Welcome to Hopes and Dreams

Hopes and Dreams is a Movement that Seeks to Inspire Charitable Action


Our Main Goal is to make a difference

Hopes and Dreams is passionate about making a real difference to the lives of the poor, needy and desperate people living in the remote and rural parts of Africa and India. We do this by empowering communities through providing access to clean water and micro-enterprise opportunities.

It’s our desire to move people from being sympathetic or empathetic to being compassionate. Compassion goes beyond feelings of pity or sorrow for someones hardships or putting yourself in the shoes of another to imagine what someone else is thinking or feeling, it’s something that arises within when you are confronted with anothers suffering and your are motivated to relieve that suffering by taking action to help, getting involved, being part of the solution.

There are hopes and dreams deep down in the heart of all humanity, irrespective of being rich or poor. It maybe; to get an education to have better opportunity, to want a different life for your children, to not be sick but enjoy health, to do something amazing or to have a brighter future full of possibilities and happiness.

We invite YOU to join our community where you can connect and belong with a tribe of people who want to change the world.

“We work in the developing world to provide access to clean water, hygiene & sanitation education and micro-enterprise opportunities.”

– Nello Ragusa, Hopes and Dreams Founder –

Our Impact

We are committed to transforming the lives of others for the better

Projects completed

Lives impacted


Making A Difference

Success Stories

Saving Lives

We are involved in transforming lives by empowering people to break their cycles of poverty and by providing access to clean safe drinking Water and Sanitation, Hygiene Education (WaSHE).

Everyone has to eat (generating an income can enable one to buy food). Everyone has to drink – without water one dies! You are actually giving life.

Hopes and Dreams Inc also supports MED – Micro Enterprise Development (aka Economic Empowerment).

The number of people impacted represents the number of lives transformed as a result of being the recipients of our loan opportunities and who now can make their own way out of poverty because they have a small viable business of their own.

Year Project Type Country Location No, of Projects Africa India
2023 WASHE Zimbabwe Mabvazuva 1  6,000  
2023 WASHE Zambia Mabo_Sakala 1 4,800  
2022 WASHE Zambia Lubwe 1 10,000  
2020 WASHE Zambia Mundubi 1 3,540  
2020 MED South Africa Eswatini 20 500  
2020 MED South Africa Eswatini 30 750  
2020 WASHE Zambia Mashitolo 1 5,950  
2019 WASHE Kenya Kodhiambo 1 4420  
2019 WASHE Zambia Chinsanka  2 10,000  
2019 WASHE Zimbabwe Hunter Bar Old Mabvuku, District: Mabvuku   5680  
2018 WASHE Zambia Yongolo, Province: Luapula, Distict: Samfya   6000  
2108 MED South Africa Jane Furse, Kabokweni &  180    
Nkomazi  East + West  
2018 MED South Africa   180 4,500  
2017 MED South Africa Jane Furse, Kabokweni & Nkomazi  East + West 175 4,375  
2017 WASHE Zimbabwe Gweru, Mabodza 1 2,950  
2016 MED South Africa Jane Furse, Kabokweni & 278 6,665  
      Nkomazi  East + West      
2015 MED India A P Trayam, Buchumpeta, Karakuduru, Dummulapeta 25   1,250
2015 MED South Africa Jane Furse, Kabokweni & 129 3,105  
      Nkomazi  East + West      
2015 MED India A P Trayam, Cheediga 9   350
2014 MED India A P Trayam, Rameswaram 7   150
2013 MED India A P Trayam, Chidiga, Repuru 6   250
2013 MED India Ameenabad 3   150
2013 WASHE Zambia Chongwe, Chitemalesa 1 6,390  
2013 MED South Africa Siyabuswa 54 1,340  
2013 MED South Africa Siyabuswa 53 1,315  
2013 MED India Kakinada, Uppada 2   100
2012 MED India Kakinada, Uppada 4   200
2012 MED South Africa BB Ridge, Nkomazi 51 1,285  
2012 MED India Kakinada, Uppada 1   50
2012 WASHE Zambia Kitwe, Kamakonde 1 12,000  
2011 WASHE Zambia Kabwe, Miswa 1 8,000  
2011 WASHE Zambia Luanshya, Twashuka 1 5,000  
2011 MED South Africa Masoyi, Kabokweni 27 675  
2010 WASHE Zambia Kabwe, Susu 1 5,000  
Total 1,248.00 114,240.00 2,500.00
Total people impacted 116,740.00


We save lives

Throughout Africa and the Asian sub-continent, we are partnering alongside communities in delivering live-saving water solutions.

“We work in the developing world to provide access to clean water, hygiene & sanitation education and micro-enterprise opportunities.”

– Nello Ragusa, Hopes and Dreams Founder –

How You Can Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved

Start a Fundraiser

A fundraiser is a great way to get involved and can be alot of fun. Here are some suggestions:

  1. Hold a casual clothes day at your workplace or school
  2. Start up a workplace giving pledge program
  3. Show support by ongoing sponsorship
  4. You personally decide to make a difference and give a once off contribution or make a commitment to making a monthly contribution.

Sponsor a Project

Consider helping by doing creative fund raising activities to:

  1. sponsor a Water and Sanitation, Hygiene Education project  to bring safe, clean drinking water to a village of 5,000 people for $15,000
  2. create a Self Help Trust Group, consisting of 10 women in India so each woman can run their own small business for $1,650
  3. create a group, consisting of 10 women in South Africa so each woman can run their own small business for $330


    Unable to give financially? Why not give your time instead?

    Hopes and Dreams is an organisation run purely by volunteers, so that contributions received are directed to our projects to serve the people who need it most.

    We are always looking for people with passion and a variety of skills to help us do what we do.

    Why not get involved and make a difference with us?

    If you would like to be a part of the team, facilitating community development for people in poverty, please send an email to info@hopesanddreams.org.au detailing your skill set and your availability.

    Become an Advocate

    Why not get involved and join in championing our cause, e.g. become and advocate, use your social media preference; FacebookTwitter, Instagram or LinkedIn to spread the word with your friends, families and work colleagues.

    Share our story – who we are, why we exist, what we do and the impact we are having.

    Take the One Challenge

    For an individual, YOU contribute the equivalent of 1 days income. It’s ‘ONE day’ out of your whole years wage/salary, this represents just 0.27% or YOU contribute just 1 hours pay per month and commit to monthly contributions for the year. It’s ‘ONE hour’ from your 160 hour working month.

    For a Business, it’s giving away only 1% of your profits

    Many organisations are doing this and see this as an opportunity to “give back” and an important factor to their continual success. In Australia the average daily income is equal to four month’s income of an individual living below the poverty line in India. Giving just ONE day’s income allows someONE’s life to be changed forever.

    Hopes and Dreams needs support to transform the lives of more than 152,000 people who are living in the poorest areas around the globe.

    Your choice to sacrifice ONE day or 1%, changes the future, not just for one person, but for their family, the wider community and the next generation.

    We all have a moral and social responsibility to make the world a better place. Are YOU willing to join in our mission and take up the ONE challenge?

    To be part of THE ONE CHALLENGE, email us at info@hopesanddreams.org.au

    Become a Strategic Partner

    We always aim to partner organisations and groups with aligned synergies with our principles and objectives.

    We follow strict governance criteria in selecting our grassroots implementation partners and projects. We invite socially responsible organisations to invest by partnering with us to provide self-sustainable solutions in the developing countries and reap the transformed lives as return on investmen.

    Become a strategic partner (corporate or business) based on synergies between organisations.
    Contact us by email info@hopesanddreams.org.au or telephone +61 415 110 055 to discuss how.

    We fund futures

    We provide options to allow the most disadvantaged to rise above their circumstances.

    Join our mission. Volunteer, Donate, Advocate. Get Started Today.

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