Our vision is for a world where every individual is valued, has access to basic human rights and can attain their full potential.
As a faith based community development organisation the mission of Operation Hope is to respond compassionately and collaboratively to abject poverty, marginalisation and injustice in the countries of Sri Lanka and Swaziland. Our goal through prioritising education, health and welfare, is to help strengthen the individual, the family and ultimately the larger community, promoting sustainable change and the opportunity for people to reach their full potential.
Commitment to love – We believe every person regardless of social, religious, cultural and economic status has value. We therefore commit to work alongside others, particularly the poor, supporting them as they strive to meet their basic needs and reach their full potential.
Commitment to justice – We aim to speak and act together with and for the marginalised and powerless by educating each other about the injustices that take place in our world.
Commitment to relationships – We believe strength is found in the ‘we’ and so we commit to working together with local partnerships in integrity and harmony.
Commitment to participation – We believe that everyone can contribute something of themselves to making a difference.
Commitment to learn – We believe that we never stop learning. We seek to be open to new ideas from local partners and supporters (both here in Australia and overseas) in responding to changing needs.
Commitment to accountability – We believe in the importance of being transparent. We seek to be honest, open and trustworthy with our time and resources.
Statement of Purpose
• To help individuals and communities overcome poverty, vulnerability and marginalisation.
• To work alongside individuals and communities to create transformational community driven development that is:
Culturally appropriate – a considered approach that takes into account cultural nuances, traditions, perspectives and practices. Choosing to work within this context where appropriate, while still challenging change when basic human rights are compromised.
Participatory – where individuals and the community are encouraged, empowered and can participate in the decisions that affect them.
Community led – where individuals and the community are the drivers for change, thereby enhancing community ownership and leadership.
Sustainable – where individuals and the community continue to own their development and build their capacity to take control of their own future, thereby minimising a culture of dependency.
• To mobilise communities and individuals to strive towards their God given potential.
• To address immediate threats to safety, health and housing by providing emergency relief aid wherever possible.
• To work in partnership with other like-minded organisations and groups.
• To advocate and raise awareness about issues of poverty and marginalisation.
• To be accountable to donors, partners and the local communities that we work with.
And to do all the above by demonstrating Christ’s love – intelligently and compassionately.
To enact the above by engaging in:
Local Community Development (asset based community development where the focus is placed on the community’s strengths)
• Improving sanitation and public health
• Addressing food sustainability through agricultural training and home market gardens
• Ensuring reliable and accessible water supply
• Promoting education
Advocacy & Awareness through
• Social media
• Letter writing campaigns
• Discussions with political leaders and those who can influence change
• Presentations at events, schools and in homes
• Emergency housing, food, medications, hospitalisation and clothing