Hope Global Blog

Rwandan Reflections

The HOPE Team - Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Above: Paul, Laurie, Marian, Shane & Natasha at Fruits of Hope Academy, Rwanda A team of 5 volunteers landed back on Australian soil this week after 12 days in Rwanda where they had spent time learning about the history and culture, learning from our project partners and impart read more..

Volunteers Needed

The HOPE Team - Wednesday, March 16, 2016
HOPE: Global is an NGO which focuses on restoring and rebuilding educational systems that have been devastated by genocide or extreme poverty. We run strategic training programs that address the greatest issues affecting teachers, schools and other NGO's within these educational systems across  read more..

Teachers key to literacy

The HOPE Team - Friday, March 11, 2016
The article first appeared in the Central Coast Express Advocate on March 9, 2016. One of the questions people might ask of the work HOPE: Global does is 'why do you train teachers'? We came across the article above and it summed it up so well: "Low literacy levels have been read more..

Final days in Cambodia

The HOPE Team - Thursday, February 04, 2016
"The final two days of our youth ambassador work was completed at A Greater Hope Orphange in the Takeo province, about an hours drive from Phnom Penh. As youth ambassadors and team leaders, our roles were to provide 4 sets of workshops created by Jessica to about 30 girls that were staying at th read more..

Cambodia has finally come

The HOPE Team - Monday, January 18, 2016
" Our time in Cambodia has finally come! I am in love already! Our first day exploring the Russian Markets was such an experience, with so much for our senses to take in and a few bargains as well! The afternoon at the Killing Fields left me shocked and heartbroken at the devastation this  read more..

Imagine this

The HOPE Team - Friday, January 15, 2016
Happy New Year! We hope that you've enjoyed your Christmas and New Year break and are ready for an incredible 2016. At this time of year, many of us are making resolutions, breaking resolutions (!), getting back into work and getting our kids ready for the new school year. Just imagine  read more..

Happy 2016

The HOPE Team - Friday, January 08, 2016
Happy New Year from all of us at Hope Global! We have some incredible things ahead of us this year we couldn’t be more excited to share them with you. The Walk of Hope takes place 27th February – we’ve relaunched and re-branded read more..

Youth Ambassadors ready for Cambodia

The HOPE Team - Monday, December 14, 2015
Our five Youth Ambassadors are just 4 weeks away from embarking on the journey of a lifetime. This dedicated group of young people have been working tirelessly over the last 5 months to prepare for a trip to Cambodia that will not only impact the lives of those they will be working with, but the read more..

Bright Futures

The HOPE Team - Tuesday, December 08, 2015
We absolutely love getting feedback from our partners on the ground and so were excited when we received a report from the Mother's Union in Rwanda about a program that HOPE: Global has been supporting. In June this year, our Hope Education Team trained a group of 60 single young Mum's in th read more..

Join us this Giving Tuesday

The HOPE Team - Tuesday, December 01, 2015
Giving is Tuesday is here and this year we would love our HOPE friends to pledge their support in the 2016 Walk of Hope. Why should you get involved? The Walk of Hope is Hope: Global’s annual fundraising event. Every February, hundreds of people take on the challenge of walking o read more..

Hope Global - The Next 10 Years

The HOPE Team - Tuesday, November 17, 2015
THE FUTURE OF HOPE: GLOBAL The time has come. Over the weekend, HOPE: Global re-launched into the future as we gathered together with volunteers from over the years. The first 10 years have been nothing short of miraculous. Now...we are poised for even greater days and great impact ahead. We read more..

Lorna's Story

The HOPE Team - Thursday, November 05, 2015
Lorna joined our Kenya Education team in September this year. As well as being an incredibly wise and humble woman, Lorna is immensely gifted in teaching. According to some of the feedback we received from our partners, she delivered outstanding training, offering practical and transformative s read more..

My trip to Cambodia

The HOPE Team - Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Natalie joined our Cambodia education team on their trip in June and July this year. She was an incredible asset to the team providing her skills of business management, IT training and quality presentation material to the teachers at Salamom School and A Heart For Wisdom Conference.  read more..


The HOPE Team - Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Our Kenya team leader, Robyn has sent us a very brief and quick update of their last couple of days. We are so grateful for all their hard work and dedication. "It's been a hot, humid, very full couple of days doing teacher training in Awasi, with just a half day left tomorrow and then w read more..

We are in kenya

The HOPE Team - Friday, September 25, 2015
They may only be small team, but what they are doing is incredible! The team has already been in Kenya for a week and will be there for another 8 days. They have had an incredibly busy week and we are so pleased to hear from them and share this amazing update with you all.  read more..


The HOPE Team - Thursday, September 24, 2015
Our team in Cambodia send us an incredible update on their trip and experiences so far! "But Jesus was quick to comfort them. “Courage, it’s me. Don’t be afraid.” (Matthew 14:27 The Message) "It was with a mix of excitement, expectation and butterflies t read more..

Our Youth Ambassadors

The HOPE Team - Thursday, September 17, 2015
We are excited to announce that a total of five young, passionate and talented women have been selected for our Youth Ambassador Program! Each of them bring different sets of skills and experiences to the program and are equally passionate about social justice. As representatives of Ho read more..

Happy International Day of the Youth

The HOPE Team - Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Today is the International Day of the Youth and this years theme, according to the UN, is Youth Civic Engagement. Youth Civic Engagement seeks to promote young people's effective inclusive civic engagement at all levels. Why? Because the engagement and participation of youth is essentia read more..


The HOPE Team - Thursday, July 09, 2015
As our time in Rwanda come to an end and we head in various directions towards home I thought I'd reflect upon what a team of 7 achieved - with the support of many from home. If you have prayed for us, supported us through attending a high tea or just donated, you made all of the following possible. read more..

Mentoring to Reach the Goal

The HOPE Team - Monday, July 06, 2015
"Day 3 and 4 at Sala Mom School has stepped up the preparation for the teachers to be ready for presenting their own teaching conference in September. The team is involved in covering some of the K-12 classes to enable the five designated conference presenters to be mentored and encouraged to pr read more..

Cambodia Photos

The HOPE Team - Friday, July 03, 2015
These wonderful photos were taken by our volunteer photographer, Shenai Marks. She has done a fantastic job in capturing the heart of our Hope Education Team and the great work they are doing in Cambodia. Well done Shenai! These beautiful photos are a testament to your love and talent. We apprec read more..

Friendships Renewed

The HOPE Team - Thursday, July 02, 2015
"A Tuk Tuk weaves it's way through a maze of swarming motorbikes, cars and vendors in the early morning traffic and takes us to Sala Mom Christian School, where the school day starts at 7:45am. 400 students from 4 to 18 years old line up and sing worship songs. For me, this is the first time bac read more..

First Days in Cambodia

The HOPE Team - Monday, June 29, 2015
DAY 1 "We've arrived safe and sound in Phnom Penh and have hit the ground running. After a good sleep and a decent breakfast, we headed out by Tuk Tuk to Toul Sleng Museum (S21). It was important for the team to gain an understanding of Cambodia's history so as to bring perspective as we rel read more..

Ever thought a bus could affect your education this much?

The HOPE Team - Thursday, June 25, 2015
Imagine if you're family didn't own a car. It is more than an hour on foot to the nearest school, and with no bus, no tram and no train this is the only means of access. School will provide you with the education you need to survive, so you have no choice but to make the arduous journey ea read more..

Team Update from Rwanda

The HOPE Team - Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Our Rwanda Hope: Education team has hit the ground running, with IT training, shopping and final conference preparation. One of our volunteers heading up the IT training, Steve McGrath said "it was encouraging to see the "light come on" for each one as we worked through the concepts of basi read more..

5 Interesting facts about KENYA

The HOPE Team - Thursday, June 11, 2015
Located in the East of Africa, the world’s second largest continent, Kenya is a country of vast duality. Although rich with wildlife and a diverse array of landscapes, communities and indigenous languages, Kenya is a developing country with over half the population living below the poverty read more..


The HOPE Team - Friday, June 05, 2015
Have you ever watched a movie based in some seemingly far off neverland where the houses look prehistoric, the landscapes otherworldly and the people are communicating with words unfathomable to the current limits of your mind? Ever imagined what it would be like to speak another language, commu read more..

Fruits of Hope Appeal

The HOPE Team - Monday, June 01, 2015
(http://www.hope-global.org/support-fruits-of-hope-academy-in-rwanda) Did you know that since 2007, you have helped: Build an entire preschool and primary school, complete with library and computer room Provide quality education to around 400 students, with many thousands to come Cre read more..

5 Reasons to Volunteer Abroad

The HOPE Team - Friday, May 22, 2015
There are many reasons why volunteering provides invaluable benefits to both individuals and communities all around the world. Whether it be providing a child with their first pack of crayons, witnessing the joy of someone using a computer for the first time or helping to rebuild homes in a coun read more..

Rwanda Walk of Hope - One Year On

The HOPE Team - Sunday, April 26, 2015
RWANDA WALK OF HOPE - ONE YEAR ON Today marks one year since a group of volunteers from all over the world joined together with Rwandans to walk as one, to walk as a celebration of resilience, hope and life, a testament to the strength and determination of the Rwandan people. It was  read more..

Home Again

The HOPE Team - Friday, April 24, 2015
Above: Our Youth Ambassador team arrive in Rwanda, greeted by long time Hope Global friend Didas Just over a week ago, our incredible and first ever Youth Ambassador team arrived home from Rwanda. We asked them to share some thoughts around their experiences now that they've had some ti read more..

Rwanda you got under our skin

The HOPE Team - Monday, April 13, 2015
" When I first sat down to write my final blog, I found myself just staring at the page – unsure of what to say that would sum up just how incredible and life changing this experience has been. This trip has been absolutely amazing, it’s just beyond words how inspired I’ve beco read more..

We have been busy

The HOPE Team - Saturday, April 11, 2015
WE'VE BEEN BUSY! "After an amazing, yet exhausting day of holiday programs with the children at Fruits of Hope School, we were all excited for our rest day. Today was also the 21st anniversary of the genocide, so the entire country was at home and everything came to a stop for the day &ndas read more..

It took 3 days but we made it

The HOPE Team - Tuesday, April 07, 2015
Our journey to Rwanda "On the flight to Kigali, we encountered a couple of setbacks to our plan – due to the late departure of our plane from Melbourne to Doha, we missed our flight to Kigali, so we had to spend 24 hours in Qatar. However, I was so excited about being able to explore  read more..

Happy Easter

The HOPE Team - Friday, April 03, 2015
Today marks the beginning of Easter, a period where many commemorate and celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus. We wanted to take this opportunity to share a thought with you around this season. In the Bible, in Mark 14, we read that whilst Jesus was eating dinner with some people, a read more..

International Women's Day

The HOPE Team - Sunday, March 08, 2015
Today is International Women's Day. The theme this year - 'Make It Happen'. Celebrating women's achievements. Equality. Women's rights. Ensuring the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding. The UN talks about this year being about empowering women and empowering humanity - so  read more..

World Day of Social Justice

The HOPE Team - Friday, February 20, 2015
Today - February 20th - marks World Day of Social Justice. What is social justice? According to the UN (http://www.un.org/en/events/socialjusticeday/), "we advance social justice when we remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture of disability read more..

Quality Education

The HOPE Team - Saturday, January 31, 2015
In 2012, the United Nations Secretary-General launched the five-year Global Education First Initiative (GEFI) with 3 priority areas: Put every child in school Improve the quality of learning Foster global citizenship You can read more about the initiative here (http://www.globaledu read more..

5 Tips For Fundraising

The HOPE Team - Friday, January 30, 2015
With so many charity events and fundraising pages out there today, it can be really hard to engage your peers and networks to support your cause. Why should people sponsor you for taking part in a walk? Research has found that adding value to people is key! Taking the time to engage, includ read more..

How helping those in need has impacted my teaching back here in Australia

The HOPE Team - Wednesday, January 07, 2015
Kirsten joined us on our Education trip to Rwanda in June 2014. She volunteered in the English team, helping train teachers and leaders with their english language skills. Here is her story of her time volunteering with Hope: Global. "As a Grade 6 student, I learned about the different coun read more..

Christmas Hope

The HOPE Team - Wednesday, December 24, 2014
On the eve of Christmas, a time that represents hope entering the world, we reflect on what it means to have hope, to bring hope. HOPE: a person or thing in which our expectations are centred. The genocide of 1994 in Rwanda left so many in despair. Fatherless. Motherless. Homeless. Hopel read more..


The HOPE Team - Tuesday, December 16, 2014
CHRISTMAS OFFER ONE DAY ONLY CHRISTMAS SALE Tuesday 16th December Save $10 off "Rwanda: Speak, I'm Listening" and the 2015 Hope Global Calendar or purchase them as a bundle and save a total of $25 off the normal prices! Rwanda: Speak, I'm Listenin read more..

6 Tips to get you ready for your favourite charity walk

The HOPE Team - Friday, November 28, 2014
6 tips to get you ready for your charity walk! Walking for charity sounds easy and it is easy, however, it certainly doesn't mean that you can sit down and have a block of chocolate every day until the day of the event! If you are planning on doing a long charity walk, such as read more..

I'm not a teacher, I'm a banker!

The HOPE Team - Thursday, November 27, 2014
Lynda has been an incredible asset to our Hope: Education teams for many years, and today she shares with us her story. Her story of Hope: Global and the importance of supporting our Education programs. "In 2006, my dear friend Wendy embarked on a trip to Rwanda with Hope: Global. When she  read more..

The difference you make is immeasurable

The HOPE Team - Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Our incredible Rwanda Team Leader, Cheryl tell us all. Here is her beautiful story about her involvement with Hope: Global and the power of our Education work. " I have been involved with Hope: Global since 2006 when I joined the Rwanda Education Team in the 100 Days of Hope. Since that tri read more..

Why walking is good for you

The HOPE Team - Friday, November 21, 2014
Why walking is good for you! In this day and age, most of us are probably sitting down at a computer, tablet or some other smart device to read this blog. Research shows that the on average, people working in office desks spend over 30 hours per week sitting, excluding travel to and f read more..


The HOPE Team - Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Giving Tuesday is a national movement inspiring individuals and businesses to give to their favourite charity - whether they give through a financial donation, volunteer time or spread the word, and is taking place on Tuesday December 2nd. In the lead up to Giving Tuesday we are a read more..

Walk of Hope 2015

The HOPE Team - Wednesday, November 05, 2014
The Walk of Hope is here! We are very excited to announce that our annual Walk of Hope Fundraiser is happening again and next year it will be taking place on the 28th February. The Walk of Hope event will take place across two locations, Cronulla in Sydney and Avoca Beach on the Central Coas read more..

My Story- Jillian

The HOPE Team - Friday, October 31, 2014
My Story of HOPE Jillian joined our HOPE: Education Rwanda/Kenya team all the way from Canada in June/July this year. A Preschool Teacher armed with a GoPro, Jillian was an incredible asset to the team and a source of joy for all team members. This is her story of HOPE. "My trip t read more..

My Story

The HOPE Team - Thursday, October 23, 2014
My story of HOPE Shenai is a university student based on the Central Coast of NSW and she and her family have been traveling to Rwanda with the HOPE: Global Education teams for a few years now and have been an incredible blessing to both HOPE: Global and the people of Rwanda. This is Shenai' read more..

The Power of Education

The HOPE Team - Friday, October 17, 2014
After being shot in the head by Taliban insurgents two years ago because she spoke out against them for opposing girls' education, Malala Yousafzai has become the youngest ever person to receive a Nobel Prize after winning the Nobel Peace Prize at the age of seventeen. Malala spent years advocat read more..

Why Teacher Training

The HOPE Team - Saturday, October 04, 2014
HOPE: Education Why Teacher Training? At the beginning of 2014 the UNESCO Education for All global monitoring report listed Rwanda as one of the three top performing countries in the world for reducing out-of-school populations by at least 85% over the past 5 years. 2014 became a time to read more..

Final Reflections

The HOPE Team - Monday, September 29, 2014
HOPE: Education Cambodia Final Reflections - Teacher Conference Shez - Volunteer "As a team our vision for the Teacher Conference is to see the Khmer teachers begin to have more confidence in their own teaching and share their knowledge and understanding with each other. In Khmer cul read more..

A Greater Hope

The HOPE Team - Thursday, September 25, 2014
HOPE: Education Cambodia Written by Amanda & Lynda "A Greater Hope Orphanage and A Heart of Wisdom School are located in Takeo Province in Cambodia about 90 minutes from Phnom Penh. Both are ministries of Calvary Chapel Fallbrook (CCF) NGO and are operated through CCF NGO on the grou read more..

She Rescue

The HOPE Team - Wednesday, September 24, 2014
HOPE: Education Cambodia Written by Anna - Team Leader "My heart echoes with the poignant reminder of how education releases an individual, family and then village from poverty. Today we visited one of our partner organisations; SHE Rescue Homes. Our host Dave passionately shared read more..

Cambodia's History

The HOPE Team - Tuesday, September 23, 2014
HOPE: Education Cambodia Written by Ivan - volunteer Above: Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum Cambodia "A visit to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum today with our intrepid leader Anna provided a useful and sobering insight into Cambodia...a useful and dark example of absolute power cor read more..

2015 Calendar

The HOPE Team - Wednesday, September 03, 2014
2015 Hope Global Calendar Available Now! Stunning photos from the countries and projects HOPE: Global works with. By purchasing this calendar, you are helping us to continue transforming lives and communities in these nations. Great idea for Christmas presents. Calendar r read more..


The HOPE Team - Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Last month, a small but amazing team of volunteers spent time in Kenya with our partner organisations over a period of about two weeks. Following on from a pilot Vision Screening & Training program in Kenya in September 2013, the team returned to follow up on those that had been treated, read more..


The HOPE Team - Wednesday, August 13, 2014
OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE - MY FIRST CITY2SURF Guest post by Amanda Hutchins - Cambodia Education Team Above: Amanda & Anna at the City2Surf "On Sunday 10th August, I walked my first City2Surf event, fundraising for the Hope Global Cambodia Education Project for read more..

500 CD Project

The HOPE Team - Friday, August 01, 2014
500 CD PROJECT Teach a Rwandan child English, without even leaving the country! In the month of August, we are looking for 500 of the Sing & Learn CD's to be donated to the Education Program in Rwanda. Every $30 donation will: A. Provide a CD to a Rwandan presch read more..

Introducing our Youth Ambassadors

The HOPE Team - Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Introducing our Youth Ambassadors! Hope: Global selected 5 passionate high school students to become Hope: Global's very first Youth Ambassadors! As our delegates, Youth Ambassadors will be involved in a yearlong program in which they will: Learn about poverty eradication, developm read more..

Rwanda Highlights

The HOPE Team - Monday, July 07, 2014
After two weeks, the Rwanda trip has come to a close. Some of the team are on their way home whilst others have continued on to join another HOPE: Global team in Kenya. Below are some the highlights of their journey in Rwanda and their last day and conference training teachers. "Rwan read more..

Making A Difference

The HOPE Team - Wednesday, July 02, 2014
The latest updates from our incredible team in Rwanda who have been busy with IT Training, Early Childhood Training, visiting preschools, gorillas and more! "Today was a day of many different opportunities, with each of us having time to explore Rwanda in different ways. I had the privilege read more..

Early Childhood

The HOPE Team - Thursday, June 26, 2014
Early Childhood Training "The early childhood team had an amazing day today. For me it was my first day with the team and it was very special to be welcomed and hugged by the friends I had made last year. It was lovely to see each team member contributing their gifts and a wide variety of ga read more..

Rwanda - First Days

The HOPE Team - Wednesday, June 25, 2014
FIRST SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF RWANDA Above: The team at their accommodation in Kigali the day of arrival "Wow! What a trip! Had a stellar sleep. Heard the rooster crow at 3am. It was delightful...after lunch...we had a team meeting out in the garden. House rules and ice breaker read more..

EOFY Appeal

The HOPE Team - Thursday, June 05, 2014
(https://hopeglobal.worldsecuresystems.com/donate-now) Every year HOPE: Global: Trains over 600 teachers across Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and Cambodia Supports students to go to school through education sponsorship Assists in the building of infrastructure such as homes for widow read more..

We Walked, We Celebrated

The HOPE Team - Wednesday, May 07, 2014
RWANDA WALK OF HOPE 2014 Saturday 26th April 2014 will be a day that we will never forget. It was a day marked with significance, weight, privilege, remembrance and celebration. A day forever etched in our hearts and the hearts of so many Rwandans. Where do we even start with trying to d read more..

Last day of Conference- Uganda Update

The HOPE Team - Thursday, May 01, 2014
WHAT A JOURNEY! Here we are the night before the last day of conference. We've travelled a lot of miles, in various forms of transport, met a lot of new friends and caught up with some old ones. Prior to leaving for Rwanda we bid farewell to Rachael, as she had to g read more..

To the Village of Hope

The HOPE Team - Thursday, April 24, 2014
AT THE VILLAGE OF HOPE We all woke fairly early (some earlier than others).. The sounds of singing would randomly fill the air, not sure where from. Roosters crowing. The smell of smoke in the air from many fires across the city. After devotions & breakfast we headed off on our Coas read more..

The land of a thousand hills awaits - Rwanda Update

The HOPE Team - Wednesday, April 23, 2014
THE LAND OF A THOUSAND HILLS The early morning sounds drift in the window, waking me from the exhausted sleep of many hours travelling. Thirty four long hours, four flights, and an unscheduled stop and an afternoon planning had pushed my body further than imaginable. My bo read more..

What a journey so far - Uganda Update

The HOPE Team - Tuesday, April 22, 2014
WHAT A JOURNEY SO FAR! We are just nearing the end of the week one of our journey, and what a journey so far! We completed our training in Palabek (1 hour north of Kitgum) on Thursday. We had a wonderful time up there, the Teachers were very excited about our visit and enjoyed our sess read more..

Uganda team Update

The HOPE Team - Friday, April 18, 2014
We are here!!! Above: Rachel, Karen, Shelly, Ted and Natalie form Uganda Education Team Thank you all for your support and prayers so far. Five of us have landed safely here in Uganda complete with all the luggage we set off with - which is always a bonus! After a relaxing fi read more..

Rwanda: 20 Years On

The HOPE Team - Thursday, April 17, 2014
IT IS TIME The time has come to embark on a journey that has been dreamed about, talked about and planned for over eighteen months. From office discussions and imagining about what would 2014 look like, to the reality that tomorrow, a team of 19 volunteers from Australia, South African and C read more..

Words from Darlene

The HOPE Team - Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Darlene prays for our Education and Walk of Hope teams that head to Rwanda this week. In her newest blog she mentions: I am SUPER sad at not being able to travel with the team and my hubby to Rwanda for the Global Walk of Hope. We are joining with out Rwandan family to remember th read more..

Are you our next Youth Ambassador?

The HOPE Team - Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Hope: Global Youth Ambassador Program The HOPE: Global Youth Ambassador Program is a unique opportunity for students who are passionate about making a difference. It involves a two-week study tour to Rwanda in January 2015, opportunities to learn about poverty and development first- hand and read more..

Chickens for Change

The HOPE Team - Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Buy a chicken, Feed a child, Change a community! Our New Hope Homes project in the North of Rwanda takes care of 28-orphaned children, providing them with a family, home, food, education, health care and more. This year we are looking to expand our agriculture proje read more..

Exciting things ahead

The HOPE Team - Friday, March 28, 2014
After an already fantastic start to the year, we have even more exciting things that are taking place in the coming months, and we wanted to take this opportunity to tell you about them. #CHICKENSFORCHANGE The chicken is about to take centre stage! On the 1st of April we are launching ou read more..

Fruits of Hope Graduates

The HOPE Team - Thursday, February 13, 2014
We have something to celebrate. Thanks to you, all of our incredible supporters, a group of 24 children have successfully graduated primary school and are embarking on the journey to secondary education. 24 children, who passed their national exams in the first and second divisions. 24 child read more..

Youth Ambassador Update by Emily

The HOPE Team - Thursday, January 16, 2014
Our Youth Ambassador Emily, updates us on her experience and involvement in the Youth Ambassador Program so far. " As well as travelling to Rwanda in April this year and running Holiday Kids Programs there, our involvement in the Youth Ambassador Program is also about raising awareness abou read more..

BIG news

The HOPE Team - Monday, January 13, 2014
We have so many great things happening this year! One of those things that we are so excited to share with you is some news about the WALK OF HOPE. Not only are registrations OPEN NOW ( http://www.stickytickets.com.au/14483), but this year's Walk of Hope will see our most innovative ev read more..


The HOPE Team - Tuesday, January 07, 2014
We are excited to be bringing you a brand new range of Rwandan products! All of these products are hand made in Rwanda. By purchasing these products you are supporting Rwanda and HOPE: Global in 3 ways: 1. Providing income to the ladies in Rwanda that make these products 2. A portio read more..

Christmas Reflections

The HOPE Team - Friday, December 20, 2013
As 2013 draws to a close, as we scurry to do all those final tasks before the office closes, check off our Christmas to-do lists and buy those last minute presents, I wanted to take a moment to reflect and to dream. For HOPE: Global, 2013 has been one of the most incredible years. There are  read more..

Stories of Hope

The HOPE Team - Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Introducing Stories of Hope Whether you've volunteered overseas, in Australia, are a donor, supporter…YOU are part of the HOPE journey and story. We invite you to share YOUR stories with us. Stories of hope, volunteer experiences, moments of joy, connections made, inspirations read more..

The Giving Season

The HOPE Team - Tuesday, November 26, 2013
ABOUT GIVING TUESDAY What is #givingtuesday? It's an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others around the world, in just one day, with one simple act. An opportunity to take a moment to think about how other people live and realise that we can do something to ma read more..

This Christmas

The HOPE Team - Friday, November 22, 2013
This Christmas…we all have the opportunity to make a world of difference in the life of somebody else with just one simple act. I'm sure we've all heard the story of the little boy and the starfish, and as he picked each one up and threw it back into the ocean, he say read more..

Special Partner Greetings

The HOPE Team - Thursday, November 21, 2013
In the lead up to #givingtuesday (http://www.hope-global.org/_blog/Hope_Global_Blog/post/introducing-giving-tuesday), December 3rd, we wanted to share some thank you messages from our partners overseas. The work of our volunteers and all of our supporters back at home, really does make a differe read more..

2013 Highlights

The HOPE Team - Tuesday, November 19, 2013
2013 has been an incredible year and whilst it's not over just yet, we wanted to share some of the highlights from the year. Fruits of Hope School Principal Fred Buyinza visited Australia Over 200 men, women and children took part in the Global Walk of Hope The Rwanda Walk of Hope 2014 (h read more..

Introducing Giving Tuesday

The HOPE Team - Monday, November 18, 2013
December 3rd is #givingtuesday. What is #givingtuesday? It's an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others around the world, in just one day, with one simple act. An opportunity to take a moment to think about how other people live and realise that we can do som read more..

A Letter of Gratitude

The HOPE Team - Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Dear friends, Planning the trip to Kenya was like putting pieces of a jigsaw together- sometimes pieces fitted easily, sometimes the pieces that looked as if they had fitted did not actually come together, and like make jigsaws, there were some missing pieces. I prefer completed jigsaw read more..


The HOPE Team - Tuesday, October 08, 2013
NGO Training Conference Hit the Mark! Our 3rd Annual NGO Training Conference has come and gone! Everyone worked so well to deliver an amazing conference. These were my reflections and thoughts on my incredible team: Tresna's health segment hit the mark, was helpful and required applicat read more..

Land of the Volcanoes

The HOPE Team - Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Rwanda team Update! After an early start on Wednesday and goodbyes to the Kenya team, the rest of us headed to Musanze- a well frequented area in the north of Rwanda by tourists wishing to glimpse the volcanoes, go trekking and of course, see the magnificent Mountain Gorillas. We had t read more..

Making a Change!

The HOPE Team - Thursday, October 03, 2013
What we are Doing here is Making a Change! "It was exciting and inspirational to see one of the Khmer teachers presenting to her peers today in Science. Canada shared how what she had learnt at our conferences had impacted and changed her teaching. How the resources she had made had helped h read more..

I am at the Village of Hope!

The HOPE Team - Thursday, October 03, 2013
I'm Always Dreaming Our Kenya Education team and another two team members from Australia had arrived safely in Rwanda on Sunday and we had all enjoyed catching up. On Monday, after fixing some phone problems, we all piled in the bus and headed off to pick up Nicholas- Village of Hope Pr read more..

Asia's Hope

The HOPE Team - Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Our day at Asia's Hope After visting Asia's Hope Battambong in 2012, Hope Cambodia team enjoyed some time with the orphans at Prek Eng campus. Being a public holiday, the school wasn't open as hoped so we got to know the children and houseparents. Painting, singing, skipping and outdoor game read more..

Back to Rwanda

The HOPE Team - Sunday, September 29, 2013
Written by Jessica Wilkie Friday 27th Well here I go. Ready and waiting at the airport. It’s been 2 years since I’ve been to Rwanda. This will be my third visit. But my first with HOPE: Global. For nearly 18 months, since starting at HOPE, I’ve been imagining wha read more..


The HOPE Team - Thursday, September 26, 2013
Reflections on S21 a Second Time Around On Sunday afternoon, the team visited S21, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh. The reason for visiting S21 is that it gives new members of the team a little bit of understanding of what the Khmer people suffered under the regime of Pol Pot in 197 read more..

SHE Matters

The HOPE Team - Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Cambodia HOPE: Education Team Update Today we visited SHE rescue, an after care facility that rehabilitates girls that have been rescued from sex trafficking in Cambodia. It is a partnership that the team have nurtured and fostered over the years. We are always blessed when we visit SHE. I w read more..

Hope and Vision

The HOPE Team - Monday, September 23, 2013
HOPE AND VISION IN KENYA "Wednesday morning teaching at a school on eye health was a lot of fun with really bright and enthusiastic students. When one asked how do you know if you have a vision problem we were able to demonstrate what happens in an eye exam. That afternoon we retur read more..

Kenyan Adventures

The HOPE Team - Friday, September 20, 2013
HOPE: EDUCATION KENYA Day 1 - Friday September 13th Kenya, here we come! Meeting...greeting...on with Hope T-Shirts...queuing...waiting...ticketing...farewelling... expelling (to security - what is a visualette after all?)...clock ticking...feet rushing...finally onboard...Phew! Where's  read more..

Hope and Expectation

The HOPE Team - Tuesday, September 10, 2013
THE VILLAGE OF HOPE A couple of months ago, we received an email from the Village of Hope Project Manager, with a story that moved all of us. It was, and is, a story of hope, praise and restoration. This story is an incredible and powerful testimony to the difference that is being ma read more..

The Story of the Oil Pastels

The HOPE Team - Wednesday, September 04, 2013
A Box of Oil Pastels & a Willing Heart NOTE: Genocide/Traumatic events described "In 2006, as part of the Education team along with many others, we had a High School art teacher, Genelle, and a Psychologist, Barbara. The night before we left, we discovered each of the team's bags was read more..

Cambodia, my hopes and dreams

The HOPE Team - Thursday, August 29, 2013
How exciting that Hope Global will be partnering with schools and NGO’s for the 6th time. We have matured in our relationship with our partners. I have hopes that this year more teachers and NGO workers will network, exchange numbers and learn to lean into the creativity and resources of t read more..

One Book, Many Lives Changed

The HOPE Team - Tuesday, August 13, 2013
RWANDA: SPEAK, I'M LISTENING We're so excited about the impact that 'Rwanda: Speak, I'm Listening' is having not only on the people that read it, but also the projects that are supported as a result. The purchases of the book since it's release have not only supported the HOPE: Education pro read more..

Post Trip Reflections

The HOPE Team - Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Our incredible HOPE: Education team have now returned from 2 weeks in Rwanda where they've been training teachers, leaders and students in Rwanda's capital and in the north of Rwanda. As the team take a well deserved rest and put their feet up, here are just some of the things they've achie read more..

Training finishes in Musanze

The HOPE Team - Monday, July 01, 2013
Written by Steve McGrath Wednesday 27th No power today in IT and Management training. Luckily we had no IT Training planned, but it meant Paul had to operate without a projector. We finished training around 11am with the closing due at 12. The Bishop officiated and was excited at wh read more..

Updates from Rwanda

The HOPE Team - Friday, June 28, 2013
Team Updates This is my first time to Rwanda and so far it has been amazing. The experience, people and conference has been a rich experience and it will be sad to leave. My team members are the best group of people. I knew no one before signing up for this trip and now I feel like I have an read more..

My Thoughts of Kenya

The HOPE Team - Thursday, June 27, 2013
Written by Robyn Lindsay (HOPE: Education Kenya Team Leader) Unlike Rwanda and Uganda which have experienced things like genocide or atrocities perpetrated by Joseph Kony, Kenya appears to have maintained a relatively stable way of life for its eclectic mix of ethnic groups. Despite economic read more..

Rwanda Education Team

The HOPE Team - Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Written by Dianne Kopae It's now day two of our first Education conference here in the Musanze district of Rwanda, and despite jet lag, limited access to technology and an obvious language barrier, the team is in high spirits in its mission to help local teachers raise the level of education read more..

57 Million Children Out Of School

The HOPE Team - Friday, June 14, 2013
Source: UNESCO The Issues Overcrowded classrooms Lack of textbooks Cost of school fees and additional expenses Lack of access to water, electricity and sanitation at schools Our part of the Solution  read more..

End of Financial Year Appeal

The HOPE Team - Friday, May 31, 2013
At HOPE: Global, plans are getting bigger, our reach is growing and a significant impact is being had in nations around the world. It's been an incredible year already, and we are looking forward to what is yet to come. Upcoming plans include: 7 more volunteer teams visi read more..

The Heart of the Household

The HOPE Team - Sunday, May 12, 2013
Mother's Day Today, we pause to say thank you to our mothers. We buy them gifts, bring them breakfast in bed, take them out for dinner. It's a day we put aside to celebrate and pay tribute to our mothers. Whilst the day has become incredibly commercialised in a lot of read more..

Uganda - There and Back Again

The HOPE Team - Thursday, May 02, 2013
"Glory be to God for His mercies are enduring. We are blessed, for He is our Lord and King for He made this country and He still owns it. May His blessing continue to flow over this land, keeping us closer and heal our deep wounds, creating a fellowship, a family, a country, and giving us one vo read more..

Goodbye Uganda

The HOPE Team - Monday, April 29, 2013
Written by Rachael Today is officially the last day for two of us on this trip. I am sitting in the hotel room about to get ready for breakfast before a quick morning of errands (money exchange and coffee-buying) and a drive to the airport. Last night, Celina and I said our farewells to the  read more..

This Was A Place of War

The HOPE Team - Friday, April 26, 2013
Written by Becca "This was a place of war". At the end of our four-day conference at Watoto Laminadera, the Head Teacher of the primary school made this comment to me. I asked him to repeat what he said. "This was a place of fighting," he said. He went on to explain that the Lord's Resistanc read more..

Kitgum and George

The HOPE Team - Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Written by Michelle Shaw I stirred under the mosquito net around 3am to the sound of torrential rain. Around 5:30am I woke to have a bucket bath. The rooster was crowing as I tipped half a jerry can of water into the washing bowl. During the night a frog had crawled into the jerry can so I s read more..

Ugandan Journeys

The HOPE Team - Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Today, we backtrack a bit as the girls share their journey in Uganda so far. Day 2 - Kampala Conference This is when the real fun began - the conference kicked off! New friendships between local leaders and the team began developing, and we gained a new appreciation for Ugandan schools a read more..

Instilling Vision in Uganda

The HOPE Team - Friday, April 19, 2013
Our wonderful HOPE: Education team have completed their first conference with COME Uganda and have now travelled to the north of Uganda to Kitgum to work with the Irene Gleeson Foundation/Childcare Kitgum Servants (http://www.irenegleesonfoundation.com/index.php) (CKS). CKS has 10,000 students e read more..

Speak, I'm Listening - Testimonies

The HOPE Team - Thursday, April 18, 2013
Launched about 1 year ago, 'Rwanda: Speak, I'm Listening' has had an amazing response from people who've read it. "Beautiful book, incredibly impacting...I couldn't put it down. Read it from front to back in one night and LOVED it!!!' - Elizabeth But we wondered if you really knew how m read more..

Uganda 2013

The HOPE Team - Tuesday, April 16, 2013
HOPE: Education Uganda Team Update Written by Celina Mina Above: The Australian contingent of the Uganda team Hello! Thank you for following our African Adventure through this blog! Let me begin by introducing our team of 6 women - three Australians, Michelle, Karen and Rachael; read more..

Day of Remembrance

The HOPE Team - Sunday, April 07, 2013
REMEMBERING RWANDA Today is April 7th. But you already knew that. But did you know, that 19 years ago, on this day, began one of the worst atrocities of our time? Today marks a dark day in history. The beginning of 100 days of horror. 19 years ago, the Rwandan Genocide began*. During the per read more..

A Love Letter to Rwanda

The HOPE Team - Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Stumbling across this beauty, we believe it captures how we here at HOPE: Global feel about Rwanda. How many of our volunteers that have stepped foot into this beautiful country feel. A LOVE LETTER TO RWANDA "Dear Rwanda, I think I loved you before I knew you read more..

An Easter Message from Darlene Zschech

The HOPE Team - Thursday, March 28, 2013
AN EASTER MESSAGE FROM DARLENE ZSCHECH "As we enter this Easter season, my heart is full with gratitude - for so many things. The continued and generous outpouring of your support for the work of HOPE: Global, for an incredible opportunity to celebrate in Rwanda next year and s read more..

Why Kenya

The HOPE Team - Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Kenya...we have all heard of this great nation. Images of wild animals, safaris, and a landscape that takes ones breath away fill our minds. Though all of this is a grand scale of beauty, the people of Kenya face issues that not many of us dwell upon from this side of the world. Edu read more..

Revealing Jesus

The HOPE Team - Tuesday, March 19, 2013
By Darlene Zschech (HOPE: Global Co-Founder) Well, after many many months of dreaming, writing, praying, talking, laughing and planning...'Revealing Jesus' is finally here. This whole concept has come out of a simple longing for more of Jesus to be revealed in my life. More of Him in ev read more..

Rwanda's Heroes

The HOPE Team - Thursday, March 14, 2013
Above: Genocide Memorial Kigali "Kigali — This year, Rwanda's Heroes Day got our blogger thinking about six secondary school students who were killed in 1997 by former Hutu militia and the relevance of their courage today. If one believes all the reports, tribalism,  read more..

International Women's Day

The HOPE Team - Friday, March 08, 2013
Today is International Women's Day, a day that is celebrated around the world on March 8th every year. A new report was released yesterday by World Vision - "Untying the Knot: Exploring Early Marriage in Fragile States." "1 in 3 girls living in the developing world w read more..

The Land of Spices

The HOPE Team - Thursday, March 07, 2013
When we hear of India, we often think Bollywood, curry, incredibly unique clothing, crazy traffic, monsoons, massive amounts of people…. People. This is where we take pause at HOPE: Global. The people of this nation are on the move! In the last 5 years alone, there have been  read more..


The HOPE Team - Saturday, March 02, 2013
Every year we've walked for HOPE in Sydney Australia... In 2014...we are excited to announce that... ...we are taking the walk to RWANDA! Where it all began. In 2014, it will be 10 years since HOPE: Global founder read more..

Global Walk of Hope Begins!

The HOPE Team - Monday, February 18, 2013
It was ready, set, go on the weekend as over 100 people began walking for hope! From Wyong, to Terrigal to Sutherland to Bathurst and even Noosa National Park, people joined together for the Global Walk of Hope. Early starts, walking shoes ready, beaches, ovals, parks, and lots of read more..

Kids Walk of Hope

The HOPE Team - Wednesday, February 13, 2013
1 LOCAL BOY - HUNDREDS OF LIVES CHANGED Jake O’Sullivan, from the Sutherland Shire, is just your average kid at first glance. His hobbies are fishing, soccer, playing with friends, reading and helping others. It’s this last interest that led to a new fundra read more..

Brave Hearts

The HOPE Team - Friday, February 08, 2013
"Take Care of People - People before Paper, People before Profits, People before Self and People before Projects" – Carol S Ritter "A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows" - St. Francis of Assisi “It wasn't the reward that mattered or the recognition you m read more..

Project Updates & Fred Buyinza

The HOPE Team - Wednesday, February 06, 2013
FRED BUYINZA Over the last few weeks, Fred Buyinza, Fruits of Hope School Principal, has been in Australia speaking at numerous schools and churches and meeting many supporters. This Sunday will be his last church visit. Full details here (http://www.hope-global.org/announcem read more..

Fred Buyinza

The HOPE Team - Wednesday, January 16, 2013
FRED BUYINZA Fred Buyinza is the principal of Fruits of Hope School in Rwanda, a project that HOPE: Global has partnered with over the last 4 years. Fred grew up in Uganda with his family but his home country is Rwanda, which he moved back to after the 1994 genocide. "In 100 days nearly read more..

Welcome to 2013!

The HOPE Team - Wednesday, January 09, 2013
HAPPY NEW YEAR!! We hope you've all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas and New Year. We are so excited to jump into 2013, with so many incredible things planned and we hope that you'll be part of the journey. REQUEST FOR VOLUNTEERS What are you doing in 201 read more..

Merry Christmas!

The HOPE Team - Wednesday, December 19, 2012
2012 What an incredible year it has been! The team here at HOPE: Global are so grateful to you for your continued support and for enabling us to continue with the life changing work taking place in Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Cambodia and now India. Here's just a few of the highligh read more..

12 Days of Hope - Day 12

The HOPE Team - Friday, December 14, 2012
DAY 12 - Train teachers in Uganda in IT, Community Health & English GOAL: Train 10 Teachers COST: $45 per teacher for a 3 day conference Our HOPE: Education (http://www.hope-global.org/Current%20Projects/Education/hope-education) program exist read more..

12 Days of Hope - Day 11

The HOPE Team - Thursday, December 13, 2012
DAY 11 - HEALTH CHECKS AND TREATMENT TARGET: Provide eye, ear and general health screens for 30 orphans in Rwanda COST: $500 to screen 30 children, $1000 for treatment New Hope Homes (https://hopeglobal.worldsecuresystems.com/Current%20Projects/New%20Hope%20Homes read more..

12 Days of Hope - Day 10

The HOPE Team - Wednesday, December 12, 2012
DAY 10 Raise funds towards building an Internet Cafe at the Village of HOPE for the purpose of income generation and IT Training for the community At the Village of Hope (http://www.hope-global.org/Current%20Projects/Village%20of%20Hope/village-of-hope) in Rwanda, o read more..

HOPE Team in India

The HOPE Team - Tuesday, December 11, 2012
An update from our team in India! The team landed safely and enjoyed the adventure of a 6 hour drive to Guntur. Stopping along the way for that ever elusive bathroom find along the Indian highway system was interesting, lucky for us we all have a good sense of humour! After we stocked up on  read more..

12 Days of Hope - Day 9

The HOPE Team - Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Day 9 - Transport for disadvantaged students in Rwanda TARGET: Purchase a minibus to transport students to school Whilst Fruits of Hope School is flourishing and has over 300 students now, there are many more children in the community and surrounds that are not read more..

12 Days of Hope - Day 8

The HOPE Team - Monday, December 10, 2012
DAY 8 - Training staff to work with vision impaired students in Kenya TARGET: Train 25 staff COST: $60 per person Children with disabilities find it particularly tough to access education in developing countries. To help combat this issue HOPE: Global will be m read more..

12 Days of Hope - Day 7

The HOPE Team - Sunday, December 09, 2012
DAY 7 - Early Childhood Education & First Aid Training at New Hope Homes TARGET: Train all staff at New Hope Homes (9 total) COST: $45 per person As part of our HOPE: Education program in 2013, we are looking to train the staff at New Hope Homes (http://www. read more..

12 Days of Hope - Day 6

The HOPE Team - Saturday, December 08, 2012
DAY 6 - CLEAN WATER TARGET: Provide 1 Water Tank for the Village of Hope COST: $800 The Village of Hope (http://www.hope-global.org/Current%20Projects/Village%20of%20Hope/village-of-hope) provides much needed housing, healthcare, education and community for widows and o read more..

12 Days of Hope - Day 5

The HOPE Team - Friday, December 07, 2012
DAY 5 - CHILD EDUCATION SPONSORSHIP TARGET: Sponsor 10 children for their 2013 schooling $300 per child per year Fruits of Hope School (http://www.hope-global.org/Current%20Projects/Revival%20Palace%20Community%20Program/revival-palace-community-program) is  read more..

12 Days of Hope - Day 4

The HOPE Team - Thursday, December 06, 2012
DAY 4 - TEACHER TRAINING IN CAMBODIA TARGET - Train 10 Teachers ($45 per teacher) Our HOPE: Education (http://www.hope-global.org/Current%20Projects/Education/hope-education) program exists to strengthen education organisations through training. The mission is t read more..

12 Days of Hope - Day 3

The HOPE Team - Wednesday, December 05, 2012
DAY 3 - New Hope Homes - Completing new homes for 30 orphans TARGET: $2000 (will supply cement, bricks & other materials needed New Hope Homes (http://www.hope-global.org/Current%20Projects/New%20Hope%20Homes%20Development%20Project/nhhdp) provides a loving, caring, stable  read more..

12 Days of Hope - Day 2

The HOPE Team - Tuesday, December 04, 2012
DAY 2 - Help build a house for widows & orphans at the Village of Hope $12 = 14 bricks Today is all about building a better future for widows and orphans in Rwanda. The Village of Hope (http://www.hope-global.org/Current%20Projects/Village%20of%20Hope/village-of- read more..

12 Days of Hope - Day 1

The HOPE Team - Monday, December 03, 2012
We're so excited to be launching the '12 Days of Hope' this Christmas! Join us as we spread hope globally and impact lives, simply by donating $12. DAY 1 - Fruits of Hope School Computer Lab TARGET: 25 Computers @ $800 each Today, we'd like to provide Fruits of H read more..

Volunteering - A Work of Heart

The HOPE Team - Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Volunteer: to willingly offer oneself or one's services for some undertaking or purpose without pay Here at HOPE: Global, our volunteers are at the heart of everything that we do. They are integral to the life changing work that is occurring in countries like Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, C read more..

November Updates

The HOPE Team - Monday, November 05, 2012
Can you believe there's only 2 months left of 2012?! It's been a wonderful year at HOPE: Global but it's not over yet! Read on to find out what's coming up. VOLUNTEER INFORMATION NIGHT This Thursday November 8th is our Volunteer Information Night. If you've ever wanted to join a HOPE: Gl read more..

News from Rwanda

The HOPE Team - Friday, November 02, 2012
VILLAGE OF HOPE Village of HOPE Project Manager, Nicholas, has sent us through a quick update about the cow husbandry program! "The cows are doing well, one calved and it is pregnant again, two others are all expecting calves soon. Three ladies at the VOH are certainly being helped and a read more..

HOPE: Global October Update + 2013 Volunteer Dates!

The HOPE Team - Friday, October 12, 2012
HOPE: Education Cambodia 2012 Our incredible HOPE: Education team have recently returned from 2 weeks in Cambodia, where they ran two conferences focusing on quality teaching, ICT, project management and community health, as well as a 2 day leadership seminar. Not only this, bu read more..

Battambang Boot Scooting Baby!

The HOPE Team - Thursday, October 04, 2012
Asia's Hope - Day One Asia's Hope Cambodia is an organisation providing homes, education, love and joy in abundance for over 200 orphans in Battambang and another 100 orphans in Phnom Penh. Pastor Savorn, the National Director for Asia's Hope, travelled with us early on Sunday morning from P read more..

Shoulder To Shoulder, Heart to Heart

The HOPE Team - Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Where do you begin in capturing a snapshot of our time in Cambodia? Written by Anna Ridley Today was another day where the HOPE: Global team rallied together. Each morning we have feasted on the word of God and knelt at King Jesus' feet. Inviting Him to guide us, strengthen us and protec read more..

Hope In The Face Of Adversity

The HOPE Team - Friday, September 28, 2012
HOPE IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY Written by Cathy Reynolds Today has been remarkable (Thursday was our day off). Our first visit today was to "SHE Rescue", an Australian NGO, that is an aftercare facility that works in the healing of girls who have been rescued from the sex trade. T read more..

Conference One Ends in Celebration

The HOPE Team - Thursday, September 27, 2012
Conference One Ends In Celebration Written by Emilie Lavergne As we are closing the third and last day of conference, I'm amazed at how fast it went. Three days of teaching, of learning, of sharing, of bonding, of making new friendships. A real sense of partnership and family has ta read more..

Free To Be Myself

The HOPE Team - Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Free to be myself... By Julie Lachapelle It's 6:30am, early in the morning, it feels like the whole city is awake already. Cars, scooters, bikes, tuk-tuks, everybody is going somewhere. Everybody is in their own world. Life is slow. Life is simple. It's day 2 of conference. As we ar read more..

Change in Cambodia

The HOPE Team - Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The Times Are A Changing In Cambodia By Deanne Dwight & Amanda Hutchins Hope Education Cambodia Team Today was day one of Conference One at Salamon School in Phnom Penh. After a very early pick up, the team headed over to the school, full of excitement, nerves and anticipati read more..

Hope Education Cambodia Team - First Update

The HOPE Team - Monday, September 24, 2012
24 Hours of Bags, History and Culture By Amanda Hutchins & Deanne Dwight Worship is a universal language - it crosses cultural boundaries; you do not have to speak the same language to worship God together. We started our day with prayer with the Good News of Jesus Christ read more..

Thank You!

The HOPE Team - Friday, September 07, 2012
Last month, HOPE: Global partnered with US organisation Sevenly to raise funds and awareness for children in Rwanda who have been orphaned by AIDS, genocide, war and other tragedies. We just wanted to say thank you to all of you who supported this campaign! Funds ra read more..

Sevenly & Hope:Global partners to help Rwandan orphans

The HOPE Team - Tuesday, August 21, 2012
We are so excited to partner with Sevenly (http://www.sevenly.org/HopeGlobal) to raise funds and social awareness of our Village of Hope initiative. For this week August 20 – 27th (August 21st to 28th in Oz), and this week only, you can support us in the following 3 ways: Buy a shirt or read more..

Rwanda: Speak, I'm Listening - The Journey Complete

The HOPE Team - Friday, August 17, 2012
Rwanda: Speak, I'm Listening - The Journey Complete Written by Leonie Quayle - author of 'Rwanda: Speak, I'm Listening' Arriving at the Mbwirandumva Initiative front gate in July 2012 with a special package to deliver was a full circle moment for me. It was six years ago that I'd first c read more..

Volunteer Army Returns

The HOPE Team - Tuesday, August 07, 2012
VOLUNTEER ARMY RETURNS! 54 volunteers - 1 month - 8 conferences - 4 teams Our incredible volunteer army were made up of teachers, builders, doctors, nurses, accountants, engineers, pastors, students, photographers and administrators, all volunteering 2-3 weeks with a common purpose read more..

Volunteer Achievements

The HOPE Team - Tuesday, July 24, 2012
With all of our amazing volunteer teams back in Australia, we thought we'd share some key achievements during their time spent in Rwanda and Kenya. 54 volunteers - 4 teams - 8 conferences 30 laptops donated in Australia allowing for implementation of ICT training  read more..

CBC Medical Team

The HOPE Team - Wednesday, July 18, 2012
We've had an incredible team of medical professionals over in Rwanda. The Caringbah Baptist Church team have done amazing work - we thank you so much for everything that you've done. Here's just a few of the things that the CBC Medical team achieved during their time in Rwanda. Fruits of  read more..

Early Childhood Training

The HOPE Team - Monday, July 16, 2012
Musanze, in North Western Rwanda, is 'Gorilla Country'. The town is a base for people who come to Rwanda to see the Mountain Gorillas in Virunga National Park. This week, it was the location of three days of Early Childhood and English Language training and capacity building in partnership with  read more..

Training in Soweto Slum - Nairobi

The HOPE Team - Friday, July 13, 2012
Amazing training for NGO Leaders occurs in Soweto Slum - Nairobi, Kenya Written by Michelle Shaw - HOPE: Global Program Manager and Kenya Team Leader I must admit I found the level of hardship in Soweto slum very confronting during our HOPE: Global Education Program there this week. Howe read more..

Teachers Conference in Kigali

The HOPE Team - Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Over 130 teachers from across Kigali gathered in Kabeza on Saturday 7th July for the Association of Christian Teachers (ACT) Conference. Teachers of Early Childhood and Primary as well as school administrators attended workshops on various topics, ranging from cognitive development to naming the read more..

Team Updates

The HOPE Team - Tuesday, July 10, 2012
We've had some incredibly wonderful and very busy teams over in Rwanda! Our Kings Team are now back in Australia after an amazing 2 weeks in Rwanda. Thank you to all of the Kings Team Volunteers, we trust you've had an experience you'll never forget! Our team of engineers and builders have b read more..

Mountain Gorillas

The HOPE Team - Monday, July 09, 2012
Kings Team Rwanda - Thursday 5th July - Mountain Gorillas Written by Jane Hawkes Wow, oh wow, oh wow! We've been to see the Mountain Gorillas! After 2 rewarding days delivering ECT and ICT training in Musanze diocese, there was a real feeling of 'being on holiday' wafting through the read more..

Building - Fruits of Hope

The HOPE Team - Saturday, July 07, 2012
Fruits of Hope Academy - Kings Team Building Summary Written by Glenn Baxter Over this first week I have been blessed to witness our extraordinary teachers' gifts joyfully holding lessons with the children of this school. They were also asked to provide ICT training for the local teacher read more..

Changing Lives in Rwanda

The HOPE Team - Friday, July 06, 2012
HOPE: Education Rwanda Team Written by Leonie Quayle We have had a full and fruitful two days based at the Kigali Institute of Education (KIE). The Early Childhood Team have concluded the final two days of the training that began last week with the Kings Team. 'What's the Time Mr Wol read more..

Interesting Times

The HOPE Team - Thursday, July 05, 2012
Written by Tim Hawkes - 1st July We saw the President! Ok, Ok, it was but for a nano-second as he whisked past us in a black limo surrounded by outriders and flashing lights. He was en route to the Stadium to give an address at the 50th Anniversary celebration of Rwanda gaining independence  read more..

Moments in Rwanda

The HOPE Team - Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Updates from The Kings Rwanda Team Written by Peta Gresham - La Palisse Book Publishing Conference "The students were hungry to learn. Very quickly students opened up to their mentoring teacher and shared ideas, asked questions and worked industriously with the set tasks...those we worke read more..

HOPE Rwanda Education Team Arrive!

The HOPE Team - Tuesday, July 03, 2012
HOPE: Global Early Childhood & Primary/English Team Written by Leonie Quayle Ist July 2012 From various corners of the globe, we've arrived safe and well in Kigali on the 1st of July, Rwanda's Independence Day. The billboards marking the occasion around to read more..

Kings Team Visit Fruits of Hope

The HOPE Team - Monday, July 02, 2012
We now have four volunteer teams in Rwanda! Teachers, builders, medical professionals and more! All doing amazing work and bringing hope to Rwanda. The Kings Rwanda team visited Fruits of Hope Academy last week. Read this incredible account of the time spent there: "Well - it's f read more..

Kigali - Day 1

The HOPE Team - Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Kigali, Rwanda Kings Rwanda Team Written by Belinda Bryant Baxter (Kings Team Volunteer) What an amazing day we had today, Tuesday June 26. We started off at the Kigali Genocide Memorial. This was a big impact place with artefacts, photos, audio visual testimonies and read more..

Kings Team arrive in Rwanda!

The HOPE Team - Tuesday, June 26, 2012
The Kings Team have arrived in Rwanda! Looking forward to hearing many incredible stories over the coming days. In the meantime, here is a personal account of one of the team members as she reflects on Rwanda and the days to come. "Yesterday the Kings team read more..

The Adventure Begins

The HOPE Team - Monday, June 25, 2012
On Sunday a team of 18 people from the Kings School community left to embark on an adventure of a lifetime in Rwanda. Tasked with the mission to listen, learn and share, the team has been planning over the last 10 months. However as Michelle Shaw, our HOPE: Global team leader pointed out, "the p read more..

Equipping for the future

The HOPE Team - Thursday, June 14, 2012
Feedback from Africa! We absolutely love receiving feedback and it's always amazing to see what is being accomplished by our dedicated team of volunteers and staff when they travel to HOPE: Global projects. This is just some of the feedback received from training conducted in Kenya and Ugand read more..

City 2 Surf!

The HOPE Team - Tuesday, June 12, 2012
City 2 Surf - Sunday August 12th - Join Us! Get warm this winter by training for the annual City 2 Surf! Why not grab your family, friends and workmates to join you, and help raise much needed funds for HOPE: Global's projects in Rwand read more..

Fruits of Hope Academy

The HOPE Team - Friday, June 08, 2012
Fruits of Hope Academy - Finished Classrooms! The sound of laughter fills the Fruits of Hope school playground in Kigali Rwanda. A group of earnest boys chase a soccer ball made of banana leaves around the playground whilst other children walk in small groups; chatting, laughing and read more..

Rwanda: Speak, I'm Listening

The HOPE Team - Thursday, May 10, 2012
We are so excited that we can now share "Rwanda: Speak, I'm Listening" with you and have been incredibly grateful for the support and response from people who are reading the book. "Rwanda: Speak, I'm Listening" was officially launched last week (read about it here (http://www.hope-global.or read more..

Book Launch Party

The HOPE Team - Wednesday, May 02, 2012
We couldn’t think of a better way to spend an evening – everyone gathered at an incredible bookstore, enjoying some tapas, listening to smooth music – all surrounding an incredible new book. “Rwanda: Speak, I’m Listening” is a rare gem that has been a la read more..

Farewell Uganda...but we'll be back!

The HOPE Team - Sunday, April 29, 2012
Traditional Village Our beautiful friend who cooked and kept house, always with a smile! A moment to reflect. We have renewed appreciation for running water! Quality education is crucial (and appreciated!) Staffroom under the tree!  read more..

Teacher Training with Watoto

The HOPE Team - Saturday, April 28, 2012
We have completed a three day training conference with over 140 remarkable teachers from both Watoto schools. We ran three streams as requested - ICT, early literacy, and special needs. The days were full and productive, with teachers engaged in a range of learning activities. The ICT  read more..

So long Kitgum!

The HOPE Team - Tuesday, April 24, 2012
We all enjoyed another full-body massage courtesy of the road from Kitgum to Gulu and prepared ourselves for the conference at Lamina Adera School, Watoto Gulu. Our new accommodation made us appreciate the difficult conditions under which our partners at Kitgum operate. The next day's conference read more..

Conference Bags and Teacher Resources

The HOPE Team - Monday, April 23, 2012
All of the 350 teachers who attend the training receive a conference bag containing a manual, a notebook, marker, and pen. Many of the bags were packed on the bus during our bumpy 9 hour drive north. We have also donated thousands of pencils, cardboard and scissors to CKS due to the gen read more..

CKS Assembly

The HOPE Team - Friday, April 20, 2012
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Feeding the Students

The HOPE Team - Friday, April 20, 2012
CKS not only provides education for thousands of students, they also provide two meals a day. Food is prepared in outdoor kitchens over open fires with water pumped from under the ground - an enormous task for the school cooks. The students have porridge for breakfast at the morning break a read more..

CKS Training

The HOPE Team - Friday, April 20, 2012
Engaging the teachers in student-centred learning activities. Introducing the teachers to the wonders of ICT!  read more..

CKS Day 2

The HOPE Team - Friday, April 20, 2012
Before dawn I hear the crowing of many roosters. With first light I rise to wash. The rainy season has arrived and torrential rain echoes on the tin roof. The shower is outside and has 4 walls but not a roof. I time my bucket bath well and have a mix of suds, rain and cold water from a jerry can read more..

Keen students at CKS!

The HOPE Team - Wednesday, April 18, 2012
The students are very attentive despite the large class sizes! They value learning as modelled by their amazing teachers. Today we taught essay writing to a Year 6 group with 117 students in the room! read more..

Reading activities with a Big Book

The HOPE Team - Wednesday, April 18, 2012
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Shopping for school resources

The HOPE Team - Wednesday, April 18, 2012
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Postcards from Uganda

The HOPE Team - Wednesday, April 18, 2012
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CKS Northern Uganda!

The HOPE Team - Wednesday, April 18, 2012
This morning we woke to the resident rooster's crow (well..multiple crows actually!) to find life all around us. The domestic sheep, piglets, and cows formed a country backdrop for the daily chores. Fires were prepared to cook the students' meals, cauldrons of porridge were stirred, and water wa read more..

Ready for work in 'the pearl of Africa'!

The HOPE Team - Tuesday, April 17, 2012
We arrived in Kampala after 25+ hours travelling and then spent some time buying school resources before taking a bus 9 hours north to Kitgum. The journey is just beginning... read more..

Education Team Departs for Uganda

The HOPE Team - Friday, April 13, 2012
One day until our first team for 2012 leaves Sydney to work with two outstanding organisations in Uganda: Childcare Kitgum Servants (CKS) and Watoto! CKS has 10,000 students enrolled and we will be conducting demonstration lessons and teacher workshops for English and Mathematics. Medical train read more..


The HOPE Team - Wednesday, March 28, 2012
RWANDA: SPEAK I'M LISTENING arrives mid April. We only have limited stock so get in quick to secure a copy for yourself! To pre order please click here: Rwanda: Speak I'm Listening (/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=86204). Please print the order form, fill it out and send it back to: info@hope-g read more..

Global Walkers Walking For HOPE

The HOPE Team - Tuesday, March 27, 2012
On March 31st HOPE: Global is holding our annual Walk of HOPE! We walk 18km to represent the distance many children walk to school in developing countries and raise funds for quality education in Rwanda, Cambodia, Uganda, Kenya and India. Whilst many join us on a  read more..

Joseph Kony, our response.

The HOPE Team - Monday, March 12, 2012
Whilst Kony has now left Uganda there is no doubt that Northern Uganda has been ravaged from the LRA's 20 year campaign of terror. The rapes, the abduction of tens of thousands of children, the mutilation and sexual slavery have occurred in Northern Uganda. It is most probable the LRA is still c read more..

T-Shirt Design Competition

The HOPE Team - Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Hope: Global needs you… yes, YOU! We’re opening a t-shirt competition for all you creative types out there. Here’s how it works: Get out all those artsy pens, pencils and markers you haven’t used in ages (or illustration software for all you techies) and create some read more..

Walk of Hope 2012

The HOPE Team - Wednesday, February 15, 2012
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February News!

The HOPE Team - Wednesday, February 08, 2012
The School has a roof – thank you! In December 2011, there was an urgent need for a roof on the new building at Fruits of Hope Academy in Rwanda who were unable to hold classes in the church building from January 2012. As of last week, the classes were being held in the n read more..

Moments from Rwanda Trip 2011

The HOPE Team - Friday, January 27, 2012
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Community Health Workers Needed!

The HOPE Team - Friday, January 20, 2012
What are you doing in 2012? Why not volunteer and join a short term HOPE: Global training team in 2012 and share your professional skills with others?? “As a first time team member, I felt that our team really achieved great things through our training of teachers and leaders in  read more..

A great story about a boy named John:

The HOPE Team - Friday, January 20, 2012
John and a little girl are using this short film for the Australia Day awards in the hope of winning the junior category ($1000) and using the money for a new roof for the Fruits of Hope Academy in Kigali, Rwanda. They just found out today that they are finalists (there are 5 finalists in the ju read more..

Are you a Business Professional?

The HOPE Team - Friday, January 20, 2012
HOPE: Global is looking for willing hearts and hands to give 2-3 weeks to build the capacity of schools, orphanages, vocational training centres in Rwanda, Cambodia, Uganda and Kenya. We are looking particularly for people who can demonstrate an ability to adapt their professional knowledge to a read more..

Volunteer Experiences

The HOPE Team - Friday, January 20, 2012
Here is a great article from one of our amazing volunteers, Leah. She went on our education trip to Rwanda this year and experienced eye opening things. Read below: This year, I was fortunate enough to spend 2 weeks in Rwanda with an amazing team from Hope Global. There were a few tears, pl read more..

“I will never be the same again.”

The HOPE Team - Friday, January 20, 2012
Here is another incredible story from Jen. She is a volunteer that went to Uganda and Kenya with us this year. Her experiences are amazing. Read below: When I think about my experience when travelling to Uganda and Kenya this year with HOPE:Education, “Wow” is what comes to mind read more..

I.T. Professionals

The HOPE Team - Friday, January 20, 2012
HOPE: Global is looking for willing hearts and hands to give 2-3 weeks to build the capacity of schools, orphanages, vocational training centres in Rwanda, Cambodia, Uganda and Kenya. We are looking particularly for people who can demonstrate an ability to adapt their professional knowledge to a read more..

Change is Occuring

The HOPE Team - Friday, January 20, 2012
Here is another great story about the expereinces from one of our volunteers, Louise. It is so amazing to hear about the changes that are happening in Rwanda! 2011 was my fifth trip to Rwanda and it is always so exciting to see the many changes that are occurring. The Rwandese have always b read more..

You will not want to miss out:

The HOPE Team - Friday, January 20, 2012
…on our annual Walk of Hope 2012!!! The Walk of Hope is organzied to raise awareness and funds for education training that will impact tens of thousands of local teachers in Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and Cambodia. We will walk 18 kms, from Inaburra School in Bangor to Cronulla Beach in the Su read more..

Urgently Needed:

The HOPE Team - Friday, January 20, 2012
We are still in need of volunteers for our Education Trips this year. We are welcoming volunteers in all areas, but especially: Teachers – Early Childhood for Rwanda Opthamologists for Kenya Speech Therapists for Kenya * students in the final year of studies in relevant fields  read more..

Memories from Education Trips 2011

The HOPE Team - Tuesday, January 10, 2012
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Volunteer Experiences

The HOPE Team - Friday, December 30, 2011
Here is a great article from one of our amazing volunteers, Leah. She went on our education trip to Rwanda this year and experienced eye opening things. Read below: This year, I was fortunate enough to spend 2 weeks in Rwanda with an amazing team from Hope Global. There were a few tear read more..

HOPE: Education Damien's Story

The HOPE Team - Monday, November 07, 2011
Here is an amazing story from a principal at Kigali City School in Africa. For this video and more check out: VIMEO (http://vimeo.com/hopeglobal/videos) read more..

HOPE goes Global

The HOPE Team - Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Check out exciting news in this video about HOPE! You can see this video and more on our VIMEO (http://vimeo.com/hopeglobal/videos) page.  read more..