How are funds transferred to our projects?
Funds raised in the U.S. and U.K. are held in a U.S. or U.K. bank and then wired to our projects in Kenya in alignment with the progress plan for that year. Project staff submit quarterly reports and account for any over or under-spend against projections. U.S. staff visits projects twice per year to monitor progress and plan next steps.
What is the '100% Model'?
It means we promise that 100% of what you raise for Many Hopes or give to Many Hopes goes directly to Kenya. We do that by covering our operations costs with private donations and memberships so you don’t have to. We keep separate operations and mission budgets so we know, and you know, that all the money you raise or give will go to mission unless you have chosen otherwise. To join ‘The Foundation’ and contribute to operating costs, e-mail us . Click here to see our latest financials
How will our projects be self-sustaining within ten years?
We love inviting you to give money to good things. It feels good, and it should. But we don’t love asking you to fund the same thing for the rest of your life. So, in parallel with the homes and the schools we build, we create a local business that will sustain them so you can keep fundraising for new initiatives and so no project is dependent on you or on us forever. Charities often say they are working themselves out of a job. Well, we mean it.
How do we raise funds?
People like you do ordinary and extraordinary things for us. More than 60% of our funds are raised by volunteers and schools and churches around the country all raising small amounts of money. Lots of little things add up to something truly significant. The main sources of funds are:
Monthly and annual sustaining investors – Our most critical supporters. Sustaining pledges enable us to plan securely.
Foundations - Including The Hovde Foundation, the Staples Foundation for Learning, the A.M. Foundation and Bain Cares.
Breaking Ground - Our biggest fundraising effort of the year is our month-long Breaking Ground campaign. Every autumn, 100’s of volunteers run their own personal fundraising campaigns across the U.S. and U.K.
Volunteer Chapters - Chapters host fundraising and awareness events to engage a variety of people and groups throughout the year.Get involved to join or start a local chapter.
How do girls come to live in our homes?
Children are brought to our attention by our network of friends in the police, the court system, and the children’s department. Typically they have suffered some form of physical or sexual abuse. Many have been raped, or sold or ‘chosen to go’ into prostitution or marriage. Our legal team advocates for them in court and, where necessary, aids the prosecution of the perpetrator/s. Before accepting a girl into our homes we make every effort to locate a safe family member who could care for her so as our spaces are reserved for those with absolutely nowhere else to go.
Are there criteria used to decide who can live in your homes?
Permanent home: We accept girls younger than six years old into our homes long-term. They grow up there, and they can return anytime for the rest of their lives just as in any loving family.
Temporary care: Often we provide temporary care for children older than six while we are advocating their cases in court or until suitable care can be found.
Why do you have an age limit of six years old?
The upper age limit of six is consistent with our mission of raising up the network of children who in 20-30 years will defeat the causes of the poverty and injustice they suffered. Younger children have a much greater likelihood of excelling at school and reaching university than, for example, a 13-year-old who has never been to school. There are many organizations that house children. We exist with the particular long-term mission of raising the adults who will make Many Hopes unnecessary in 20-30 years.
I sponsor a child through another international organization. Can I sponsor one of the girls at Many Hopes?
No. Many Hopes doesn’t offer child sponsorship. We raise our children together as a family. In the same way as my father didn’t sponsor me, and my mother sponsor my sister, but rather raised us together. The culture in our homes is carefully created to be one of sisterhood. So Many Hopes invites you to sponsor our family.
Can I support a girl through College/University?
Yes. We offer the opportunity to provide a college scholarship for specific girls, either you alone committing for four years, or you and a group of your friends committing to one girl for four years. College Scholarships range from $7000 - $10,000 per year. E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to make this magic happen.
Can I visit Many Hopes in Kenya?
We offer Ambassador trips for 10 days in April and in December. These trips are for 8-10 people, typically active volunteers in their local chapter, and are designed to equip them to be an Ambassador for Many Hopes upon returning home. They are not typical ‘service/mission’ trips, but are to immerse Ambassadors in our work and the reasons we do it. Participants’ service and mission begins when they return home and serve in their local chapter or community. Ambassadors commit to involvement and financial support for at least a year after their trip. For more information, please e- mail us at email@example.com
Why are homes not always full to capacity at all times?
We add children to each newly built home thoughtfully and carefully. To create and preserve a home environment where girls feel like sisters in a family and not orphans in an institution we increase each home to capacity of 15 slowly. Your mother didn’t have six babies at once.
Are you a faith-based organization?
Many Hopes is not a faith-based organization, but we are founded and led by Christians motivated by their faith, and our children are raised in a Christian home environment as is typical in our area of Kenya. Children in our homes and schools come from backgrounds that are Christian, Muslim, or other or none. The children in our homes and schools have the opportunity to participate in evening devotions daily, and church on Sundays if they wish, but it is not mandatory. No child can be allowed to feel that the cost of being in our home or school is that they must profess one faith or none. We are an organization founded by Christians, and for everyone.
How are you different from the many other charities that have orphanages in Africa?
We are not an orphanage. We house our children in small homes, and will provide for them all the food, shelter, education, and nurturing they need until they are ready to leave home as young women with the skills, knowledge, and network to change the systems of injustice that they were victims of themselves. Our children are raised to feel like what they are: girls in a family and not orphans in an institution. Our homes will always their home just as your family home remains your home.
Where do you hire your staff?
Our staff in Kenya are all Kenyan. Consistent with every area of our work and philosophy we believe that local people know better how to get things done in Kenya than those of us from outside.
What do neighbors around you think of you?
In the beginning they were suspicious and skeptical, having seen many well-intentioned projects disappoint them. In the years since, we have established enduring and respectful friendships with our neighbors. We provide those around us with clean water through our water projects and hire them for construction and maintenance jobs when we can. When we started they stole from us, now they advocate for us.
What does your organizational structure look like?
Many Hopes is overseen by an unpaid Board of Directors providing strategic direction, governance, and professional consultation. Additionally we have volunteer chapters around the U.S. and U.K. Each chapter is led by a Chapter Director and a Regional Board, and is surrounded by a network of chapter members, volunteers, and supporters.