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Point Hope Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development

Mission: The organization assists children in need both domestically & abroad.

Target demographics: foster children and women

Programs: Point Hope Village Project, Sammy's Place Project, Education programs, Daycare & preschool Program, Nutrition programs, Feeding program, Fresh water program, Skills Training Programs which include: Baking, Agriculture, Sewing, Batik, Carpentry, Jewelry Making, and Computer Technicians.

Community Stories

53 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Chris C.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently went with Point Hope to Ghana and worked alongside the organization to better the lives of children and adults though their integrated, holistic model. I worked with kids and young adults in various refugee camps to better develop their business skills. We discussed and did exercises to show how each individual can turn their trades and skills into a business that would sustain themselves and their families. I saw first hand the impact this organization has on thousands of kids and adults throughout the country. I saw how they ensuring children and their families have access to basic human needs (water, food, shelter, etc.) and continue with the goal of developing self-sustaining individuals through education, trade development, and other key programs. I rating system above only allows me to give this organization 5 stars. It deserves so much more for everything it has done and currently doing in Ghana.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went to Ghana to do some training on farm equipment and ran into some problems with who we had been working with. Having met Point Hope on the way over there we were able to get with them and see the program they were running. We were able to see how they were workign directly with and for the people. Jan and Adam spent time showing us the culture and how tobe involved. It made our time there enjoyable and productive.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Point Hope's purpose it to serve others through with God's guidance.

The people who dedicate their lives to helping others through this nonprofit are some of the best at what they do; because it's from their heart.

Knowing that children's lives have been saved and that they will continue to grow and learn for a better future reflects the love and dedication of the people of Point Hope.

1 Naomi T.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Loved my time here, it created a great foundation for my adult life. It changed my outlook on many things and I really grew with them. I wish I could do it again!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I was visiting the country of Ghana in order to do some work there when we came upon Point Hope. We were quickly friended by them and treated with such hospitality! They were gracious enough to show us their work there in Ghana. We were very impressed. We had the pleasure of meeting a team of Liberian refugees who were running water stations and gave such words of thankfulness to Point Hope for helping them get fresh water for their people. Their death rates, due to typhoid, are almost nonexistent due to Point Hopes fresh water lines! We also were given the opportunity to fly to the Northern region and tour a hospital that would make anyone cry at the crude conditions. Yet there among the sick and dying were the many machines and supplies with Point Hope stickers attached to them! What hope they bring to the destitute! My husband and I are excited about the many opportunites Point Hope provides for anyone willing to go and serve in a place where people are so appreciative. Thank you Point Hope for giving these wonderful people and beautiful country a hope even in such poverty!

Jim & Annette Baergen

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Point Hope is my heart! It's the reason I do what I do, in order to be a blessing to the children who have no voice, no adult to advocate and care for them.

1

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have worked with Point Hope in Ghana, West Africa since 2009 and have seen first hand the lives of children saved and changed. The support given to entire communities through fresh water, nutrition, aid to disabled children and skills training is just a portion of the good Point Hope does to impact and create sustainable futures.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Point Hope reaches out to children and families both nationally and internationally.While saving children nationally with fostering to adoption scenerios, Point Hope also supports an entire community in Accra, Ghana. This African community melds fresh running water, self-grown native crops and educational opportunities for a population willing to work and learn for their own survival. Point Hope reaches out to many both at home and abroad.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I traveled to Ghana in 2015 and meet Jan from Point Hope walking on the road next to the orphanage we were volunteering at and she invited me and the group of volunteers into her home and they cooked a delicious meal for us and we laughed and got to know each other. I have been in touch with them ever since following the ministry and love to see all the great work they are doing! Jan is one of the nicest and kindest people I've ever met! Love and pray for POINT HOPE!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been to Ghana I don't know how many times now 10 to 15. I volunteered with painting the school worked with the childern in villages. In U.S. I've volunteered at the teenista serving the young ladies, with set up and teardown of the event donated money and made donations to the pointhope guesthouse. Tv's and furniture

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Point Hope is truly a voice for the voiceless , I'm a beneficiary and also a volunteer for point hope Ghana. It's a life changing experience when one encounter PH, from nutritional, education sponsorship, early childhood and pre-school education, agriculture , health assistance , women empowerment...Point Hope is simply one of the best non profit organization to partner to make a CHANGE !!

3 Tasneem K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This past summer, I spent two months in Ghana getting to know the Point Hope staff and all of the incredible things this amazing NGO works for. I got to see, first hand, the difference Point Hope has made in rural villages where access to a balanced diet isn't easy to come by. Some of my best memories in Ghana were made on nutrition outreach days, when I was able to see just how grateful the families were for Point Hope's commitment to bettering their children's health and willingness to do as much as possible to help regardless of how difficult it may have been to find a solution. Truly, Point Hope has been able to listen to the communities it serves and find ways to help them in ways that are incredibly personal and thoughtful. They have gone above and beyond by helping rural communities and refugee camps/settlements across Ghana in a multitude of ways that commit to sustainable development and long-term security. I was fortunate enough to be a part of the Point Hope family, and I will always be very grateful to them for making me feel welcome.

4 Paula89

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As I type this, I am taking deep breaths of fresh air while sitting on a porch at the Point Hope guesthouse in Ghana. It's nighttime - around 8pm - and there is a tiny puppy curled up at my feet. I've been here for closer to two months than one, and although I've got over two months left here, I'm already dreading going home. The scenery is nearly as beautiful as the people we serve, and the family-style structure of organization employees and volunteers is breathtaking, welcoming and so loving. Each time I ride into camp or one of the nearby villages, I know that the people will warmly embrace me when they see that I am arriving as part of Point Hope. This happens every single time because they know the people from this organization care deeply. As a volunteer, this is the sort of thing I look for to answer the question of whether or not I am hanging out with credible, honest people. The answer here is always a resounding, "yes!" Between the fresh mango and the way the mothers breathe sighs of relief over receiving food assistance for their hungry children, between the smell of waakye (rice and beans) and the giggles I hear playing football (soccer) with a deaf child, between the schoolchildren running up to me for hugs and the hope in the eyes of people who are finally able to access healthcare because of this organization, between asking the Lord to let me stay even longer and thanking my beloved God above for the opportunity to learn from such wise and kind individuals as those who make up Point Hope - between all of these things, I'm just here, witnessing the goodness and seeing the light of love shining brightly, trying to be a part of it all. I wish every human being could have this experience. But even if you can't come to Ghana, you can still enrich the work being done here through a donation. Every dollar goes to help these precious kids and their families.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

There could never be enough good to say about Point Hope; children are alive who would otherwise have starved because of the work they do in Africa; foster youth here in the States are being encouraged and given hope and support. Point Hope is doing good and valuable work to care for those who have no voice.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Point Hope is a way of life. I am so blessed by what it has meant to be apart of this wonderful organization.
I have been privileged to be part of the Teenista, prayer group, Ghana and everyday life.
I wish the world could see the love and dedication that goes into all that is Point Hope.

3 Troy P.

Donor

Rating: 5

A great place to let your money make a difference in the lives of people you may never meet

3

Donor

Rating: 4

I am the mother, other mother, and grandmother of some of these wonderful people at Point Hope..I can promise these people care very much about those they help and I know that ALL of the money goes to making this charity as wonderful as it seems. It's a true, loving charity.

5 Amy_267

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Point Hope for a couple years now and it one of the best Non-Profits I know. They walk their talk with the Executive Director Jan Haines loading up containers full of needed supplies and go to Ghana twice a year for months at a time to help the village and people that they started. As well as Ghana they do the Teenesta every year that is like Queen for a day with fostor girls showering them with gifts clothes make overs and a nice dinner. I highly recommend getting involved with Point Hope -it will be a rewarding experience and you will be helping many!` Amy Baril

4 Douglas J.

Donor

Rating: 4

I find that the work done by this non-profit fills a hole that otherwise would go unanswered.

4 Victoria66

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Something was missing in my life. I was doing exactly what everyone was expecting from me. The semester to study abroad was coming and my options seemed pretty good: Argentina, Canada, USA or Spain, but something inside me was making me extremely uncomfortable and I couldn´t figure out what it was.
Whenever they told me about a program my first question was: how far is it? And that is how I realized I was not looking to go somewhere specific I was looking to go far away. I didn´t know if I was running from something or trying to find myself, months later I discovered it was both. I got an offer to do an Internship in a Nutrition Center in Ghana. It was perfect for me! It was far away, I was going to be working with children and even though no one understood why I wanted to go it felt right for me.
I knew that it was going to be hard, I was aware on how much I was going to miss my family; I knew working with children would be heartbreaking, I had a million questions but I needed a challenge and a change in my life so I built up the courage to go having no idea it was not even close to the courage I needed to make it through.
The first week I was a mess, I cried all the time, I couldn´t eat and I was overwhelmed. Everything and everyone scared me, there was no running water, I had to shower with a bucket and the lights went off every day. I kept thinking taking the first flight home; I doubted of myself and I felt I was not strong enough to do it. One day I couldn´t handle it any more, I wrote down all the things that were making me miserable and day by day I started to work on them. I choose my reasons to be sad and found the strength to make it.
I remember my dad told me “take the time you need to be yourself.” I did not understand what he meant but for some reason his words made me stay. Now I realized that I was in a vulnerable situation and everything seemed so difficult; there was nothing I could do but to allow myself to be scared, vulnerable, to ask for help and one day without noticing it I was happily going to work being no one else but me.
I worked in Buduburam Refugee Camp with an incredible organization called “Point Hope.” I was in charge of a Nutrition Program that monitored a group of vulnerable malnourished children. The work I did change my life, every day I would be more connected to the kids and their parents, It was not easy but I could feet in my heart how I was achieving something. Almost every day I had to remind myself the limits of the things I could to do and I kept pushing forward to accomplish what was possible to change.
In the afternoons I thought in a kindergarten, this was my favorite part because when the kids saw me outside of school they would ran as fast as they could just to hug me. They sang and danced so happily enjoying every second of their day. During the first weeks they touched my skin and my hair with a curiosity that I can´t explain, they kept looking at me trying to understand why we were different and subconsciously I looked back at them thinking the same.
John was a guy from Colorado that was there a couple of months before me, he seemed to know exactly what he was doing and I admire all the work that he had achieved. In no time he became my best friend. After work there were not many things to do, so we would spend hours talking about everything and getting to know each other. He became “my safe place” he reminded me of home and we enjoyed each other’s company. Compare to the other volunteers he didn´t complain that much, he would connect with people and helped me so much though my stay.
One day we went to a beautiful beach in the middle of nowhere, we spent all the day in the ocean and I remember sitting in the sand feeling the water on my feet and for the first time I felt thankful for being there. That night we went to a Ghanaian party and every single person was dancing so free that the only thing I could do was to let go and dance with them.
In that moment it hit me. I understood why I was so unhappy with my life, it was so clear for me to see why I was running away. All my fears, my insecurities, my dreams and my nightmares passed in front of my eyes. Everyone told me how much I was going to change. I realize now that change does not mean turning into someone else, but to embrace yourself in a way that you never knew you could.
Saying good bye was very hard. During my last week I knew my time had come to an end. I discovered so many things about me it was wild to see old pictures and recognize myself, but I knew the change has just begun. I knew coming back was just the first step to start living my life.
I can only thank God for everything I experienced, Ghana made me believe in myself, don´t miss the opportunity to change yourself while you do something amazing for others!