About House of Hope
A word in personal matter: "To be so little, to be alone, to be scared, unsecure where to belong to…. these are the emotions of children who arrive at a foster home. Maybe their parents passed away or the parents were not able to take care of their children (drugs, alcohol, crime, domestic abuse, sexual abuse). Because I grew up as an orphan I know very well how difficult it is for a child to overcome the separation from their parents and to be confident in other people. I was lucky and goodhearted people helped me to find my way. I want to give my voice to the little children who can't do it on their own right now. This is the reason because I founded my children aid organization House of Hope e. V.. I want to give back all the positive things I experienced as a lonely child. Sincerely Yours, Jeanette Kühn"
House of Hope was founded in December 2004. At first, it supported of a children's home in Putzbrunn in the southern part of Munich. The flood disaster in Asia at the end of 2004 led to the development of projects in Sri Lanka, Thailand and Myanmar, which have meanwhile replaced the tsunami relief efforts and support children in every possible way in recovering, growing up and learning. However, also in Germany, children and adolescents need ever more help: especially socially weak families are no longer in a position to fulfil their educational mission.
We are taking care of small, manageable and very individual projects. Therefore, we can help very directly and efficiently. We give a voice to those who are not yet capable of attracting attention to their plight themselves – to children and adolescents.
Moreover, House of Hope has set itself the special objective of having the largest part of the donations go into the projects and of keeping administrative costs at a minimum level. Owing to our Association's slim structure, we have succeeded in doing so right from the outset. This creates great confidence among our donors, the majority of whom have accompanied and supported us over long periods.
Our work is also based on the following ideas:
1. Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all based on merit.
2. Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
3. Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.
And of it we can make, if we choose,
a planet unvexed by war,
untroubled by hunger or fear,
undivided by senseless distinctions of race, color, or theory.
Grant us that courage and foreseeing
to begin this task today
that our children and our children's children may be proud of the name of man.