Team Hope is an Irish, Christian and child-focused international development organisation. Founded in 2010, we work in Africa and Eastern Europe to help children affected by poverty or marginalisation.
Team Hope is committed to a world where children are able to fulfil their holistic potential, free from the injustice of poverty, discrimination and inequality
Team Hope works with communities to transform children’s lives by tackling poverty and inequality through our Christmas Shoebox Appeal, sustainable development projects and in raising awareness of poverty’s causes and impacts.
Team Hope holds the following core values:
- Dignity and Compassion: Team Hope believes that every human being has inherent dignity and we commit to respecting and promoting their voice and agency in our work. Foundational elements are our compassion for and empathy with those who are disadvantaged due to an uneven distribution of resources. In particular, we will help to empower communities and individuals who are vulnerable, marginalised or discriminated against.
- Integrity: A belief in this inherent dignity also leads Team Hope to adopt the highest levels of professional integrity possible, in our conduct and also in the quality of work Team Hope delivers.
- Inclusion: Team Hope values inclusion and primarily incorporates it into our work in two ways. Firstly, we seek to ensure that neither race, gender, ability, religion, politics or any other distinction limit a person’s opportunities. This means we work to benefit children based on need alone, with special consideration of additional needs or discriminations faced by them. Likewise, in Ireland we aim to create a diverse environment where everyone can participate in Team Hope’s activities, especially through volunteering. Secondly, Team Hope works to create an inclusive atmosphere where the opinions of our partners, volunteers and staff are included and represented in decision making.
- Partnership: Team Hope works primarily through local partners in the countries where it operates. Our overseas partners bring an in-depth knowledge of culture, language and context. Working with them contributes towards an active and effective civil society able to speak and act on behalf of communities living in poverty. We are also committed to working in partnership in Ireland to complement others’ skills, knowledge or abilities and together achieve better results.
- Accountability and Transparency: As a charity Team Hope is accountable both to those from whom it receives support as well as to communities with whom it works. A key way in which this accountability is fostered is through transparency on what Team Hope does, how it uses the resources at its disposal and what results this As part of this, our accounts are independently audited and published annually on our website.
Our Christian ethos provides the basis for why Team Hope exists and the values we hold. We believe that God has created and loves all individuals equally, presenting us with the call to do the same: to ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ This represents a radical challenge in a world where many are not treated equally and where poverty, discrimination and marginalisation lead to suffering and unfulfilled potential.
Christian teaching gives a strong call for us to address poverty in all of its manifestations. We are called to show love to the poor, to have compassion, to combat oppression and to create societies which protect and empower the disadvantaged. Given the unique vulnerability of children, Team Hope works primarily to show compassion to them, to address the structural cause of poverty and to advocate on their behalf.