HOPE International Development Agency
"I am more confident now. I feel like if we work hard we can do great things."
  Mun Maya, Nepal

Our confidence is in families and you
Confidence is a powerful force in the positive transformation of the world’s poorest families and communities.

Without confidence, poverty continues unabated. Life remains a tragic story authored by where a person is born, not their value or potential. The tragic story remains true for generations to come. The opposite is true when confidence is present, brought about by the generosity of people like you and the caring actions of our partners working directly with families caught in poverty.

When confidence is present families believe and envision, often for the first time, that they can build a life that is something other than poor.

They can be the first in generations to begin lifting themselves out of poverty.

With your compassionate help and the direct support of our partners, families develop imaginative solutions to their poverty. They grow more food, improve their health, create family-run businesses that generate sustainable income, and participate in skills training and education.

At HOPE International Development Agency, we have confidence in the families you enabled us to help through 60 initiatives in 19 countries worldwide.

Your confidence in how we steward your donations to help mothers, fathers, and children transform their lives is deeply appreciated and we honour your support by ensuring that costs are kept as low as possible and outcomes as profound as possible. Thank you for having confidence in us and the families you enable us to help each year.

Together we are changing the world.
Dale W. Bowler
Executive Director/CEO

Mun Maya, a portrait of confidence

In a few terrifying moments a massive earthquake killed 9,000 people, injured thousands, shattered millions more lives and reduced remote villages across Nepal to unrecognizable piles of rubble.

Within 24 hours of the disaster, an additional one million people were added to the twenty-five percent of the country’s population living below the poverty line. Mun Maya and her family survived the earthquake, but her home and belongings were reduced to dust and debris.

“Before the earthquake, life was difficult”, says Mun Maya, whose family was poor and without the skills needed to earn an income. Som Bahadur, Mun Maya’s husband, did what he could, toiling as a day labourer when work was available. Their relationship strained and their children hungry, Mun Maya’s family was on the brink of collapse.

“I felt awful because I could not look after my children”, says Mun Maya. “I was ashamed. I had no voice and no way out of poverty”.

HOPE International Development Agency began responding right after the earthquake, providing urgently needed supplies of rice, drinking water, and shelter materials.

Mun Maya and her family are among the families we continue to help today because it is not just a matter of rebuilding a home, but rather, rebuilding a family deeply traumatized by poverty and the earthquake.

After the home rebuilding efforts were completed, the equally important work of helping families, like Mun Maya’s, find a way out of poverty began in earnest.

Mothers, while thankful their homes had been rebuilt, were keenly aware that a rebuilt home cannot in and of itself lift a family out of poverty. Mothers would have to do the work of transforming their families and communities.

Women’s groups were formed to bring a new sense of community, hope, and confidence through mutual support. Mun Maya joined one of the women’s groups because she realized she needed training, literacy skills, family health education, and equally importantly, a way to earn a reliable income. “When I joined the women’s group I wanted to do poultry farming”, says Mun Maya. She requested training and a small loan to start their poultry business, alongside with her husband. The loan she received would be paid back to the group so the money could be loaned out to the next woman. Mun Maya’s poultry business did well. It was profitable within three months and the loan was paid back in six months. Today, Mun Maya continues to expand her business. Recently she purchased a motorbike to transport her poultry to other markets. In addition, she has started raising goats.

Reinvesting the profit from her business is also making it possible to expand into grinding rice and maize and her husband has opened a carpentry shop that makes window frames for the local market. Mun Maya’s three children are now all in school and going hungry is no longer an issue.

“I am confident now”, says Mun Maya. “Even with a small investment, if we work hard we can do great things”.

Life is now much better than it ever was for Mun Maya and her family and the future looks nothing like the past.

Here is what friends of HOPE accomplished in 2017

A) Dominican Republic
  • Community reforestation and fruit tree planting
  • Improving access to clean drinking water in rural communities
  • Solar-powered community water and irrigation systems
  • Essential medicines and medical supplies for hospitals and rural clinics

B) Guatemala
  • Gravity-fed clean water systems for rural communities
  • Agricultural land and livelihood security, support, and assistance
  • Rural primary school construction

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

D) Honduras
  • Community pharmacies and medicines for rural clinics and hospitals
  • Pig raising and chicken farming for indigenous rural families

E) Peru
  • Primary and secondary education support for vulnerable children and youth
  • Family support and linkages to health systems
  • Vocational training for vulnerable youth

F) Cambodia
  • Clean water wells, latrines, and health education
  • Women’s self-help groups and small loans to support rural businesses
  • Cows, pigs, and water buffalos for farming families
  • Dry season rice, seed production farms, and rice processing equipment for a reliable food supply
  • Rural primary school and road construction

G) Myanmar
  • Catalyzing growth and quality of community school networks
  • Promoting peace and transforming communities through improved dialogue and negotiation
  • Enhancing equitable and community-led economic governance
  • Water, sanitation, and relief support for families and children displaced by conflict

H) Philippines
  • Primary and secondary education for rural indigenous students
  • Indigenous peoples college education
  • Spring capping for clean drinking water supply for vulnerable communities
  • Sustainable agriculture for rural communities
  • Meals and educational support for vulnerable children and youth
  • Community learning hub for leadership and life skills
  • Promoting peace through learning exchanges in elementary school classrooms

I) Afghanistan
  • Village agriculture support through seed banks and tree nurseries
  • Access to clean drinking water in rural communities
  • Educational support for children and post-secondary students

J) Bangladesh
  • Support for rural clinics and health care providers
  • Mother, child, and community health promotion
  • Livelihood support, training, and housing for ultra-poor families

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

L) Nepal
  • Housing reconstruction for earthquake survivors
  • Training and small business support for women
  • Educational materials and supplies for schools
  • Agricultural livelihood support

M) Pakistan
  • Essential medicines and supplies for clinics and hospitals

N) Sri Lanka
  • Emergency relief (food, household supplies, sanitation) for flood-affected families
  • Small business micro-loans and training for people with disabilities

O) Burundi
  • Support for rural medical facilities

P) Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Fish ponds for increased income and nutrition

Q) Ethiopia
  • Support for HIV/AIDS orphans; HIV/AIDS prevention
  • Gravity-fed clean water systems and sanitation for rural communities
  • Skills-training and microcredit for women’s groups

R) South Africa
  • Food and agriculture support for families

S) South Sudan
  • Livelihood training for vulnerable youth
  • Education for children in remote rural villages
  • Emergency relief for vulnerable families
  • Health and hygiene campaign in rural villages

Hope is coming for Sancha and family

The fear Sancha felt when the earthquake devastated her village in rural Nepal remains with her today.

During the earthquake she feared for the safety of her children. Today she feels an equally intense fear for their well-being and future.

The earthquake that took the few possessions Sancha and her family owned continues to dominate their lives today, 36 months later. The same is true for tens-of-thousands of Nepalese families who have not yet received the help they need to rebuild their lives.

Chin, Sancha’s husband, toils as a day labourer when work is available. He is often far away from home in search of work as he tries to earn income to feed his family. “It is very difficult because I would love to stay with my family, but I have to leave them and go away for work”, says Chin.

For Sancha, Chin, and their children, poverty is brutally simple. “When we work there is food”, says Chin. “When there is no work there is no food”. Sancha and Chin have a small plot of land on which they grow maize and millet. The harvest usually provides food, albeit in meagre portions, for up to six months. Beyond the challenges associated with not having enough food throughout the year, the situation is made worse by the fact that the nutritional quality of the food they grow and consume is very low.

“I feel worried when I see other people feeding their children and I can’t feed my own”, says Chin. When there is a bit of money, Sancha buys rice. Otherwise the one or two meals they eat each day consist of low-quality maize and millet grown on their small plot of land.

When Sancha needs money to buy food, she is forced to go to the local moneylenders who charge high rates of interest, especially to people like Sancha who live in abject poverty. The moneylenders profit from poverty and the borrowers suffer the consequences as they slip deeper into debt just to put food on their tables.

Sancha and Chin are caught in a cycle of poverty that worsens with each year. The earthquake shattered their confidence and it has not recovered.

There is, however, hope for people like Sancha and her family.

It begins with women’s groups. The groups provide mutual support, literacy training, skills development, micro-loans to help women start income-earning businesses, and most importantly, a feeling of confidence rarely found among women living in poverty in rural Nepal. The opportunities are as varied as the women in the group.

HOPE International Development Agency is supporting new groups for women in Nepal and if recent history is any indication, the groups will produce women that are confident in their ability to improve their lives, feed their families, and send their children to school. Transformation in remote villages devastated by the earthquake begins with women taking their first steps out of poverty by participating in women’s groups.

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