At just nine years old, Rebekah Kepha felt called to help orphans in China…
Rebekah’s first trip to China at age fourteen only motivated her to make those dreams a reality. She went on to get her bachelors degree in Intercultural Studies and a minor in Chinese and in Children and Family Studies from the University of Northwestern, in St. Paul, MN. In 2010, Rebekah spent three months in China for her internship, working at a large children’s home in Beijing. She is a trained Behavioral Therapist in ABA therapy and has over ten years experience working with children with special needs.
In 2010, during her internship, Rebekah met Sara Zhou, a local Chinese with a heart for orphan care and a city called Chengdu. It was clear from the very first moment that they were meant to meet for a very specific purpose. With a mutual desire to serve orphans with special needs, Rebekah and Sara worked together for four years and developed the very first vision for Hope Station.
Upon returning to the U.S., Rebekah put together a team of experts in nonprofit development, fundraising, and intercultural business. This team was influential in finding and approving partnership with Hope Station’s Chinese nonprofit counterpart: The Chinese Relief and Development Foundation. After this team’s season concluded, Rebekah assembled a Board of Directors, whose first meeting convened in January of 2013. In July of 2013 Hope Station was approved by the IRS as a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit.
Rebekah finally moved to China at the start of 2015 and now works directly with the children and staff at the orphanage regularly.
Read our Annual Report for 2017.