“For the vast majority of uprooted people, there are few things as powerful as their faith in helping them cope with fear, loss, separation and destitution. Faith is also central to hope and resilience.” Antonio Guterres, former UN High Commissioner for Refugees, furrent UN Secretary General
There is Hope supports spiritual development through running a bible school, offering seminars and conferences for pastors and church leaders and by facilitating events for children and the youth.
There is Hope believes that, for change to effectively take root in a rural African setting, the whole community must be involved and the change must be accepted and endorsed by the leaders. Spiritual leaders are the ones handling marriage crises, business disputes, domestic violence cases and more, outside and beyond any aid agency office hours. This program engages Christian leaders to become change agents in a community where at least 70% are churchgoers through a holistic training which encompasses counselling, conflict resolution and theology.
“Before I enrolled at There is Hope’s Leadership Development programme, I had never interacted with refugees on a more personal level. I had mixed views about them. But when I came here, I discovered that refugees are caring, warm-hearted, welcoming and full of empathy. During my first semester at the Bible school, I was hosted by refugee friends in Dzaleka Refugee Camp. Commuting from my home to the school was expensive and refugees gave me shelter and a place to stay near the school, which helped me to save a lot of money. I lived among them and they were very kind and treated me as family. I have made important friendships with a lot of refugees since then and whenever I need support, I turn to them and they are always there for me. I truly cherish the relationship that I built with refugees.” Jean Singo Kwachera, There is Hope Bible School graduate
We support refugees in Maula prison, one of Malawi’s oldest and largest prison in Lilongwe. All over the world, relations amongst inmates can be tense and often hostile. As a foreigner in the country, the support network of family and friends is often unavailable. Our objectives are to break their isolation and to meet some of their basic needs such as toiletries, laundry soap, and food. There is Hope also provides emergency medical care when necessary.