2015 Annual Report

HOPE International Development Agency

In 2015, donors expressed their confidence in our efforts by helping more than 760,000 of the world's poorest people grow more food, drink clean water, raise animals for milk, meat, and farming, start small businesses, protect their environment, be healthier, and continue to learn new skills as both children and adults.

Courage and commitment

The 21 million people friends of HOPE International Development Agency have helped over the past 41 years are the epitome of courage and commitment.

In the face of overwhelming odds they summon the courage to believe that a life free of poverty is possible, despite their current surroundings and experience. Having summoned the courage, they commit to the work of becoming free of poverty.

Your committed giving fuels their courage and commitment.

Gebe, Berhane, and their children, featured in this report to you, are part of an entire community of people in southern Ethiopia who are lifting themselves out of poverty with your support.

Our commitment to the poorest of the poor drives everything we do for people in Africa, Asia, and The Americas, and for you, by providing opportunities for you to act on your generosity and change lives.

Building a new life

“We have so many plans now,” says Berhane, a mother and entrepreneur.

But it was not always this way. Berhane and her husband Gebe never thought much about the future. They were too busy trying to survive in the rugged highlands of southern Ethiopia. With no clean water, frequent food shortages, and little to no income, life was difficult at best and fragile at worst. Hidden in the highlands, Berhane and her community were suffering in silence.

Everything changed, however, the day a water system was built in their community with funds from friends of HOPE International Development Agency. “I was so happy when clean water became available,” says Berhane.

Clean water gave Berhane and her family the opportunity to build a new life, free of poverty. In addition to clean water, other initiatives, including health and hygiene training, and self help groups that provide mutual support for women and help them establish income- earning businesses have transformed Berhane’s family, her relationship with Gebe and her community.

“We are much stronger now,” says Berhane. “We know that if we keep working hard we will keep changing. We can raise our children well now.”

HOPE around the world in 2015

A) Dominican Republic
  • Community reforestation and irrigation
  • Improving access to clean drinking water in rural communities
  • Women-run greenhouses
  • Support for community-run sawmill
  • Essential medicines and medical supplies for rural clinics

B) Guatemala
  • Gravity-fed spring capped systems for clean water
  • Food security through community grain banks and other agricultural training and support

C) Haiti
  • Educational support for school children and young adults
  • Seeds, training, and irrigation infrastructure and for farmers’ cooperatives
  • Reforestation and community-run tree nurseries
  • Medical supplies for hospitals and rural medical clinics

D) Honduras
  • Community pharmacies and medicines for rural clinics and hospitals
  • Pigs and chickens for indigenous rural families

E) Peru
  • Education and strengthening support systems for at-risk children and youth
  • Apiculture training for income generation

F) Cambodia
  • Clean water wells, latrines, and health education
  • Women’s self-help groups and small loans to support rural business
  • Cow and water buffalo banks
  • Dry season rice and seed production farms for a reliable food supply
  • Rural primary school construction
  • Village health funds and medical supplies for rural health facilities

G) Myanmar
  • Catalyzing growth and quality of community school networks
  • Helping people discover and strengthen skills to promote peace and transform themselves and their communities
  • Relief and support for displaced families and at-risk children in Kachin and Northern Shan*
  • Sanitation infrastructure and livelihood rehabilitation for families affected by cyclone Komen

H) Philippines
  • Rural primary and secondary education for indigenous students
  • Indigenous Peoples college education
  • Spring capping for clean water supply
  • Sustainable agriculture for rural communities
  • Livelihood support for typhoon Haiyan survivors*
  • Promoting cultural exchange in elementary school classrooms

I) Afghanistan
  • Village agriculture support through seed banks and tree nurseries
  • Strengthening community groups to manage local infrastructure
  • Health and hygiene campaigns in rural areas

J) Bangladesh
  • Integrated health, livelihood, and educational support for rural women
  • Mother, child, and community health promotion and clinic support*
  • Livelihood support, training, and housing for ultra-poor families

K) India
  • Housing, training, loans, and community support for women through self-help groups
  • Access to drinking water through biosand filters and community ponds

L) Nepal
  • Food relief and housing reconstruction for earthquake survivors

M) Pakistan
  • Essential medicines and supplies for clinics and hospitals
  • Rehabilitation of flood-affected farmland and livestock
  • Food relief for flood-affected families
  • Support for rural livelihoods through community farmers’ associations

N) Sri Lanka
  • Peace promotion and vocational training for youth
  • Dairy farming and small business microloans for people with disabilities
  • Integrated agriculture for income generation (bees, dairy, fruit trees)


O) Burundi
  • Water supply through spring capping for rural communities

P) Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Revolving seed funds and loans for increased food production

Q) Ethiopia
  • Support for HIV/AIDS orphans; HIV/AIDs prevention
  • Community water and sanitation in Bonke and Arba Minch Zuriya
  • Skills training and microcredit for women’s groups

R) Kenya
  • Cows, chickens, and home gardens for orphaned children

S) South Africa
  • Food and agriculture support for families affected by HIV/AIDS

T) South Sudan
  • Boreholes and capacity building for clean water supply
  • Education for children in remote rural villages
  • Health and hygiene campaign in rural villages

* Program/project/activity undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada and International Humanitarian Assistance.

It takes time to change lives

HOPE International Development Agency’s relationship with the people of Ethiopia spans nearly four decades. Early in the relationship, it was clear that a long-term commitment would be needed if the country’s poorest people were to become permanently free from poverty.

Whether it be the development of clean water resources, education, care for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS, emergency relief in times of disaster, skills training, microcredit, support for women through self help groups, or health and hygiene training, helping the poorest of the poor lift themselves out of poverty is the goal.

From the beginning, clean water has been central to the work. When clean water is available in communities, families are able to focus on improving their lives rather than simply trying to survive from day to day. Derashe, a remote, mountainous region in southern Ethiopia, is an example of the type of commitment it takes to bring lasting change. It took a decade, but today, more than 90% of the 200,000 people in Derashe have clean water.

Currently, we are working in Bonke, another rugged region. The goal is to ensure that more than 90% of the 195,000 people living in the region eventually have clean water. It will take years to reach the goal, but the time is well worth it when you consider the consequences of doing nothing.

What we did with your donations

Every dollar you give helps free communities and families from poverty.

We make every effort to keep our adminstration cost as low as possible, without affecting the quality of the work you fund.

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