Currently Home of Hope operates two US based programs that involve many of our volunteers in long-distance learning with students in India. We use the complementary efforts of the power of cross cultural communication and the diverse educational efforts of our projects to help us make this an impactful program. We are proud that our compassionate Youth Chapter members, ages 12-17, are motivated to get involved in our efforts through their creativity and passion by creating opportunities for life-long learning.

Educate 2 Empower (E2E)

The state of English instruction at underprivileged schools in India is quite low. Our goal at HOH is to educate our children to help them break the cycle of poverty and seek jobs. Our goal through this program is also to empower the girl child: education reduces the rate of female infanticide, child marriages, and dowry related deaths. We do this through three specific lines of action that provide learner centered education of the highest quality, and create custom curricula based on the needs of the specific student population.

Distance Learning

Through Education for Empowerment (E2E), Home of Hope provides distance learning English classes taught by Bay Area teachers via Skype to underprivileged children in remote villages in India. This cutting edge program improves and increases conversational English skills among Indian children so that they are prepared for higher education, employment and a globalized workforce. Currently E2E is serving about 200 children through weekly Skype classes in our Mijwan location. We plan to expand to more sites in 2016, and eventually incorporate a more diverse curriculum, including math, science and the arts.

Teach Abroad

Keeping with Home of Hope’s belief in the power of “kids helping kids”, Teach Abroad is our innovative educational program that uses the “game-based learning” approach and interactive techniques that encourage learning in a fun, interactive manner. Through this program, we train US youth and bring them to our Indian projects each year where they work with partner Indian youth, creating innovative programs by teaching English through sports, dance, arts & crafts, music, classroom games, and much more. Since 2013, we have involved around 20 US students who have worked with 300 students in HOH projects using this approach. Many youth chapter members are a part of this program and regularly travel abroad to assist in these efforts. We’re inspired by the creativity and passion our student teachers show, and perhaps more importantly, the cross-cultural learning and empowerment our students in India feel.

Mentors Without Borders (MWB)

Mentors without Borders is a participatory way for Bay Area high school students to connect with and mentor abused or orphaned youth in India for an hour a week using Skype. MWB allows teenagers to make a real and lasting impact on each other despite the miles and experiences that separate them. This peer-to-peer interaction provides an invaluable means for Indian students to practice their English in a fun way, while they are building the much-needed confidence they need to survive and become successful self-sustaining adults by the age of eighteen. MWB is a new initiative, and was only initiated in 2015 in our Udayan Ghar project. We look forward to expanding this program in the coming years.