2017 ANNUAL REPORT

Letter from CEO

Hello Friends,

First of all, I want to make something very clear.  I want to highlight an important fact: Help One Now is YOU – the person reading this letter. You are the fuel to the fire. Your love, commitment and generosity are what fan the flames of change. Sparks fly, and each spark represents Love, Hope & Progress.

While love and hope fuel the progress, the past year was not without its difficulties and setbacks. 2017 was HARD. But work that really matters is always hard.  Fighting global poverty is no easy task, but we know that together we can build a better world. When challenges arise, we do what we have always strived to do:

Trust God  –  Work Hard  –  Believe in the Vision of our Local Leaders  –  Believe in the Generosity of the Help One Now Community

Once again, you showed up, ready to stand with our leaders, believing in the vision to empower them to care for kids and transform communities.

50,000 people impacted. 50,000 stories. We are proud, but not content. We have so much more to do. God is moving and we are trying to keep up. It’s not easy. It’s a wild ride, but it’s worth it. What’s Next?

This time next year, Help One Now will be gearing up to celebrate our 10 year anniversary as an organization! 9 years ago, our desire was to help 33 kids in Zimbabwe. By the end of 2016, we found ourselves impacting 35,000 lives. Today, Help One Now and our remarkable local leaders are serving 50,000 people on a regular basis. We project our impact to be 65,000 lives by the end of this year, over 150,000 lives in 2020, and over 2 million lives by 2030.

We’ve been asking ourselves the same question for nearly 10 years: How can we end extreme poverty in the communities where we serve? What is the ONE THING we can do that will have the deepest impact — the largest ripple effect to help the most people flourish?

We believe that ONE THING is this: empower families to have a future and be healthy leaders in their communities. This is our mission, our passion, and the greatest hope we have found to truly eradicate extreme poverty. We believe this brings joy to God and aligns with His plan to build a healthy world, one family at a time.

Doing Good is Simple and significant. The way to do the most good is to empower as many families as possible. Already, we have empowered hundreds of families in the last few years. Now, it’s time to empower tens of thousands of families around the world!

Together We Build…

- Chris Marlow

  CEO/Founder

SPENDING HIGHLIGHTS

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Fundraising

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Administration

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Programs

TOTAL REVENUE

$2,428,580

TOTAL EXPENSES

$2,573,019

REVENUE GROWTH

- 660 NEW DONORS IN 2017 -

WHERE WE WORKED

Haiti

Haiti

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

Uganda

Uganda

Peru

Peru

South Africa

South Africa

Ethiopia

Ethiopia

KEY INITIATIVES

118 Families completed our Family Empowerment Program in 2017 starting viable businesses and earning the money needed to keep their families together. This brings the total families empowered since the program began to 191. Another 76 families are already enrolled for 2018 with 150 families expected to complete the program in 2018!

4,051 Students provided ongoing access to Quality Education and qualified teachers and we’ll be bringing on an additional 750 students and 43 staff in Haiti and the Dominican Republic in 2018. Additionally, we served 1.2 million nutritious meals in 2017.

292 Orphans received 24/7 physical, emotional & spiritual care. 20 Children were rescued in 2017, and another 41 Children were successfully reunified with their families or adopted in to loving, local forever families in 2017. We also celebrated the 100th local adoption in Ethiopia and dozens more are expected to be placed in families in 2018! 

KEY PROJECTS

Kairos Village

Kairos Village is an anti-trafficking initiative in partnership with Kairos Ministries in Iquitos, Peru. Set deep in the jungle, the village will act as a safe place for girls rescued from trafficking. Through the care of house mothers and trauma specialists on staff, our hope is to help these girls grow into a safe healthy life. There will be vocational training initiatives on site, as well as education opportunities for the children. It is our aim to not only bring rescue, but to set these girls up to flourish and thrive in their new lives.

Live Original Tour

We partnered with Sadie Robertson and the Live Original team for our 2nd tour together. We traveled the U.S. to bring inspiring stories of hope and healing to thousands of people. Through the tour, we got to share the Help One Now story and bring in a completely new group of tribe members, called the One Squad. Through the tour, it is our hope to educate and activate an entire generation to do good around the world. We truly believe that this group will make a huge difference, and we are excited to see what good we will do together!

His Mercy School Girls Dormitory

In 2016, Pastor Edward shared his vision of building a home for the children at His Mercy School in Mayuge, Uganda. Many of the girls have to walk many miles to get to school, and often stop attending because of the distance. With the new dormitories completed, over 50 girls will be able to stay on-site during school terms. This creates a safe environment in which the girls can fully focus on their studies while at school. It is our hope to begin construction on another dormitory for boys in the coming year, ensuring that all students have a safe place to rest their heads while they put their energy into growing, learning, and becoming leaders and change-makers for their community!

Yahve Shamma Children's Home

After the 2010 earthquake, there was immediate need for shelter and a place of home for the 30 children at Yahve Shamma. Two homes were built, but were never meant to be a permanent place. Pastor Gaétan dreamed for years to build a new place for the children, one in which they could thrive and grow, and one that would last for generations to come. In 2016, that dream finally came alive and construction began. In the fall of 2017, the new dorms were complete and the children moved in. Each dorm went from 2 rooms to 5, complete with new bathrooms, a kitchen and living area. The children love the new space, and we can’t wait to watch them grow and flourish in their new homes!

FEATURED STORIES

Transformation and Transition

Transformation and Transition

At Help One Now, our dream for the children we sponsor is that they grow into healthy and thriving adults who are able to sustain themselves and give back to others in their own community. Our local leaders in Zimbabwe have been busy making sure that is exactly what...

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A Life Interrupted

A Life Interrupted

10 YEARS. It may feel like just a flash in time, like it was just yesterday, but so much can happen in 10 years; so much life that can grow and shift and change. For Help One Now, our story began 10 years ago when our founder, Chris Marlow, visited the country of...

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