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Hope And A Future

  • Income

    £225.7K

  • Spending

    £212.6K

  • Status

    Up-to-date

Charity no. 100154 Date registered. 16/04/2014

Public benefits

Our charity has three distinct purposes. 1. To prevent and relieve poverty, hardship and distress of those in need by reason of financial hardship, disability or other disadvantage living in Shashemene and the surrounding area, Ethiopia and in Randalstown and its environs of County Antrim. 2. The advancement of the education of those in need by

reason of financial hardship, disability or other disadvantage living in Shashemene and the surrounding area, Ethiopia and in Randalstown and its environs of County Antrim. 3. To promote the health and wellbeing of those in need by reason of financial hardship, disability or other disadvantage living in Shashemene and the surrounding area, Ethiopia and in Randalstown and its environs of County Antrim with the object. The benefits which flow from these purposes are: 1. (a) The improved living conditions and reduced levels of distress among the deprived communities of Shashemene and the surrounding area, Ethiopia. (b) The availability of consumer goods at reduced price levels and the opportunity to reduce distress through the option to volunteer in our charity shop in Randalstown. 2. (a) In Shashemene the increased accessibility of education services for the beneficiaries. The improved opportunities for career enhancement through the achievement of academic qualifications. The generation of employment opportunities after the establishment of new schools. (b) In Randalstown we seek to improve the education opportunities for those of the migrant community and to increase the understanding of the general public regarding the reality of life in an underdeveloped country and the importance of charity involvement. 3. (a) In Shashemene the improved health outcomes, reduced levels of stress and anxiety and the development of new medical facilities. (b) In Randalstown the reduction of metal health issues through the provision of volunteering opportunities for service users. These are demonstrated as follows: 1. (a)In Ethiopia we receive feedback from the beneficiaries and see the visible signs of the reduction of poverty such as improved conditions of clothing and hygiene. (b) In Randalstown we provide low cost goods through our charity shop and offer volunteer placements. 2. (a) In Shashemene we have constructed one purpose-built education facility and fully support two other facilities. We have seen an increase in the numbers of children attending school that previously had never attended and an increase in the number of children completing primary level education. We have also increased the number of employment opportunities available through the creation of new jobs for teachers. This information is confirmed by the submission of regular reports from our Ethiopian committee and regular independent evaluation of our services by governmental authorities in Ethiopia. (b) In Randalstown we have held English classes in our shop to assist the migrant community in developing their language skills. We regularly speak at schools and churches educating people about the work of our charity. 3. (a) We have built showering facilities to allow for improved sanitation for our beneficiaries. We regularly bring out medical staff from Northern Ireland to provide services to our beneficiaries. We are currently beginning construction of a disability centre in Shashemene. This will be the first of its kind in the town and will provide much needed assistance to the disabled community. (b) In Randalstown we work in conjunction with New Horizons in Antrim providing volunteer placements in our charity shop to those who suffer from mental health issues. None of our purposes give rise to harm. The charity’s beneficiaries are those in need by reason of financial hardship, disability or other disadvantage living in Shashemene and the surrounding area, Ethiopia and in Randalstown and its environs of County Antrim. None of our purposes convey any private benefit.

What your organisation does

EDUCATING CHILDREN From humble beginnings of four rented rooms where we employed teachers to educate 160 children, we now have three schools and educate over 650 of the poorest children in the sprawling town of Shashemene in Ethiopia. The School for Humanity is our largest school catering for 350 children in new purpose-built facilities. Our TESFA

School currently operates from rented accommodation - but while facilities are not as comprehensive, the children enjoy the unique, cosy atmosphere. As well as providing top quality education which gives children a real chance of breaking free from the cycle of poverty as they grow, schools also allow us to impact the lives of children in other ways. We are able to provide our pupils with at least one good, nutritious meal each day - something which they just simply wouldn't otherwise get. We have helped improved their health simply by providing hand-washing and showering facilities which have reduced the risks of many serious skin conditions and infections. In addition our caring staff also offers emotional and spiritual support where appropriate as we strive to give our children every opportunity of a brighter future. CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES Over the years we have become increasingly aware of a real need for the many children in the town who suffer forms of mental or physical disabilities. It is unfortunate that culturally disabilities are often viewed as a "curse from God" and consequently many children are hidden away. There is literally no specialised provision of care for these children in the region, and so we are in the process of building a new rehabilitation centre especially for them. Here they will be able to receive ongoing therapy to help them have much more fulfilling lives.

The charity’s classifications

  • The prevention or relief of poverty
  • The advancement of education
  • The advancement of health or the saving of lives
  • The relief of those in need by reason of youth, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage

Who the charity helps

  • Overseas/developing countries
  • Physical disabilities

How the charity works

  • Education/training
  • Medical/health/sickness
  • Overseas aid/famine relief
  • Relief of poverty

Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 31 March 2018

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Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 31 March 2017

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Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 31 March 2016

Charity accounts

Charitable purposes

The company’s objects (“Objects”) are specifically restricted to the prevention and relief of poverty, hardship and distress, the advancement of education and to promote the health and well-being of those in need by reason of financial hardship, disability or other disadvantage (hereinafter called "the beneficiaries") living in Shashemene and the surrounding area, Ethiopia and in Randalstown and its environs of County Antrim hereinafter called the “area of benefit”) with the object of improving the conditions of life for the said beneficiaries.

Governing document

Memorandum and Articles

Other name

HAAF
  • 2 Trustees
  • 6 Employees
  • 10 Volunteers

Contact details

Public address

  • Mr Kevin J Keenan, 7 New Street, Randalstown, Antrim., BT41 3AF

Trustee board

Trustee
Mr Robert Winston Smyth Pollock
Mrs Christine Keenan

Areas of operation

List of regions

  • Internationally
  • Ethiopia