AREAS IN A HOPE CENTER
Because the context of each Hope Center is unique, so is each Hope Center, as we seek to meet the unique needs of the communities we serve.
Many of our Hope Centers feature a common area, which could be used for multiple activities, from dining to worship. Our goal is that children experience God’s truth in love during their time with OneChild.
While some of our Hope Centers are attached to a school, at others the education children receive is supplementary. From help with additional studies to vocational training, the education outcomes we measure vary with each community’s needs.
Regular meals provided at Hope Centers ensure a nutritional baseline can be met for children who may otherwise go hungry.
Play is vital to healthy development for children. Through recreation with adults and others their age, children learn to treat themselves and others with respect and develop curiosity and determination.
We don’t just provide access to appropriate medical care. Children are also educated in good health practices and personal hygiene so that they can stay free of preventable diseases.
“OneChild’s [Hope Centers] are God’s instrument to change lives…praise be to God that I am still in my faith.”– Genn (graduated enrolled child at OneChild’s Hope Center in Phillipines)
Thanks to OneChild’s Hope Centers, there “is an opportunity for poor children to go to school. My hope is they will take advantage of it and be inspired to finish their schooling.”– Mary (graduated enrolled child at OneChild’s Hope Center in Phillipines)
Despite challenges at home “I find hope and encouragement at [my] Hope Center”– Adrienna (current enrolled child at OneChild’s Hope Center in the Dominican Republic)
“I want to thank [God]” OneChild’s Hope Center in our community “changed everything”. OneChild “gives me food, good clothes to wear and they help me in school”.
“When I am there [at the Hope Center] I learn more about [God], that he loves me and that he has a special purpose for my life”– Lionnel (current enrolled child at OneChild Hope Center)
At the Hope Center I learned to “love God… and I learned that He has special purpose for my life. I hold onto that promise”– Antony (Current enrolled child at OneChild Hope Center)
“I came to know God at [the Hope Center] and start[ed] to dream again. I asked God for his vision, for his plan for me. That is why they call me… the smiling girl”– Yan Yan (current enrolled child at One Child hope center)
“Children come to be fed, play with their friends, and know Jesus, which is far greater than any physical need we can meet. The center is so loved. We usually have to ask children to leave and go home in the evenings!”– Dixon, Pastor of Celebration Church of Zimbabwe
“I tell the kids, ‘today you are one of the leaders here in the center, but tomorrow, you will be a leader of much greater things as long as you stay close to God.’”– Kenya, Child Champion in Honduras
“In my Hope Center, sponsored kids have better grades than kids who aren’t in the program. They have a better education. They learn how to respect their parents because they’re receiving and learning from the Word of God. And so they also get away from addictions.” — Gemuel, Pastor in the Dominican Republic
“Sponsorship through OneChild is so important because it provides something that the children are not able to get by themselves. The medical checkups, the follow ups that we give on the health of the children to see how they can grow healthy, they won’t get this in any other place. We are called to redeem the life of the child and the children. And those children who are redeemed and restored will be the ones who will restore their communities, who will restore the whole country in the future — and we’ll be part of it.” – Dr. Breayan, Lead Doctor for OneChild in the Dominican Republic
HOW WE DEVELOP A HOPE CENTER
1. IDENTIFY POTENTIAL PARTNERS
Potential ministry partners in the field are often identified through our network. They are local leaders of
schools, churches or other child-focused ministries that would benefit from partnership and investment. They
submit a written application to a country director.
2. EVALUATE FOR COMPATIBILITY
Field Office or Field Ministry Partner staff conduct a suitability and readiness evaluation, which includes
assessment of the potential Field Partner’s compatibility with OneChild’s Mission Statement, other core beliefs and compliance with local law.
3. CONSIDER REGIONAL NEEDS
We also consider whether the potential partner aligns with our field office’s expansion strategy. We seek to group and align new Hope Centers with existing clusters so that each region can operate effectively.
4. CREATE COMMUNITY BUY-IN
Before launching a new Hope Center, Field Office staff work closely with new Field Partners to identify and
leverage readily available local resources and to ensure community buy-in, ownership and sustainability.
4. FINALIZE AGREEMENT
New Field Partners sign a Partnership Agreement with the Field Office which outlines expectations, roles and responsibilities and commitments. This agreement is renewed every three years.
YOU CAN BUILD HOPE
Our Hope Center development fund allows us to build new Hope Centers and expand our ministry to communities in need around the world. Your gift today will provide a place for children in poverty to discover hope and flourish!
We are accountable to the children we serve AND to our donors.
Our accountability to our donors is one of our highest priorities. Our goal is to use the funds entrusted to us as wise stewards. To do this requires continued monitoring of our fund distribution. OneChild is also a member in good standing with the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)