HOPE ASCENDING INC

Moving families from poverty to promise.

aka HopeASCENDING HopeASCENDING.org   |   Rockport, MA   |  HopeASCENDING.org

Mission

Hope Ascending is a global effort and giving platform aimed at ending injustice toward the poor while spreading the gospel on the front lines of urgent need in India and Nepal.

Ruling year info

2016

Principal Officer

Carl Oulton

Main address

165 Main St

Rockport, MA 01966 USA

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EIN

81-3507806

NTEE code info

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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India's poor population is greater than any other in the world. Generational poverty is taken for granted by the general public and health statistics and mortality rates for children under five years of age are off the charts. Illiteracy and lack of proper health care are at the top of the list of contributing factors to poverty in India. Hope Ascending partners with local Indian pastoral leaders in order to restore hope to populations that have been marginalized by society. We identify young, trustworthy, faithful and hard-working leaders who understand the necessity to be self-sustaining. We establish partnerships by spending lots of quality time with them, and we match them with mentors. They operate tutoring centers for migrant slum children.

Our programs

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Education

Education is a key ingredient to eradicating poverty and improving future generations. Equipment and tutoring centers turn lives around. In mountain regions and urban slums, not every village is provided with a school which means that students have to go to other villages for their education. And parents usually do not send their daughters to school, leading to a failure in achieving an education in India. The good news is that there are individuals who are willing to hike into these areas and work with leaders to develop private educational centers for under-served communities.

Population(s) Served
Unemployed people
Indigenous peoples

Women bear the brunt of responsibility for their children, and their families in poor dwelling areas. Our goal is to teach them skills they can use in the marketplace. One lucrative skill is tailoring. India is the fabric center of the world. When a woman learns to be a tailor, she can make a living, send her children to school, move out of the slum, inspire her husband to work as well and together, the family unit may break the cycle of generational poverty.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Migrant workers

When it rains during the great monsoon season in India, transport is difficult - especially when you're a school kid living in poverty. Who wants to arrive to class soaking wet? Your generosity makes it possible to buy new raincoats for the nearly 200 children that attend this educational tutoring center for migrant children living in northern India.

When winter hits northern India and Nepal, the nights go below freezing. Homeless families and kids who live in the slums can be seen burning plastic and whatever else they can find from about 3 pm and into the night. The plastic fumes cause all sorts of respiratory problems. Their homes have no heat source and all they want is a good light's sleep. Blankets and winter coats do the job.

Also: shoes, clean water filtration systems, and medicine.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants

First, we identify trustworthy, faithful and hard-working Indian pastors who understand the necessity to be self-sustaining. Second, we establish partnerships by spending lots of quality time each year at their homes and ministries. We visit their families and friends, attend weddings and travel to distant and rural areas to help them serve their communities better. We identify, create and manage self-sustaining indigenous ministries by matching individual talents and strengths with available vocational resources.

We create trustworthy Indian partnerships through a grassroots directed, indigenous strategy.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Christians

Where we work

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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We help children to receive the proper education that prepares them to enter the mainstream of education by teaching math, Hindi language, English and science. Children who live in slums are caught in a perpetual cycle of generational poverty. They need extra attention and tutoring in English. The higher educational system in India requires that all students complete their studies in English. This is where we excel.

We aim to educate the poorest Indian children by preparing them to pass their entrance exams into the government school system. We've been so successful at this that the children often will skip grades beyond their age. We teach math. science, Hindi language and English. We also want to make sure they are healthy and safe. We begin with the children by providing healthcare, clean water, winter coats, rain jackets, shoes, mosquito nets, blankets and heavy quilts. Whole communities are transformed by seeing their children excel. In India, its the children who grow up to take responsibility for their parents as they age. So, you can imagine how excited the parents get when their child enters school. When grades are excellent, they may enter college, get good jobs, and actually provide a better life for their parents.

Our strategy is to help pastoral leaders take their attention and worries off of their own families so that they can spend more time overseeing their tutoring centers, the children and the families of the children who live in Indian slums. We do this by identifying individual skill sets and by helping the leaders become self-sustaining so they do not have to rely upon western funding to take care of their own families. Reliance on western dollars is unhealthy. It sets up a dependency which can end at any time. This leaves the pastor's family with no funds to take care of their own families. We don't want them to worry about these things. It's far better that they manage their own incomes and the tutoring centers they oversee. Then, we help them develop strategies to educate the poor, offer health check-ups, and access to clean water and food. We also encourage our leaders to heal the mental and emotional health of families living in poor communities.

We raise funding here in the USA to establish businesses for pastoral leaders in India who run tutoring centers for slum children. That money is invested in businesses that help the pastor become self-sustaining. Examples are cafes, tea shops, goat farming, mushroom cultivation, transporting children to schools, etc. We have purchased minivans manufactured in India to to establish transportation businesses. This helps the leaders also transport their Tutoring Centers' children to and from school during bad weather such as during the monsoon season.

In addition, we provide equipment and programs that are needed to help the children excel at school. Computers, Health Check-ups, School Books, Uniforms, Shoes and Outerwear are all necessary to ensure the children have everything they need. We also supply water filtration systems and security cameras to help make sure the kids are safe from parasites and from other intruders. During the Pandemic, we distributed hundreds of Covid Relief Packages consisting of dry goods, rice, lentils, spices, cooking oil and soap; enough to last a small family for three weeks at a time.

Hope Ascending has successfully strengthened and fortified the educational capabilities of a 200 child tutoring center located in a major slum area of Haryana India. We have made it possible for many children to break away from their prior occupation as rag-pickers, street beggars, and pan handlers to enter a program that prepares them for bright futures. One of these children who tested successfully into the government school system has entered college and is now back teaching the children at our center.

In addition, by providing transportation for our administrators in the form of minivans and even motorcycles, their ability to manage their families and the tutoring centers has increased beyond our expectations. They can transport children to and from school.

We also have created jobs for these pastors by investing in social entrepreneurial businesses that allow them to interact with the public, community and families in their areas of operation.

We are hoping to raise the funds that will allow us to buy land and build a tutoring center for poor children. We accomplished this between 2020 and 2021. The building is complete.

Financials

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HOPE ASCENDING INC

Board of directors
as of 8/4/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Carl Oulton

Hope Ascending, Inc.

Julie Oulton

Sales

Christine Travers

Gloucester School Department

Michael Mitchell

Student

German Disla

Disla Media

Organizational demographics

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