What We Do
Bright Hope World works mainly through key Christians and indigenous churches who understand their community and who can deliver holistic, unconditional compassion to all people, regardless of their gender, religion, race or ethnicity.
We are not the source of the 'big ideas'.
The strategies for helping the poorest of the poor come from exceptional local people already based in and working effectively in these communities. Our partners know the issues and culture, are are extremely motivated and dedicated in working to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the poor.
The following video gives a short (and light-hearted) idea of how we approach our vision and mission:
In order to fulfil our mission, Bright Hope World focuses on building partnerships with local people and churches that have a compelling vision to develop their communities so that relief can be delivered in the short and medium term while training, job creation and sustainable development can be implemented.
Our aim is to see lives changed and the poor empowered to be independent by concentrating on three key areas:
Relief in Crisis
Often communities require short term relief to avert disaster before longer term solutions can be found. This could be a natural disaster (an earthquake or tsunami), or more likely for our partners, a broader crisis issue such as poverty, a health pandemic like HIV / AIDS or an oppressed minority group.
At the local level this may result in the provision of food supplements, resource support for medical clinics and personnel, sponsoring of children to attend school, intervening in the lives of suffering families or assisting an individual with specialised help.
Christian Community and Leadership
We strongly believe that community transformation requires holistic intervention. This requires responding appropriately to the economic, educational, health and spiritual aspects of life.
We understand that spiritual transformation is the major catalyst for change and are convinced that the local churches are the best agency for delivery of that change. A relationship with Jesus Christ and connection to the local church is the preferred context for sustainable, lifelong transformation. The establishment of churches in areas where there are none is one of our goals.
It is vital for individuals and communities in developing countries to be able to stand on their own feet without external support. Although partnership and support may be initiated through crisis, we believe there is an obligation to assist with ongoing independence.
This is most often delivered by assisting local people to discover the answers that exist in their own communities. This process involves identifying these opportunities, developing relevant strategies to take advantage of these opportunities and assisting in implementation by connection to relevant resources.
This may involve the establishment of training courses, access to micro-finance loans and/or funding for agriculture or small-scale businesses, support and establishment of community schools or skills training centres, and the establishment of enterprises that create employment.
There are four key phases of 'sustainable engagement' in alleviating poverty.
Relief is a response to a crisis such as a tsunami or earthquake. It is about meeting short-term unexpected needs. This is a phase that takes months or years.
Rehabilitation typically follows a relief situation. It focuses on returning people to the kind of life they had before the crisis. This tends to take years.
Development is about lifting an entire community out of poverty and addressing the core and causative issues that give rise to poverty. This takes decades.
Reform is about changing the cultural, political and economic systems that allow poverty to perpetuate. This takes generations.
Bright Hope World tends to work mostly in the Development Phase, meaning that changes happen over longer periods of time. Sometimes we see big impacts quickly, but our focus as an organisation is long term partnership that impacts whole communities over time.
Everything that Bright Hope World does is within the context of partnership. This is one of the key aspects of our organisation that makes us unique. Click here to find out more about the types of partnership we invest in.
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