Circle of Hope International

aka Circle of Hope International Inc   |   Wilmore, KY   |  https://cohcommunity.org

Mission

Empower community transformation through holistic service; focusing on education, economic development and comprehensive health care programs.

Ruling year info

2010

Executive Director

Karen Roller

Main address

615 Bohicket Road PO Box 132

Wilmore, KY 40390 USA

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EIN

27-2107801

NTEE code info

International Educational Development (Q34)

International Health Development (Q39)

International Economic Development (Q32)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The greatest challenges to the development and growth of our community are poverty, school drop-out syndrome, child marriage, teen pregnancy; lack of jobs and sustainable livelihoods, lack of resources for development, poor agricultural practices, deforestation; limited access to healthcare, most especially for maternal care, quality healthcare that is adequate, accessible and appropriate, and limited public health education opportunities. Our goal is to partner with the local community to address these needs, find solutions for the problems caused by these issues, and develop preventative measures to avoid these problem in the future.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Grace Preschool and Primary School

We started our education program in 2009 when we registered 33 preschool students. From 2009 to 2019, we have added a new grade level each year. Currently our school serves more than 600 children from preschool through eighth grade. With a desire to ensure the students' education continues beyond eighth grade, we provide scholarships to secondary school and university students from our community.

Over the past eleven years, we have built four preschool classrooms and thirteen primary school classrooms; set up a make-shift office, library, and computer lab; added a small solar electricity system; built student and staff toilets; and added both a soccer field and a netball field to encourage well-rounded youth opportunities.

Future plans include building a Secondary School, a University, and an Early Childhood Development Center. We are also working towards special education opportunities for children with disabilities, including occupational therapy and personalized educational objectives.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Our community health programs started with the Community Health Education (CHE) model in 2009 by focusing on education regarding healthy homes and communities. We began expanding our community health impact by opening Grace Community Outpatient Clinic in January 2019. Our Outpatient Clinic provides excellent care and is often visited by patients from outside of our community. The Karly Glibert Maternity Wing was opened in August 2020. Our Maternity Wing provides a safe place for women to deliver their babies and receive holistic perinatal care. This increase in scope of services upgraded the clinic designation to Grace Community Health Center.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

The vision of our economic development initiatives is to progress towards a sustainable model in this community. The goals of our agriculture programs are twofold: (1) to provide food for children in our school and orphanage, and (2) to serve as a demonstration farm in the local community for teaching soil conservation and sustainable farming. Our Hands of Grace Textile Center produces uniforms and clothing. Our maize mill provides a needed service to our community, grinding maize flour, while simultaneously providing local funding for our programs. Circle of Hope International employs 130 people from the surrounding communities and finds local sources for supplies, providing a secondary level of economic growth.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Children come to live at Timothy and Patricia’s Home for a variety of reasons: death of a parent(s), abusive situation, assigned by Social Services, and other reasons. In the home, we provide neo-natal care for infants whose mothers died in childbirth. Some children stay for a long time, others until their home situation is resolved.

Our children range in age from newborn to 18 years. We currently have 42 children living in the home and our school age children attend Grace Primary School. Once our children complete Standard 8, we reintegrate them to their home village but we continue to assist them throughout Secondary School.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

One by One Grant 2020

4Imprint

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The goal of Circle of Hope International is to empower community transformation out of poverty to sustainability and impact. We target three areas of development: Education, Economics, and Healthcare. Our community is the 45 villages surrounding the Grace Center in Central Malawi, Africa; as sustainability grows in our community, impact will reach beyond our community to other communities in Malawi and in the world.

Education:
a. Provide a learning environment where children can thrive and succeed.
b. Address Drop Out Syndrome
c. Empower girls to stay in school

Economics:
a. Provide jobs in the local community through training and employment opportunities.
b. Locally source services and supplies for the activities of the center.
c. Encourage sustainable living through training in agriculture, reforestation, food diversity.

Healthcare:
a. Widen the scope of medical services that are offered at Grace Community Heath Center.
b. Improve community access to maternal services.
c. Secure additional and sustainable funding sources for ongoing and expansion expenses.
d. Promote and offer health education within the community.

Build Infrastructure to accommodate growing programs
Focus Programs for goal success (actually meeting the needs, not just to have a program)
Create, Develop and Retain Partnerships for growth, resources and collaboration
Invest in the Training of key personnel, community leaders and future leaders
Empower community leaders to assess needs and create solutions

Circle of Hope International is a small organization, our revenue for 2019 was $555,328, but we are very good at stretching our dollars to achieve our goals. One of our strongest capabilities is our ability to accomplish our mission by watching are resources carefully and monitoring expenses faithfully.

A second asset is our partnerships with people and organizations. We strongly believe that we must act in community, therefore our partnerships are high priority from our donors to our church partners and our secular partners such as universities and Rotary clubs. Each partner brings strength to our organization, each one is valued.

One of our most important partnerships is that with our local community leaders. Forty-five village chiefs and headmen form our local committees and insure that our programs are meeting the needs in our community.

The 120+ people who make up the staff of the Grace Center (teachers, medical personnel, farmers, house mothers, cooks, administrators, etc.) are the backbone of our success. Without their dedicated commitment to their community, the children, the poor and the sick, we would not see any transformation.

Finally, our international partnership between Circle of Hope International (Executive Director and missionaries) and Circle of Hope in Malawi (administrators and staff) is dynamic allowing for the exchange of ideas resulting in creative solutions for our community’s needs.

Areas we have noted for the need for growth in our capabilities are:
1. The need for continued training and practice with information and communication technology capability. Giving access to technology in our school, making use of technology in our offices and hospital. Learning good communication skills and using available technology for reports and updates.
2. Continued training and exposure to creative and critical thinking skills. Coming up with new ideas and solutions, talking through ideas and allowing our brains to come up with a different way of solving a problem, or even considering that some problems can be solved is vital to the success of transformation. This is an area where continued focus is needed.
3. Further training and practice with ethical understanding especially in light of our desire to be minimalists. It is an ongoing process to train staff and administrators to conserve, renew, reuse and not to waste or destroy resources whether it be our land, our people or our funds.

Looking back to our five key strategies for meeting our goals, we have accomplished the following:
Build Infrastructure to accommodate growing programs
1. Established the Grace Center in Malawi, Africa
2. Built a Preschool and Primary School
3. Built an Outpatient Department and Maternity Center
4. Established a farm growing food and producing animals
5. Built housing for staff and children
6. Built a maize mill and textile center for sustainability
Focus Programs for goal success (actually meeting the needs, not just to have a program)
1. Refined our program for orphan and vulnerable children over years from a feeding program to an orphanage to reintegration of children to their families, to feeding children through our school program to reduce stigma. This program has evolved in so many ways as we’ve continued to measure the needs of our community and respond to input and changes in society and government.
2. Addressed needs for quality education, decrease in school drop outs, teen pregnancies and child marriage through our ever-developing school programs.
3. Developed health care programs starting with community health education, opening an outpatient department and finally establishing a program for prenatal care and a place for women to deliver their babies.
4. Addressed issues of unemployment by providing full time jobs and piecework for the local community, purchasing locally providing business to local small businesses.
5. Addressed issues of food security through agriculture programs focusing on sustainability, deforestation and water retention.
6. Provided scholarships for secondary school students.
Create, Develop and Retain Partnerships for growth, resources and collaboration
1. Formed relationship with donors growing our funding base from $0 to $555,000.
2. Established partnerships with churches, universities and clubs for collaboration on research, ministry, development and resources.
3. Completed registrations and established relationships with government and non-government organizations as needed in Malawi for providing the best services to our beneficiaries as possible.
4. Seeking grants and funding sources to better meet the needs of our community.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Recently we opened a Maternity Wing at our Health Center, through community forum and discussion with local leaders and health officials, we were able to determine a reasonable fee for services at the Center. It was helpful to have the feedback and discussions with the management, local citizens who will need the services and healthcare officials in order to help us reach a decision that would benefit everyone.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,

Financials

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Operations

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Circle of Hope International

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Karen Roller


Board co-chair

David Smith

Karen Roller

David Smith

Karly Glibert

Kaitlyn Miller

Robert Eaker

Drew Kirkpatrick

Debbie Brownlow

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/30/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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