Who We Are

The Hawaii International HOPE Foundation (HIHF) is a small group of people from around the world who believe that there is more that can be done for disadvantaged youth than simply feeling sorry for them. HOPE stands for “Home of Opportunity, Peace, and Education.We began our work in 2001 and became a 501(c)3 organization shortly thereafter.  Unlike most NGO’s we have no salaries, our volunteers cover their own expenses, and administrative expenses are covered entirely by our members. All HIHF funds go directly to our projects.  We do not accept donations from governments, large corporations, or religious organizations. 

What We Do

We’ve undertaken a broad range of projects, primarily in Southeast Asia: building methane generators to ensure clean drinking water in villages where there was very high rates of infant mortality, supplying food and medicine to villages living in poverty, providing essential supplies to struggling orphanages, and in 2011 provided funding for the construction of a five room elementary school in desperately poor Northwestern Cambodia. Typically plans for upcoming summer projects are finalized by March and undertaken in the month of June.

What Lies Ahead

In 2016 we laid the foundation for direct village assistance. In the years that follow we will be helping the two villages near the Tbeng (Cambodia) school we constructed. At present many of the men from these villages travel to Thailand for extended periods to find employment causing serious disruption to normal family and village life. We believe that with some help these villages will be able to stand on their own feet. That is our goal. We anticipate supplying basic farming equipment, seed and fertilizer, technical assistance, and wells. We will be providing financial assistance for further education for some of the youth and have hopes of establishing the infrastructure and equipment necessary for villagers to give them access to resources available on the internet.

How You Can Help

You can help make a major difference in the outcome of people living in poverty. Your sponsorship or donation will help those living in extreme poverty by directly helping villagers build infrastructure such as clean drinking water, basic farming equipment, and wells and help further the education of youth.

Make a Difference!

You can get involved by donating to us. No matter how big or small, your donation will make a difference.


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