What we're all about...
HOPE International Development Agency (UK) was formed as a partner organization to HOPE International Development Agency (Canada) in order to contribute funds to the development activities of HOPE International, which currently span 28 countries. HOPE International's mandate is to provide alternative technological and educational support to people in developing countries where environmental, economic and / or social circumstances have interfered with the ability of local communities to sustain themselves using traditional methods. HOPE's help is always unconditional and all projects are people-oriented, and initiated by requests from local representatives. HOPE's work is motivated by the Christian principle of compassion.
Since 2005, HOPE UK has committed itself particularly to supporting the work of HOPE within Ethiopia. HOPE Ethiopia, which is run by a fully Ethiopian staff team, is currently involved in two areas of work - providing clean, permanent water supplies and health and sanitation education to people living in one of the least developed regions of the country (the Derashe Woreda in southern Ethiopia), and providing community-based care for some of the estimated one million AIDS orphans living in Addis Ababa. Our fund-raising over the past few years has also provided opportunities to partner with HOPE in Cambodia, where our work includes micro-credit and well installation projects, and in Burma, where HOPE's staff played vital roles in distributing relief resources after Cyclone Nargis in May 2008.
HOPE's work in Ethiopia
Most of the funds raised by HOPE in the UK are currently sent to our sister organization, HOPE International Development Agency (HIDA) Ethiopia. HIDA Ethiopia is a fully-national staff team who are dedicated to providing clean water, health and sanitation to some of the remotest areas in the world.
HOPE International has been working in the Derashe Special Woreda (administrative district) of Southern Ethiopia for 10 years. The region is home to 100,000 people, and when HOPE entered the area only 11% of the population had access to clean, potable water. HOPE's Water Team in Ethiopia, all of whom are Ethiopian nationals, provides a two-pronged approach, working with commuinties and offering technical assistance in building water systems, as well as building long-term relationships through seeking community participation, and promoting education and training. Through HOPE's work, 85% of the population now have clean water access - better than residents of the capital city, Addis Ababa.
HOPE's work in Addis is channeled through an indigenous NGO called SaLE (Save Lives Ethiopia). SaLE has been given access to a community center in one of the most run-down areas of the city, which it has converted for use by orphaned children and young people who have lost their parents or carers to AIDS. SaLE provides support for extended families and community relationships in which these children are cared for, and in some cases provides accommodation for the children themselves in group homes. SaLE also funds the continuing education of children who have lost their parents or carers, and who would otherwise have to leave the education system and work, often within the sex industry, to survive.
Please read through our Projects Page for more information about our ongoing project work.