About Us: What We Do



The key concept behind the work Bright Hope World does is partnership.

Everything we do is within the context of partnership. We find the best of the best; the exceptional people who have a compelling vision to transform their communities. We find the people who are already doing good work among the poorest of the poor, and we help them to develop and grow it over time.

So, in essence, we are not the source of the 'big ideas' but our team works very closely and relationally with our partners to help guide their vision to fruition.

The following video gives a short (and light-hearted) idea of how we do this:



Our aim is to see lives changed and the poor empowered through six different types of partnership (most of our partnerships cover two or more of these types):

Microenterprise and Microloans

Providing small loans to help initiate small businesses is a key strategy for helping lift communities out of poverty. We have helped formulate approaches that achieve very high payback rates and stronger community outcomes. Critically, microloans give people an opportunity to provide for their own lives and families, avoiding dependency and helping them to fully participate in local economies.

Community and Agricultural Development

Strong communities are critical in helping the poorest of the poor emerge from poverty. We are connected to partners throughout the developing world that are working to strengthen communities by addressing underlying issues, challenging mind-sets and providing economic opportunities. We are particularly engaged with providing Foundations for Farming training to promote effective agriculture.

Humanitarian

Many of our partnerships aim simply to improve the living conditions and quality of life for people in the most marginalised communities. This may be through access to healthcare, social support or relief after a natural disaster or conflict.

Training and Education

We have a strong focus on vocational training, enabling the poorest of the poor to attain the skills they need to secure sustainable employment or start small businesses.

Orphans and Vulnerable Children

Poverty tends to disproportionately affect children. We work with our partners to ensure that vulnerable children are protected, have access to education and are able to pursue opportunities for the future that will help lift them out of poverty.

Evangelism and Church-Planting

The Gospel is at the heart of everything we do. We are not interested in simply solving economic problems, but focus also on addressing the spiritual problems that cause poverty, and keep people locked into cycles of intergenerational poverty.


Beyond these categories of partnerships, there are also four levels of engagement in transforming communities that determine how we get involved, and what the timeframes are likely to be:

Relief

Relief is a response to a crisis such as a tsunami or war. It is about meeting short-term unexpected needs. This is a phase that takes months or years.

Rehabilitation

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

Development is about lifting an entire community out of poverty and addressing the core issues that give rise to poverty. This takes decades.

Reform

Reform is about changing the cultural, political and economic systems that allow poverty to perpetuate. This takes generations.

Levels of engagement

Bright Hope World tends to work mostly in the Development Phase, meaning that we are expecting to work with our partners for decades, and we hope that our donors will journey with us over this timeframe. Sometimes we see a big impact quickly, but our focus as an organisation is on long-term partnership that impacts whole communities over time. Things tend to be more permanent and sustainable that way.

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OUR CORE BELIEFS

Our vision of seeing the poorest of the poor become spiritually and physically self-sustaining.

Our mission is to develop and resource partnerships with indigenous people who have a vision to transform their communities.

Our values are:

- We focus on the poorest of the poor

- We invest in strategic partnerships

- We are field-driven

- We emphasise sustainability

- We are committed to a low overhead structure

At least 90% (and often 100%) of the funds we receive go to our partners in the field.