I Am Hope



This video debuted at Plant With Purpose’s 2018 Planting Hope Gala. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned from our partners whenever I’ve gotten to visit our programs is what hope actually looks like. I used to think of it as a fluffy word– emotionally rich, but ambiguous. Our partners in rural villages grounded that in reality. Hope keeps you moving forward when things are dark. When you feel stuck.

Video Footage // DREW RENAUD
Video Footage // SHAUN BOYTE
Video Footage // SCOTT HANCOCK



I remember you.
Do you remember me?

I was there in your darkest hour.
I was there when you were scared the worst was going to happen.
I was there when you felt stuck– doing the same thing over and over without seeing much results.
I was there when nobody else believed things could be different.

I am hope.
Do you remember me?

I show you things that don’t yet exist.
I help you bring them to life.
Why else would a farmer put her plow in the ground in the spring if she cannot imagine the harvest ahead?
Why else would you leave the familiar in search of something better?

I am hope.
Do you remember me?

Go to the forest that grows where once there was nothing.
Drink from the stream that once ran dry.
If you cannot envision these trees before they are planted then they will never be planted.
I make it possible to see life where there is nothing, so you can plant.

I am not just a good feeling.
I am real.
I am what your faith looks like stretched out towards the future.
I am hope.

I am the reason the children of refugees will never know the horrors their parents had to endure.

I am the reason the farmer who has toiled through drought and famine will one day feast with his family.

I am the reason the mother who has taken many risks for the sake of her children will see them grow strong.

I am the reason you can keep going. The reason you will keep going.

Choose me.
Remember me.
Share me.
I am hope.

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As much as our stories focus on change and how a better world is possible, they are also incomplete without a reminder that our group members live very difficult lives.

In villages across rural Latin America, there is often a sense that things might never get better. Farmers have to do more work but grow less food as a result of environmental degradation. Many have been offered false promises before, by loan sharks, by NGOs, or by governments, but with no avail.

In places like Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo, conflict and violence have torn apart communities. Many men and women have experienced unthinkable losses during times of war. Many people in Tanzania and Thailand are refugees from these sorts of conflicts, in search of a new life.

Philippe Lazaro