A non-sectarian, charitable organization, HOPe - “Helping Other People” - is dedicated to empowering communities in developing nations. HOPe is a diverse group of men and women who have come together for a very positive and clear goal: to help other people. HOPe focus on projects that engage people within a community and address the ongoing cycle of poverty in places where hope and opportunity are scarce.
HOPe was founded in Yonkers, New York, in 2001 in response to the scandal of extreme poverty in the developing world. The men and women who came together to found HOPe were moved especially by the plight of the children who have no chance of a normal life, no chance to grow and to develop their God-given talents.
While HOPe is non-sectarian and has members from all ethnic and religious backgrounds, most of the founding members have Irish backgrounds. They are greatly influenced by the Great Famine, which devastated Ireland in the middle of the 19th century when more than one million people died of starvation or in coffin ships, trying to get away from the island. The memory of those times is seared in the minds of many Irish people who can never forget the awful consequences of hunger and malnutrition.
There is also a strong moral dimension to HOPe. All the great religions teach about the brotherhood of man, that we are called to be our brothers' and sisters' keepers. An “out of sight out of mind” approach is understandable, but it is surely not an ethical response to other human beings who need our help desperately.
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