Hands at work have a vision to care for the most vulnerable. Visit their website to find out more.


In this model, orphaned children are kept within family-unit groups headed by a local caregiver (a grandmother, an aunt, or an elder sibling) within the community, where they receive the psycho-social care that family and community provide. The community-based organisations then support these families through community Care Points and teams of trained local Care Workers who visit the children in their homes.

This approach utilises the community’s existing resources, and forms the basis of a partnership between the local community and outside supporters in caring for the most vulnerable. The Hands at Work model of care was deemed a “best-practice” model by USAID.


The goal of Hands at Work is to care for 100,000 orphaned and vulnerable children through its unique model of community care. As the local church is mobilised in each African community to unite and reach out, they are equipped to provide holistic support to the most vulnerable children and families in their community, including access to food, education and basic health care.


HOPE works with local communities in 28 developing countries and we support their work in Ethiopia which aims to provide clean water to a region where in 2009 only 11% of the population had access to this resource. As of early 2014, HOPE has brought clean water to 43% of the population. This means that alongside other donors, Community Church has helped to bring clean water to more than 60,000 people in the Bonke region in just over three years. This is life-changing and life-giving to those people.

Every year, thousands of Ethiopians die from diseases such as cholera and dysentary which are associated with drinking dirty water. The best way to lower the disease rate is to provide a lasting supply of clean, safe drinking water and HOPE's work over the years - drilling wells and capping springs - has resulted in thousands of Ethiopians now having access to abundant supplies of clean water. HOPE's goal is to bring clean water to all in the Bonke region of southern Ethiopia by 2018. At present it is the only charity working in this region.

Community Church attender Alan Mann was a trustee of HOPE in recent years and in November 2008 Chaz Hickman visited some of HOPE's projects and completed the challenging Ethiopian Run to raise money for the charity whilst his wife, Cath Hickman, visited Ethiopia in 2009.