- About Us
World Hope International is a Christian relief and development organization working with vulnerable and exploited communities to alleviate poverty, suffering, and injustice.
At World Hope International, we don’t claim to have the grand solution to ending poverty. But there are simple steps we can take to alleviate suffering and empower the poor to help themselves.
Our programs bring tangible and positive change to the individuals we work with, who then go on to transform their communities and their countries. We base what we do on long-term results: we offer much more than charity, we provide resources and knowledge to the poor, so they can ultimately become agents of change within their communities.
The roots of World Hope International began in the home of our dynamic founder, Dr. Jo Anne Lyon. From a humble start in 1996, God has blessed Lyon’s journey to serve those crippled by poverty.
To empower the poorest of the poor around the world so they can become agents of change within their communities.
For more than 10 years, Lyon entered war-torn regions, abandoned communities and dark pockets of the world teeming with forced labor and prostitution. She looked at the bleakness and despair and saw how she could bring glimmers of light through opportunity, dignity and hope.
In collaboration with Lyon, Mrs. Anne Medders became Canada’s first Executive Director and officially created World Hope International (Canada) in 2000, in Sussex, NB. The first projects funded through WHI CA were in Odessa, Ukraine. The First Step Center was built as a safe place for social orphans, and the Hope Houses were built for girls who aged out of orphanages.
Today, World Hope International (Canada) works to assist children in securing documents which prove their existence. We assist teenage girls in getting education and learning to survive in the world. We teach sixteen-year-old children who are about to be phased out of government orphanages the life skills needed to avoid human trafficking. WHI CA provides a home for vulnerable girls who live with a house mother while studying in university, college, or technical school. A second home was opened in the summer of 2015. WHI CA has developed and implemented a foster care program, and several foster families provide loving homes for girls who study and prepare to live independently.
World Hope International continues its mission as a voice for the silent, an opportunity for the oppressed and water for those who thirst. WHI helps provide the dignity that comes from an educated mind, a healthy body, an honest day’s wage and a safe place to heal. WHI is the one who comes alongside those gripped by poverty to offer a hand up instead of a handout. But more than anything, World Hope International is the reflection of Jesus Christ’s compassion for all who suffer.
AN ORGANIZATION YOU CAN TRUST.
Spending of World Hope International (Canada) funds is confined to Board approved projects. Funds designated towards a project are used as designated, with the understanding that when the need for that project has been met or cannot be completed for reasons determined by the Board, the remaining funds designated will be used where needed most.