Hope for Children of Africa, a non-profit with 501(c ) 3 status through United Charitable Programs, has a clear and unique goal: to inspire self-sufficiency of communities by giving assistance with projects of educational opportunities, then working with village leadership to transfer responsibility for maintaining long-lasting success.
What makes us different in succeeding with humanitarian projects in Africa?
Currently, many African humanitarian projects with the best intention often result in failure, wasting precious time, energy and dollars. As a result, resentment and mistrust is generated, triggering apathy from the benefactors and beneficiaries.
There are many answers, ours is simple: Local people know how to tackle their challenges better than foreigners. We have been loyal to this philosophy since our inception, January, 2005. Building mutual trust and respect with the local communities requires patience. This bond must happen before successful assessment of needs and resources can be seen and understood.
Our strategy is to “Dream big…Start small”. We sit with local leadership to discuss their challenges, observe the local population, resources lacking to implement programs that create success stories. We gather all the information and discuss solutions that address as many of the challenges presented as possible. Next, we find funding for a pilot program; get the appropriate local leadership involved in planning and implementing it, take time to access the program with visits, observation and surveys. Once adjustments are made, we help the local community create a sustainability plan for long-term success and only then …can we move forward with the project on a larger scale, keeping in mind that the project must be replicable for similar communities that share the same challenges. That’s our formula, simple and successful.
Who, When, Where and What?
This is where many humanitarian organizations get off track. They lack the insight, stamina and diligence it requires to get TRUTHFUL answers from the local communities. Suggestions are made to the local communities, and the project goes forward without local knowledge or ownership. That where we are different. Communities desire involvement and responsibility and we empower them by working side-by-side until independent sustainability is accomplished. Please review our current project to see our philosophy in action.