Eleven brave men and women jumped out of an airplane at 14,000 feet over Clewiston, Fla., on Jan. 18 as part of an “extreme fundraiser.” Jump for Hope raised money to help Skydivingtheworld’s most vulnerable population: orphans. Haven of Hope International (HOHI) is a Southwest Florida nonprofit which partners with orphanages and group homes around the globe to elevate the standard of orphan care by implementing proven programs and sustainable strategies. These skydivers faced their own fears to show abandoned and abused children that they can face their fears, too.

A fundraising goal of $14,000 was set — one dollJumping for Hopear for every foot of altitude — and donations are still being accepted. Funds will go to HOHI’s Global Hope Expansion Campaign to help make a difference in the lives of abused, neglected and forgotten children around the world. Statistics show that 99 percent of orphans may never be adopted and 60 percent of orphans may turn to a life of prostitution or crime. Haven of Hope works to rescue, love, restore and equip children to fulfill their destiny. For more information or to donate, go online to www.havenofhopeintl.org.

Photo by Julie Kennedy (Emmie & Me)