Thanks to each one of you.

 With the help of your votes, We, Operation HOPE Kuwait won the 1st position in Philadelphia Cream Cheese’s  (from Mondelez International, formerly Kraft Foods) 'Spread Some Inspiration' campaign in its fourth edition. OH founder, Ms. Sheryll Mairza was awarded the inspiration trophy for initiating the OH mission from its humble beginnings in 2005 at the recent Brunch award ceremony held in Dubai on May 14th, 2013 where OH was also awarded a cash prize of USD 10,000.

The campaign that celebrates and recognizes the unsung women heroes of the region for their contributions in philanthropy, community development and charitable causes thereby bringing much needed awareness was originally launched in line with the International Women's Day in 2010 and this year witnessed a partnership with UN Women - the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and empowerment of women globally - for the second year in a row.

Thanks to each of your vote, the prize money won would go towards our 2013 Winter Warmth Outreach Program, wherein we provide warmth hampers to over 2,500 street workers in Kuwait.

If you'd like to read more about our award and our story please visit
Ms. Sheryll Mairza ( OH founder, 4th from right) with 1st runner up Ms. Mina Liccione (UAE,3rd from right) and 2nd runner up Ms. Mona Qumquimji (KSA, 3rd from left) with (from left to right) Dr. Rana A. Al-Fares, Director at Kuwait University Construction Program, Ms. Lina Khalid AlMaeena, Founding Member and Director of Jeddah United Sports Company in KSA, Mr. Vishal Tikku, Area Director, Middle East for Mondel─ôz International,
HH Sheikha Hend Faisal Al Qassemi and the UN Women representative.  

 Ms. Sheryll Mairza ( OH founder, centre) with 1st runner up Ms. Mina Liccione (UAE, right) and 2nd runner up Ms. Mona Qumquimji (KSA, left) 

Ms. Sheryll Mairza addressing the press at the award ceremony in Dubai, May 14th, 2013.

Ms. Sheryll Mairza with dignitaries

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

HOPE house and Esther's Attic Summer Hours.

Thank you to each one of you to help us wrap yet another successful season at Esther's Attic. The team with your support as volunteers and shoppers were happily able to end the last day (20th April) at Esther's Attic for the summer break.

Although we would be closed for the summer and opening on September 28th , you should know that:

Sorting Activity: Volunteers would continue to meet every Saturday from 730 am - 830 am for our sorting activity of donations received

Donation Drop Off days: We would continue to receive donations through the summer on Saturdays ( 7am – 9am) and Tuesdays (8am - 10 am and 5pm – 7pm)