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.


SCALING UP: RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

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:

1.  On-the-ground impact of our short-term work     2.  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.

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THE PROBLEM

"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:

  • Local children will solve the problems and defeat the injustices that charity alone cannot.
  • The greatest long-term impact we can have is using our influence here to equip children there to do that.

2.6 Million

Street children in Kenya

1 IN 12 Children

Die before age 5

$1 Trillion

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.


Our Solution - THE MANY HOPES JUSTICE FRAMEWORK

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:

RESCUE

Change their upbringing

EDUCATE

Change their trajectory and influence

ADVOCATE

Change the culture of abuse to accountability

SUSTAIN

So we don’t depend on you forever


2015 in Numbers

Total Fundraising

$1,002,394

Increased in FY 2015


$245,000

Annual Breaking Ground Campaign 100% for girls' education. Raised by 78 volunteers. 16% increase over FY 2014

100%
Of public gifts spent directly in Kenya. Private donors fund our fundraising and admin costs.



$103,000

From 159 sustainers averaging $54 per month. 32% increase over FY 2014

$569,394

Raised by other investors (like you). 1,891 investors total

$46,666

Grants


U.S. Donor Stats:


$85,000

Matching Investments

3,950

Number of hours that volunteers contributed across our 8 chapters in 2 countries equaling $28,638

61%

Contributed less than $100

U.S. FUNDRAISING PERCENTAGES:


Investments less than $100

8%

Investments between $100 – 999

24%

Investments between $1,000 – 9,999

32%

Investments between $10,000 – 24,999

21%

Investments between $25,000 +

22%


What those investments will do:

$112,000

Land for student & faculty housing at the Many Hopes School

$330,000

Excellent education for girls

$45,882

Legal advocacy for boys & girls

$60,000

Rescue & childhood for 15 boys


$240,000

Rescue & childhood for 60 girls





RESCUE

Five New Girls

"All of these children would have probably died of hunger, desperation, sickness, or all of those."

- Anthony Mulongo, Many Hopes Co-Founder


Reclaiming Childhoods



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 STABILIZATION:

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.

  10 girls too young for school
  10 girls in kindergarten
  24 girls in primary school
  9 girls in high school
  3 girls graduating high school
  1 girl in college

92%

We are at 92% capacity for our first 4 girls' homes

5

Five new girls joined us permanently this year






Our Impact



  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.

95

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

55

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


18

Girls took a total of 180 hours of Tae Kwon Do lessons (one made yellow belt, two made blue belt)

42

Girls who had never swum before are now enrolled in swimming lessons

  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."

540

Hours of on-site individual and group counseling sessions by our staff psychologist

Catherine, staff psychologist, completed her Master's degree in child psychology.

Intellectual Healing

4

Four girls had the opportunity to visit schools in the U.K. to broaden their academic horizon.

43

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


THIS YEAR WE HAVE SIX NEW STAFF MEMBERS:


Accountant

To maximize every dollar and keep us accountable to you

Housemother

To provide loving care for more girls



2 Security Staff

Because the safety of the children is paramount

Foreman

To lead our construction team



Housemother

To provide loving care for more girls

George

Sadly George died – Our beloved donkey lived a good life





Monitoring & Evaluation

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.


Home(s)
Improvement

  • Paved walkways and driveways
  • Repainting to add joy & levity
  • Added new security system
  • Reviewed and re-organized our library

SCALING IMPACT:

28

Partnered with 28 other local child welfare organizations on individual cases

4

Trained staff at 4 other housing sites

8

Provided consultation to 8 other children's homes





EDUCATE

ZAWADI

"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


INFLUENCE THROUGH EDUCATION




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.


POWER WOMEN

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


9

Of our girls started elementary school for the first time this year

4

Of our girls advanced to high school (100% to tier #1 or tier #2 high schools so all have a good shot at college)

2

Of our girls graduated from high school and are applying to college for fall 2016

1

Brendah successfully completed her second year of law school



SUSTAINING 2015 ENHANCEMENTS



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.


Online Tutoring with Ivy League Tutors in the U.S.

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.








Boosting Math and Science

31 Children

received total of 7,783 hours of at home individual or group tutoring.

  elementary tutoring (6 hours per week)
  high school tutoring (12 hours per week)

100%

of our kindergarten girls scored "good" or "very good" in English and counting.

60%

of our kindergarten girls scored "good" or "very good" in all four scored subjects: English, vocabulary, reading and counting.

100%

of our high school girls advanced to the next class this year.

75%

of primary school girls had improved their class rank in Q1 over their end of the year rank for the 2014 academic year.



Academic Performance



Continuing to outperform the neighbors:

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)



Individual Superstars:

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:

367/400

Scored by “P”

90%+

Scored by “S”

90%+

Scored by “J”

90%+

Scored by “S”


QUALITATIVE RESULTS




Numbers can measure some progress, however real human healing is observed not counted. In our girls we have seen:

Self - Confidence

Increasing ability to defend and articulate their own understanding of information


Motivation

Pushing themselves to excel, volunteering for extra study


Reading

Growing culture of independent reading in homes

Research

Seeking out information independently through the internet/books


Collaborative Learning

Engaging with each other on academic topics

Constructing our school

Joy

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.

Challenge

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.

Recruiting for head teacher

We are recruiting a head teacher from the U.K./U.S. to lead our local teaching staff in making this a school that:

Philosophically:

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.

Financially:

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






SUSTAINABILITY THROUGH COMMUNITY



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 42 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.

42

Jobs

31

Men

11

Women


102,226 hours of employment

New Partners in Our Growing Global Network

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





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