Category Archives: International

RECRUITING A NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR HOPE WORLDWIDE UK

In January of this year HOPE worldwide UK (HwwUK) said farewell to Wil Horwood who had served as CEO for the past 11 years.  We thank him for his valuable contribution in growing the charity into the respected organisation that it is today.

Before recruiting a new person for this role the Board undertook a review of HwwUK’s relationship with the UK Churches of Christ.  The findings from this survey have had a significant influence on the skills and attributes of the person we are looking for to fulfil the role of Chief Executive.

We are looking for someone with a deep Christian faith and a passionate heart for the disadvantaged and vulnerable.  Someone who will be able to enthuse and inspire both church leaders and Christians to make practical outreach an integral part of their Christian life.

A crucial part of the  role will involve strengthening the connection with the church that gave birth to the charity in order to develop more meaningful voluntary opportunities for Christians to serve those in need.

The successful candidate will also have the skill set to oversee the two established and successful programmes of Two Step and ODAAT by working effectively with a supportive board and an experienced team of staff and volunteers.  In addition, they will actively develop the support for international programmes and develop new funding streams to support and grow our work in the UK and beyond.

For a fuller job description and details of how to apply please e-mail Jane Whitworth at jane.whitworth@hopeworldwide.org.uk.  The closing date for applications is Friday 7th June.

If you would like an informal discussion about the role or have any questions you are welcome to contact David Kaner: Chair of Board – David.Kaner@hopeworldwide.org.uk or Iain Williams: Vice-Chair of Board:  Iain.Williams@hopeworldwide.org.uk.

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Job Advert for Zambia Country Director

Job Advert – Country Director – Hope Worldwide Zambia (HwwZ)

HwwZ is seeking a Country Director, to lead the charities activities in Zambia. The Country Director, will work alongside the current HwwZ staff to meet the organisation’s objectives. The Country Director reports into and works alongside the HwwZ board.

Background

HwwZ is a faith-based organization working with under-privileged communities to improve their quality of life through innovative health, economic empowerment and environmental programmes for children, youths, parents and guardians. In addition to these programmes for the vulnerable, HwwZ operates two fee-paying social enterprise preschools in Lusaka.

Staffing consists of a management team of 4, alongside a Programme Coordinator, Grant Writer, IT support, and Programme Managers across four sites in Lusaka.  In total HwwZ employs 20 people and approximately 40 volunteers working on a stipend to assist with programme facilitation.

Location: Lusaka, Zambia
Key Aspects of the role include:

  • Provide spiritual leadership to the HwwZ charity, and the staff.
  • Develop and deliver a strategy for HwwZ, that builds upon its core capabilities in Women’s Economic Empowerment, early years’ education and caring for orphans and vulnerable children. At the same time, delivering activities that are strategic to the Zambian government and that are currently being actively funded.
  • Continue to develop revenue generating activities for the charity, with the objective of growing the financing of HwwZ and making it less dependent on external sources of funding. These shall be from involvement in local social enterprises; local or international grant funding; local fund raising activities.
  • Work alongside partner organisations in Zambia to deliver services, and where possible to expand the number of partners. These partners currently include local and district councils, Ministry of education, Ministry of Health, National Aids Council and other NGO’s working in the same space.
  • Promote and foster a good working relationship with the Lusaka Church. Promoting the activities of the HwwZ within the Church and where possible to increase the volunteer involvement of the Lusaka church within HwwZ.

The range of skills, knowledge & experience include:

  • Adhere to the core values of HwwZ, including honesty, openness, passion and excellence.
  • The successful candidate must be a practicing Christian.
  • Experience of managing small teams, of 10 to 20 people, able to recruit, retain, motivate and to develop the team;
  • Strategic leadership: the ability to identify and respond to opportunities for the organisation. These opportunities may include reaching more beneficiaries, increasing funding support, and building organisational capacity and resilience;
  • Passionate about making a difference to the lives of vulnerable children, women and their families.

    Salary: $1000 pcm. Future salary increases are dependent on the post-holder helping to secure further donor funding.
    Start Date: September 2018

If you wish to receive more information on the vacancy please e-mail info@hopeworldwide.org.uk

Closing date for Applications is Friday 13th July 2018

Hope Jam Saturday 26th May 2018

Tickets: £10

Ticket Website: https://hopeworldwide.charitycheckout.co.uk/hopejam

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Memories from the Christmas 2015 volunteer trip to Kathmandu

 

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A Volunteer’s account of serving for two weeks at the Village of HOPE in New Delhi, India

On the evening of Boxing Day 2016 my friend Alison Clark-Morris and I flew out to Delhi to spend two weeks at the Village of Hope; a village which has been built for Leprosy sufferers and their families. Ali is a podiatrist (or, as she became known in India, “the foot doctor”) who works at a chiropractic clinic in Pangbourne and Theale Wellbeing Centre, Berkshire. The Village is run by the charity Hope Worldwide.

Volunteer podiatrist in Village of Hope

What has been achieved over 25 years was inspirational. People with leprosy not only suffer from the illness but because of the associated stigma, the whole family lose their jobs, cannot marry and are cast out of the community, usually ending up as beggars. The Village provides not just a home but also microcredit loans to set up small businesses and training in computing, nursing and sewing. The children and grandchildren of the original 800 residents are now getting jobs and building lives outside the Village.  We saw a busy, happy, vibrant place, with weddings, religious festivals and parties seemingly every day. (We were included in them all!).

Leprosy is now almost eliminated from India, only 127,326 new cases being diagnosed each year. Early detection is essential to avert disability. But for the previous generation, the infection left life-long neuropathy (nerve damage) in feet and hands leading to pain, disfigurement and loss of sensation. Loss of sensation leads to serious foot ulcers, similar to those sometimes seen on people with diabetes in the UK. It is these ulcers that, if not managed carefully, result in amputations and disability.

Volunteer nurse in Village of Hope

The bandaging clinic that treats the ulcers was where we worked alongside Raju. Raju contracted leprosy at 13 and ran away from home to protect his family and seek treatment. He was one of the lucky ones with no permanent damage. The Village trained him in wound care and while he cannot read or write he is a highly skilled medical technician, treating up to 100 patients a day. Ali’s very specialist skills made a real impact in just a fortnight, treating the ulcers and providing orthotic padding to relieve the pressure that causes the ulcers. She helped Raju further improve his skills and left a simple programme of education in self help for the residents to prevent new ulcers.

Our final job was to work with the charity to draw up an investment plan for the clinic to provide more up to date equipment (lights, steriliser, water supply etc.); a female assistant to work alongside Raju to deal with the many female leprosy sufferers who feel too ashamed to be treated by a man and finally the means for more professional podiatrists from the UK or elsewhere to visit as volunteers. Thankfully the first two of these three goals have already been achieved and there are plans for other podiatrists to go out next January. The picture below is of Raju and his new assistant.

Assistant technician in Village of Hope

Thank you to all those who have supported this worthwhile programme. If you would like to contribute to the continuing work of the Village of Hope please donate today.

Hope Jam – Talent Showcase

26th May 2018

Venue: The Star of Kings, 126 York Way, Kings Cross, N1 0AX

Time: 7pm

Tickets: £10

Ticket Website: https://hopeworldwide.charitycheckout.co.uk/hopejam

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HOPE in Nepal

HOPE worldwide is aiming to serve 20,000 people in Nepal after deadly earthquake. Through the local affiliate (HOPE worldwide Nepal), we are working closely with the local government and international community, which is being organized by the United Nations.

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As of 4th May, services that have been provided by HOPE worldwide:
– 12,000 blankets
– 1,000 emergency shelter (tarpaulines)
– 5,000 kg of food and water
– 100 kgs of medicines
– 1 camp for displaced families in Balaju, Kathmandu
– 1 emergency school in Balaju, Kathmandu

Teams are reaching out to various districts across the impacted areas, delivering much needed services. So far the areas served include Gorkha, Kathmandu, Nuwako, Sindhulpachuk, Lalitpur. Other areas are being assessed to be served as well.

The people of Nepal need your help, come join us bringing hope and changing lives!

To donate and for links to latest updates and HOPE worldwide Nepal please click here:  http://www.everydayhero.co.uk/event/nepal-appeal