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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Food, Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, Homeless & Housing, Housing & Shelter, Religion, Religion-Related

Mission: We help kids and families in the areas of nutrition, education, shelter and spiritual development.

Results: We have built 69 homes for families in need, delivered over 3950 pounds of supplies to needy children, provided over $60,000 to the child development centers that we support and more than 105,000 meals for hungry children.

Target demographics: Children and families.

Direct beneficiaries per year: More than 600 children

Geographic areas served: Communities around the world

Programs: Building homes, feeding kids, caring for orphans, sending kids to school and providing clean water, sports equipment and skills training to underprivileged kids. Helping children in Nicaragua, Guatemala, South and Southeast Asia.

Community Stories

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Kenny Malcolm T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Incredible organization, you can rest assured that every moment of your time and every penny of your resources are well spent when they are spent in partnership with Hope Project.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went to Nicaragua with Hope Project in July of 2017. I was amazed at how well organized the trip was. Every detail was planned out and if there were any “hiccups” along the way our group were none the wiser.
I am also impressed with joe Hope Project teams up with Nic locals to help continue the work done there year round. Teams may come and teams will leave but the great work being done in Nicaragua will continue on because of the relationship with community leaders in the area.
I plan to make this a regular part of my life from here on out and I plan to only go with Hope Project as long as possible.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

You can go on an International Mission trip. Hope Project International provides expert leadership to the first timer as well to the seasoned missions minded traveler. Working alongside already established ministries in Nicaragua Hope Project International is making a huge eternal impact in the lives of those to whom they bring hope. The work is life changing both for the one who goes and to the one who receives on the mission field. If you are looking for a trip that will change your life and those to whom you serve, contact Hope Project International for more information.

Joe L.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been on a number of mission trips throughout my life, both in the states and international. The trip with Hope Project International was by far the most meaningful and impactful trip I have ever experienced. Hope Project makes going on the trip easy, their organization and attention to detail really put my mind at easy as I led a small group from my church to go on this trip. The work that is accomplished through Hope Project has a clear and lasting impact in Nicaragua. I would have no hesitation in recommending Hope Project International to anyone wanting to support a missions effort or take a team on an international mission trip.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was my first opportunity to serve in another country on a mission's trip. And I could not have asked for a better experience. Megan and Than Graffam are INCREDIBLE leaders and have a special desire and calling to the communities in Nicaragua. Their core model of nutrition, education, shelter and spiritual development are clearly defined in everything they do. To have the opportunity to go serve with this family and this Hope Project International organization is something that I will forever be grateful for. Serving with Hope Project in Nicaragua was easily one of the most impactful experiences in my life. To see families dedicating their time, effort and, really, their entire lives to serve and love others. To provide meals for young children. To lead those same young children into spiritual discipleship and a love for Jesus. To see families' dreams of a better home fulfilled in an instant by building houses. Jesus is moving through Hope Project International and the people in the community of Cristo Rey. Thank you Than and Megan for your faithfulness and obedience to the calling of God on your lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There is no greater feeling than when you reach out and help others with no expectation of reciprocation, but only in love for the people being served. This is what Hope Project International is doing every day! I have had the joy and privilege to serve in Nicaragua with HPI on two mission trips (and have no intention of stopping any time soon!). Both trips were involved with construction and serving the children in the area with Vacation Bible School events. To see the love and genuine care and concern that Than and Meagan have for the people in the communities they have been serving is truly inspiring. The Nicaraguan people are amazingly resilient, and so very humble and grateful for the help that is provided through fund-raising and team work efforts. Not everyone is able to go and work/serve, but everyone can help serve through donations, no matter how small. After experiencing a mission trip with Hope Project International, there is no way to avoid being forever changed! Hope Project International is simply an amazing organization meeting needs of the people and spreading God's Love and Growing the Kingdom...one hug at a time...one meal at a time...one nail at a time. Esperanza!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was very blessed to be a part of the mission trip this July with Hope Project to Nicaragua. This trip was led by Than and Magan Graffam. They were very professional, loving and organized leaders. The love of Christ and for us and the people of Nicaragua just radiated off of them. It was an amazing experience for me and my first mission trip and first trip out of th US ever. From the moment we started to build homes for the people there until we finished 4 days later the love of God was all around us. Just to be a part of such a great blessing to the people of Nicaragua was the greatest time in my life. I will never forget the people I met there and I want to go back. Bill and Sabra Hatley will be leading our next trip there and I got to know them on this trip and they will make awesome leaders too. A huge thank you to Hope Project International for the incredible work they are doing.
Karin Thomas

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I were blessed with the opportunity to be able to take our first international mission trip with Hope Project this summer. It was truly a life changing experience for us both. We got to experience what God was doing in Nicaragua first hand. 2 homes were built, 832 kids attended VBS, 8 families received 2 weeks of groceries, and 42,800 pounds of block were laid with different construction projects during our week in Nicaragua. We had the joy of serving alongside a team of 24 others, along with the founders of Hope Project Than and Megan. The prayers, love, and clear detail that Than and Megan put into each trip is amazing. We were literally in awe at the servant leadership that they portray in every aspect of their ministry. They are always coming under the umbrella of God, always serving under the blessing of a local pastor, and always serving right alongside their team. There is such a call on their lives for the poor in Nicaragua but they never touch any of God's glory. They make it very evident to the team they serve with, the organization they partner with and the people that they help that God is the one who provides all things. This is the element that changes lives and saves souls. This is Kingdom work that honors God. God's hand is on Hope Project and God's heart it going out through this organization in everything they say and do. We experienced such joy while being a small part of being the hands and feet of Jesus in action in Nicaragua. The seed that Hope Project is able to plant in the communities they serve in, while in Nicaragua, is seed that is clearly producing a harvest in the Kingdom through the pure, authentic love of Christ for years to come. No one person can do everything but each person empowered by God can do something... We have prayed, we have seen and now we are responsible to act. "Together we are changing the world!"♡ and our lives have been forever changed through this mission trip too. God has broken our hearts in a new way for His people and He has opened our eyes to so many opportunities in the Kingdom. Seek first the Kingdom♡ Here are just a few of the kids that God imprinted on our hearts.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband, Chris, and I returned from a Project Hope Int. trip to Nicaragua a little over a week ago. Building homes for the sweet people of Cristo Rey was one of the most challenging yet rewarding things we have ever done. You can see, in a tangible way, how you have helped to make their lives easier and you now have names and faces to add to your prayers. Our team leaders, Jordan and Kristen, were focused, organized and fun. We can't wait to go back.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been on several missions trips and my trip to Nicaragua with Hope project was the best. The entire trip was organized and my team and I were never left to wonder what was next. The tips are planned in such away that a team can make a large impact in a community right away. Hope project is very connected to the local community they partner with and it very evident that they are there to make a difference for the long term. I would recommend this trip for any group.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I did my first missions trip with HOPE Project, in partnership with my local church, in March of 2017. I had never been out of the US, and naturally had questions about how all this worked. I had the opportunity to meet Than and Megan, the founders, prior to the trip, and was impressed with their thoroughness. Once we arrived in Nicaragua, I was amazed at the level of detail, planning, and thought, that went into every aspect of the trip. They thought of EVERYTHING. Short of a few dollars for spending money, every other need was met. The food and hospitality at the guest house was second to none! I actually ate much better on the trip than I do at home. The food was absolutely delicious, and tropical setting was beautiful. We traveled through the capitol city every day, on the way to the job site, and our local driver was amazing. I will tell you that driving in Nicaragua is not for the fainthearted, so approach it as part of the adventure! If you are prone to carsickness, you may want to prepare in advance, that's just how city driving is. Each day we got to stop for snacks and drinks at a local gas station. On the job site, all the tools were provided, and workflow was well orchestrated. We were able to build 2 houses and a guard house for a local school, in 3 days time. Megan and Than ensured that safety was the number one priority, and that we were well hydrated during the day. As time permitted on the last day, we were even able to stop for a bit at a local flea market, and then tour a couple of the local sites. I would HIGHLY recommend one of HOPE's trips to anyone looking to expand their worldview through missions work. The Hand of God is truly on this organization, and the work that they do. They are HIGHLY selective about the agencies that they partner with, to ensure that the money they are entrusted with is spent in the most productive ways possible. I believe in them so much, that I have already booked another trip in July of this year with my 14 yo son, and can not wait to go back!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was an amazing and life changing experience. I would highly reccomend helping Hope Project in any possible way that you can!

Robin159

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I traveled to Nicaragua with Hope Project in July 2016. I wanted to serve on a mission team for many, many years and I was finally able to fulfill my dream. I was so blessed to have such great people as Than and Megan to guide me through the experience. Our team was able to build 3 houses in 3 days. What an accomplishment!! It was so wonderful to be able to help these families have a safer place to live. The whole experience was amazing and I can't wait to do it again!! God is good!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went on my first, EVER, Missions Trip with Hope Project International in July 2016. From the beginning of the trip to the end, God was revealing Himself to me in a refreshing way. I went into this experience with Hope Project not really knowing what to expect. I have never been out of the country and my nerves could have easily taken control of me. Instead, Than and Megan and the Hope Project Team prepared me and calmed all of my fears about the trip and I had the best experience of my life!

When our large group made it to Nicaragua, Than and Megan knew exactly what to do and instructed us on how to best reach the people of Nicaragua. Seeing the smiling faces of all the children during our VBS was incredible. My favorite part of the trip was serving all of the children and children's workers their bowl of rice and chicken (lunch). It was my favorite time because I was able to see and be apart of the way Hope Project helps the community. My contributions to Hope Project go to filling the tiny tummies of children who have no other food source, building homes, and caring for those who seek medical attention.

As a result of my life-changing trip, I have now realized that I have a call to missions! I made the decision to volunteer for Hope Project and aid them as they continue to change the world! Hope Project will always be in my heart and I am grateful for all that they do.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My Father and I went on this trip to Nicaragua about 2 years ago. It was heartbreaking to see the community in the condition it was. The children change your hearts. Building three homes in three days will forever be in our memories. We never would of thought that we could change the lives of families living without hope. We told them about jesus and showed them faith everyday.

Than and Megan were awesome! We were given authentic breakfast every morning and were treated with care. We even took a trip to the markets and volcanos to experience nicaraguan tourism. With the leaders structure and faith, God was with us every step of the way. We opened our hearts to each other through devotionals and carried it through our work in their community. That week was a breakthrough for my father and I with our relationship with God.

Thanks again Than and Megan.
You guys were truly amazing!

James & Abby :)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was my daughter and I's first mission trip and first time traveling outside the country. The planning and organization that Hope Project went into for this trip and I'm sure all their trips are detailed and well thought out, especially for such a large group. It was an amazing trip. It was a blessing to be a part of the VBS program. The children taught us so much, even though we went to teach them. We can not wait to travel again with Hope Project. The trip was one we will never forget.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went to Nicaragua in 2015 with Hope Project Inc. and had one of the best experiences of my life. This was my first mission trip outside the country and not only were we able to build homes for multiple families, but play and feed the kids. My favorite memory would be either playing soccer with the soon to be soccer stars or trying to talk to the little girls. They tried to teach me Spanish and loved to give and receive hugs. We also were able to see a Volcano, go shopping, and ate the amazing food that was prepared for us. Felt like I became closer with my church family as well through that trip.

1 Taylor24

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was fortunate enough to go with a team and be hands on with the work that hope project does. This trip was a step above previous trips I had been on with other organizations. The leadership constantly impressed me with their communication and preparedness. I loved building homes and being able to see the impact our team was able to have on the community. I, honestly, cannot say enough good things about these amazing people. I would say that anyone looking to help change the world look no further than partnering with Hope Project.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Last October I was given the opportunity to travel to Nicaragua with Hope Project International. This was a trip that not only changed my life forever but I was also able to see difference that Hope Project was making in the world. Super excited for future opportunities and trips with Hope Project International.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope Project International is an awesome organization that is doing big things to help the people in Nicaragua. My daughter has not stopped talking about our very first missions trip and is already talking about going back. I am so proud to be a part of such an amazing organization with amazing people!