Hope for Kids ʻEkahi
In June 2009 the Foundation began the Hope for Kids work with nine partner organizations. Three years into the initiative, a tenth partner was added. Over the course of the six years, the Partners all explored how to expand or improve their work with children in their communities. While each Partner delivered their programs in their own ways reflective of their community and their setting, they all agreed to incorporate the following elements into their programs and to explore how these program elements contributed to bringing the children they served a sense of hope: 1) Aloha – provide opportunities for meaningful engagement with an adult who shares of their ʻike and aloha; 2) Kuleana – believe in the potential of children and set high expectations for their performance; 3) Mālama ʻĀina – provide opportunities to learn outdoors; 4) Hoʻolako – assist in the development of life skills; and 5) Mēheuheu – provide opportunities to celebrate and find strength in one’s cultural identity and/or use culture for learning.
While the formal funding relationship with these ten partners has ended, the Foundation continues to value the work of the ʻEkahi Partners and credits these organizations with laying the foundation for the next phase of its work – Hope for Kids ʻElua. Read about Hope for Kids ʻEkahi and the Foundation’s Theory of Change developed by the ʻEkahi Partners.
In an effort to capture the key lessons the Foundation learned about working with the Hope for Kids ʻEkahi Partners, the Foundation wrote a Reflections document. This document captures five key insights about engaging with and supporting Partners in connecting with each other.Back to Hope for Kids