HOPENZ’s mandate is to provide alternative technological and educational support to people in developing countries, in particular Cambodia and the Philippines.

The underlying goal of HOPENZ’s development work is to transform the lives of the poor by creating sustainable communities where they have access to safe water, enough good food, education, and other resources to allow them to maintain and continually improve their quality of life.

The poor must be actively engaged in the process of improving their own lives, the role of HOPENZ is simply to provide developmental tools such as materials and training.

Everyone who works with HOPENZ is asked to contribute to the programme in a substantial way through labour, training activities, or making other kinds of contributions. By asking for high levels of participation, HOPENZ helps increase the participant’s sense of ownership of the programmes benefits, which in turn increases the sustainability of these benefits.

By only working with the poor who are motivated to do something to change their lives yet lack the resources to do so, HOPENZ maximizes the impact of its programmes – motivated participants will do more with less.

In general, HOPENZ’s focus on training stems from the desire to provide the poor with the tools they need to improve their own lives. When programme participants fully understand how to use and care for the material resources HOPENZ has provided, they receive greater benefit from the programme. These benefits also become more sustainable.

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Finally, monitoring and follow-up plays an important role in HOPENZ’s programme design and methodology. Because of HOPENZ’s emphasis on quality over quantity and forming long-term relationships with the poor, HOPENZ will make the decision to stop monitoring only when staff can observe visible changes in the lives of the community. This includes health, financial situation, and general well-being of families and in the general cleanliness and condition of the family’s physical surroundings and resources (e.g. house, land used for gardening, livestock, forms of transportation).

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