Transforming Lives and Communities Through Partnership
At Children’s HopeChest, we empower orphaned and vulnerable children and their communities through relationships that cultivate holistic transformation and sustainability. We connect communities in the U.S. and Canada with communities of orphaned and vulnerable children overseas. Our unique Community-to-Community model leverages the power of relationships to see long-term, sustainable transformation occur in the lives of children and their surrounding communities.
We seek to bring lasting, positive transformation to those we serve, and in turn, our communities in North America are impacted as well. We believe holistic transformation happens when one community partners with another.
HopeChest at a glance
Children’s HopeChest was founded in 1994 in response to the devastating needs of orphans in Russia following the fall of the Iron Curtain. These children had serious basic needs for clothing, food, medical attention, and facilities, but more compelling was their need for love, human interaction and care, and future hope.
In response, Children’s HopeChest developed a holistic approach, which helps meet medical, physical, educational, emotional, and spiritual needs of orphaned children and youth, in fulfillment of our mission. In late 2006, Children’s HopeChest leadership felt God calling them to expand our ministry to orphaned and vulnerable children. In 2007, after much prayer and deliberation, Children’s HopeChest partnered with Adventures in Missions and their indigenous staff to begin working in Swaziland/Eswatini.
Due to the increasing awareness of the complex barriers faced by orphaned and vulnerable children in Africa, Children’s HopeChest launched ministry in Uganda and Ethiopia in 2009 with our own indigenous staff. Currently, Children’s HopeChest maintains our own NGO status in both Uganda and Ethiopia.
In 2010, further opportunities allowed for Children’s HopeChest to begin partnering with on-the-ground ministry partners in Moldova, India, and Guatemala.
Mission: Why are we here?
Children’s HopeChest exists to glorify God by releasing the potential of orphaned and impoverished children and their communities. We do this through partnerships that cultivate two-way transformation.
Purpose: What do we do?
Children’s HopeChest seeks to glorify God by effecting positive, lasting change in the lives of vulnerable children around the world. Specifically, we engage churches and other Christian communities in long-term partnerships that:
Empower local leaders to provide food, medical care, and hope to their communities, while sharing the gospel.
Work with local leaders to reduce, and eventually eliminate, poverty by creating self-sufficiency for every child and every family in their community.
Support partnering communities as they directly engage with overseas communities to create sustainable transformation using healthy international development practices.
Address the complex causes of poverty, including material, spiritual, emotional, social, economic, and educational needs.
Put systems in place to reduce, and eventually eliminate, poverty in all of its forms.
Tend to children’s holistic needs for survival, community, education, and employment.
Transform the lives of children and their communities through a focus on sustainability, independence, and long-term self-sufficiency.
Transform the lives of the partnering community members through exposure, education, relationship, service, and perhaps most importantly, instilling hope.
What We Believe
Children’s HopeChest was founded as and remains to this day an evangelical Christian organization. Our statement of faith affirms our core beliefs and doctrine. In practice, we strongly believe in putting our beliefs into action as an expression of our faith in Jesus Christ. We feel called to demonstrate the power of the gospel by meeting earthly needs within a spiritual context and for an evangelical purpose. We believe in hands-on, demonstrative, purposeful faith—the kind of faith Jesus himself demonstrated, and it is our heart to be Jesus in the flesh to every orphaned and vulnerable child we serve, and in doing so, help them fulfill the purpose God has for their lives in this world, and in the world to come.
Child Protection And Safety
Children’s HopeChest is committed to the care of children and believes that each child is a special creation, made in the image of God. We are emphatically opposed to any form of child abuse, exploitation, or oppression, and will strive to do everything possible to prevent such injustice. In turn, we have instituted certain policies and guidelines that are meant to govern the interactions of Children’s HopeChest staff members, contractors, partners, sponsors, and any others involved with children in our programs and the surrounding communities.