Children’s Hope (CHY 15032) is a registered charity founded by Alison McNamara in 1999, born from the need to develop technology to assist children who are blind or visually impaired avail of the Internet. From this need came www.fun4allkids.com a website which was the first of its kind and endorsed by the World Blind Union. Children’s Hope was honoured that same year to be endorsed by Mrs Eunice Kennedy Shriver.
During the promotion of the fun4allkids website we were asked if we could assist in providing a project that would benefit children in an after school setting. For the last six years Children’s Hope developed education based projects that allowed children of all abilities learn through fun. The huge variety of subjects that we have introduced to children has allowed children discover their talent giving them confidence, experience and new skills, which they now carry into other areas of their lives. Our projects have allowed older children to realize their potential and has encouraged them to stay in school or pursue forms of education outside formal schooling.
Children’s Hope runs along the school term and we work directly with Community Groups, Youth Services & Schools to deliver the projects to children. We have developed excellent working relationships with many agencies and organizations who help us bring projects to the schools & after school groups in disadvantaged areas.
We began with one after school group and we are now lucky enough to have rolled out our projects and are currently working with 14 different Communities in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown. Our groups have had great success in many areas including winning in the primary section of the BT Young Scientist of the year 2008.
Children’s Hope has built a reputation of introducing innovative projects not provided by government or private sector. Our development and approach is well researched and using the knowledge, experience and expertise of our Board, Patrons, Youth Development Officers, Agencies and Organisations we are continuously evaluating, learning and introducing projects that are of benefit to the children.
Children’s Hope (CHY 15032) to date has worked with small grants and volunteers and we are at the stage where we have requests to bring our projects into new areas and new schools. Our success rate is such that we often fill the gap that mainstream school leaves and it is for this reason that we have been asked to expand our projects to allow more participate.