Why we exist

The Problem

We live in a world where:

  • 11 million children die every year before reaching their fifth birthday most from preventable causes. That is approximately, 30,000 children per day. Another 300 million children suffer from illness caused by lack of clean water, poor nutrition and inadequate health services and care.
  • An estimated 790 million people are still without access to safe drinking water sources (approx 11% of the world).
  • Globally, at least  2 billion people globally use a drinking water source contaminated with faeces (approx 25% of the world). In rural areas it’s up to 80%.
  • 4 billion people lack access to basic sanitation services, such as toilets or latrines (that’s 1 in 3 people). More people have a mobile phone than a toilet.
  • Each day, nearly 2,000 children (under the age of 5) die due to preventable waterborne and sanitation-related illnesses- including transmitted diseases such as diarrhoea, cholera, dysentery, typhoid and malaria,  (this fact, means one child dies every 45 seconds). This is unacceptable!
  • By 2025, half of the world’s population will be living in ea water-stresses areas.
    “Sometimes we focus so much on the big numbers, that we fail to see the human tragedies that underline each statistic. The numbers can be numbing, but they represent real lives, of real children. Every child is important. Every child has the right to health, the right to survive and thrive, the right to a future that is as good as we can make it.
    If 40 school buses filled with pre-schoolers were to crash every day, with no survivors, the world would take notice. But this is precisely what happens every single day because of poor, water, sanitation and hygiene”
  • In Africa, 91% of the estimated 881,000 deaths were from malaria and 85% were children under 5 years of age.
  • 1 in 4 girls do not complete primary school (compared to 1 in 7 boys), because they must walk upto 8 km per day to collect dirty water.
  • The average person in the developing world uses less than 10 litres of water every day for their drinking, washing and cooking – average in the developed world is 200 litres per day.
  • 836 million people still live in extreme poverty, living on less than $2 a day.
  • About 1 in 5 persons in developing regions lives on less than $2 per day.
    Source: Unicef.org

On our own this problem seems impossible to address but together we can change this.

YOU are part of the solution.

The Solution

Hopes and Dreams is convinced that we can break generational poverty and see lives transformed through what we are doing. We can give ‘hope’ to the hopeless and encourage the poor to awaken their ‘dreams’ and possibilities.

Hopes and Dreams focus on two key areas:

1. Bringing clean and safe water to communities, and

2. Assisting the poor with providing Micro Enterprise Development opportunities.

All of our solutions are self-sustaining with > 90% of funds received going towards the projects.

Together we can reach millions, ONE life at a time!  EveryONE has value.

Helping ONE person might not change the whole world, but it can, change the whole world for that ONE person.

Get In Touch

To find more about how you can get involved and make a difference please complete and submit the form below or e-mail us at info@hd.org.au. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Hopes and Dreams Inc. (Australia)
Contact: Nello Ragusa
Phone: +61 415 110 055
Postal Address: PO Box 712, Reservoir, Victoria 3073 Australia

Ready to help break poverty?