What did you used to do and why did you feel like you needed to make a change and help children living in poverty?
I have had a pretty good childhood – few ups and downs along the way. I’ve always had access to a tap where clean water comes from, I went to a great school and got a fantastic education and I always knew where my next meal was coming from. I became interested in Africa through seeing those sad TV adverts that show poor children with no hope – I wanted to research more into poverty in Africa and find out what it was really like, away from multi-million pound marketing schemes. I’ve always felt like the only thing I was really good at is helping people. At 18 I went to University and this is where I could let my thoughts wander more freely. And this is when I started to realise I really needed to help these children in Africa. I began Made With Hope because I just didn’t feel okay with knowing that there was children out there that didn’t have the things I see as basic necessities – food, water, education and shelter. I couldn’t believe there was still a third of our whole world living in poverty with much less than I had. This imbalance made me upset and angry at first. I sometimes struggled to be around materialism and possibly caused a few awkward moments with friends about being grateful for what they had. But, after pondering over it for a couple of years, I decided to channel this energy into setting up a charity that helps these children get out of poverty and make a life for themselves – trying to rectify this global imbalance.
When researching into the charity sector I found the public were tired of not knowing where their donation was going. I believe that we can actually end poverty in our life time. To do this, to get everybody to help, they need to feel they can trust the charity they’re donating to. Hence we created our 100% Donation Prophecy, which guarantees 100% of your donation will go to our projects in country.
Made With Hope is all about teamwork. No matter how much or how little you can help, anything is appreciated and we try our best to make sure you feel that way. We believe in showing you how happy these children are in these countries and believe that guilt-tripping you into donating is not the way we are going to end poverty.