Frequently Asked Questions
Is Hope Centre Foundation a non-governmental organisation?
Hope Centre Foundation is not formally affiliated with any government, denomination, foundation or corporation, though it maintains positive working relationships with all of these. Because of this independent status, Hope Centre Foundation does meet the standard definition of a non-governmental organisation.
How is Hope Centre Foundation funded?
Hope Centre Foundation receives a majority of its funding from individuals, foundations and corporations. Such private funding accounts for 63% of Hope Centre Foundation’s operating budget, with the rest coming from multilateral agencies and governments. While Hope Centre Foundation relies heavily on funds raised by its Partnership offices throughout the world, communities receiving assistance always contribute to their own development projects and have a real sense of ownership and true participation. Community involvement is integral to transformational development.
Do people living in project communities contribute to Hope Centre Foundation projects?
Communities always contribute to development projects and have a real sense of ownership and true participation. Community participation is integral to transformational development.
Do Hope Centre Foundation projects projects create dependence on outside resources?
No. Community development projects are designed to be sustainable with locally available resources, technology, materials, and leadership. Families and individuals share in project leadership, responsibilities, and activities from the start. They are well equipped and motivated to continue in these roles when Hope Centre Foundation ends its direct involvement in a community.
How does Hope Centre Foundation help children?
Child sponsorship is an effective and fulfilling way to help give a child from a vulnerable community the chance of a brighter future.
In order to thrive, children need to grow up in an environment that provides the essentials they need today along with hope and opportunities for tomorrow. Children need to enjoy good health and be cared for and protected. They need to be educated for life, be welcomed to participate in decisions that affect their lives and be free to choose to love God and their neighbours. Sponsors’ contributions fund vital development work in their sponsored child’s community, which over time results in a significant improvement in the children’s well-being.
Hope Centre Foundation works with community groups and the children themselves to plan and carry out changes so that more children will gain opportunities to fulfil their potential in life. Sponsors witness these changes through progress reports from the community and personal communication with their sponsored children. Sponsors can encourage the child they sponsor by writing or even visiting their sponsored child and his or her family.
By combining the donations given by many sponsors in a project area, Hope Centre Foundation works with a large community for an extended period – typically 5 years. This helps to achieve legitimate development objectives chosen by the community that will benefit sponsored children, their peers, all their families and the whole population. Typically, these activities relate to quality education, health, nutrition, and clean water.
At its heart child sponsorship is a relationship-building tool. The community, the organisation and the sponsors all have opportunities for growth as they unite in the struggle to identify and deal with the effects and deeper causes of poverty.
Is Hope Centre Foundation formally tied to or a subsidiary of any other entity?
Hope Centre Foundation is an independent private Christian organisation and is not formally affiliated with any government, denomination, foundation or corporation, though it maintains positive working relationships with all of these.
Does Hope Centre Foundation share the gospel or evangelise in its projects?
Hope Centre Foundation does not proselytise. The organisation does not demand that people hear any religious message or convert to Christianity before, during, or after receiving assistance. Educational activities based on Christian values may occasionally be included in Hope Centre Foundation projects if appropriate and desired by the community. However, Hope Centre Foundation respects the religious beliefs and practices in countries where it operates and seeks mutual understanding with people of all faiths. Whenever appropriate, Hope Centre Foundation works in partnership with local churches and other faith-based organisations in an effort to work inclusively and collaboratively within existing community structures. Our focus is to respond to human need, and our compassion and professionalism reflect our faith.
Does Hope Centre Foundation accept interns and volunteers?
Yes. We do accept interns especially between the months of April and August every year. As for the volunteers, we take volunteers in relation to the open volunteer positions available at a given time.
What criteria does Hope Centre Foundation employ in determining a project fit for a given community or group of people?
All our projects and programs are fact driven. We determine a particular project based on figures from our baseline studies we conduct. However, project execution is subject to availability of funds.