- About Us
World Hope International is a Christian relief and development organisation 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 (WHI) can be traced back to the vision and heart of our dynamic founder, Jo Anne Lyon. From a humble start in 1996, God has blessed Jo Anne’s journey to serve those crippled by poverty. Her hope:
To empower the poorest of the poor around the world so they can become agents of change within their communities.
What began in the back bedroom of her home, grew into a leading-edge Christian relief and development organisation, recognised by partners and governments alike as a successful service model for those in need. For more than 10 years, Jo Anne entered into 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.
Though Jo Anne stepped down as WHI USA’s CEO in 2008 to accept a prominent leadership role within The Wesleyan Church, she remains actively involved as a member of our WHI USA Board of Directors.
World Hope Australia was founded in 2001 and worked in partnership with WHI USA before changing our name to World Hope International in late 2016 and joining the global WHI Alliance along with WHI Canada in January 2017.
Today, WHI 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.
AN ORGANISATION YOU CAN TRUST.
Please note that in the unlikely event a specific appeal becomes overfunded, surplus funds will be redirected towards a similar relief or community development project.