Hope and Homes for Children: A world in which children no longer suffer institutional care
Orphanages do not protect children. They harm them. We are working towards a day when every child can grow up in a loving family.
Dr Delia Pop is the Director of Programmes and Global Advocacy at Hope and Homes for Children. After qualifying as a medical doctor from the University of Medicine and Pharmacology in Cluj, Romania, Delia worked for the Maramures Child Protection Authority in Romania as Director of Alternative Residential Services.
Delia joined Hope and Homes for Children Romania in 2001 as Development Director, leading the first closure of institutions for children in Romania. In 2004, she joined Hope and Homes for Children UK as Head of Development before being appointed Director of Programmes in 2007 and Director of Programmes & Global Advocacy in 2015.
Over the past 15 years Delia has developed training materials that will aid global child protection reform. She is co-author of Deinstitutionalisation of Children’s Services in Romania, published by UNICEF in 2004, IMPACT, a custom curriculum for providing support for children and adults with special needs, published in 2011 and Preventing the separation of children from their families in Bosnia and Herzegovina, published in 2012.
In addition to her role at Hope and Homes for Children, Delia has recently been elected as President of Child Rights Connect, the global child rights network connecting the daily lives of children to the United Nations.
Mark Waddington is Hope and Homes for Children’s Chief Executive.
Mark has over 20 years’ experience working in the humanitarian and international development sectors, of which 12 years have been as a Chief Executive.
He joined Hope and Homes for Children in 2012, and has worked with his team to develop a strategy that has positioned the organisation as the leading charity working on the global deinstitutionalisation of child care and protection.
He has developed a number of innovative financing mechanisms with private sector partners that are delivering the growth needed by Hope and Homes for Children to reach the operating scale required to fulfil its mission as the catalyst for the global eradication of institutional care of children. And they are succeeding: the number of children benefiting from the charity’s work has trebled since 2012, and they have significantly expanded their programmes across Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe and most recently in India.
Prior to joining Hope and Homes for Children Mark served as CEO at War Child for seven years, during which time the charity increased direct beneficiary reach by a factor of 12, re-developed its brand positioning and ability to influence international policy, achieved over 400% growth in income, and won a host of awards.
As a volunteer, Mark is also Chair of the Board of MICAIA, a development charity that is delivering exciting new solutions to the longstanding injustice of poverty in Mozambique by using innovative social enterprise models.
Sarah Whiting is Director of Fundraising at Hope and Homes for Children.
Sarah grew up wanting to be a fundraiser, after being inspired in her school days by a speaker from a charity who spoke to her about the difference she could make if she raised just £100.
Originally from Salisbury, Wiltshire, she heard of Hope and Homes for Children through her mother who volunteered in the office. After meeting Mark and Caroline Cook, she was offered a job as one of the charity’s first fundraisers in 2000. Sarah drove the length and breadth of the country gaining support from companies, schools, organisations and developing new volunteer groups.
After five years of playing a significant role in growing the income of Hope and Homes for Children, Sarah gained an MSC from the London Business School in Fundraising and Marketing. She then spent a further three years at an organisation she respected highly, WaterAid, as a fundraising manager, where she doubled income in the area of fundraising she was responsible for.
Ultimately her passion lies with ensuring children grow up within the love and protection of a family, and following the birth of her two children, Sarah returned to Hope and Homes for Children in 2013 as Director of Fundraising.
She describes her role as her dream job, with a dream team, and works every day to ensure we get a step closer to eradicating the institutional care of children globally.
Sue Rooke is Director of Resources at Hope and Homes for Children.
With over 20 years’ experience of the charity sector, Sue joined Hope and Homes for Children in November 2003.
She qualified as a Chartered Accountant and after several years in the profession, during which she was involved with audit work for the International Red Cross, she left to head up the internal audit function at Save the Children Fund. She spent eight years at a social care charity in the UK prior to taking up her current role.
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What is Hope and Homes for Children’s position on safe guarding?
Safe guarding is central to everything that Hope and Homes for Children exists to do.
The recent news (February 2018) concerning how some humanitarian workers have sexually exploited vulnerable people in crisis zones is deeply distressing and points to a betrayal of the very people all our organisations exist to serve. At Hope and Homes for Children we have zero tolerance of any form of sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, bullying or other exploitation of those we work hard to protect, or of our staff and volunteers, including within our partner organisations.
This means that how we behave, our culture, and the systems we have in place encourage and enable any employee, volunteer, or partner that we work with to raise any concerns they have about the possibility of an incident, safe in the knowledge that they will be dealt with appropriately and in a timely manner.
Our organisational values of Excellence, Courage and Integrity are the foundation of our organisational culture and frame our core policies as well as guidance to staff and volunteers regarding their conduct. These values have been derived from extensive consultations with children and their carers across numerous countries, and reflect how they want us to act and behave.
We recognise and wholly accept that we have a profound responsibility for safe guarding:
1. Children and other vulnerable people we come into contact with, including parents and carers
2. Our staff, volunteers and all those who work for and with Hope and Homes for Children
We do not allow ourselves to be complacent in this. Safeguarding is a central priority for our Board of Trustees, our Senior Management Team, and for our Country Directors. We continuously review and seek to strengthen our safe guarding policies and procedures, and these are applied rigorously in our recruitment, inductions and ongoing training.
In addition we undertake regular reviews of our work, which includes anonymous surveys with staff and volunteers so that they can feel safe about raising issues should they need to.
We want to reassure all our supporters that our responsibility for children, their carers, and our staff and volunteers is central to everything we exist to do.
Why does Hope and Homes for Children close orphanages?
Orphanages do not protect children. They harm them. Children in orphanages are often subject to high levels of abuse and neglect. Without family to care for them or friends to play alongside, they live in a world without love. The impact of this can last a lifetime. Some don’t survive at all.
37% percent of children in orphanages experience violence and sexual abuse, research suggests.
Orphanages rid children of their voice, giving them no say or control over the decisions that affect them. Over 80% of children confined to orphanages today are not orphans; they have at least one living parent or other relative.
What is the alternative to orphanages?
High quality family-based care has been proven to provide far better outcomes for children and communities and is more cost effective than orphanages. With the right support children who live in orphanages can be safely and successfully returned to their birth families or extended families; they can join loving foster families or, if they are old enough, they can be supported to live independently.
Hope and Homes for Children is recognised as a global expert in the field of deinstitutionalisation. By closing orphanages, supporting children into loving families and preventing family break down, we are working towards a day where orphanages have been eradicated for good.
We know we can only hope to achieve this by working with others. Through our partnerships with national governments, civil society organisations, local NGOs, international agencies, corporate donors and committed individuals, we are building a global movement that will eradicate orphanages in our lifetime.
Do you want to know more about our work? Fill in this form with your questions, we will happy to get in touch and respond to your questions.
If you want to contribute to our work and help us transform the lives of children around the world visit this page and consider making a donation. Your help will bring us closer to a day where every child grows up in a loving, stable family.
Can’t families also be dangerous places for children, for example if they are subjected to abuse or neglect?
Yes, and children’s safety is of course our first priority, but in finding alternative care for children the aim should always be to ensure that they continue to grow-up in a family environment, for example with members of their extended family or with foster parents, and not in orphanages.
How many people does Hope and Homes for Children employ in the UK and overseas?
51 in the UK and 145 overseas – total 196 [May 2018]
How many volunteers do you have in the UK?
In the UK, we have volunteers working at the head office in Salisbury as well as a network of volunteers across the UK who are raising funds and awareness of our work. The number of volunteers is growing all the time and at the minute we have 11 Local Support Groups and 23 volunteer speakers. [May 2018]
Can I volunteer to work for Hope and Homes for Children abroad?
We do not have any volunteering opportunities in our projects overseas as we employ local people and use local expertise or work through local partners. By using local people and skills we help to ensure that our projects are sustainable in the long term.
More generally, Hope and Homes for Children does not support the use of volunteers in orphanages and other children’s institutions and you can read more about our position on “voluntourism” in orphanages in this FAQ section. However, we do use volunteers in the UK.
Can I volunteer for Hope and Homes for Children in the UK?
We are often looking for volunteers to help us in the UK. Giving your time, enthusiasm and skills makes a valuable contribution towards our work. We have volunteering opportunities for people to set up or join a Local Support Group, be a Volunteer Speaker and speak on our behalf at community events, become a Collection Tin Volunteer, or provide fundraising and administrative support at our UK offices.
We would like to visit one of your projects, is this possible?
We arrange a very limited number of visits to our programmes every year in order not to deplete the resources of our country teams and to protect the privacy of the children and families we serve. We can register your interest in taking part in a trip but we cannot guarantee that an opportunity will become available.
How is the fundraising of Hope and Homes for Children regulated?
Hope and Homes for Children is a registered charity (number 1089490) and as such is regulated by the Charity Commission in England and Wales and the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) in Scotland. The Charity Commission is responsible for establishing charitable status, taking enforcement action when there is malpractice or misconduct and ensuring that charities meet their legal requirements, including providing information on their activities each year.
Our annual accounts are audited, as with any other creditable business, to ensure our finances are managed in the correct manner.
Hope and Homes for Children is also registered with the Fundraising Regulator which replaced the Fundraising Standards Board in 2016. This is an independent body established to provide a code of practice in fundraising and an independent adjudication service in the case of complaints which cannot be easily resolved by talking to the charity directly. As members of the scheme, we follow the Regulator’s Codes of Fundraising Practice and comply with the key principles embodied in the Codes and in the Fundraising Promise, which includes a commitment to act in a manner that is honest, open, clear, respectful, fair, reasonable and accountable.
How much money did HHC raise last year?
In 2017 Hope and Homes for Children raised £11.6 million
Where does your income come from?
Our income comes from a diverse range of sources which minimises the risk of relying too heavily on a limited number of funders.
28% Corporate donations;
34% Charitable trusts and foundations;
1% Community groups;
10% Fundraising activities and events;
7% Statutory funders.
How much of your income is from the UK and how much from other places?
88% is raised in the UK and 12% is raised overseas
Why do you ask people to make regular gifts?
We ask people to make regular gifts to Hope and Homes for Children so that we have a steady and predictable income which gives us the security and confidence to make long term plans and ensure that we help as many children as possible.
Giving regularly by Direct Debit is also the most cost effective way to make a donation as it saves money on administration costs – meaning that more of our income can be used to benefit children directly.
Can I sponsor an individual child?
Hope and Homes for Children does not operate a child sponsorship scheme. The majority of the children we work with are extremely vulnerable and often need their identities protected. Therefore a sponsorship scheme would not be appropriate.
Additionally, child sponsorship schemes have high administration costs and are very time consuming and labour intensive for overseas staff. As a small organisation we are keen to ensure that the money we raise and our staff resources are invested in activities that are going to directly transform children’s lives.