We choose to stand with the poorest of the poor, the abandoned, the orphaned, the war weary, the homeless and the widowed, to bring tangible hope and visible pathway for a brighter future.
In the first exploratory trip to Uganda in 2000, Bill and Norma Osborne were privileged to meet Milly; an extraordinary eight year old who stood out from the hundreds of village children. We felt that God was going to use Milly’s life to influence many.
Milly lived in an extremely remote and poor village. She was vibrant and energetic, working hard in the village community gardens and was determined to receive an education. On January 1st 2001, Milly contracted malaria. As her father dressed her for the 5-hour walk to the nearest health clinic, she died in his arms. Medicine costing just 80 cents would have saved her life.
Milly’s life and death inspired the formation of Australia HOPE International. Because of her, many more lives have been saved and thousands of children are now receiving an education.
When a child is orphaned, a woman abandoned or widowed, or families displaced by conflict and war, life in Africa can be filled with hopelessness and despair. This can lead to poverty, malnutrition, disease, crime, drug addiction, suicide, or a life of begging, fear and violence on the streets.
For over 20 years, HOPE has been working with partner organisations in Africa, to alleviate the suffering of the needy, bringing, light, love, hope and empowerment to thousands of people.