Frequently Asked Question

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What makes Hope Projects different from other charities?
How often are trips organized to visit the villages?
How can we determine which animals are best suited to the climate of the villages?
What results have you seen from your efforts to date?
What if I want to see your books?
How can I track where my money goes?
Who are your directors and how much are they paid?
How is possible that 100% of my donation directly benefits the people?
What makes you different than everyone else that does this stuff?
Long-term, what prevents villages from slipping into their old ways once you have left?
What is the minimum age you recommend for children going on excursions?
I am an (engineer, nurse, doctor, etc) and am interested in your program. Can you use technical people?


What makes Hope Projects different from other charities?

  • No one is paid-all work is done by volunteers. We do pay $2.60/hr ($200 per month) to our in-country supervisors who visit each of our villages and report on their progress. The also deliver materials or farm animals to the villages. We presently have two part time in-country supervisors. These individuals are not paid through your donations but are paid personally by the founders of Simons Says Foundation: HOPE PROJECTS.
  • 100% of all donations go to help the poorest of poor rather than in some administrator's pocket.
  • Only help those who willing to provide labor when we provide the materials. If farm animals are given the receiver of the gift animal must give female offspring to another poor family and they in turn do the same.
  • We only help those who have not being help by anyone else
  • You can visit the village that you assist and see how your donation is use or log onto our web site www.hopeprojects.com


How often are trips organized to visit the villages?
Expeditions are made in mid-June of each year for Hope Projects donors. Other trips are made by Dr. Jerry Simons through out the year, but these are for visiting new villages who want to be included in our program or to review existing projects.
How can we determine which animals are best suited to the climate of the villages?
All the animals in our catalog do well at the High Andes high altitude and unique climate.
What results have you seen from your efforts to date?
  • There are fewer infant deaths, people are sick less, children have a school to attend.
  • The people use and care for their restroom, water systems, and any project that is completed.
What if I want to see your books?
Call our accountant and make an appointment to review any of our books. We are proud of how all donations go to help the poor rather than into administrators pocket.
How can I track where my money goes?
Yes, all donations are assigned to a specific project for a specific village. The fund can only be used for that village and/or project. You can track where you money goes by contacting our accountant and he will provide financial information showing how we spent the money. Also look on our web site www.hopeprojects.com and see the progress that is being made in the village where your donation was assigned.
Who are your directors and how much are they paid?
We don't pay our directors anything. They give of their time and talents freely. We have no paid administrators.
How is possible that 100% of my donation directly benefits the people?
All donations are assigned to a specific project for a specific village. The fund can only be used for that village and/or project. We have no paid administrators, officers, or office staff that is paid. Our organization is operated by people willing to donate their time. We feel charity organizations should use the money they collect for the reason they collect it.
What makes you different than everyone else that does this stuff?
  • No one is paid-all work is done by volunteers. We do pay a very small salary($200 per month) to our two in-country supervisors who visit each of our villages and report on their progress and who also delivers materials or farm animals to the villages. Our in-country supervisors are paid personally by the founders of Simons Says Foundation: HOPE PROJECTS and not from donation.
  • 100% of all donations go to help the poorest of poor rather than in some administrator's pocket.
  • Only help those who willing to provide labor when we provide the materials. If farm animals are given the receiver of the gift animal must give female offspring to another poor family and they in turn do the same.
  • We only help those who have not being help by anyone else
  • You can visit the village that you assist on one of our expedition and see how your donation is use or log onto our web site www.hopeprojects.com and track the village progress.
Long-term, what prevents villages from slipping into their old ways once you have left?
The people we help are not poor because they slipped into poverty by laziness. Our villagers are very hard working and have been abandoned by their own country and the rest of the world for over 450 years. They work 15-17 hours a day just to keep alive. They are poor not stupid or lazy. With our projects we only provide building materials, the villagers must provide the work or we won't help them. Long term they will become self sufficient, which takes 4-5 years, and then we will move on to another village to assist.
What is the minimum age you recommend for children going on expedition?
The youngest we have taken on an expedition is 8 and the oldest is 82. Young people are a great addition to our expeditions. It will depend on the young person as to how much they will enjoy riding 1� to 4 hours in a bus or 4-wheel drive jeep on windy roads to get to a villages. Some younger than 8 will be bored with the traveling, but other will totally enjoy the experience. Everyone who has been on one of our expedition says it the greatest experience of their life.
I am an (engineer, nurse, doctor, etc) and am interested in your program. Can you use technical people?
Yes, and please email us with your skill and we will share with you a way that you can get involved.
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