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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

66 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to travel to Ghana just over 2 years ago. I visited multiple medical clinics, hospitals and villages. The presence of Point Hope and it’s impact to those in need of food, water, clothes, education for children and medical needs, provided by this non profit organization has been a great blessing to many. But the momentum of Point Hope continues to grow with the support of donations. Work in progress is providing skills for those in the refugee camp of Bududuram and outlining villages to people so they can become self sufficient. In the last 2 years, since I have been there Point Hope is now building an orphanage for children and women. None of this would not have happened without Point Hope!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

PointHope Ghana assisted three RIT students and me when we traveled from USA to Ghana to conduct research. PointHope’s integrated community projects in Buduburam and Krisan refugee settlements were great learning resources for my students. PointHope has a committed team who worked with us both day and night! Their connections with the refugees, the neighboring communities and other existing projects are remarkable!
Our research experiences in Ghana are richer because of PointHope’s community projects, their willingness to assist my students connection with other nutrition-related projects. PointHope also coordinated some of our local non-academic activities that contributed to the broader understanding of the Ghanaian and refugee nutrition context.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had gone to Ghana with an instructor and two other students from RIT - a university in New York State. As soon as I arrived with the two other students, two individuals from Point Hope were there waiting for us. They helped us carry our luggage and they drove us back to the Point Hope house. We were able to stay in the guest house for the two days we would be in the area and everyone was so nice and welcoming. They even prepared amazing meals for us while we were staying. One of the members of Point Hope stayed with us throughout our trip, putting his life at hold to drive us to our interviews and other various destinations. I am so grateful for Point Hope. This organization allowed us to accomplish things, that otherwise would have been undoable.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been involved with Point Hope for many years in various ways and I can’t say enough good things about my experiences volunteering with this organization. I had the opportunity to work in nutrition, education, volunteer organizing, with orphanages, in economic self-sufficiency programs, and so much more. Volunteer experiences abroad can be challenging when you don’t feel like you’re doing as much as you could be. I never felt this way with Point Hope, I felt like my responsibilities were meaningful and I always had direction and support from staff. The staff at Point Hope were incredible to work with and I’ve made lifelong friends with them. I would recommend this organization to anyone searching for a worthwhile volunteer opportunity.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Point Hope in Ghana for just over 6 months. My time in Africa with this organization has been nothing short of life changing. Point Hope is a pillar in the Buduburam community and it is well known among residents here how impactful they have been and continue to be. I am proud to be part of an organization that has helped feed, educate, and teach life skills to thousands of people. I would recommend this organization to anyone interested in a meaningful volunteer opportunity in Ghana or in the US.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Point Hope saves lives! The very name implies the very thing it gives: HOPE!
I am so honored to sow into the lives of all of those helped by Point Hope!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been with Point Hope since the beginning and have traveled to Ghana many times.
I can testify to the wonderful stewardship of the money and talents given to it and that
the programs continue to help children in the USA and in Ghana.

Many lives have been saved especially in Ghana due to the implementation of a comprehensive fresh water project and ongoing nutritional programs.

I am honored to be a small part of Point Hope and look forward to continuing with it
in the tears to come.

JJHaynes

Donor

Rating: 5

I came into this organization 9 years ago because my college friend, Delilah, told me God had moved her to start a nonprofit that would be a voice for forgotten children. She asked me and my husband to travel to Ghsna, West Africa, to see for ourselves the work Point Hope was doing. We volunteered our time and resources to do that.

We landed and pretty much went directly to a refugee camp located in a village called Buduburam. I saw the fresh, clean water flowing out of spigots. I heard stories from the Liberian refugees about the miracles in their lives that this water Delilah and Point Hope had delivered made possible. Lives saved. Hope restored. Purpose provided.

I left Ghana in August 2009 as the same person, but with an entirely new vision, mission and purpose. Since that trip, I added to my volunteer position with Point Hope. I am now the Director of the organization, but I still volunteer a whole lotta hours! I have also returned to Ghana over 30 times, finding plenty to do within ALL of the projects: farming, skills training, entrepreneurial training, early childhood education, nutrition and nutrition education, construction, community outreach, health and wellness, special needs classroom, physical therapy for the disabled, and SO much more.

I do work for Point Hope, but I also am a volunteer and a financial donor. I have recruited my entire family to volunteer and donate to Point Hope, because I know that every dollar we give, every hour we spend, goes to the programs and projects. Delilah donates all the administrative expenses, so the rest of us can give freely and watch our resources reap a harvest of HOPE.

AND Point Hope is busy in the US as well, bringing awareness to our troubled Foster Care system, providing support for other organizations who serve children in foster care, and even hosting events for children and teens in foster care to have a day full of fun and free from worries.

I'd invite you to join the Point Hope family--whether you travel to volunteer in West Africa, start a Point of Hope Chapter and volunteer in your own community, knit or crochet Beanies4Babies, give a monthly donation or financially support the incredibly life-altering work through a one-time gift--you will not regret it!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Point Hope is a voice for forgotten children in the foster care in the US and for refugees, orphans, and other vulnerables in Ghana, West Africa. The dedication of Point Hope Ghana staff and the volunteers there (including many of the beneficiaries and their families as well as caring, compassionate individuals from other countries) and the volunteers and donors across the US all working together to save lives, provide purpose and restore hope make me very glad to be a partner in this great work of service and blessing.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

Point Hope is the voice for helpless children. The organization saves children's lives. Point Hope teaches families the basic essential to live a healthy life, including providing access to safe water and a sustainable solutions to hunger. Due to the founder, Delilah Renee's commitment and financial support, 100% of donations go directly to the people in need.
Working with Ms. Renee is truly inspirational.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There are many international nonprofit organizations out there that deviate from the true value and meaning of helping others to the best of their capacity, and utilize volunteers as a means to sustain their own business. Point Hope Inc is not one of them.

I have never worked with such a warm, welcoming, and hard working organization. Point Hope Ghana is doing everything they can to make a difference in their immediate and surrounding communities. The in-country director Adam Sandow is amazing, working hard every day while supporting his loving family. I also had the pleasure of meeting the US Executive Director Jan Haynes while I was in Ghana, and she truly puts everything she can into this organization.

Point Hope Ghana is a family, one that I was sad to say goodbye to when I left Ghana, and one I look forward to saying hello again to in the future. The staff members do everything they can in their capacity to make your stay as comfortable as possible, and with the projects they work on they put in 110% effort every time.

The work that they are doing goes far beyond what is required, and they make sure that your problems become their problems so you can work on them together. I would highly recommend becoming involved with Point Hope Inc in whatever capacity you can, whether that is donating or volunteering, what you give will make a difference.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Seeing Point Hope grow from nothing to the new buildings, the farming and irrigation system shows that a lot of hard work and prayer has taken it from nothing to a blessing. Speaking with the Ghana Point Hope director and worker is inspiring and loyalty they have in helping others.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Point Hope Is such a part of the fabric of our family, circle of friends and our daily lives! I do what I do each day to be able to support what Point Hope does here in the US and in Ghana. The employees, volunteers and beneficiaries are my second family and I am honored to know such wonderful people.

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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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Point Hope is an excellent organization, making a huge impact in the US, Africa and worldwide. As much as they help the areas that they work in, they also extend the same gracious attention and help to their volunteers. Volunteer, it will change your life!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

POINT HOPE INC is a true voice for the forgotten especially children their programs cut across from food and nutrition, water, health, education and women empowerment Point Hope provide and restore genuine hope. Not like other charities, all proceeds receive by Point Hope goes directly to the beneficiaries.

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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 !!

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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.

2

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.

2 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!

2

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

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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.

2

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.