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United for Hope e.V.

managed by T. McCartney

About us

United for Hope is a registered NGO committed to the empowerment of the poor and marginalized in rural India via sustainable and integrated village living.
Our guiding vision is that all development activities must be sustainable to be successful. This sustainability has three core areas:

1. Complete participatory process on the part of the community. United for Hope plays the role of facilitator, enabling the people to use their own leadership, initiative and decision making capabilities to create social and economic transformation. This is done through fully transparent and cooperative decision making processes and village ownership of the direction of development. Change will only occur when the motivation for development comes from the villagers themselves. It is an issue of empowerment. This is the root of sustainable development.

2. All projects are undertaken in the most environmentally way possible. Using the abundant natural resources in the fields of energy, agriculture, construction & health, projects will be designed to combine maximum benefit to the community with minimum impact of the environment.

3. Fully inclusive community living to embrace the most vulnerable in society especially women, children, disabled and the elderly in managed & sustainable community refuges. The greater community is to be governed by a self-written community charter which outlines the ethical conduct for fair and harmonious community living with special attention given to the empowerment of women and their involvement in the community decisions.

United for Hope works with the following pillars: Clean water, sanitation, renewable energy, education, environment and sustainable commercial enterprise. On a project level this involves constructing a clean water supply, building sustainable toilets, educating around sanitation and hygiene good practices, installing renewable energy for individual and community use, improving education through better learning facilities, empowering women and the marginalized through training, ensuring sustainable waste management and exploring commercial enterprises for the rural workforce. All work is carried out with full cooperation of the villages both strategically and in terms of labour and monetary contribution where relevant.

The aim is to create a fully self-sustaining and harmonious living environment for everyone

You can find out more about United for Hope on their website: or by following our Facebook page:
All questions around the project and donations can be addressed to:

Latest project news

Breaking period taboos, together

  T. McCartney  30 May 2019 at 09:53 AM

Dear United for Hope supporters,

on the 28th of May we celebrated International Menstrual Hygiene Day, together with non-profits, government agencies, individuals, private sector and media organisations across the world.

On this occasion, we are reminded of the importance of our continuous commitment to break the silence, raise awareness and change negative social norms around Menstrual Hygiene.
The first step to breaking taboos
Breaking the silence is the first step on the way to improve menstrual hygiene management practices and change societal misconceptions about periods. These are the goals of our Menstrual Hygiene awareness project, which we are glad to present you through our latest video:

We signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the primary and secondary Education Department of the District of Kushinagar, in Uttar Pradesh, and launched our workshops on Menstrual Hygiene awareness for girls and gender sensitivity for boys initially in 100 schools. The workshops will directly impact a total of 10,000 male and female students, ultimately creating a more supportive and inclusive school environment.

We chose to start from schools, due to the unique opportunity they offer to gather large groups of adolescents, influence mindsets, promote education and behavioural change. Given the fundamental role that schools play within society, information can spread from students to households and communities, thus generating scalable impact.

Taking the project to the next level

These awareness workshops are a crucial part of our work, as they allow us to build strong connections with girls, boys, teachers and headmasters.

To strengthen the impact of our Menstrual Hygiene project, we are now planning to add to the project two equally important components: trainings for school teachers and headmasters and improved sanitary facilities. 

With your support, we can scale our work and keep reaching girls, boys, their families and communities.

Follow our work on Menstrual Hygiene through our project page: Help girls and women in rural India to manage menstruation and break taboos.

Together, we can break the silence and invest in girls’ futures.

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