I am a co-founder of this NGO where I worked for 6 years and have volunteered for the past 12 years. I have traveled with the Hope Alliance volunteer teams to 7 different countries where they have worked and have seen countless examples of life changing help for many many people. Clean water, medical care, prescription glasses, etc.. have had dramatic and positive impacts for good. In addition, the volunteers who spend their time, money and expertise to go on the expeditions have their own lives changed as well. I am clearly biased, but this organization does simply outstanding work!! John Hanrahan, MD
I have volunteered with The Hope Alliance for 15 years now. This is a group that really changes lives in rural villages with all kinds of programs from health care to clean water. They are very good stewards of resources with more than 90% of donations going to programs.
I first went on an humanitarian expedition with The Hope Alliance in 2002, three years after it was created. My wife and two of my children, a son age 18 and daughter age 16 also came and brought some teenage friends who worked side by side with the older volunteers. We went to Iquitos, Peru, in the Amazon jungle and to villages downriver from Iquitos, doing health checks, providing eye exams and used glasses, and otherwise assisting in health related matters. I have been back about 5 times; my wife has been back (with Hope Alliance and some other groups as well) over a dozen times, and I believe my son and daughter have been back at least a couple of times each (with Hope Alliance and other organizations). Such expeditions make lifetime humanitarians of the participants as well as provide help to those in need. On that first trip, after a long day of work in Iquitos, we left in a bus and all the people who were at the site, perhaps a hundred, pulled apart to let the bus pass and burst into applause for us as we passed. I will never forget it, and neither will anyone else who was there. The help we provided was greatly appreciated.
There have been similar events on all later expeditions: old persons who have never been able to clearly see their grandchildren have cried when receiving glasses that allowed them to see their grandchildren for the first time; people who had immobilizing disabilities were overcome with joy at receiving wheel chairs that allowed them to get around, mostly without assistance, for the first time in years. The stories go on and on. Every expedition to the various countries helped by the Hope Alliance brings back further stories, from Haiti, Guatamala, Nepal, Uganda, Ghana, and other places. The Hope Alliance also has been providing help in rural Utah, including on Native American reservations, and, again the gratitude of the people who have been helped has been great and has affected the lives of all the participants.
A few years after that first expedition to Peru, I had the opportunity to serve on the Board of the Hope Alliance, along with other dedicated volunteers over the years. I have been proud to serve in such a role that has allowed me to help volunteers help others.
Being able to volunteer locally and internationally to address problems like health and vision has been an incredible experience. Not only does The Hope Alliance address some very serious issues in poverty, but it allows for each volunteer to become a global citizen. I am so thankful for the relationships I have built through The Hope Alliance
Our teen-aged daughter went on a Hope Alliance-organized service trip to a rural Haitian orphanage last year, and it was endlessly eye-opening and illuminating for her. She worked and saved beforehand to buy and assemble 50 sewing kits for local women there. Not only do the residents have no money to make purchases, but there are no stores or supplies available to buy in the rural areas. Thanks to Hope Alliance for organizing this type of service trip for teens, she came back with a much bigger understanding of the world, and the part she can play in making it a kinder, gentler place. Hope Alliance doesn't just do acts of good work in areas that need it most, they also transform their volunteers into committed, life-long, go-gooders. And I think that's pretty incredible.