Did you know that the SS HOPE set sail on its maiden voyage on September 22, 1960, destined to provide health care to people in need and health education to local health professionals in Indonesia? Since then, HOPE volunteers and staff have spanned the globe, bringing HOPE and health to more than 120 countries. In honor of the 54th anniversary of the sailing of the SS HOPE, we have put together a video collection of Project HOPE alumni, telling their stories, their inspiration and how their lives have been impacted by the people they served. Enjoy this collection of videos from Project HOPE alumni from SS HOPE times to present.

Carol Fredriksen

Carol Fredriksen served on SS HOPE missions to Tunisia, Jamaica, Brazil, Ethiopia, and Egypt. She also worked at HOPE Center in Millwood. In this special HOPE is Alive video series, Carol discusses the Project HOPE's longtime philosophy of “helping others help themselves.”     

Dr. Joanne Jene

Dr. Joanne Jene is an Anesthesiologist who served on SS HOPE missions to Ecuador, Guinea, Ceylon, Brazil, and land-based missions to China and Granada.  In this video, she talks about how  the world is getting smaller, and health care and medicine is a universal language.

Debra Reister

Debbie Reister is a Registered Health Administrator who worked for Project HOPE in Egypt, Eastern Europe, Grenada and at HOPE headquarters. In this video she recalls her inspiration to become a HOPIE.

Esther Kooiman

Esther Kooiman, a Registered Nurse, who served on SS HOPE missions to Ceylon and Tunisia discusses the human need of caring for other people and HOPE's practice of health education as a legacy to improving global health.

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