Bring Hope

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Global Sustainable Development Goals

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Since our inception, Bring Hope is proud to have aligned our mission and strategies as an organisation with nine of the 17 development goals and we will continue to work towards these goals to reach a more harmonious, improved existence for those we serve by 2030.

Through the tireless work of our staff, volunteers, ambassadors and our partnerships with organisations all over the world, our efforts contribute to the following SDGs:

More than 71 million people were pushed into extreme poverty in 2020 (Source: UN Dept. of Economic and Social Affairs).

1.1  By 2030, eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, currently measured as people living on less than $1.25 a day

1.2  By 2030, Reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions

1.A Ensure significant mobilisation of resources from a variety of sources, including through enhanced development cooperation, in order to provide adequate and predictable means for developing countries, in particular least developed countries, to implement programmes and policies to end poverty in all its dimensions.

Bring Hope actively works to ease the poverty of those we serve through all our projects. We approach this goal from a multifaceted plan of action that addresses the short and long-term needs of the communities we assist, in turn embodying a strategy that will build self-sufficient and sustainable groups. We acknowledge the complexity of poverty and the need for solutions that build resilient communities. We also acknowledge our influence within our network and the businesses we partner as an example and driving force to address SDG 1.

Aid Donations

Our regular donations of humanitarian and medical aid to refugee camps and poor communities make essential supplies – such as hygiene products, warm clothes and blankets, clothing and vital medicines – accessible to those who are unable to source these products from elsewhere. Humanitarian and medical aid to those in emergency situations will always be our first priority, due to their immediate and life-saving capacity. Our donations are supplied through our strong international partnerships with other NGOs and multi-national corporations, and delivered through our own logistical capacities as well as our logistical partners.

Programmes

Bring Hope’s programmes provide solutions on the ground with long-term, holistic effects. We aim to help break the poverty cycle, as well as provide essential services to those who need them most. Our programmes are in various phases of development—in many cases due to the impacts of Covid-19. Our education programmes, including STEM, ensure that displaced and refugee children gain access to high quality and current education to build their skills and capabilities for their future education and career. Bring Hope’s sewing initiative, Sewing Hope, enables participants to build skills and earn income to contribute to the household, as well as fostering a sense of accomplishment and building relationships among communities. Our Healing Programme, designed to address the mental health of those we serve, aims to fulfil a peace-building role in the camps we operate in, in turn helping individuals to treat their trauma and better participate in their communities, and our Sports Programmes keep participants physically healthy and fit. We believe that through the provision of essential services like these, the individuals we serve will have greater capacity to gain access to and sustain their participation in employment.

More than 71 million people were pushed into extreme poverty in 2020 (Source: UN Dept. of Economic and Social Affairs).

Targets:

1.1  By 2030, eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, currently measured as people living on less than $1.25 a day.

1.2  By 2030, Reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions​.

1.A Ensure significant mobilisation of resources from a variety of sources, including through enhanced development cooperation, in order to provide adequate and predictable means for developing countries, in particular least developed countries, to implement programmes and policies to end poverty in all its dimensions.

Bring Hope actively works to ease the poverty of those we serve through all our projects. We approach this goal from a multifaceted plan of action that addresses the short and long-term needs of the communities we assist, in turn embodying a strategy that will build self-sufficient and sustainable groups. We acknowledge the complexity of poverty and the need for solutions that build resilient communities. We also acknowledge our influence within our network and the businesses we partner as an example and driving force to address SDG 1.

Aid Donations

Our regular donations of humanitarian and medical aid to refugee camps and poor communities make essential supplies – such as hygiene products, warm clothes and blankets, clothing and vital medicines – accessible to those who are unable to source these products from elsewhere. Humanitarian and medical aid to those in emergency situations will always be our first priority, due to their immediate and life-saving capacity. Our donations are supplied through our strong international partnerships with other NGOs and multi-national corporations, and delivered through our own logistical capacities as well as our logistical partners.

Programmes

Bring Hope’s programmes provide solutions on the ground with long-term, holistic effects. We aim to help break the poverty cycle, as well as provide essential services to those who need them most. Our programmes are in various phases of development—in many cases due to the impacts of Covid-19. Our education programmes, including STEM, ensure that displaced and refugee children gain access to high quality and current education to build their skills and capabilities for their future education and career. Bring Hope’s sewing initiative, Sewing Hope, enables participants to build skills and earn income to contribute to the household, as well as fostering a sense of accomplishment and building relationships among communities. Our Healing Programme, designed to address the mental health of those we serve, aims to fulfil a peace-building role in the camps we operate in, in turn helping individuals to treat their trauma and better participate in their communities, and our Sports Programmes keep participants physically healthy and fit. We believe that through the provision of essential services like these, the individuals we serve will have greater capacity to gain access to and sustain their participation in employment.

 

690 million people still go to bed on an empty stomach each night (Source: World Food Programme).

Targets: 

2.1  By 2030, end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round.

2.4  By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil.

Bring Hope’s contribution to SDG 2 is currently under progress. Our vision is to facilitate long-term solutions to addressing hunger. We endeavour to initiate agricultural projects lead by refugees and displaced peoples as a means for food production and income generation. We understand the crucial role sustainable agriculture plays in food resilience and safety, especially in regions affected by conflict and war, and the peace-building effect that this can have on turbulent areas. Bring Hope’s ambition is to assist in ensuring food security for those we serve.

Our focus for this project is the Iraqi-Kurdistan region, in which agriculture has suffered substantial blows under the ISIS occupation. In order to rebuild the sector over the coming years, increasing numbers of a new generation of young farmers need to be given opportunities to learn practical agricultural skills. We endeavour to build training programmes and knowledge-sharing platforms connecting agricultural organisations to those on the ground to support agricultural development in the region. We will mobilise existing infrastructure as well as support the development of new greenhouses, irrigation systems and processing stations. Our strong network will help to facilitate this critical project.

 

Less than half of the global population is covered by essential health services (Source: United Nations Sustainable Development Goals).

Targets:

3.8  Achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all.

Safeguarding the health of those we serve is crucial to Bring Hope, and we do this through our aid donations, programmes and partnerships. We believe that all people should have the right to adequate and timely healthcare and acknowledge that this should be the most basic provision. Good healthcare has far-reaching benefits – for example, in ensuring consistent attendance at school or work and thus boosting economic participation of communities.

Medical Aid Donations

To date, Bring Hope has enabled 4 million medical treatments and delivered six million hygiene items   through our donation partners and partnerships with hospitals, mobile clinics, camps and health ministries in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Our strong network and partnerships with organisations such as International Health Partners (IHP) in the UK, Health Partners International of Canada (HPIC) and Johnson and Johnson (MENA/Europe) enable us to consistently deliver medicines and supplies to hospitals and medical centres that operate on the ground for refugees and internally displaced people, which often lack basic medications and equipment.

Crucial Medical Treatment

Whilst essential donations of general medicines and supplies have life-changing potential in treating a multitude of people for some of the most basic health problems, hospitals on the ground may not be equipped with personnel and equipment for more complex or chronic conditions involving surgery, especially for children. Bring Hope’s Heart of Hope programme ensures children living in camps with congenital cardiovascular conditions receive crucial heart surgery. These surgeries are costly and oftentimes require international travel to neighbouring countries for appropriate treatment. Bring Hope covers these costs through the help of our donation partners and ensures that parents and children remain together during such a crucial time. Furthermore, Bring Hope aims to speed up the period between diagnosis and treatment for children with cardiovascular conditions and to address the most urgent cases on waitlists as quickly as within our capacity.

Health Programmes

Bring Hope has successfully delivered and continues to deliver first aid, physical and mental health programmes for our participants.

Whilst we endeavour to keep hospitals and medical centres supplied with adequate medication and products, we understand that critical infrastructure on the ground might not be equipped for all emergency situations. First aid education therefore fulfils a critical role in ensuring that first response to sudden accidents and emergencies is as effective as possible to minimise potential harm. Our courses equip those we serve with basic first response skills that can often mean the difference between life and death before medical personnel arrive for treatment, especially in the case of children.

Bring Hope’s Healing Programme aims to address the mental health needs of those we serve. The international peacebuilding community is increasingly recognising the necessity to work holistically and address the cognitive and emotional needs of people in conflict. We recognise the importance of mental health treatment to increase wellbeing and understand the impact that unaddressed psychological conditions can have on an individual’s capacity to complete basic daily functions. We also envisage the wider effects of addressing an individual’s mental health and trauma as strong potential to play a positive, peace-enhancing role in communities, institutions and all sectors of society. Our programmes incorporate discussion groups, therapy sessions and yoga to empower those we serve through improving their mental health and general wellbeing.

Sports Programmes delivered by Bring Hope also play a vital role in maintaining the physical health of those in refugee camps. Physical activity opportunities for those in refugee camps are greatly reduced due to lack of space and gear. We endeavour to bolster the physical well-being of those we serve and recognise the long-term effects this has in reducing other physical health conditions, in turn reducing pressure on healthcare systems.

Our football programme, though in development, provides equipment and organised playing opportunities for youth and adults, enabling participation in not only physical activity, but a prospect for teamwork and skills building. Our ambition is to increase the scope of this programme through equipment donations and training sessions and camps.

In 2021, Bring Hope will work hard to develop and deliver a boxing programme to camp residents for physical training purposes, with the guidance of our Goodwill Ambassador Yurik Mamedov, professional Yazidi boxer. Boxing is an intensive sport which does not require large quantities of equipment or infrastructure, meaning that it can be an effective solution to physical activity needs in an environment with limited space. We believe it will provide an empowering solution to boosting the physical wellbeing of those we serve.

Finally, Bring Hope will deliver self-defence programmes to young people living in refugee camps and displaced communities. For a young person living in a volatile conflict zone, instilling a sense of confidence and reducing vulnerabilities can provide increased emotional wellbeing. It also has a positive impact on the self-esteem of each individual and reinforces a sense of comfort in the way they interact with strangers and community members. This programme will target ages 12 - 16 in the Iraqi-Kurdistan region – at a time in their lives when they are particularly vulnerable to abusive behaviour and ideology.

 

Approximately 3.7million refugee children are currently out of school (Source: UNHCR).

Targets:

4.1  By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and Goal-4 effective learning outcomes.

4.4  By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship.

4.5  By 2030, eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations​

Bring Hope recognises that for people in vulnerable situations—for example, those living in refugee camps or communities that have dealt with the destruction and violence of war— access to quality education can be challenging, and may not be made a priority. Our programmes have been designed to increase employable skills of women in refugee camps and educate children in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) to ensure they remain at the same level as their peers. Our strong network has provided insight and advice into how to develop these programmes based on research and educational theory, so we are able to offer the best possible resource to those we serve. We envision a future in which living in a refugee camp or internally displaced community does not impact the ability for an individual to gain access to quality education.

Sewing Hope

Our Sewing Programme provides refugee women with a safe place to learn new marketable skills, including production of bags for sale. Sewing Hope employs 12 women in Baharka Camp, 30 minutes outside Erbil. A monthly stipend is paid to each woman with which not only enables them to contribute to their household resources, but also engenders self-esteem and a sense of accomplishment. Participants also transfer their newly acquired skills to others in their community, meaning that the educational capacity is not only limited to those who participate. We wish to promote equity and equality in our programmes through the inclusion of marginalised and underrepresented groups, which is why we have chosen to target women, who face substantial difficulty in entering the job market in many of the regions which we operate in. The vision is to implement the project into further camps in Kurdistan and for the project to be eventually self-sustaining, so that Bring Hope can reach multiple teams all working for a common goal.

STEM

Children’s education in STEM subjects is considered incredibly important for future career prospects, with most skilled jobs in the future requiring at least a basic understanding of STEM. Education in these subjects for children living in refugee camps or vulnerable communities may not always be accessible, especially in cases where there is an absence of computers or other technologies. Bring Hope’s STEM programme is in its development phase, and we envision a large reach to the STEM education project that is being cultivated through our relationships with our local and international partners. Our mission is to maximise access to STEM resources and be a strong advocate in increasing the number of students pursuing studies and careers in STEM, as well as increasing the number of women and vulnerable groups with access to STEM education. This will be executed in multiple phases which include developing a ‘data centre’ – an accredited online elementary school curriculum, involving contributions from universities and schools through our network; acquiring donations of hardware and software through STEM organisations; and developing a professional track for high-school and university-aged students.

 

Over 90% of those living in refugee camps do not have access to electricity (Source: Chatham House).

Targets:

7.1  By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services.

Many of the individuals and families we serve live in temporary accommodation in refugee camps, meaning that energy is not always accessible. Families might resort to fire as a heat and light source – however fuel is not always readily available, meaning that items like clothing and other possessions may be burned, releasing dangerous fumes and gasses into the air. Bring Hope recognises the importance of delivering solar-powered solutions to camps, for use in communal and residential areas.

Bring Hope partners with WakaWaka to deliver solar charged portable lights to families who find themselves in situations where safe and affordable electricity is too difficult to access. The ability to light their homes during the night is invaluable and means children can complete their homework, and parents complete household tasks safely. Our vision is to bring a decentralised solution to those we serve, meaning they do not need to depend on potentially unreliable, inconsistent, or unsafe electricity sources and can be ensured light will be available when needed.

Though in the development phase, we endeavour to provide solar energy systems for both households and public services. Our focus on the Iraqi-Kurdistan region has revealed four camps in particular with varying needs for energy solutions to power schools, clinics, pharmacies, water pumps as well as refugee residences. It is imperative that the options we provide are sustainable and long lasting, which is why solar energy is a fantastic solution to this. Our initiative will not only deliver and install solar systems, but ensure ongoing maintenance.

 

The Covid-19 pandemic has meant that the most vulnerable groups worldwide, including women and children, migrants and refugees, and people with disabilities have been hit the hardest (Source: UN Sustainable Development Goals).

Targets:

10.2 By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status.

Bring Hope’s work spans multiple continents in aid and donations, and we are actively on the ground in Iraqi Kurdistan in refugee camps to ensure that our work is reaching those who are most in need. Our work to save lives and alleviate suffering globally by providing humanitarian and medical aid as well as bringing hope to people experiencing displacement and poverty is always carried out regardless of age, gender, religion, ethnicity or nationality. We work with a model of inclusion to ensure that our aid reaches all those in need and proactively engage with the groups we serve to ensure our aid is needed and appropriate. As an organisation, our core values of empathy, tolerance, honesty and humility further reflect our dedication to SDG 10.

Lastly, as a workplace, we are committed to diversity and our recruitment procedures ensure that we have a range of ethnicities, genders and ages on our international team and in our partner and volunteer network. We are proud to provide employment opportunities to young people and recent graduates and acknowledge the difficulty these groups often face when entering the workforce.

 

More than 500,000 tonnes of plastic pollution are dumped in developing countries every year by only four of the world’s largest multinationals: Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Nestle and Unilever (Source: Plastic Soup Foundation) .

Targets:

12.5  By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.

12.6  Encourage companies, especially large and transnational companies, to adopt sustainable practices and to integrate sustainability information into their reporting cycle.

Bring Hope’s aid donations through our strong partnerships are unique in that they address humanitarian needs as well as environmental concerns. Donations of aid, including medical supplies, clothes, shoes, hygiene and sanitary products and toys from partner organisations, are often from stock surpluses— meaning that if not donated, these would become waste. The amount of these items easily fill multiple shipping containers. Bring Hope therefore has the ability to divert tonnes of products from going to landfill or incineration and to redistribute them to people who ordinarily would not have access to them for economic or accessibility reasons. 

We are also happy to be able to provide our partner institutions with a sustainable model that requires minimal cost and involvement from them. In simplifying this process to the best of our ability, we believe that the companies we receive donations from are encouraged to commit more of their stock surpluses to donations, ensuring more loads of products redirected to those who benefit greatly from them, and away from landfill and potentially harmful environmental effects.

 

The number of people fleeing war, persecution and conflict exceeded 70 million in 2018, the highest level recorded in almost 70 years (Source: UNHCR).

Targets:

16.1 Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere.

16.2 Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels

Conflict and war are most often the reasons why the people we serve are forced to relocate from their homes or seek accommodation in temporary refugee camps. The safety and peace of these individuals and families are the utmost priority to Bring Hope, and something we aim to facilitate through our donations and programmes. We believe in a holistic and multi-faceted approach, which involves indirect methods to address this. Our Sports Programmes, for example, aim to foster participation, self-confidence and teamwork among participants which will be transferred back into the community and its institutions, producing a peace-building effect. Bring Hope Healing, our programme including yoga, group discussions and therapy groups, is dedicated to improving the mental wellbeing of those we serve, restoring a sense of calm and addressing trauma. Our Sewing Programme, designed to empower women economically, provides a means for participants to achieve a level of financial stability for them and their families, bringing peace of mind and raising prosperity of communities. Finally, our mission to bring hope and restore dignity to all those we serve also embodies our commitment to peace-building: as stated by our founder, Dr. Mariwan Baker, a sense of hope is the sole reason that people continue to believe in their future, in turn contributing productively and positively to their community in the present. Bringing hope to those we serve through our actions as an organisation therefore engenders peace.

Bring Hope is also committed to transparency as an organisation, in not only our actions as an NGO but also our institutional processes such as application processes and staff diversity. Our annual reports detail how we make use of donations, the work we complete in each region we serve and our future vision.

 

Strong global partnerships are the only way to realise the Sustainable Development Goals (Source: UNDP).

Targets:

17.16 Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilise and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, in particular developing countries.

17.17 Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships.

Bring Hope’s organisational model is in many ways an embodiment of SDG17. Through our multi-stakeholder partnerships, we assemble a large network of collective expertise to be able to execute our life-changing work to the best of our ability and in the best interest of those we serve. This is a testament to our vision as an organisation and the inspirational leadership of our founder, Dr. Mariwan Baker. Our partnerships span continents and many business sectors, working in both the private and public business sphere. We work with politicians, business leaders, royal families, advisors, sports stars, engineers, professors, and lawmakers among others to ensure that our work is holistic and multi-dimensional, addressing the varied and ever-changing needs of the refugees and displaced peoples that we serve.

We acknowledge that partnerships within the NGO sector are also fundamental in being able to address the needs of the most vulnerable people. We do not view other NGOs in regions we operate in as competition— rather partnership opportunities to mobilise resources and knowledge to best attend to the needs of those we serve. Our common goals unite us in our mission to bring hope to the most vulnerable through aid donations and programmes.

 

Our headquarters is located in Sweden. You can contact us by

Tel.: +46-73 535 7626 info@bringhopefoundation.org

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