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Planting Hope International

Updated on September 18, 2014

Helping The Most Vulnerable

Planting Hope International is a faith-based charity in Manhattan, Kansas. Floyd Dowell, his wife Gayle, and their two daughters founded the charity to minister to the developing world by meeting the agricultural, educational and health needs of the poor in developing countries. The Dowells are passionate about meeting the physical needs of orphans, widows, and the sick...planting hope in the name of Christ. Although the charity has met immediate needs of people, they focus mainly on sustainability, or helping people help themselves by providing educational opportunities, business help, or farming support. The family is self supporting and all donations received go to projects that directly help those they seek to serve.

All photos by the Dowell Family.

A Little About the Dowell Family

The Dowells have been active in missions for years, the past fifteen years with Tractors for Our Daily Bread. Feeling the need to expand their efforts, they started Planting Hope International, incorporating in October of 2011.

Floyd is a research scientist with USDA ARS Center for Grain and Animal Health Research. Gayle is a mom and home school teacher to their youngest daughter. She also designs and creates handmade jewelry, Jewelry by Gayle Dowell.

Kayla is married and will be attending nursing school. Christine is a freshman at Kansas State University and she raises sheep.

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Projects in Zimbabwe

We work with Eden Children's Village in Doma, Zimbabwe. We support the orphanage by shipping 20' and 40' containers full of medical supplies, agricultural equipment, clothing, school supplies, and food aid when needed for the orphans at the village. Kevin and Susan Fry, their son, Ian, and his wife, Heidi, have become good friends through the years. We've traveled to Zimbabwe many times to help love on the children and to gain a better understanding of the needs of the community.

This past year, we traveled to Zimbabwe to establish grain storage containers (see photo) and work in the medical clinic. The grain storage methods implemented have reduced grain losses due to insects from 20% down to 0% making the orphanage more self-sustaining. We also took rapid testing kits for malaria and tested people during an outbreak of malaria and flu. Kits were donated by Science with a Mission.

We sent a container of medical supplies, wheel chairs donated by Joni and friends, and agricultural equipment in 2013. We have a great team of volunteers from various churches who helps us pack and load each container that we ship.

Books We Are Currently Reading

We have been reading the following books. We are very cautious that our ministry does not encourage dependency on aid. We like to provide emergency aid, but also want to encourage self sustaining communities. These two books are highly recommended for those who give to charity as well as charities themselves.

We have earned the "GuideStar Exchange Seal", by demonstrating a commitment to transparency.

Projects in Tanzania

We work with Valenova Foundation to meet needs of the poor in Tanzania. Sebard Mteteleka does a wonderful job ministering to his people, and we partner with him in many projects. Our most current project that we are helping Sebard with is a school feeding program. We recently helped fund medical expenses for a man who was attacked by a Hippo and lost his leg. He was able to get an artificial leg so that he can continue to provide for his family.

We've supported several water well drilling projects in Tanzania as well as providing school tuition for children whose parents can't work because of the effects of leprosy. The photo shows a study house and library that was built in partnership with Valenova Foundation.

Kenya Project

When the famine hit the Horn of Africa in 2011, Planting Hope International responded by co-ordinating food shipments donated from Kids Against Hunger Northwest Oklahoma, Kids Against Hunger Lincoln, and Numana to World Help, which then sent the meals on to the refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya.

Loading Food for Refugee Camp

Loading Food for Refugee Camp
Loading Food for Refugee Camp

Laos Project

We've sent 8 grain bins donated by Kansas State University along with a tractor to a ministry in Laos that uses the grain bins for "harvest centers", where they buy wet grain and dry it to add value. This helps them build relationships with local farmers and to share the gospel in a country that frowns on open evangelism. These harvest centers are for-profit business ventures where they will help the local economy. We currently are disassembling donated grain bins, grain augers and other agricultural equipment to be used to establish these harvest centers. We hope to send another shipment sometime later in 2014.

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      williamslaw 3 years ago

      We should all do our share to help the needy.

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      Gayle Dowell 4 years ago from Kansas

      @WinWriter: Thanks so much for supporting our efforts. We appreciate your partnering with us!

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      Gayle Dowell 4 years ago from Kansas

      @lisln: You'll soon start seeing money come in. You have some great lenses that will do well over time.

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      LorLinda 4 years ago from Denver Colorado

      When I start making money which I haven't as of yet this would be a good ministry to donate too. God bless these people more giving of their time to missions such as this.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      What a powerful and beautiful mission (Planting Hope International). You have inspired me to do more and be more for those in need of both compassion and tangible support. May your efforts and your ministry continue to be blessed.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a great lens. I appreciate what you do for these people.

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      WinWriter 4 years ago

      I had not heard of this organization before. Thanks for sharing this important news. I'm in the process of switching some of my lenses over to donate to this worthy cause.

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      E L Seaton 4 years ago from Virginia

      God bless and keep sharing. COUNTRYLUTHIER blessed.

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      RetroMom 4 years ago

      thank you for sharing.