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Mission: The purpose of H.O.P.E. Acres Rescue is to rescue, rehabilitate, and provide a safe haven for equines in need, to live out a healthy, happy, and peaceful life through public education, county and state alliances, adoptions, donations and caring volunteers. We are a certified 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization based in Berkeley County, SC providing equine rescue assistance state-wide.

Results: We are pleased to have had the opportunity to help near 30 horses since our inception in 2010. With 12 successful adoptions to date.

Target demographics: equines in need.

Geographic areas served: rescue

Programs: Rescue, rehabilitation and adoption.

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

My name is Festus Muthui Muema. I graduated with a degree in Nursing from the University of Nairobi in 2018. I am the 7th born in a family of 9 siblings. My father and mother are peasant farmers in low marginalized areas of Kitui County in Eastern part of Kenya. Due to abject poverty, all my siblings never had a chance to acquire university education with the exception of one who’s currently in his second year at the university. My childhood was characterized by numerous struggles. I vividly remember missing several meals and lacking decent clothing that not only lowered my self-esteem but also traumatized me. After my elementary level education in 2004, my hopes of pursuing secondary school education were dashed and the only option I had was to repeat grade 8, the final class in primary school. Having performed exceptionally well, repeating the 8th grade one more time wasn’t a plausible option. I ended up at the heart of Kibera slums, in Nairobi. Here as a young boy, I took up several odd jobs such as hawking boiled eggs to make ends meet. Later on I was connected to St. Aloysius Gonzaga secondary school in Kibera through a Catholic church where I used to train mass servers. This became my point of deliverance, the turning point in my life. The school gave me a reason to smile and believe again. Even though I was quite old for high school, I took the chance and decided to make the best out of the “second chance”. I had a welcome opportunity to pursue my high school education.

The school became my home far away from home. I successfully completed my high school education in 2013 and registered for my degree program in Nursing at the University of Nairobi. At this point, St. Aloysius connected me to the Project Harambee founded by Professor Kathleen Harrison and Windows of Hope founded by Isaac Hanna Foundation. These two organizations became the cornerstone for my university life by supporting my entire education for 4 years. To say that they have molded my career into what it is, gracefully turning into a competent nurse, would be an understatement. I gained valuable experience during and after my studies by organizing and participating in several medical camps and health conferences courtesy of my connection with Project Harambee, Windows of Hope and St. Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary school. Today I am proud father of two sons Harvey and Charlie a weeding that both orgs supported.

The seed that was planted by St. Aloysius was cared for and nurtured by these two great Americans who made sure that the journey was completed in earnest. As a way of giving back to the society, I gave part of my time for clinical practice at Kitui County Referral Hospital where interacted and helped people living with disabilities, youth, women and the elderly and witnessed first-hand their plight and the challenges they go through on a daily basis. Inspired by the values I acquired from Project Harambee, I founded a community based organization known as Hope for the Neglected (HFN)-CBO. It is a game charger in empowering the elderly, women and youth in Kitui West. The elderly and disabled have so far benefited though the feeding program especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our women also participate in doing baskets which they sell locally and to the visitors from outside the country.

Apart from these community empowerment programs, I also intend to vie for the parliamentary seat in my local constituency to represent my people at the National Parliament. I’m strongly motivated by the fact that my constituency needs fresh and vibrant leadership and I have all it takes to do it. Unlike majority of young people in my constituency, I had a priceless opportunity courtesy of St. Aloysius to further both my secondary and university education. Through these avenues, I believe I can make a huge difference both in the health and education by influencing favorable policies that guarantee the youth, women and elderly a future to be proud of. And thus look to further my studies in masters of global health policy and MBA. To everyone who has helped shape my life albeit silently, I owe this and everything I do to you.

So what is Hope For Neglected?
After finishing my degree during Covid 19 pandemic, have not gotten employed due to unemployment crisis for degree holders. Therefore, I wish to study masters in global health policy as I look for job and that will give me upper hand in marketing as employee and employer too creating job opportunities

During my clinical practice in Kitui county I started interacting and helping people living with disability, youth, women and elderly and there presentation in leadership and governance as pertains health added more weight to my quest to study Global Health policy at masters level.

I belong to developing county holding a degree of Nursing sciences from the best University of Nairobi in Kenya. A person with financial challenges and with leadership and management qualities. Having exposed to intellectuals and Project Harambee charity work, I had to think on how I can continue their good work in the hearts of poor families and institutions. I therefore founded Donkey Elimu Project that gave birth to community organization called Hope for Neglected (HFN)-CBO. It is a game changer in achieving SDGs, Universal Health coverage though job opportunities, business ideas, education and empowering women and youth activities in Kitui west."


THE HFN-CBO MAIN OBJECTIVE:
To build a business Centre of love for the neglected, stigmatized, traumatized and hungry (youth, women, elderly and persons living with disabilities (PLWDs) with hidden abilities and talents that improve country economy in creating jobs to eradicate poverty and improve employment.

Generally we have the following departments: Donkey Elimu Project for creating job opportunities in order to reduce unemployment crisis and promote community Education.

We also have Magical Weavers group of women doing baskets and sell to locals and Americans.

we have feeding program for needy elderly that has seen many receive law food during Covid 19.

we intend to have Youth department with big farm activity for dry land farming, and conserve the environment. The same youth will enter in business and Entrepreneurship program and trainings for business sustainability.

Our Textile Centre has helped in fighting Covid 19 making masks and creating job opportunities. It echoes what the Governor of Kitui Hon. Charity Ngilu did by opening KICOTEC industry for textile.

Persons living with disabilities (PLWDs) Centre. They have benefited from our feeding program and get circled wheelchairs and crutches. They are starting poultry farming program as a tool of income for their account.

Lastly, Health department. We intend to have clinic that will be treating the disabled free while community receive subsidized cost friendly care. It will provide jobs to project Harambee graduates.

we are raising funds for:
1. Build Centre for disabled
2. Drilling water project
3. Suitable materials
4. Food for disabled
5. Care for the disabled who need total nursing care.
6. Teachers, trainers of different levels
7. Creating employment to youth
Total budget of $35821.12
Through this we are sure to reduce Covid 19 risks, achieve SDG 1,2,3 and achieve universal health coverage using majority in the community. Community is the most ingredient of public health and economic determinants.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This group of people is tireless in its quest to care for neglected horses and to find caring homes for those horses rehabilitated. They also do community outreach in all areas involving horses. I am in awe of their dedication.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The care the animals receive at H.O.P.E is second to none. The volunteers are always so compassionate and caring. Being around these wondrous beasts is so fulfilling and Tracey and team do such an amazing job showing them how life should be. Keep up the great work!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering for H.O.P.E Acres Rescue almost a year ago in an effort to get back in touch with my roots. I decided to really "get involved" and not hang out on the sidelines like I have before. I joined the team of incredible people who have committed to feeding the rescues 365 days a year, rain or shine, twice a day. It's a wonderful challenge and an incredible bond that forms between team members and between us and the horses. To bond with an animal that has no real reason to trust you is life-changing and these people and these horses have changed my life in wonderful ways.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This team is SOOO amazing! We've been volunteering here for about a year, and are so humbled and awed by the fantastic work that H.O.P.E. does!

1 Sherry Colwell B.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am so fortunate to have volunteered for HOPE Acres! But best of all, I adopted Thunder from this rescue about 6.5 years. They started him on the path to recovery after he was seized with 2 other horses by Colleton County sherif department. I’m beyond blessed to be his mom! ❤️

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

❤️Having the honor of trimming the HOPE herd for several years now, I can report soundly that this rescue envelopes their horses with love and adoration. I’ll never forget the first day I showed up and there were at least eight volunteers ready to handle horses to keep me safe and the horses occupied while I worked. I was so overwhelmed that my previous reservations about trimming over 20 rescued horses flew out the window. Everyone was gentle, friendly, focused, helpful, and attentive. The horses has been worked with, vetted, brushed, fly sprayed, fed beautifully and loved on. I have never seen anything like this in my life. This is a AAA class act organization. Period. I love being a part of this family!

3 Michael J.7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with H.O.P.E. for just over a year now. I can't imagine not being able to help this organization and these horses. Both bring so much enjoyment and purpose to my life. Not to mention the friendships I have made as well. Please think about us when donating.

3 Amy Q.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

HOPE is truly a piece of heaven on earth - the individuals that volunteer their time to these amazing animals are truly of a kind
I learned of the organization 3 years ago and adopted my perfect Cooper Floyd - whom has changed my life in so many wonderful ways
These people have become my friends and truly are amazing. The time - love - devotion that they give these horses every single day no matter is is priceless and absolutely selfless
Honestly there isn’t any organization like them out there - they truly are exceptional
Thank you HOPE for all you do and giving these amazing animals another chance at an amazing healthy life

1 Tracey S.2

Board Member

Rating: 5

For the last nine years I have had the good fortune to be a part of HOPE Acres Rescue's mission. Seeing the amazing transformations of animals near death, defeated in spirit, become the magnificent, loving, forgiving and loyal creatures that God intended they be is moving and extremely gratifying. Equally as impressive is the dedication so many individuals have to be involved in each facet of their rebirth. Each person gives their time, talents and constant support to make this all possible. To experience this team and see the results blossom in each and every animal is hard to put into words. If you have ever wanted to support or become involved in an organization that gives 110% and ensures that every ounce of community support flows right into their effort, HOPE Acres Rescue is that local endeavor!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love working with HOPE Acres! They are an incredible group of selfless people truly making a difference in the SC equine community. I especially loved being a part of the Partner Program last year and getting to bond with a special rescue while learning about horse behavior and training. This rescue does an excellent job of getting the volunteers involved with the horses too, not just with the chores.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been associated with H.O.P.E. Acres for three and a half years, first as a volunteer, and now as a board member. I am overwhelmed with the dedication that our volunteers and board members demonstrate toward the horses in our care. Seven days a week, three hundred and sixty-five days a year, our volunteers are in place making sure that the horses receive food, proper veterinary care, grooming, training, and most importantly, love. The transformations that some of the horses have made is truly remarkable--from untouchable, frantic, traumatized, and fearful of humans, to being able to be handled by small children and ridden on trails; from emaciated, diseased, and lame, to fit, healthy, and sound. Pictures on the website do not show the full transformation--it must be seen in person. There are no paid positions--everyone who works here is a volunteer. This rescue was formed from a vision of love--and so it shall continue...

3 Judy159

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After my husband passed away, I was looking for something to occupy my time but be worthwhile too. I was so very lucky to find this organization. Not only are the owners and volunteers dedicated to the exhausting work it takes to keep this farm running, but the effort that is expended to get these beautiful horses back on their feet is outstanding.

I became a volunteer about three years ago but had never seen the hurt and suffering these poor horses had gone through. My very first horse that was emaciated was Chance. His hip bones were almost breaking through his skin he was so malnourished. It just broke my heart. As I watch and worked with the volunteers and saw their love for these beautiful animals, I observed the change in Chance. He not only became thicker in girth, but his spirit and love returned. I credit the people working each and everyday with his gentle recovery. Each and every horse brought to H.O.P.E. is treated with love, kindness and a compassion beyond anything I could have dreamed.
Much of the money used to feed, vaccinate and care for these equines is either by donations or by fund raisers we have every year. Please, if you are looking to donate or even if you are not, consider H.O.P.E. Acres as your pledge to assist us in continuing the work needed in this area. These beautiful animals have so much love to give and so do our volunteers. We need your love and support also. Thank you for considering our horse rescue.

3 Rae Anne

Volunteer

Rating: 5

H.O.P.E. Acres Rescue is an amazing organization that has the health, safety and comfort of these beautiful rescue horses as it's #1 priority. Tranquil grounds, off the beaten path, is where I enjoy spending my spare time. It is extremely rewarding to watch these horses grow and blossom, and find a forever family to love and care for them for the rest of their days. The most gratifying feeling to know you have a tiny hand in this magnificent circle of life.