Mentors & Mentees Attend the Hope Christmas Dinner Together

January 25, 2012

inner city girls & mentorsIn January, Oasis of Hope will be launching an official drive to match up mentors from Hope Church with young women mentees from North Memphis.  However, beginning in November, two of our youth leaders along with two new mentors are piloting a new pregnancy curriculum mentoring program from partnering ministry, One By One, to study and prep our peer mentoring program to walk along side young women who find themselves pregnant at a young age.  This program begins when a young woman discovers herself pregnant and continues through the first year of the child.  If you are interested in being involved with either pregnant teens, or young women, please contact Karey.

Beyond Babyland

January 15, 2010

For more information regarding this, contact Karen.

newbornInfant mortality has been high on the priority lists of many of Memphis’ leaders. The Commercial Appeal has published several articles over the last two years explaining that Memphis has the highest infant mortality rate in the country, specifically in the zip code of 38108.

Premiering on WKNO, a new documentary by award-winning local filmmakers David Appleby and Craig Leake. Beyond Babyland – a film three years in the making – explores the issue, asks why Memphis has such a legacy, and looks at many of the people and organizations working to turn around this tide and make a positive impact in our community.  Oasis staff person, Karen Durham, and volunteer, Terry Drumwright, are featured in this work – giving of themselves in a true picture of relational ministry.

Because of the incredible importance of this issue, WKNO will air Beyond Babyland multiple times in January, with a one-hour local follow-up conversation, highlighting specific ideas on how our community can address this significant issue.

The film goes to the heart of the problem, exploring three of the city’s poorest zip codes and meeting the people living there. It’s a difficult film to watch, pulling no punches as it seeks to understand the culture of poverty and teen pregnancy that contributes to this health crisis.

Both Craig Leake and David Appleby felt this film was a way to explore an issue of national importance while looking at some of the most basic problems of poverty in the Mid-South. Said Leake “Sometimes when we talk about the poor population, it’s easy to say that it’s their own fault. It’s harder to say that when you look at infants just trying to make it to their first birthday.”

“We like to talk about One Memphis,” said David Appleby, “but the reality is that we’re not all in the same boat. Some people need more help than others. The question for us is, where is that help going to come from?”

Appleby and Leake are both accomplished filmmakers with The University of Memphis, having won several prestigious filmmaking awards: Emmys, George Foster Peabody Awards, CINE Golden Eagles, among others. Two of Appleby’s award-winning films  – At the River I Stand and Hoxie: The First Stand – have aired on WKNO. Leake’s recent film The Chemo Ate My Homework also aired on WKNO.