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Causes: Children & Youth, Foster Care, International, International Development, Philanthropy, Voluntarism Promotion

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

Target demographics: children in foster care and those who support them, as well as vulnerable children and families in Ghana

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 10,000 people get fresh, clean water; educated and fed 250 students; partnered with local foster agencies

Geographic areas served: The foster care system in the US and with children & women in West Africa

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.

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88 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Tasneem K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My summer as a Point Hope Ghana volunteer was one of the most fulfilling and enriching experiences during my undergraduate career. The incredible hospitality and care Point Hope staff demonstrated throughout my stay is a testament to how invested the organization is in its volunteers. I was ultimately given the opportunity to contribute so much more to projects than I had anticipated being able to. The team’s collaborative nature and willingness to integrate innovative, new ideas in projects helped me quickly jump on board and feel heard as well as valued. Point Hope has well-developed rapport with the communities it serves and deeply cares for, which guides the hard work the organization is committed to. I felt at home throughout my entire my stay and left feeling like I was a part of Point Hope’s global family!

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pointhope Tasneem came to Point Hope Ghana with an open heart and a willing mind. We are thrilled she is in medical school now and we are awaiting her return to bring her new knowledge to benefit the children we serve.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I gave to Point Hope because they share to people who have little to none. When I started working with them I was able to tell they meant business. They always include the Lord in what they do. I learned more about Christ through working with them. They enrich the lives of people in and out their community. I’m so excited to continue being on their board.

jamallm

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I can’t lie.. I was truly impressed but I didn’t know that they were so heavily involved in their community. This organization works with folks in Africa and the states. It’s cool to see people take their love for God internationally. One thing I did appreciate was that the office was easy to find and they always pick up their calls

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Very essential work. Everyone was accepting and kind. I admire the other volunteers too they were kinda cool. Are you guys open for volunteers during COVID?

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pointhope 08/04/2020

We are always open for volunteers, we are following guidelines and want everyone to be safe, but kids in need don’t go on pause, even with COVID. Thanks for asking!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I donate to Point Hope because they are needed in today’s world. They share the light of Christ and the love of Christ with others. When I donate they make me feel appreciated. They surely are a blessing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This NGO really does what God says for us to do... well and they go beyond! They accept volunteers as long as you call in and go apply on their website at pointhope.org.
I can’t wait to volunteer again next year! Hopefully everything will be open again’❤️

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pointhope 08/04/2020

We always welcome volunteers and the work you did with Point Hope was so appreciated!

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Volunteer

Rating: 3

I didn’t have a bad experience but I wish they were open all year round. They just do such a good job with helping people internationally and locally. Can’t wait for their next project opening

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pointhope 08/04/2020

Hey Derrick, not sure where the confusion came in, but Point Hope is ABSOLUTELY open all year round. Get in touch with us and let’s talk about your next volunteer opportunity! Tks, man!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Dude, u loved working here for the summer. Can you say “GOD’s WORK”?!! They represent God in ways I’ve never seen before!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I wished I had more time to spend with this organization before switching states. The atmosphere was very welcoming. They take their time to get to know you as a volunteer and they provide great hospitality. The workers really care about their community and it shows

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pointhope 08/04/2020

You know, Sisi, you can also start a Point Hope Chapter in your new location. Think globally, act locally! We appreciate you!!

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Client Served

Rating: 4

Such an amazing team! Charitable work and the office was so neat! Can’t wait to volunteer again for sure!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was a pretty cool organization to work for. I think they got really great staff and the right objective. Idk pretty dope

1 Joseph H.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I give to point hope because I believe the work that they do is essential. People who would otherwise would go unnoticed can get the help that they need to thrive through the services of point hope.

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pointhope 08/04/2020

Thank you, Joseph! We appreciate your continued support to help us help others to help themselves.

1 Tasneem K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My summer as a Point Hope Ghana volunteer was one of the most fulfilling and enriching experiences during my undergraduate career. The incredible hospitality and care Point Hope staff demonstrated throughout my stay is a testament to how invested the organization is in its volunteers. I was ultimately given the opportunity to contribute so much more to projects than I had anticipated being able to. The team’s collaborative nature and willingness to integrate innovative, new ideas in projects helped me quickly jump on board and feel heard as well as valued. Point Hope has well-developed rapport with the communities it serves and deeply cares for, which guides the hard work the organization is committed to. I felt at home throughout my entire my stay and left feeling like I was a part of Point Hope’s global family!

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pointhope 08/04/2020

Tasneem came to Point Hope Ghana with an open heart and a willing mind. We are thrilled she is in medical school now and we are awaiting her return to bring her new knowledge to benefit the children we serve.

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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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization that helps kids domestically and internationally. This organization put the needs of kids before anything else. The willingness to help kids and families in Africa as well as kids in the United State foster care system, is a huge task in which they have no plans on ever stop pursing. They inspire to be the voice for children who have no voice, and they want the whole world to know all kids matter!

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pointhope 08/04/2020

Leah, your support and volunteerism is invaluable! Point Hope is a better organization because people like you are partnering with us!

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Donor

Rating: 5

We give to point hope not just because giving is what we are called to do, we give to point hope because we are confident that the work that they do is essential to the growth of the community that they serve. The services that they provide enrich people's lives, people who would otherwise would go unnoticed can get the help that they need to thrive through the services of point hope.

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pointhope 08/04/2020

Thank you, Dora! Your kind words and confidence in Point Hope and the work we are doing is so very much appreciated!

2 Molly B.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of doing a dental mission trip with Point Hope to Ghana this past August and it was such an amazing experience. These people have work so hard and changed the lives of so many people! They have provided fresh water, feeding programs for the childern, women empowerment programs, medical services, the list goes on and on. As a volunteer I felt very safe with the Point Hope staff and never once felt out of place. They were all so caring and treated me like family. I would definitely recommend working with this non profit and will be back for many more trips to help the wonderful people of Ghana.

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pointhope 08/04/2020

Molly, we were so bummed (along with the rest of the world) when traveling was shutdown. We are excited to have you bring your talents and skill set back to Point Hope Ghana! Here’s hoping 2021 is a kinder, healthier year and we can welcome you once more! Thank you for all you and your team did for the needy!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I discovered POINT HOPE and love the work they do with kids. My daughter is adopted and she loves helping kids that are in need of a home. Point Hope let's her feel like she is giving back!!

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pointhope 08/04/2020

Thank you, Linde. You and your daughter are loved and valuable partners in our work to be a voice for forgotten children.

3 Calvin N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Point Hope is a blessing..as a beneficiary PH redefine my life , as a volunteer PH provides me the opportunity to explore. Point Hope has direct impact on all her beneficiaries

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pointhope 08/04/2020

Thank you for your kind words, Calvin. We are proud of all you have achieved through God’s blessings and the partners of Point Hope.

3 Dendeh B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Point Hope Ghana is a phenomenal non-profit organization that seeks to help vulnerable and needy people no matter who you are.
Children, aged and vulnerable are well taken care of, they are fed, clothe, given quality education and house if necessary.
There is not any better organization i would have ever wish to be associated with then Point Hope.
God bless Point Hope

4 IdaBoateng

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Point hope is an organisation which focuses more on children. They provide children with health care, education, rehabilitate children from malnourishment, provide skills training to parents, they provide Forster care for children without families. And Point hope serves as family to those who don't have families. More strength and more resources to point hope for their hard works.

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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.

3 Adam S.6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

They implement sustainable interventions to improve the life n well-being of the vulnerable populations they serve in Africa and in the USA.

4 Kwame D.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Point Hope is not an organization that 'helps' it is an organization that empowers people to help themselves and teach others. Farming, education and fresh, clean drinking water are just a few of the things that Point Hope helps people achieve and maintain as well creating a safe environment for youth who may have displaced from a traditional family environment.

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pointhope 08/04/2020

Thank you, Kwame. We appreciate your kind words and also your valuable service as a volunteer and Board Member for Point Hope.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

It's difficult to describe how important Point Hope is to my life and the lives of thousands of people. Point Hope has been my primary charity of choice for many years now because of the way they help. Rather than giving people a handout, like so many other charities do which result in dependence on being given things rather than learning a sustainable way to live. The children participating in Point Hope are fed three square meals a day as well as going to school and learning life skills. Their parents are taught HOW to support their family by organic farming, sewing with native fabrics, building, and every other need they might have is filled with the goal being both to have independence and have the skills and knowledge to meet your family's needs and those of others. I feel like I could say so, so much more but suffice to say if every charity devoted to helping and feeding others were run the way Point Hope is, there would be a lot less number of people starving in this world. Additionally, and certainly not as a footnote, Point Hope is involved in the foster care system in America working towards finding "forever homes" for children before they age out of the system. I sincerely hope that you find Point Hope's mission statement and complete follow through on everything to be what you're looking for in a truly wonderfully run organization.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

1 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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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

5 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.

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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.

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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!

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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

5 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.

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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.

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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.

4 Troy P.

Donor

Rating: 5

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

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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!

3 Kevin143

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Point Hope is a fantastic organization. As far as I know 100% of the proceeds go directly to the recipients. The volunteers go several times a year to make sure the charity is running correctly. They give of their time talents and abilities unselfishly. The founder gives a great deal of her own money for this wonderful cause.

5 Erin107

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Point Hope is a nonprofit that is made up of many different volunteer groups looking to make a difference in the lives of children both domestically and internationally. The very fact that Point Hope works with foster care children in the US and in West Africa is one of the reasons Point Hope stands out from other nonprofits. In addition, Point Hope teams up with other organizations working with children in hopes of helping to advance their missions as well.

Helping children by telling and showing them that they are important, very special, and cared about is one of Point Hope’s goals and I think they do an amazing job of spreading that message to the children they work with in the US and in West Africa!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was blessed to walk into a prayer group and meet people who completely turned my heart on.
It began with working at the Teenistia. From there it blossomed into a volunteer postion. Then a trip to Ghana.
It's definitely a place that makes you realize god gives us so much more then we can ever give. Point Hope truly is a voice for forgotten children.

4 Chiara D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure to work with Point Hope and I confirm that it is an amazing organization, completely committed and dedicated to help and support the voiceless. It truly makes a difference in the life of the most volunerable people and has inspired me in my career path.

4 giacasto

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have worked with them for many years and I am do impressed with what they do.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have worked with Point Hope for many years in my capacity as a freight forwarder. Never have I known such a dedicated group of people go to such lenghts to be a help to communites here in America and abroad.

They inspired me to increase my own volunteering and finding others to assist with the Teenista and other worthwwhile projects.

I cannot t recommend this group enough! They are always looking for more assistance too so if yiu have time to do some volunteer work check in with them... they will be so happy to help you feel good in your heart.

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Excellent non-profit! The values of this organization is unmatched. I'm a donor and volunteer because I share the value base and feel strongly that all money and energy goes directly to those who need it.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have volunteered time both at home and in Ghana and donated funds since 2009, when I first discovered Point Hope. They do so much with so few resources, feeding and educating over 500 children each year, providing for the least of these.

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2 Debbie153

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

My daughter has been in Africa nearly a year, has served with this Point Hope, and it has proven to be a life-altering event for her. The organization is focused on improving the lives of the people of Africa, in particular the children. Giving them "things" is the smallest part of what they really do. They feed and rescue children, but greater than that, they teach and nurture and support their futures. Building schools, helping make sustainable farms, providing work opportunities, and supporting the orphanages is helping them build their own futures. The Point Hope staff she works with from the US and in Africa have been phenomenal in guiding and mentoring my daughter as well. The impact they have made on thousands of people around the world is immeasurable.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had an amazing opportunity, through the help and support of the founder of this organization, to travel to Accra, Ghana with Point Hope. There are many stereotypes about culture in West Africa and my favorite part about traveling was seeing, hands-on, a little piece of the true culture.

I, along with numerous others, traveled to northern Ghana to a village called Fatenta. We got to witness and teach about agriculture, health and safety, education, and my favorite, how awesome God is!

My experience in Ghana and with Point Hope have encouraged my desire to serve the Lord in ministry. Currently, I am a college student and my experiences have also given me connections with International students and have given me more peace about my major. Overall, I am so blessed to have the Point Hope family to be such an influential part of my life and I am incredibly grateful. It was, and is, evident that they follow where the Lord is calling them and serve others in a life-touching way.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter had the privilege of going with Point Hope to Africa and serving for a month! It was life changing for her to participate in aiding such in need people and children! It left an imprint of how blessed with abundance we are here in America and has put a drive in her to go back and serve again! Seeing what Point Hope does to help people inspired her with stories to share with the rest of us that could not experience it first hand and has had an impact on many other people to give where they can!

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have never seen such commitment to making positive change as I have seen from the team at Point Hope. Everything they do is about helping children with no way to help themselves. They do this with many programs, such as helping the mothers learn skills so they can work and in turn, feed their families and stop the cycle of helplessness. The compassion pours out of every single volunteer. Blood, sweat and tears go into every event, every planned volunteer trip, every single hour of every single day they spend with these vulnerable populations. Having the honor to volunteer with them in Ghana was absolutely life changing for me. This is what real love is.

2 Leslie68

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I point Hope is the most amazing oganization I had ever been involved withThe compassion
n is overflowing. It is a God based program at the very basic level, love thy neighbor, do unto others. Love is woven into all they do.
I have been involved in both the domestic and international. The work in progress should continue.
I pray they win.

2 Justice K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Point hope as a voice for the voiceless in society, has provided basic necessities for everyday life in communities they are involved . In Ghana, their presence in the Buduburam refugee camp has provided hope for the people with more emphasis on the neglected children whose parents cannot feed them. Through their nutrition program and improved agricultural practices, a camp which was once greatly relying on external support can now boast of their self reliance and sustenance. Women have been empowered with skills in batik making and many other vocational skills. Money they make from their trade enable them to properly provide for the children and this has gone a long way to also boost their self esteem as a people.
Orphanages are not left out in the work of point hope, many homes are provided food, medication and basic materials that enables them to run properly thus, the kids in the home are well catered for. Currently, point hope is putting up a model village where the face of orphanage homes and their ways of operation are taken to a new dimension. The idea is that, foster homes or orphanages shouldn't be any different from the normal homes most people are privileged to. Every child must be able to grow up in an environment where there are parents so they can be properly guided to become good citizens. Also in their home state, there is an annual program called TEENISTAR, where girls in the foster system are brought together to be treated to things that girls in their ages would do. Although the event is a short one, it has over the years printed fond memories on the minds of the girls.
To talk about point hope and its impact in society would like an author writing a never ending book because there so much to write and talk about. Point hope is a beacon of our time and its my prayer that, God almighty will continue to inspire its leaders and founder to achieve greeter strands wherever they go.