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Hope For Kids 'Ekahi

Overview

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. HO‘OLAKO

    assist in the development of life skills;

  5. MĒHEUHEU

    provide opportunities to celebrate and find strength in one’s cultural identity and/or use culture for learning.

A Voyage of Hope

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.

Evaluation, toward the goals of learning and improving and to be better able to communicate the results of this work, was a commitment from the ‘Ekahi Partners and the Foundation. A participatory evaluation approach was taken over the course of the initiative with work carried out by all of the Partners, the Foundation and led by PREL. A result of the evaluation work was the production of two annual evaluation reports (2014 and 2015) summarizing evaluation findings for the Partners.

Partners

Language Nest Preschools

Environmental Youth Leadership

Creating Peaceful Communities

Cultivating pride and leadership

Sustainability mauka and makai

Educational and personal development experiences

Youth construction program

Educational and research programs

Cultural and ahupua‘a learning center

Media

Hope for Kids: Building Hope and a Positive Future


ʻAha Pūnana Leo | Hope for Kids (2009-2015)


Hoa ʻĀina O Mākaha | Hope for Kids (2009-2015)


Nā Kahumoku | Hope for Kids (2009-2015)


Hui Mālama O Ke Kai Foundation | Hope for Kids (2009-2015)


Ka Honua Momona | Hope for Kids (2009-2015)


Kaʻala Farm | Hope for Kids (2009-2015)


The Kohala Center | Hope for Kids (2009-2015)


Kōkua Kalihi Valley - Hoʻoulu ʻĀina | Hope for Kids (2009-2015)


Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke | Hope for Kids (2009-2015)


Nā Kahumoku | Hope for Kids (2009-2015)


Waipā Foundation | Hope for Kids (2009-2015)


News & Updates


In the following twenty-two minute video, Hauʻoli Mau Loa Foundation and the Hope for Kids ʻEkahi partners provide an overview of the first Hope for Kids Initiative (2009 – 2015). Over the course of the initiative, the nonprofit...

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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...

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Started in May 2009 by the Foundation, the Hope for Kids Initiative brought together 10 Partners from around the state of Hawaiʻi. All of the Partners committed to working together and with the Foundation to expand and enhance their...

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One of the Foundation’s Hope for Kids Partners was a featured speaker in the 2014 TEDxMaui event. Hāna resident Rick Rutiz tells of his experiences working with at-risk youth in remote East Maui through his award winning organization Ma...

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