CREATING HOPE INTERNATIONAL (CHI) WAS FOUNDED IN 1982 AND IS A MICHIGAN BASED NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION WITH 501(C)(3) STATUS. THE VISION BEHIND CHI IS THAT OF IMPROVING THE DAILY LIVES OF THE UNDER-SERVED, OFTEN SILENT VICTIMS OF WORLD STRIFE, DEVASTATING NATURAL DISASTERS, CRUMBLING ECONOMIES, AND POLITICAL SYSTEMS WHICH SUPPRESS NATURAL HUMAN RIGHTS. In the wake of natural or human-made disasters, people struggle to obtain those things which many too easily take for granted: food, shelter, health care, employment and education. The lack of these life necessities robs people of their dignity, their self esteem and self-determination so crucial for the human spirit to thrive. In response to these needs rather than providing short-term grants or limited impact charity work, CHI begins projects with local grassroots organizations to help them respond with local solutions to deal with problems. We invest in local, community action, building education and health resources, training people in the skills they need to continue the work on their own in the future. In the process we restore people’s self-confidence, help them develop expertise, and assist in creating new, thriving communities. CHI supports: the Afghan Institute of Learning which provides health, training and education programs to needy Afghans.