World Hope International works throughout Asia to combat human trafficking and extreme poverty though various programs that address economic development, education and agriculture.
World Hope International has programs in the following countries:
World Hope International has been leading major anti-trafficking and educational efforts in Azerbaijan since 2009.
- Human-Trafficking and Sexual Violence Prevention Campaigns: WHI conducts anti-trafficking education and outreach campaigns to parents, teachers and students of all ages, specifically targeting Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) settlements and low-income areas. WHI also facilitates Task Force trainings where leaders form Community Parent Groups that will educate others, assess community needs and report suspicious activities – all in an effort to combat the evils of trafficking.
- Childhood Educational Resources: From 2001 – 2007, WHI built or remodeled 22 schools. In 2014, WHI also added an extra classroom at two different schools and new windows at a third school. As a result, 63 students’ quality of education has been improved. In addition, WHI provides Gift Paks to children that include school supplies, personal hygiene items as well as information on human trafficking.
- Personal and Professional Growth & Development: Provides low-income populations with the training and tools to learn new skills necessary to find and secure gainful employment in a highly competitive market. This includes offering English language training and educating local school teachers in basic computer knowledge so that they may in-turn teach their students these same important skills.
For more information on World Hope International’s programs in Azerbaijan, check out the 2015 Year-end Report.
World Hope International’s current work in Cambodia focuses on fighting gender-based violence and extreme poverty:
- Adelphe Sponsorship Program: Provides a sponsorship platform that connects women in the United States with vulnerable women in rural Cambodia for the purpose of fighting extreme poverty and sex trafficking and sharing the love of Jesus Christ. Through multi-year monetary commitments, Adelphé assists and empowers women in rural Cambodia and their villages through delivering access to health, agriculture, and education services.
- Gender-based Violence: World Hope International and the United Nations work together to fight violence against women in Cambodia with a special program.
- Human Trafficking Assessment Center: From 2005 to 2015, WHI responded to exceptionally high levels of sex trafficking and rape in Cambodia by opening the first and only Assessment Center for Survivors of Sexual Exploitation and Rape (AC) in Phnom Penh in June 2005. For a decade, WHl was at the forefront of the movement to eradicate human trafficking in Cambodia as the AC served as the first stop for victims on their path towards recovery providing immediate health needs and life-skills training. In 2015, WHI celebrated a major reduction in the level of child sex trafficking in Cambodia. During the 10 years the AC was operational, WHI had the privilege to support over 1,100 sexually trafficked and exploited girls, helping them begin their journey towards healing. The program was recognized by the U.S. Department of State as a best in-practice for this type of high trauma care.
World Hope International has been working in India since 1997, primarily through its child sponsorship program in Central and Northeast India.
- Child Sponsorship in Central India: Since 2006, WHI has managed child sponsorship representing children living in or around the Rajnandgoan Hostel, which serves many children whose parents or grandparents are lepers and live in a nearby leper village. WHI has recently doubled the size of this program due to the significant impact the program is making for this very marginalized group.
- Child Sponsorship in Northeast India: A child sponsorship program serves three regions in need in Northeast India. While the government seeks to provide education to all Indian citizens, the isolation and discrimination toward those residing in the northeast, causes teachers hired by government officials to rarely fulfill their duties. As a result, rural village children lack basic educational opportunities. To address this problem, WHI has active sponsorships in Tuithaphai, Ruonglevaissuo, and Mizoram and is laying the groundwork for future growth in this region.
World Hope International has been working in Indonesia since 1998, primarily through its child sponsorship program.
- Child Sponsorship in Indonesia: Child Sponsorship at WHI, in partnership with The Wesleyan Church, is committed to educating children of Wesleyan church members in Indonesia. Through sponsorships, children are receiving opportunity on the islands of Java and Nias. The Wesleyan Church in Indonesia is committed to bringing up Christian leaders to minister to the largely Muslim country. The child sponsorship program is assessing the need for community based, livelihood development among the communities where the children live and worship.
World Hope International has been working in Nepal since 2000, with a focus on helping children and was able to quickly respond to the 2015 earthquake.
- Child Sponsorship Nepal: Child sponsorship in Nepal aims to help children receive an uninterrupted education and attend primary and secondary school. Scholarship funds help to pay for a child’s tuition, uniform, school supplies and provide nutritional essentials where needed.
- Emergency Response: In partnership with The Wesleyan Church, provided over 2,000 pounds of relief supplies, including tents, water filters, food, and hygiene kits to families in hard to reach rural areas following the April 2015 earthquake.
- Emergency Response: In partnership with The Wesleyan Church, WHI provided over 2,000 pounds of relief supplies, including tents, water filters, food, and hygiene kits to families in hard to reach rural areas following the April 2015 earthquake.
Child sponsorship through World Hope International, in partnership with the Wesleyan Church, aims to minister to tribal children living in extreme poverty due to discrimination, so they receive quality education.
- Child Sponsorship in Batotitik Mission Academy: Child sponsorship in this region allows children to attend The Batotitik Mission Academy. The academy started in 1999 to specifically educate the Bla’an tribe. The school has excelled in this mission and has received many awards of excellence from the government. Over half of the teachers are certified and all others have at minimum a college degree. WHI hopes to expand the number of children sponsored and help all teachers receive more training to be fully certified academic professionals. Through these programs, WHI also hopes to help the larger Bla’an village overcome poverty and address the issues of early marriage, child labor and trafficking prevalent in the country.
- Child Sponsorship in Grace Mountain Academy: Grace Mountain Academy is a boarding school for children in poverty located in the mountains far north of Manila. The World Hope International Child Sponsorship Program supports children in the boarding school by providing them the opportunity to thrive in a nurturing environment. The children attending school at GMMA would not be able to go to school, if it wasn’t for the boarding school.
- Child Sponsorship in Tacloban City: World Hope International partners with the local Wesleyan church in Tacloban City. While it is an emerging city, Tacloban was devastated by Typhoon Yolanda in November 2013. Through child sponsorship, WHI responds to the needs of widows and orphans left from the typhoon. Children in this program have the opportunity to attend school and special weekend programming through the church to learn life skills, while widows participate in income generating activities.
Child sponsorship in Sri Lanka aims to help children attend school and evening tutoring classes. Scholarship funds are targeted towards ensuring children receive a well-rounded, uninterrupted education and they specifically help to pay a child’s tuition, uniform, school supplies and provide some help for extracurricular activities where needed.