Providing those in need with opportunity, dignity, and hope so they can possess the tools for change in themselves, their family and their community.
World Hope International (WHI) is a Christian relief and development organisation working with vulnerable and exploited communities to alleviate poverty, suffering, and injustice.
Organisational Goals and Objectives
Our vision is to provide those in need with opportunity, dignity, and hope so they can possess the tools for change in themselves, their family, and their community. WHI supports all people regardless of ethnicity, gender, race, or religion.
WHI uses market-based and community-driven enterprise solutions to empower, protect, and build resiliency through innovative, environmentally conscious, and transformative projects. We deliver our programming through strategic local and global partnerships to create a maximal, sustainable impact.
WHI programmes are developed within the framework of four core values:
- Transformation: Individuals and communities are transformed into ones with dignity and wholeness through a spiritual, social, economic, and physical change.
- Sustainability: Lasting impact is realised through locally sustainable programmes.
- Empowerment: Development occurs to the extent local communities, leaders, and individuals are empowered to affect change.
- Collaboration: The means of development are demonstrated
throughpartnering with the local community, like-minded organisations, and individuals.
The needs present in today’s world are complex and deeply interconnected. Our programme areas complement one another and act as a comprehensive response to poverty.
ACCEPTING THE OPPORTUNITY TO INVEST IN OTHERS
The roots of World Hope International (WHI) can be traced back to the vision and heart of our dynamic founder, Jo Anne Lyon. From a humble start in 1996, God has blessed Jo Anne’s journey to serve those crippled by poverty. Her hope:
To empower the poorest of the poor around the world so they can become agents of change within their communities.
What began in the back bedroom of her home, grew into a leading-edge Christian relief and development organisation, recognised by partners and governments alike as a successful service model for those in need. For more than 10 years, Jo Anne entered into war-torn regions, abandoned communities and dark pockets of the world teeming with forced labor and prostitution. She looked at the bleakness and despair and saw how she could bring glimmers of light through opportunity, dignity, and hope.
Though Jo Anne stepped down as WHI USA’s CEO in 2008 to accept a prominent leadership role within The Wesleyan Church, she remains actively involved as a member of our WHI USA Board of Directors.
World Hope Australia was founded in 2001 and worked in partnership with WHI USA before changing our name to World Hope International in late 2016 and joining the global WHI Alliance along with WHI Canada in January 2017.
Today, WHI continues its mission as a voice for the silent, an opportunity for the oppressed and water for those who thirst. WHI helps provide the dignity that comes from an educated mind, a healthy body, an honest day’s wage and a safe place to heal. WHI is the one who comes alongside those gripped by poverty to offer a hand up instead of a handout.