2016 Annual Report
HOPE International Development Agency
In 2016, donors expressed their confidence in our efforts by helping more than 800,000 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.
Transforming people & communities
From our commencement, more than 4 decades ago, HOPE International Development Agency’s intent has been to transform the world by helping one person, one family, one community at a time.
HOPE’s core objective is to do our work in a manner that focuses on the self-expressed needs of neglected individuals, families, and communities subject to abject poverty.
Having good intentions when presented with the issues is not enough. Lasting transformation becomes possible when the conviction of our belief - that the poorest of the poor must have the opportunity to become self-reliant through their own efforts - is fueled by a steadfast commitment to be a key component of this transformation.
This commitment depends on you as it always has, because YOU are HOPE.
The transformation of people like Kasem and Khadija in Bangladesh, Phat and family in Cambodia, and Tomas and Omolo in Ethiopia are evidence that caring and committed people like you who have given generously make this transformation possible.
Your previous and continued support is both deeply appreciated and required as we continue forward to transform as many lives as possible.
Dale W. Bowler
HOPE International Development Agency
From suffering to succeeding
BANGLADESH - Three years ago more fish swam through Kasem’s net than were caught. Kasem’s life was as tattered as his fishing net and as bleak as the slate gray water he plied every day in an effort to catch fish he could provide to his family for their one meal a day or sell at the market. Unable to venture too far from shore in the tiny boat, the fish Kasem did manage to catch were small and of little value as a meal or at the market.
Khadija, Kasem’s wife and mother of their five children, spent her days worrying about how she would feed and care for the children, all of whom were constantly sick due to malnutrition and a lack of proper shelter and clean water. The thatched shack her family called home, precariously perched on the wrong side of an earthen dike that held back the ocean, was always on the verge of collapsing, just as their lives were.
Today, because of the generosity of HOPE International Development Agency donors, Kasem and Khadija are happy and healthy. They now own a small plot of land on the safe side of the dike, away from the shoreline. The home they built on their land is sturdy and safe. It is a big change from the thatched shack they once lived in which is now used as a chicken coop. The new well, just fifty metres from their home, provides an ample supply of safe water. As a result, the children no longer suffer from the waterborne diseases that were a constant threat to their health. The two youngest boys, Shoumon and Shoujon, are now in school and excelling.
The equally big news is that Kasem was able to buy a bigger motorized boat and two good fishing nets. He now ventures further offshore and regularly catches larger, more profitable fish. The very first season Kasem had the new boat and nets, he experienced huge success as a large school of highly profitable Halisha fish passed by which he landed with his new nets.
For Kasem, Khadija, and their children, life is vastly different than it was three years ago when friends of HOPE International Development Agency first entered their lives.
HOPE around the world in 2016
A) Dominican Republic
- Community reforestation and irrigation
- Improving access to clean drinking water in rural communities
- Women-run greenhouses
- Support for a community-run sawmill
- Essential medicines and medical supplies for rural clinics
- Gravity-fed spring capped systems for clean water
- Agricultural land and livelihood security, support, and assistance
- Educational support for school children and young adults
- Hurricane Matthew relief and rebuilding
- Seeds, training, and irrigation infrastructure for farmers’ cooperatives
- Reforestation and community-run tree nurseries
- Medical supplies for hospitals and rural medical clinics
- Community pharmacies and medicines for rural clinics and hospitals
- Pig raising and chicken farming for indigenous rural families
- Education and vocational skills-training for youth
SOUTH EAST ASIA
- Clean water wells, latrines, and health education
- Women’s self-help groups and small loans to support rural businesses
- Cow and water buffalos for farming families
- Dry season rice and seed production farms for a reliable food supply
- Rural primary school construction
- 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
- 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 peace through learning exchanges in elementary school classrooms
- Village agriculture support through seed banks and tree nurseries
- Strengthening community groups to manage local infrastructure
- Health and hygiene campaigns in rural areas
- Support for rural clinics and health care providers
- Mother, child, and community health promotion
- Livelihood support, training, and housing for ultra-poor families
- Housing, training, loans, and community support for women through self-help groups
- Access to drinking water through biosand filters
- Irrigation ponds for water conservation and improved agricultural production
- Housing reconstruction for earthquake survivors
- Training and small business support for women
- Educational materials and supplies for schools
- Essential medicines and supplies for clinics and hospitals
- Technical training and support for small businesses and entrepreneurs in rural farming communities
- Basic services support (health, education, livelihoods) for rural poor communities
N) Sri Lanka
- Emergency relief (food, household supplies, sanitation) for cyclone-affected families
- Dairy farming and small business microloans for people with disabilities
- Water supply through spring capping for rural communities
- Support for rural medical facilities
P) Democratic Republic of Congo
- Revolving seed funds and loans for increased food production
- 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) South Africa
- Food and agriculture support for families affected by HIV/AIDS
S) 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.
Clean water brings immediate benefits
SOUTHERN ETHIOPIA – One year ago poverty had Tomas and his family firmly in its grasp. Omolo, his wife, was suffering from a waterborne illness that had rendered one of her arms all but useless. Tomas was away from home for days at a time, often traveling more than 8-hours a day in search of labour work that would help him earn money to buy food and medicine for his wife and children. Their drinking water, gathered from a muddy stream near their modest thatched home, was destroying their health, forcing Tomas and Omolo to spend forty percent of their meagre monthly earnings on medicine and visits to the doctor. Their children, chronically malnourished and often sick, were suffering greatly and their future was as bleak as the dirty water they drank.
However, everything changed the day the water system HOPE International Development Agency donors funded was completed in Tomas and Omolo’s village of Kalbo Laka. The system includes four capped springs, three large reservoirs, and thirteen watering points (taps) throughout the village. Clean water had arrived, and with it the promise of a much improved life for Tomas, Omolo, their children, and the entire village.
Almost immediately, life began to improve. The children were no longer sick all of the time. Medical expenses that had consumed almost half of the family’s meagre monthly income fell to nearly zero as Omolo’s arm began to recover, and the children’s health improved. The boys are now in school and Omolo is learning as well by participating in a local self-help group focused on helping women and families improve their health and income. Tomas no longer travels to seek labour work. He focuses his efforts on the family farm which now yields much more food and income than it did before he was able to work at home with his family. Omolo participates in health and hygiene classes provided in conjunction with the clean water. Her contribution to her family’s health can be seen in the smiling faces of her children. Tomas is expanding the amount of land under cultivation and is building a new house for his family. The original house will be used to shelter the animals and provide a space for cooking.
Much has changed for the better in just one year for Tomas and Omolo and the future holds great promise for the family as they lift themselves out of poverty through your help and their hard work.
From hunger to happiness
CAMBODIA – Two years ago hope had all but faded for Phat and her children, two of whom had succumbed, within a one-week period, to sickness caused by the water they had no choice but to drink.
The one meal a day the family managed to scavenge consisted of a murky slurry of rice and if they were lucky, a small crab or frog the children dug up in a nearby field. Phat was exhausted. The children, sickly and listless, were not in school and chronic malnourishment was wreaking havoc on everyone’s health. It seemed very likely that more children, perhaps the entire family, would perish, especially given the fact that they had no choice but to drink water from the same source that had already taken two lives.
Today, because friends of HOPE International Development Agency were generous, Phat and her children live a life full of hope and happiness. A new water well, just thirty metres from their doorstep, provides an ample supply of safe water for drinking, cooking, bathing, and washing. The clean water also irrigates a flourishing vegetable garden that provides nutritious food for the children, as well as a means of earning income on market days. Phat’s school-aged children are now in school and the family has purchased a bicycle and a small motorcycle that they use to travel to school and to the market.
Their house, formerly a ramshackle shelter, now has a metal roof and metal siding, keeping the entire family dry during the rainy season and safe all year round. A proper latrine, located near their house, ensures that waste is disposed of safely and the children are not at risk.
Phat and her children have been overwhelmed by hope, and are continually improving their lives and putting their difficult past behind them.
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