Many Hopes 2015 Annual Report
We believe that local children will defeat the injustices that charity alone cannot. Thank you for joining them. We hope that a little scrolling helps you see and feel what you have made happen this past year. You have been immense.

We rescue children from poverty and abuse and raise them with an imagination for justice and the tools to act on it. We educate local children to solve the problems that charity alone cannot. The Many Hopes Justice Framework is a template for sustainable, replicable justice globally.

100% of public donations go to work in Kenya because private donors cover our operating costs.


We believe that lasting transformation requires networks of people, the investment of time, and the next generation with an imagination for something different than the generation before. It requires not just money, but leadership of character. We have created a sustainable and replicable framework that equips a generation of children to defeat the poverty they were born into.

Many Hopes Justice Framework

The Many Hopes Justice Framework is a template for sustainable, replicable justice globally. It equips local children to defeat the causes of poverty around them.

A Justice Framework that combines to:

Rescue children from poverty and abuse

Educate them together with children from privilege

Advocate for children in our homes (so national laws are changed) and teach children from poverty and privilege in our school how to advocate for themselves and others

SITE #1 IS IN MTWAPA, KENYA, WHERE:

  • Educational standards are among the lowest in East Africa
  • Child abuse levels are among the highest in East Africa
  • The average income is $18 per month

SITE #1 COMPRISES:

Rescue

4 girls' homes and 4 boys' homes for 120 children (4 built and occupied, 4 under construction - completed by end of 2017)

Educate

A school for 900 girls and boys that will "break even" in year 3 and generate revenue in year 4 (will open Sept 2017)

Advocate

Young Justice Center to prosecute landmark child abuse cases that produce legislative changes protecting every child in the country

These three imperatives work together to raise justice-minded networks of character, over time, with an imagination for justice and the tools to act on it.


TOTAL FUNDRAISING:

$1,530,928

52% increase over FY 2015


$260,000

Breaking Ground Campaign

100% for building 24 Classrooms

Raised by 63 volunteers (6% increase over FY 2015)

100%

100% of your gift was put to work in Kenya unless you specified otherwise. Private donors sponsor our overhead.

2,044

Total investors

$1,006,083

Raised by other investors (like you)

$176,113

In foundation grants

MONTHLY SUSTAINING INVESTMENTS:

$79,000

From 133 sustainers averaging $49 per month

1,850

Number of hours that volunteers contributed across our 6 chapters in 2 countries = $13,413

53%

Contributed less than $100

U.S.A. FUNDRAISING PERCENTAGES:

Investments less than $1003%
Investments between $100 - $99919%
Investments between $1000 - $9,99933%
Investments between $10,000 - $24,99913%
Investments $25,000 +36%

WHAT YOUR INVESTMENTS WILL DO

$500,000

Complete building of school for 900 girls and boys

$330,000

Excellent education for girls

$45,882

Legal Advocacy for girls & boys

$60,000

Rescue & childhood for 15 boys

$240,000

Rescue & childhood for 60 girls

RESCUE

"How we raise our children is what our country will become."

— Anthony Mulongo, Many Hopes Co-Founder


One girl rescued from abuse and raised in a loving environment will help counsel the next girl who in turn counsels the next and then the next. THIS IS HOW WE RAISE A GENERATION OF INFLUENCERS.

OUR YEAR OF GROWTH:

  • Our first 4 girls' homes are providing loving childhoods to 58 girls (95% capacity).
  • Our first 4 homes for boys are under construction.
  • We received a new baby at 2 days old. She was born prematurely to a 17 year old.
  • Emily and Angel, the twins we rescued from child trafficking at 11 days old, turned 3 and started school.

Transition House:

To prepare the older girls for adulthood, we established a transition house. All five college-age girls moved into this home on our existing site where each has her own room, manages her own budget and fixes her own meals. Like the young women they have become.

95%

We are at 95% capacity for our first 4 girls' homes

1

We received a new baby at 2 days old. She was born prematurely to a 17 year old

New Computer Center

Thanks to a grant from The Orphaned Starfish Foundation we cut the ribbon on a new computer center in our first homes' site in April. It might look like a room full of computers, but it's a lab that connects our ladies to the world.

Home, Not Orphanage:

Our girls are so proud of the homes you have provided for them that they invite friends from school to come and play here. Their homes are designed to prepare the girls to feel comfortable being friends with anyone from anywhere so as, eventually, they will be one justice-minded network.

Need to fight with the cable company?

Brendah, our first college student, is putting her legal training to good use when back home arguing with suppliers who are late with deliveries or suspect with pricing. She is a young woman you want arguing for you, not against you.


Physical Healing

We provide a family environment: 4 homes with 15 girls in each with housemothers who raise the girls as their daughters, not as a job.

89

Sick visits, treating conditions including allergies, rashes, earaches, sore throats, diarrhea, malaria, and ARI (Acute Respiratory Infections)

75

Preventative care doctor visits. A fresh, nutritional diet is supplemented by meat, milk, eggs and vegetables grown on our own farm

100%

Underweight new infants reach healthy weight

48

48 older girls learning to swim, taking tae kwon do classes, and playing soccer on our playground and sports field

Emotional Healing

New girls come to us severely traumatized and healing takes time with our child psychologist and the influence of the older girls who "have been there before."

608

Hours of on-site individual and group counselling provided by our staff psychologist. Older girls help younger girls heal because they can say "I was once there. It gets better."

EDUCATE

"What do you want me to do for you?"
"Take me to school."

— The most regular conversation we have when first meeting a street child


One girl who reaches college inspires every girl she knows to get there too, and her story influences those already there. We educate children from poverty together with children from privilege so they grow up as an empathetic network understanding each other's realities and equipped to lead justly.
THIS IS HOW WE RAISE A GENERATION OF INFLUENCERS.

POWER WOMEN

Fact: For every additional year of education for women of reproductive age, child mortality decreases by 9.5%.

12

Girls in high school: 4 exceptional, 5 average, 3 struggling

4

Of our girls passed their high school entrance exams

4

Of our girls graduated from high school
 

5

Girls scored in the top 10% of their class
 

5 Girls In College:

Brendah graduating undergraduate law school FY 2017. Then to Kenya School of Law for 2 years, then can start practicing law.

Other 4 Studying:

  • Accounting
  • Human Resources
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Beauty Therapy

43 Children

Received total of 2,609 hours of at-home individual or group tutoring to ensure our girls excel.

High Performers:

A proud Anthony Mulongo with some of our high-performers at exam results time.

"J"

497/500

"R"

398/500

"S"

378/500

"C"

376/500

5

girls scored in the top 10% of their class.

5

of the "babies" started pre-school (including our older of 2 sets of twins). All have been tutored at home to prepare them to catch up and excel.

43

All 43 of our girls in school at the end of 2015 were promoted to next class at end of the school year in December.

2

of our high school girls traveled for the first time abroad with staff.
 


Constructing our School: Mudzini International School (MIS)

MIS will be completed and open in early 2017

We are aiming to be an approved International Baccalaureate school and are in the application process. Being an IB school will enable us to attract the 2/3 fee-paying students that will make our school a revenue generator to sustain itself and our Rescue and Advocate work.

Year 3:

100% sustainable through fees from our fee-paying students

Year 4:

Generating revenue to sustain our girls' and boys' homes and child advocacy program

SO HOW BIG IS IT?

4 Floors
37 Teachers*
353 Windows
900 Students*
132,000 Square Feet

*when at capacity in year 5


Charles Randall "Randy" Plummer has led elite private schools in Boston, New York, and Washington, D.C. for 31 years and was the find of our life. We wanted a leader with a heart and mind for justice and compassion, with the academic credentials to make us competitive with international schools in East Africa, and with the business and marketing acumen to make us sustainable and then profitable.

"I honestly feel as if my entire career has prepared me for this job. My professional mission has been to establish inclusive school cultures where all members, adults and children alike, feel safe to take the requisite risks for growth. The culture at Many Hopes' Mudzini International School will foster close personal connections among the children from different backgrounds and set the stage for the development of a network of empowered young men and women who will lead future change in Kenya."

—Randy Plummer, Founding Principal
Mudzini International School

ADVOCATE

"Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity.
It is an act of justice."

— Nelson Mandela


We prosecute landmark child abuse cases that will impact national legislation affecting every child in the country. Then we teach local children how to do it. THIS IS HOW WE RAISE A GENERATION OF INFLUENCERS.

ADVOCATE: ONE CHILD SEEING JUSTICE DONE IN THEIR CASE INSPIRES THEM TO DO IT FOR OTHERS, AND ONE LAW IMPROVED BETTER PROTECTS EVERY CHILD IN THE NATION.

We are part of several long-term civil cases that will have national impact and affect children all over the country. Because cases are in process we cannot publicly talk about them, but we can give you a sense of the range of cases we tackle.

PUBLIC INTEREST LITIGATION:

We prosecute abuse cases that expose:

  • Ineffective laws failing to protect children
  • Local police or courts not doing their job of protecting children

POLICY ANALYSIS AND DEVELOPMENT:

Having exposed laws that don't protect children, we propose new laws that do. One child's case can positively affect every child in every home in the country.

RAISING FUTURE ADVOCATES:

We equip the next generation with an imagination for justice by:

  • Educating children in schools and communities on their rights
  • Giving children examples of how to stand against injustice as adults

Criminal:

  • Sexual abuse
  • Children abused at home (often incest) where nobody else intervenes because "that's their uncle and he is an important man"
  • Children mistreated in children's homes
  • Child abuse on the streets

Example from 2016
Our client was a girl employed as "domestic help" by a foreign national who sexually molested and then fired her. The court awarded our client KSh 1.6m ($16,000). This case has national impact because it sets standards for how non-Kenyans treat Kenyans in their employ.

Civil:

  • Children losing land
  • Children denied treatment in hospitals when the law says they should be treated
  • Minors unable to access police because officers intimidate them and deny them access to justice

Example from 2016
2,400 children are at risk of forced eviction from their homes along with their families by the actions of a large energy company. We are defending the children's right to their homes or resettlement.

SUSTAIN

From the beginning we promised you that each site would be 100% self-sustaining. By stretching every dollar through our farm and fish farm, and through fees to be generated from our school, we are on target for site #1 to be 100% sustainable by 2020.


Hiring local staff and buying our own machinery for construction projects (instead of hiring a contractor) made your dollar go 41% further (averaged) this year and provided our local community with ownership and commitment. THIS IS HOW WE RAISE A GENERATION OF INFLUENCERS.

NOT JUST CHARITY, BUT INVESTMENT

Each piece of the Many Hopes Justice Framework includes a cost-saving and revenue-generating component so each site will become 100% sustainable.

Enterprise + Exit Strategy = We generate revenue so we stop depending on you.

 
 

Return of the "Plant Whisperer"

Macharia, one of the finest crop men on the coast, has returned to manage our farm again. This year's crops include maize, greens, onions, and tomatoes. And more mangoes than you could shake a stick at. Yet we do.

$1,600

for each of 3 cows sold
we plan to sell 12 more

100%

milk consumed from farm = $8,640/year saved

We currently sell 40 litres of milk/day = $3,600/year

100%

chicken consumed from farm
= $3,888/year saved

250 chickens/month sold
= $6,000/year

100%

fish consumed from farm
= $8,640/year saved

Selling remainder
= $72,000/year

New hatcheries for catfish. 36 tons projected/year

85%

vegetables consumed from farm
= $2,010/year saved

4 goats added to farm


BIOGAS

Clean, Green and Sustainable Energy

System improved. 100% cooking gas for homes $2,496 saved

Total savings each year = $25,674
Revenue generated = $86,400


PROVIDING LOCAL EMPLOYMENT

A critical factor in long-term sustainability is local community support and a sense of local ownership.

Local Jobs Provided

This year we employed 41 casual workers generating 102,226 hours of employment for our neighbors. In Kenya it is extremely unusual for women to be hired for construction projects. We hired 11.

Local women work on our school site and develop "ownership" of the building


OTHER IMPROVEMENTS:

  • Walkways built up and improved
  • Renovated and created children's outside recreation areas and playground
  • Children's toilets and bathrooms redone
  • New office space and lounge are built
  • Built a more efficient dump disposal area
  • Solar system renovated and updated providing reliable energy and reducing electric bill from $6,000 per year to $2,400 per year

THE MOST SUSTAINABLE THING IMAGINABLE

"I invite you to look forward 35 years. I invite you to imagine the most influential people in Africa being those who care most about justice. I invite you to imagine them passing laws and teaching the young and healing the sick and housing the destitute and leading the transformation of the lives of millions of the poorest in the world. Then I invite you to remember that they are doing this because, 35 years before, you stood with them as children and gave them the opportunity to gain the influence that you have. Thank you."

—Thomas and your Many Hopes family