Why did you feel like you needed to make a change and help children living in poverty?
I’ve had a pretty good childhood – few ups and downs along the way like everyone. I’ve always had access to a tap where clean water comes from, I went to school for free and I always knew where my next meal was coming from. I’ve always felt that the one thing I’m really good at, is helping people, so I guess I’ve always been on the look out for opportunities to get involved in great causes.
I first became interested in poverty in developing countries through seeing those sad TV adverts that show poor children with “no hope”. I didn’t feel comfortable watching them and I wanted to research more into poverty in these countries and find out what it was really like, away from multi-million pound marketing schemes. At 18 years old I went to University and this is where I could let my thoughts wander more freely and allow myself to explore why there were still some people living without basic necessities when I had access to them so easily, just because I was born in a certain country. And this is when I started to realise I really needed to do something about this global unfairness. I began Made With Hope because I just didn’t feel okay with knowing that there were 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 in 2013. 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 creating projects that help children get out of poverty and make a life for themselves. My mission was to try to rectify some of this global imbalance.
What do you think are the main issues in Tanzania, Africa?
I believe education, water, shelter and food are the basic life necessities that everybody deserves. Each one brings a child opportunity to develop and gives them a chance to get themselves out of poverty. Education means the child will learn more so they can get a better job in the future. A clean water source means the child no longer has to walk miles to fetch water and can instead spend time studying. Simple things can make a huge difference.
What does charity mean to you?
Charity, to me, simply means to help. In any way you can. Whether it’s donating that change in your pocket to a good cause, to spreading the awareness of our work to encourage more support. Charity doesn’t have to mean money – you can be charitable on a daily basis for free.
Why did you set up your own charity?
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.
I also found that it was common for western “Saviors” to come to poor countries in Africa and try to “fix” things that may not have needed fixing. I decided to ensure we had an in-country partner with an NGO who could tell us exactly what’s needed to help their villages, and to help manage the project when we couldn’t be there. I was so lucky to meet Zuma, the director of CHETI NGO whilst I was visiting Tanzania in 2013. They showed me the impact a small charity can have on people’s lives, but they had one problem, they didn’t have access to lots of fundraising sources that we have here in the UK. This is why Made With Hope was created; to empower a passionate NGO and work together to relieve poverty in really rural communities. CHETI NGO is now our partner and has never let us down. With their advice and guidance, we have been able to carry out really successful projects in their local villages that have improve the lives of over 400 children and adults.
We are a small charity and believe we should stay small for the foreseeable future. This means we can continue to really understand the people in the communities we work in and react to their needs almost instantly. We believe ending poverty is a partnership, between our supporters and the people we help, with Made With Hope being the “middle-person”. We pride ourselves on reporting back to donors to show them exactly where their money is going and prove that 100% of their donation really is going to our projects in Tanzania.
Where do you see Made With Hope in the next 5 years?
We at Made With Hope are dedicated to helping as many children in poverty as possible. However, we want to make sure the people we help aren’t just a “number” and we take our time to ensure our projects are sustainable and meet their aims, before moving onto another project. We will continue to work with our partner, CHETI NGO, in Tanzania for many years as we have created an amazingly impactful relationship with.