Other social infrastructure and services

Education and cultural exchange

Sport is an important means to connect to each other and gives hope also in difficult situations. Especially for the youth, the importance of community sports for identity formation cannot be underestimated. Therefore, HOPE’87 founded this project with the objective to establish a cross-border project in Koloko (Burkina Faso) and in Finkolo (Mali), which contributes to the improvement of the physical and sporting development of pupils with a view to promoting friendship and strengthened social cohesion within the communities of both countries.

Sport knows no boundaries - a sports center for Mali

Against the background of the terrorist activities of the fundamentalist al-Qaeda in the Maghreb and the militant Islamist group Ansar Dine, the Austrian organization HOPE'87 has been working since 2008 in the border area of ​​Mali and Burkina Faso around the inhabitants of this area without prospects through educational and income-generating projects.

"WU FYEREBOWE": Our Senoufo Wardrobe

Most West African countries have considerable ethnic diversity. This is also the case in Burkina Faso, a country of 274,000 km2 with a population of nearly 18,000,000 inhabitants, which include a mosaic of nearly 60 different ethnic and linguistic groups.

Among these, there are the Senoufos. Their territorial area consists of southwestern Burkina Faso, southern Mali and northern Côte d'Ivoire. They are thus straddling these 3 countries. The Senoufos are farming people focusing on growing cereals as well as cotton.

Preserving Equal Citizenship in Pakistan

Preserving Equal Citizenship in Pakistan" focuses on encouraging the formulation and adoption of a strategy on religious tolerance and its large-scale acceptance among youth in Pakistan. The project was co-financed by EuropeAid, ADC and HOPE’87.

Umeed-e- Noor, skills training for handicapped people

This project was started in June 2009 and successfully ended in May 2011. The main aim of the project was to increase the educational and economic opportunities for people who have physical and mental disabilities. This skills training centre for handicapped people improved the chances for employment and income generation opportunities for youth with special needs. The project trained 169 men/women with various disabilities.

Capacity building for youth organization representatives

With a goal to strengthen the capacity of youth and youth organizations, the following workshops were organized by HOPE’87-Bangladesh:

“Divisional Workshop on Review of the National Youth Policy”: held in the Barisal Division in cooperation with the Department of Youth Development: this workshop gave special attention to the review of the National Youth Policy of Bangladesh which was endorsed in 2003. 45 representatives from different youth organisations attended the event.

Technical / vocational training for employment of disadvantaged urban youth

The project provided practical training in welding, electrical house wiring, car driving, tailoring and computer skills to 482 unemployed youth and students. The project funds covered the running costs and trainers’ salary of the Training Centre, which was set up with the financial support of the European Commission and the Austrian Government in the year 2001. Necessary training equipment, machinery and furniture were provided by HOPE’87 from its project “Hope Technical Training Centre in Old Dhaka”. This project aimed at creating employment opportunities for unemployed youth.

Children's drawing competition

The pupils of the “Ralf Zacherl” school of Taonsgho and the Kandara school of Ouagadougou in the central region of Burkina Faso participated in the «Arts Party 2010» organised by Ms Tomoko Watanabe from ANT-Hiroshima. The events aim was to develop the creativity of children from 4 to 12 years. Their artwork was on exhibition in Hiroshima and any profits from sales were sent to both schools, where the funds would be allocated to the purchase of school equipment (notebooks, pens, pencils and books) and canteen equipment (pots and cooking utensils).

International youth exchange programme

Ms Tan Yen Lin from Dunman High School, Singapore, expressed her experience in this programme with the following words: “It was definitely an eye-opening, life changing trip. I see things differently now. The trip beyond the objectives of assisting the locals in the communities of Bangladesh was a journey of self-discovery”.

Arts Party 2011

ANT-Hiroshima, a long-term partner of HOPE’87, annually organises the Arts Party which aims at developing and empowering children in being creative through art. The programme, called “Arts Party 2011- 9th Annual exhibition of children’s art from around the World”, was held from December 14th to 19th 2011 in Hiroshima. Children from 13 countries participated in this exhibition. HOPE’87-Bangladesh sent 20 paintings of children to the exhibition programme and all little masterpieces were highly appreciated by the Japanese audience.