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Project HOPE - The People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc.

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Causes: Education, Graduate & Professional Schools, Health, Health (General & Financing), International, International Development

Mission: It is Project HOPE''s mission to achieve sustainable advances in health care around the world by implementing health education programs, conducting health policy research, and providing humanitarian assistance in areas of need; thereby contributing to human dignity, promoting international understanding and enhancing social and economic development. The essence of Project HOPE is teaching; the basis is partnership. Every year HOPE raises approximately $120 million of resources to support programs around the world. Over 90 percent of these resources are spent on programs. Funds are raised from government, multilateral organizations, multinational corporations, private institutions, and the general public. Until recently, fundraising and recruitment of health care professionals has been principally in the U.S., but since 1990, HOPE has developed new operations outside the U.S.with National Boards in the United Kingdom and Germany.

Programs: Although immediate humanitarian assistance is often an element of its activities, Project HOPE always stresses long-term, systemic solutions to health care problems. Programs cover the development of health care facilities and all aspects of education for nurses, doctors, engineers, and managers. Education initiatives include: health promotion, disease prevention, health care in the community, specialist hospital services, biomedical engineering, health care management, and policy. The focus for Project HOPE programs is currently: Africa, The Americas and the Caribbean, Asia and the Middle East,Central Eastern Europe, and Russia Eurasia. HOPE has experience in over 100 countries around the world, and generally conducts programs in more than 35 differnt countries in any one year. To support a program, Project HOPE actively facilitates partnerships between a number of organizations and individuals who make the program a success, combining expertise, both internal and external, to the host country. This may include government departments, health care institutions, health care professionals, and funding organizations. Each program partner agrees to contribute resources and expertise to achieve the designated health outcomes. The specific design and implementation of a program is undertaken by HOPE health care educators working with their host counterparts. Together, they address critical health care needs while educating others about the successful processes and procedures, which can be adopted. Project HOPE's emphasis is on efficient, effective, solutions for the long term. Please refer to the listing in this directory under Project HOPE - The People-to-People Health Foundation for 1999 financial figures. Project HOPE- The People-to-People Health Foundation replaced the name People-to-People Health Foundation as the legal name.

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

4 Eugenia L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was honored to serve as a bilingual public health educator and triage nurse in latin America on the USNS Comfort in 2007 AND 2008. I visited seven countries and provided care to thousand of people. The compassioin and kindness I witnessed but moreover was given in doing this important work was life changing. I remember a young man who had suffered a severe brain injury in a motor vehicle accident being brought to our clinic in Guatemala . he had already gone through rehabilitation in Guatemela City but his parent had driven seven hours to see us oping we could give them information on how to further help him. We worked for hours tring to make contacts. We all were so moved by his parents hope in us. Eventually we did make contacts that woud eventually provide him some further treatment back in the capital. I family walked two days from their mountain village to see us about a speciic issue. We did provide care and as they started to leave for the two day walk back to their home the mother turned to me and gave me a big hug.. She said thank ou God bless you in Spanish and it was so heartfelt i cried when she left. The mothers and childen, all who came to us demonstrated such courage and such strength. I was honored to be there. It is difficult to describe what it is like to ride into a medical site whee 600 people are waiting for the medical team and as our bus arrives the entire crown breaks into cheering because we have come to help them. Little do they know how mch they give to us. It is about great hope and great faith that hearts and minds come together to share our humanity. That is what the PROJECT HOPE cause is all about.....our shared humanity.

6

Donor

Rating: 1

I was about to make a donation to Project Hope after reading the evaluation here, but then I remembered to check what the CEO makes. To my surprise he makes over 600K a year ! No employee of any charity should be enriching him/herself to the tune of 600K a year. When I donate to charity, I expect my money to go to those in need not in a CEO's pocket. My money will go elsewhere.

Review from CharityNavigator

2

Donor

Rating: 2

Have you ever seen Carter Hall where the Project Hope Offices are located? It is one of the most extravagant and historical mansions in Virginia. Why would a charity have their headquarters in such a extravagant, luxurious and historical place? I believe if you dig into their books you will find something fishy.

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2

Volunteer

Rating: 2

Attracted dedicated, generous professionals with great intentions. But people felt "used" as the emphasis seemed to be on taking photos for P-R, recruitment, and fundraising purposes and emphasized photos of local/ native people's, especially children, somewhat posed and often intrusive objectification with little regard for privacy.they certainly get good value for money as they require the volunteers to pay all the expenses associated with their volunteer work ( although in some cases, they are getting food and housing through U.S. military). It is hard for volunteers not to feel taken advantage of, however, when one sees the salary and travels of the CEO, Dr. Howe or other staff's unnecessary and not substantive site visits. In the end, it is good work, and one can feel good about it if you think of Project Hope as merely a middleman that hooks the professional up with the organization doing the work, such as military. Not sure that Project Hope fills its side of the bargains hen it also includes in its contingent new associate degree graduates without any work experience and categorizes them in a specialty. Perhaps this is because Project Hope is not clear about how it wants to be identified and the essence of the service it wants to be known for providing -- simply bodies or real expertise that can be shared with host country counterparts. What's the value it intends to add -- qualitatively and quantitatively?

1

Advisor

Rating: 5

Hi,

My Name is Annie Javed I am a student . The way you help people through show is really great. I am on a mission which I named ''Love For Humanity''. This missions seems to be very difficult but I believe nothing is impossible. I really wish people of our world stop hating, abusing and cheating each other. Female's should get freedom so that they can freely do any work and study without any fear. Security for people so that they can feel safe. Stop Crimes, Robbery, Terrorism and Jealousy. We all can unite. This small effort will really work if we all unite we can really make this mission possible. Then this world will be a better place to live in. I want to see a smile on everyone's face want to see everyone happy. I want to make a Charity Foundation one day Hope that dream will come true Insha ALLAH.

My Pages:-
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Thank You,
Annie Javed
Abu Dhabhi, United Arab Emirates

3 Cherri D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PH focuses on sustainability by helping developing nations work with scarce resources. This provides for long-term results, not short term patches,

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

I became a member of the Project HOPE's Board six years ago. While I am well aware of the thousands and thousands of lives saved and people whose well-being has improved, the meaning of HOPE came home to me when I met a ten year old boy --- full of energy with a smile on his face --- in the hallway of a hospital in Beijing This child would have died as an infant had not Project HOPE provided and continued to provide medicine to him each and every day. I take pride in being part of an organization where employees, volunteers and Board members are committed to putting smiles on the faces of children around the world.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I was included in a group that toured Project HOPE's projects in Wuhan, Shanghai, and Beijing China in 2008. I saw first-hand the grateful appreciation of Nursing students at Wuhan University, AIDs patients, the parents of children injured in the Sichuan Province earthquake, the parents of heart patients at the Shanghai Children's Medical Center, and the pleas from the Minister of Health in Beijing.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was helping on a mission in the USNS comfort as a translator here in Nicaragua, they came with the mission to help people with different illness... It was so great to help so many people

4 JoAnne12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My life with Project HOPE began in 2005 with the USNS Mercy in Indonesia after the tsunami. What an exciting and rewarding experience! After that came: Katrina ( also an interesting experience), humanatarian efforts in Paupa New Guinea, Micronesia, Ghana and most recently in Haiti at Albert Schweitzer Hospital. The people I have known and loved during these experieces are memories to last a lifetime. I am proud to have been a part of this wonderful organization. JoAnne Machin, RN

4 Judi4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for Project Hope since the Earthquake in Nias in 2005. it was the first attempted to partner the US Navy with NGOs. It took a while for us to figure out each others role on the ship US Mercy but we soon learned what was expected and how to work well together. Since then Project Hope has responded to other disasters and remained in the country's after everyone else has left. To help educate and continue to rehab victims. This is the case inHaiti after so much cholera and traumatic amputations had occurred. recently I traveled with Project Hope to Benin and Togo, Africa. We set up Health clinics and preventive education for the people there. this was during the time of the death of Ambassador Stevens. Despite that we felt safe and secure with our Navy and Marine partners. Project Hope takes care of its volunteers and remains in the country after everyone else has left!

1 Elizabeth67

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Project HOPE is a global health and education and humanitarian aid organization. It has programs in over 35 countries throughout the world. The organization is involved with public health programs as well as disaster relief programs. Although Project HOPE has many beneficial programs programs, one that stand out to me is its Orphans and Vulnerable children program in Namibia. In Namibia, Project HOPE helps teach young people about HIV prevention and teaches parenting skills to guardians of those who have been orphaned due to AIDS. I am a volunteer at Project HOPE in the Communications Department. I have been helping to spread the word about HOPE's great programs for the past three months.

1 Stephanie59

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered twice for tsunami relief and humanitarian aid in Indonesia. Awesome experience.

3

Donor

Rating: 3

I too struggle with giving to this org. and others like it where the CEO receives a salary that seems excessive. on one hand i know that non profits like any body else need to hire competent people to run their organizations and also need to compensate them well to keep them. I know hat they devote a lot of time work and effort on behalf of the org. and probably do a lot of traveling too. however on the other hand they are working for a charity whose goal is to.help people and the more you pay out in salary and administrative expenses is less $ for the mission of the org. also since this is a Charity should not the leaders be expected to make some sacrifices on the matter of salary and benefits vs working for a private company

5 James26

Donor

Rating: 2

I am troubled by the excessive pay to the CEO. I believe that charity money should not be used for such high pay.

Review from CharityNavigator

2

Advisor

Rating: 5

The Basrah Children's Hospital opened in October 2010. Its focus is caring for children with cancer. Unfortunately, children in Southern Iraq have cancer rates 8 to 10 times higher than children in the West.

The Basrah Children's Hospital - the first new hospital built in Iraq in more than 30 years - is an example of Project HOPE's diligence to make sure the health needs of children are addressed.

Please visit the link below to view a video about the hospital. http://www.projecthope.org/where-we-work/southeast-asia-middle-east/iraq.html

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Come on Project Hope - update your website with the truth about the Basra Children's Hospital in Iraq that you said that would be opened in 2006, then 2007, 2008....It still isn't opened, and you never had the integrity to admit that as a US Defense contractor, you don't want to ruffle their feathers. I encourage anyone considering working with Project Hope to understand that they are working for the US Defense Department, just as USAID did in Vietnam. You won't be considered as a neutral aid worker by anyone in the field.

Review from Guidestar