What we do
Hopes and Dreams is dedicated to delivering self-sustaining, poverty breaking solutions through micro enterprise and water development projects in Africa and India.
As an organisation we believe that these two main keys; Micro Enterprise Development, (i.e. empower women to have their own small business) and bringing access to clean water, (coupled with education) can break the cycle of poverty for generations.
Each of these solutions are aligned to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations to Transform our World.
Hopes and Dreams directly addresses
Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Target: By 2030, eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere (currently measured as people living on less than $1.25 a day) and reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions.
- 836 million people still live in extreme poverty
- About one in five persons in developing regions lives on less than $1.25 per day
Goal 6: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all
Target: By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all and achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, pay ing special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations.
- 663 million people are still without access to clean, safe drinking water
- At least 1.8 billion people globally use a source of drinking water that is fecally contaminated
Hopes and Dreams indirectly addresses
Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Target: By 2030, end preventable deaths of children under 5 years of age, with all countries aiming to reduce under- 5 mortality to at least as low as 25 per 1,000 live births.
Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Target: End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere and eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation.
Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employ ment and decent work for all
Target: By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training.
Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries
Target: By 2030, progressively achieve and sustain income growth of the bottom 40 percent of the population at a rate higher than the national average.
Goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
Target: Strengthen domestic resource mobilization, including through international support to developing countries
At Hopes and Dreams we use the term ‘‘preventative poverty”. We aim to address the root cause not just the symptoms so that the cycle is broken. Our beneficiaries can prevent a life of future poverty by adopting our solutions and by receiving education. In doing this, their situation and mindsets are changed.