THE BEGINNING OF A STORY
Our story of hope began when we were provoked by
one question: How can we restore hope and
empower people living in poor communities?
Empowering people to help themselves and their own communities and then encouraging them to teach others how to do the same.
Crisis can come to a home in many ways and without savings or access to credit it can shake a family or even render them homeless. Crisis help can look like rebuilding a collapsed roof on a mud brick home, medicine for a pregnant mum or a sick child, or a pair of shoes in the winter. No two people are exactly the same and everything we do is rooted in trusting relationships built over time.
Our aim is to help and empower people to help and provide for themselves and their families. Teaching people about services already available to them and how to access them and how to use and be good stewards of the resources that they have available. This can include drilling wells, lending washing machines and planting vegetables to bring land into full production.
Education is one of the fundamental keys to breaking the cycles that trap entire families in extreme poverty for generations. But education is not only about learning to read and write it is about changing the way we think about ourselves and the world around us. It is about enabling people to dream for themselves and for their children. It is about vision and hope and possibilities. We help overcome some of the obstacles that prevent children accessing education, providing books and school materials and run after-school programs and creative education programs to stimulate different ways of seeing the world.
For many of our staff this is the first job they have ever had. People become fully empowered when they have a secure job. When they can provide for their families and also begin to dream for themselves and for their children. In this setting we can provide skills training and mentoring. The result is sustainable and long lasting change for them and for their children. Every product you buy has been hand made by someone who is walking through this process.