Project HOPE UK was formed in 1994 but its story started many years earlier, when its sister organisation in the US launched the world’s first-ever peacetime hospital ship, the SA Hope. The primary aim of the project was to train hard-pressed health professionals in developing countries in the latest treatment methods so that they could continue giving better medical care to their patients for years after the ship weighed anchor and headed for the next port.
It is that same spirit that inspires our staff, volunteers and partners today – coming alongside communities in distress or crisis and supporting them as they acquire new skills that will result in improved health for children.
In our first sixteen years operating from the UK we worked in over thirty countries, pioneering new, more effective ways of addressing old and emerging health challenges. Programmes have included village health banks in Malawi and Mozambique, child health training materials for mothers in Ghana and Honduras, and HIV/AIDs awareness training in Mexico and Russia.
In 2010, we accepted our biggest ever challenge: to find a truly sustainable way for communities to address the growing crisis of orphans and other vulnerable children in sub-Saharan Africa. We took everything we learned from our previous projects, reached out to our friends and partners from around the world, selected the ideal location to test our theories and concepts and launched our new 'flagship' programme – The Thoughtful Path.