2015 brought some challenges. But many more joys. After two years of rapid growth in the U.S., this was a year of laying a sustainable foundation for a trebling of impact between now and 2018. If you are up for a little scrolling, we'd like to share this with you. Because you made it possible.
We provide loving homes and excellent educations for orphaned girls and boys. Then we generate local revenue to sustain them so you don't have to. We are raising the network of children who will defeat the causes of extreme poverty around them.
We are creating a template for sustainable, replicable justice globally.
Our justice framework is a long-term strategic solution to the complex problem of extreme poverty. This year we invested time in testing and proving:
On-the-ground impact of our short-term work Academic basis for our long-term theory of change
To scale up to our potential we have drawn a road map for trebling our fundraising by 2018 and we hope that you will continue writing this story with us. To help you share Many Hopes with your circles of influence we start this year's report with a reminder of our big vision for justice.
"Overcoming poverty isn't a gesture of charity, it is an act of justice." - Nelson Mandela
The Many Hopes Justice Framework is a long-term strategic solution to the complex problem of extreme poverty. We believe that:
Street children in Kenya
Die before age 5
In aid spent in Africa in the past 60 years
We raise children from extreme poverty to be a generation of influential adults with an imagination for justice and the tools to act on it. In 35 years the most influential people in Africa will be those who care most about justice so extreme poverty and big aid need no longer exist.
Defeating poverty isn’t about aid alone, it’s about developing leaders and enterprise.
We believe that the answer is to raise up new influencers. To raise up children who have experienced the consequences of corruption, and will have the ability to influence their leaders, or replace them and lead differently.
Our immediate impact
We rescue orphaned and abandoned children from situations of abuse and provide them with loving homes and equip them with excellent educations.
Our long-term impact
We raise them to be a generation of influencers who will manage the next $1tr of aid differently.
WE RAISE A GENERATION OF INFLUENCERS WITH A FRAMEWORK THAT COMBINES TO:
Change their upbringing
Change their trajectory and influence
Change the culture of abuse to accountability
So we don’t depend on you forever
Increased in FY 2015
Annual Breaking Ground Campaign 100% for girls' education. Raised by 78 volunteers. 16% increase over FY 2014
Of public gifts spent directly in Kenya. Private donors fund our fundraising and admin costs.
From 159 sustainers averaging $54 per month. 32% increase over FY 2014
Raised by other investors (like you). 1,891 investors total
Number of hours that volunteers contributed across our 8 chapters in 2 countries equaling $28,638
Contributed less than $100
Investments less than $100
Investments between $100 – 999
Investments between $1,000 – 9,999
Investments between $10,000 – 24,999
Investments between $25,000 +
Land for student & faculty housing at the Many Hopes School
Excellent education for girls
Legal advocacy for boys & girls
Rescue & childhood for 15 boys
Rescue & childhood for 60 girls
"All of these children would have probably died of hunger, desperation, sickness, or all of those."
- 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 first 4 girls' homes are providing loving childhoods to 57 girls (92% capacity). We have found land to start construction on our first 4 boys' homes by the end of 2015. 5 new girls joined us permanently this year: 2 pairs of infant sisters and one four-year old.
We are at 92% capacity for our first 4 girls' homes
Six new girls joined us permanently this year
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.
Annual/preventative care medical exams conducted pro bono (1 per month for infants and 1 per year for remaining 47 girls) 72 other medical visits
Girls eating a nutritious diet from our farm and fish farm (critical in first 1,000 days of a child's life) 100% underweight new infants reach healthy weight
Girls took a total of 180 hours of Tae Kwon Do lessons (one made yellow belt, two made blue belt)
Girls who had never swum before are now enrolled in swimming lessons
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."
Hours of on-site individual and group counseling sessions by our staff psychologist
Catherine, staff psychologist, completed her Master's degree in child psychology.
Four girls had the opportunity to visit schools in the U.K. to broaden their academic horizon.
Girls now have access to home and online tutoring with Ivy League tutors in the U.S.
“Two more girls graduated from high school and will be applying to college. When these girls first came into our care, if I had told you that one day they would be applying to college, I don't think that you would have believed me.”
- Thomas Keown, Many Hopes Co-founder
To maximize every dollar and keep us accountable to you
To provide loving care for more girls
Because the safety of the children is paramount
To lead our construction team
To provide loving care for more girls
Sadly George died – Our beloved donkey lived a good life
We partnered with Boston University School of Public Health to create a Monitoring and Evaluation Program so we can better measure our impact and better report to you.
Partnered with 28 other local child welfare organizations on individual cases
Trained staff at 4 other housing sites
Provided consultation to 8 other children's homes
"So long as you have any girls coming from that home who score over 300 we will take them. Because of Zawadi. She is the best girl we have."
- Zawadi's high school head teacher
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 a network understanding each other's realities and equipped to lead justly.
THIS IS HOW WE RAISE A GENERATION OF INFLUENCERS.
Fact: For every additional year of education for women of reproductive age, child mortality decreases by 9.5%.
Of our girls started elementary school for the first time this year
Of our girls advanced to high school (100% to tier #1 or tier #2 high schools so all have a good shot at college)
Of our girls graduated from high school and are applying to college for fall 2016
Brendah successfully completed her second year of law school
We are very excited about how well our girls are doing and needless to say, more than a little proud. This year we have made some big changes to further help our budding academic stars.
To ensure our girls excel we continued an online tutoring program with Ivy League tutors in the U.S. Ten high school students receive one hour of live online tutoring every week.
received total of 7,783 hours of at home individual or group tutoring.elementary tutoring (6 hours per week)
of our kindergarten girls scored "good" or "very good" in English and counting.
of our kindergarten girls scored "good" or "very good" in all four scored subjects: English, vocabulary, reading and counting.
of our high school girls advanced to the next class this year.
of primary school girls had improved their class rank in Q1 over their end of the year rank for the 2014 academic year.
100% of our high school girls are scoring above the national average
58% of our primary school girls are scoring above the national average (miraculous since so many had so much to catch up on)
We can't print their names online (privacy of children in our care is paramount) but girls who would be dead or worse have been able to discover they are academic superstars:
Scored by “P”
Scored by “S”
Scored by “J”
Scored by “S”
Numbers can measure some progress, however real human healing is observed not counted. In our girls we have seen:
Increasing ability to defend and articulate their own understanding of information
Pushing themselves to excel, volunteering for extra study
Growing culture of independent reading in homes
Seeking out information independently through the internet/books
Engaging with each other on academic topics
You are helping us build a school like no other. A school where children from poverty and privilege will learn to be a generation of influential adults with an imagination for justice and the tools to act on it.
New national construction regulations this year meant that instead of opening our first three classrooms for 90 students for the 2015 academic year we will now complete the entire building for 900 students and will open for the 2016 academic year.
We are recruiting a head teacher from the U.K./U.S. to lead our local teaching staff in making this a school that:
Provides children from poverty with access to privilege and children from privilege with exposure to poverty so they grow up understanding each other's realities and equipped to lead differently than their parents did.
Will not just sustain itself but will generate a profit of $200K per year at capacity to support our Rescue and Advocacy work.
"Education of the poorest children is the most powerful vehicle for justice that we have. Thank you for joining us in the building of a school that will enable these children to become the adults able to defeat the injustice and poverty that charity alone cannot."
- Anthony Mulongo,
Many Hopes co-Founder
Fatuma is 11 and was raped and left on the road by three truck drivers while looking for her grandmother. She was rescued by a local lady and taken into her home. One day her husband came home angry with one of their sons and raped Fatuma again. This time she was discarded in a bush. We took Fatuma's case. The husband is currently serving 30 years and the truck drivers are awaiting trial. Fatuma is safe, has seen justice done and wants to be a police officer to protect girls like her.
By prosecuting abuse cases we replace impunity with consequence. By networking and partnering with local organizations we set the standard of justice and equip them to meet it for the 100s of children in their care. THIS IS HOW WE RAISE A GENERATION OF INFLUENCERS.
"I hope that I can become a lawyer so as I can defend the rights of other children
because someone defended my rights."
- Brendah Otieno, Many Hopes' first college student
Nobody cares more about justice than those who have suffered injustice. Leadership doesn't just mean political office. A network of principled professionals (lawyers, doctors, teachers) who remember their suffering and were educated with love and fairness will lead with integrity and will defeat the corruption that exploited them and their neighbors.
Registration of homes and obtaining documents (examples include committal documents giving a home legal guardianship over the children they have, birth certificates, adoption papers, and fostering documents).
Consultation to 8 other child rights orgs supporting 1,000s of children on legal issues including:
Litigation for abuse cases
Child protection policy for schools in Kilifi
District legal structures for excellent homes
Our legal team also assisted with:
13 civil cases (3 succession, 2 adoption, 1 foster, 2 guardianship, 5 maintenance)
25 criminal cases (including 9 defilement and 3 child marriage) 2 won; 23 awaiting trial dates
By prosecuting landmark cases of national impact we increase protection for every child in the country. This year we began to formalize our advocacy programs and, in the next two years, will unify our litigation, policy research, and training of future advocates work into one powerful program housed in the Young Justice Center. This Center will be the legacy of one of the key men in the creation of Many Hopes, and one of the most special people we've ever known – Bradden Young. It will be the engine for advocacy work advancing justice for children on a national level, as he was.
“When children see adults standing up for them they grow up wanting to stand up for others. They develop an imagination for justice. They know when their rights are abused and they know what to do about it. In 30 years some of these children will be the most powerful advocates in Africa because of the desire they have for justice.”
- Thomas Keown, Many Hopes co-Founder
We love inviting you to partner with us financially. But we don't love asking you for funds for the same thing in five years as today. So we are capital intensive in the short term in order to be 100% sustainable in the long term. Our projects make savings and generate revenue.
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 YOU HELP US TO RAISE A GENERATION OF INFLUENCERS.
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.
Buying our own truck reduces material costs by. Buying our own front loader saved over renting.
"The single biggest return on investment was our brick machine. Not only does it create employment and community ownership of our projects, but it is the biggest long-term cost saver we have."
- Anthony Mulongo, Many Hopes Co-founder
We save a total of $1,107 per month by harvesting milk, chickens, fruit, vegetables, and fish from our own farm.
Our biogas generator meets 99% of our fuel needs by creating energy from the dung of our 19 cows. Without biogas, we'd use charcoal which would cost us $271/month.
When at capacity our school will generate $200,000 profit annually. It will have entirely paid for itself in 10 years.
A critical factor in long-term sustainability is local community support and a sense of local ownership.
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.
As we continue to build our network in Africa our global network continues to grow. We have been privileged to partner with: Samsung, PTL Events, Now What, Bravo Media, McNabb Broick Events and Palm Bay. Thanks to your startup capital and investment in our vision, you have given young girls from a small village in Kenya the tools to change their country.
"During my time in Kenya, I saw that the most sustainable investment is the investment in people. It's an investment that constantly invests in itself. Many Hopes creates a supportive and safe environment for our girls where they are able look after one another and foster each other's dreams. For that reason, there is no greater investment."
- Bo Han,
New York Board Member
and first-time visitor
“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