Since its founding in 2008 by Syeda J. Mansur, one of the many ways in which HatchHope has been working to help others is through the collection of in-kind donations, which are then distributed to those in need. Our organization collects textbooks which are donated to Books for Africa, another nonprofit organization. These collected books were then shipped to Africa and distributed by the aforementioned organization. Typically, we hold 2 collection drives per year, scheduled around the end of each college semester. We also accept donations of children’s books, which we have also donated. In the future, we would like to continue our work providing books to those who are less fortunate. Our organization will be looking for ways to increase the number of books we collect, as well as to increase the variety of books collected. In addition, we will also look for other quality organizations that we feel would be able to distribute these books to those who truly need them.
Books are not the only thing our organization collects. We accept donations of clothing, shoes and other items. HatchHope distributes these goods to individuals in need within our local community of Northern Virginia, U.S.A. The products for which we do not have local need are shipped to various countries in Africa for local use. We also keep some products on-hand for future distribution to areas struck by natural disasters such as Haiti, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Again, we work with other nonprofit organization to ensure that the products and materials we collect make it into the hands of those who truly need them. In addition to clothing and shoes, we accept donations of medical supplies, including medications and tents.
The main goal of the HatchHope is to socioeconomic uplift to the underserved population in the world. We started our first project in the slums and refugee camps in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and as our organization grows we will work to expand our geographic target area to help more people. Our organization selects one family for assistance each year. We find our clients both through recommendations from the community and through individual requests. Once we have selected a potential family, we ask their opinion on the kind of service they want receive from our organization. Services include funds to attend school or resources to open a business. It is HatchHope’s goal to provide recipients with assistance that will provide long-lasting benefits for themselves and their families. Our organization’s board of directors votes for the projects which are supported by the organization. A HatchHope representative contacts the recipients of the aid at least annually to monitor progress. Projects we have supported include paying tuition for a father to attend electrician school, and purchasing rickshaws so a family can start a business. We continue to look for families that would receive long-lasting benefit from the support we are able to provide them.
HatchHope continually looks for ways to improve our current programs as well as adding new programs that serve the organization’s mission. As our organization grows and our funding increases, we will be able to provide even greater services to those in need. We also consistently look for other organizations with which we can work to help as many disadvantaged individuals as possible.
Looking to the Future:
HatchHope is currently in the process of expanding its project of free medical care in Bangladesh that serves at least 40 patients per month. The free medical care includes emergency medications for those in need.