HOPE SHINES INC

aka Hope Shines   |   Denver, CO   |  www.hopeshines.org

Mission

The mission of Hope Shines is to improve and enhance the lives of Orphans & Vulnerable Children (OVC) in Rwanda, Africa through unique Health and Education programs.

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Ruling year info

2011

Executive Director

Mr. Dan Gladden

Main address

1031 33rd Street, Ste. #174

Denver, CO 80205 USA

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EIN

26-4729772

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Health Support Services (E60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Hope Shines aims to increase completion of and engagement in primary education, increase secondary school enrollment rates, and increase overall academic success for orphans and other vulnerable children in Rwanda. To do this, the organization manages a Learning Center that currently offers after-school programming year-round. Equipped with a water filtration system, healthy food provisions, electric lighting and a caring staff of mentors, the Learning Center provides children ages 8–14 with a safe place to learn, grow and develop essential life skills. health and education go hand in hand in the success of transforming youth into thriving healthy adults.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Leadership Summer Camp

We provide week long summer camp for up to 60 students in Kigali, Rwanda. We offer a food program as part of camps, teach English, Science, Arts & Crafts, Career Development for S4-S6 students and promote peace gender equity and confidence through sports/play activities. Additionally, we provide health insurance and medical doctors perform health checks on the students each year to ensure healthy living.

Population(s) Served

Our biggest and most impactful program, at-risk students meet every week at our learning center to get fed, get taught a Science curriculum, get help with their school work, study for their national exams, have access to clean water, and get mentorship in a fun safe environment. This program provides a safe fun learning atmosphere where students can enjoy learning and have access to the resource center year-round to ensure that they succeed in school.

Population(s) Served

The Healthy Child Initiative is incorporated across all our programs. It starts with paying for health insurance for all the children. Medical Doctors perform health checks on all children, which include hearing and vision exams, assessment of ailments such as stomach and malaria, and oral hygiene. In addition to health checks, this program seeks to educate students to live healthier lives through education in HIV/AIDS, malaria prevention, first-aid training, feminine hygiene and oral hygiene.

Population(s) Served

This program is designed to reduce the drop out rate in Rwanda. Through this program, students get their school fees, uniforms, and school supplies paid for. In return, students are required to perform well and their grades must reflect this, they must attend our summer camp and after-school programs, and have a willingness to learn.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children and youth who have received access to stable housing

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Caregivers, Orphans, Adolescent parents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All enrolled children in our programs have stable housing. We ensure this through meetings with the families and care givers and we address any homelessness issues, should they arise.

Number of children who have access to education

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We ensure children stay in school by providing provisions for school fees.

Number of families who have to have health insurance for their children

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We provide health insurance for children and the cost is offset to the families. we do not cover health insurance for all families, only the children that are enrolled with hope Shines

Number of children who have the skills necessary to maintain personal health

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our curriculum taught at our after-school program focuses a lot on healthy living and personal hygiene. We have held multiple workshops on oral hygiene, personal hygiene, and feminine hygiene.

Number of children who have the ability to use language for expression and to communicate with others

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our curriculum at the after-school program also teaches English and their native language, Kinyarwanda. Students are tested on their progress and their improving grades in school reflect better comm.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Hope Shines envisions a future where all Rwandan children and youth are empowered to achieve their fullest potential, achieve their vocational dreams and ambitions, and become leaders in their communities. Through its educational and health programs, Hope Shines is working towards the following objectives:
1. Increase the number of students in the district who are able to attend school and reduce the district drop-out rate of primary and secondary school students by subsidizing the costs to attend school and by holistically addressing health and educational needs.
2. Increase the confidence and knowledge of the youth in the program to support lifting themselves out of poverty through an educational model focused on empowerment, mentorship and career development
3. Promote gender equity by creating an inclusive learning environment that integrates both girls and boys in its programming

Addressing the incredible needs that Rwandan children face, Hope Shines currently serves vulnerable children through programs, including 1) Basic Needs for Education (BNE), 2) a Summer Leadership Camp, 3) the After-School program 4) the Healthy Child. Children are enrolled with Hope Shines year-round and come to the center weekly. Our strategic approach addresses dynamic changing needs of children in the community.

Hope Shines' utilizes “Holistic Youth Development" principles by focusing on health and education as well as creating and building children's personal strengths in order to enhance social, emotional, physical and cognitive growth. Hope Shines does this through a grassroots model that includes working with local Rwandan community leaders to design and implement its educational program, ensuring that the curriculum and programming is contextualized to the culture (i.e., not based on a “western" approach), which strengthens the entire community.

Hope Shines currently is set up to support children in need and to achieve our goals for the future. Hope Shines operates a learning center in the city of Kigali, Rwanda. This center provides the resource and platform for the children to use during all programming offered. In the learning center children can have access to clean filtered water and better food security, both offered during normal programming. Students use the center as their resource for a variety of purposes, not only just during programming offered by Hope Shines. Students can get tutoring for their school work, gain mentorship from Hope Shines staff at the center, speak to social workers about issues and challenges at home, access clean water to improve their health, and have a safe place to learn in because the building is open even after it gets dark. Because most children come from homes with little to no electricity and poor living conditions, they rely on the center to provide that safe environment.

Hope Shines has accomplished:
Set up of a full time learning center in 2016, offered programming to over 200 students since inception, created and managed a full time feeding program, enrolled new students into the program, launched a full time annual after-school program, launched two social enterprise projects to support Hope Shines financially and that offer benefits to the community, employed 13 Rwandese employees to work at our organization, developed an M&E matrix to measure and track our programs and projects, created partnerships with large multi-national companies in country, expanded our board of directors from 3 people to 7 in less than a year, partnered with other NGO's to help us further our mission, kept over 200 children in school , improved health of children year after year through offering health insurance and food provisions, educated the community on the WASH method and the importance.

Next focus is:
Improving the curriculum for after-school, developing projects

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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HOPE SHINES INC

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Laura Valdespino

Sara Foster

Pema Richeson

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/20/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/20/2021

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.