Hoffnungszeichen | Sign of Hope e.V.
Countries we work in
- D.R. Congo
- South Sudan
Hoffnungszeichen | Sign of Hope e.V. is a faith-based Christian organisation dedicated to human rights, humanitarian aid and development cooperation. Helping the oppressed and exploited all over the world is at the heart of what we do. Drawing on Christian belief for our values and our motivation, Sign of Hope is guided by the principles of compassion, loving one’s neighbour and solidarity.
Hoffnungszeichen | Sign of Hope e.V stands up for people whose rights are under threat or being violated, provides humanitarian aid in the form of disaster relief and emergency aid and is committed to sustainable development cooperation. Satisfying the basic human needs for food, water, health care and shelter are core elements of our work. One of the regions where we are particularly active is East Africa. In this reporting year, particular emphasis was placed on South Sudan, a country in which Sign of Hope has been active since 1994, and on Uganda,mwhere a life-saving health station is run by Sign of Hope in the particularly poor and neglected east of the country.
How we help
God created and loves us all, and every person has dignity. The needs of the individuals who receive the aid we deliver are, therefore, at the heart of our work. We interact with both the participants and beneficiaries of our projects and our donors as equals, treating them with respect, appreciation and tolerance. The main pillars of our work are trust, neutrality and interdenominational principles. We have been involved in trusting collaborations with a number of different partner organisations for several years now with a view to achieving our goals. Furthermore, we also initiate and carry out projects using solely our own resources. However, crisis situations and the causes of structural poverty are becoming ever more complex. Managing projects is all the more important in order to maintain high standards of quality and to improve our work consistently, from planning and implementation to monitoring and evaluation. In practical terms, Sign of Hope works in line with internationally recognised principles of humanitarian aid and development cooperation, such as the Core Humanitarian Standard, the standards of the Sphere Project, the VENRO Code and the principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Self-imposed guidelines and external auditing bodies moreover ensure the transparency, safety and quality of our work. Wide-ranging partner networks, such as EU Cord – a network of European Christian non-governmental organisations – act as lobby groups and vital sources of information at the same time
A future in which birthplace no longer determines a life in dignity.
Main sectors of operation
- Emergency Response
- Food Security
- Human Rights
- Poverty Reduction
- WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene)