Charity organization «Hope and Homes for Children»
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
28% Corporate donations;
34% Charitable trusts and foundations;
1% Community groups;
10% Fundraising activities and events;
7% Statutory funders.
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.
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.