About Us

 

3rd World Hope was set up after two friends travelled through Africa. What struck these two most was that despite the obvious desperate poverty, they were welcomed everywhere with open arms and encouraged to share in what little the local people had.
On returning to the UK the two friends set about fundraising to carry out a small project for an orphan centre they had visited in Malawi. It was their way of trying to give something back to the community. With help and support from friends and family the small project grew to become a huge success. Not only were they able to repair and equip the orphan centre, more importantly they provided sustainable resources, cultivated land to grow food and a water pump supplying clean water thereby enabling the whole village to become self sufficient.


As a result of this initial success, 3rd World Hope became a registered UK Charity in July 2009.

 


What we have achieved

 

Our Vision

 

Having witnessed, first-hand, the amazing difference this first project has made to the lives of the children involved, we now aim to continue our work improving the lives of other vulnerable children. Fuelled by our initial success, we now want to replicate this model in villages across Africa. We believe that by supporting, educating and empowering local communities to ‘help themselves’ we can eradicate, to some degree, the hopeless cycle of poverty that exists.


3rd World Hope now want to continue to build similar orphan centres across Africa providing clean water, cultivated land and safe refuges that many children can call home. We believe all children have the right to a safe place to live, enough food to eat and clean water to drink. In order to try and break the cycle of extreme poverty, 3rd World Hope also believes that these children should have the opportunity of a good education. We are continuously fundraising to provide these basic human rights.

 

 

What We Have Achieved

 

3rd World Hope is currently working in various areas supporting approximately 3000 people. We are providing support by cultivating vast areas of land for growing food and installing fresh water pumps in the hearts of these communities. In addition we have established a number of orphan centres and pre-schools and have developed local sports teams. We provide access to healthcare and education and distribute mosquito nets and clothing. During the dry season famines we provided tens of thousands of children’s meals. Our ‘Brian Ferguson Foundation’ provides local disabled people with tools and materials to make items which they then sell to earn a living. Hundreds of children are receiving a full education through support with school fees. By working closely with the chiefs and local people, we have ensured everything is done in keeping with local culture. With this ethos in mind, we have ensured all our projects are self sufficient. This is done by employing locals to run our centres and giving them the necessary training through college placements. We set up small businesses which fund the running costs of each project. These businesses include a chicken farm, a grocery store and a minibus service. Each business works together. The minibus generates income by transporting people across the district. It reduces the running costs of the projects by a third by eliminating transport costs. Supplies for the grocery store are picked up by the minibus thus reducing overheads and increasing profits. Feeds and vaccines for the chicken farm are also collected using the minibus. Access to hospitals for the children and community is now much easier. The minibus also allows the children to experience day trips and transports our sports teams to games.


We hope the above has provided an overview of our work and that you have found it interesting and informative. Above all, we hope it has inspired you to ‘Get Involved!’.


If, however, you would like to know more about individual projects please click on the appropriate headings for a blog on each.

 

 

To learn more, please click on the links below.

 

Kamusita Village 2009
Bandawe Village 2010
Mbamba Village 2012
Chanawaka Village, June 2012

 

 

 

Children eating Child with chickens