H.O.P.E. Manifesto

H.O.P.E. Manifesto: Sr. Noelline´s Legacy

Guiding principles for H.O.P.E.’s work


On the occasion of H.O.P.E.’s 40th anniversary in 2013, Sr. Noelline formulated seven guiding principles for the work of the organisation she founded in 1974: the H.O.P.E. Manifesto. These guiding principles have become her legacy, and we are happy to continue her work with the same innovative mind, commitment and goal Sr. Noelline stood for. These are the guiding principles for the next part of H.O.P.E.‘s journey:

Transformation through education

H.O.P.E. works for social transformation by educating and enabling women and children, facilitating their skills and intervening in crisis situations and social grievances.

Help those who are not able to help themselves

H.O.P.E. stands by old, young, weak, or helpless human beings when their own capacities are not sufficient or when immediate help is needed.

Go to the roots

The source of many personal grievances are injustice, social imbalance and indifference. H.O.P.E. fights against the underlying reasons by creating awareness and by means of non-violent resistance and social action.

Walk side by side

Man should not walk ahead of woman, woman not ahead of man. H.O.P.E. is committed to gender equality and women’s dignity and cultivates this consciousness in all its projects.

Think of our planet

H.O.P.E. is committed to the protection of the environment. It treats the natural resources it uses itself, judiciously, includes the attitude of environmental protection in its programmes and participates in activities to keep the ecological balance.

Self reliant, self dependent

H.O.P.E. is autonomous and solely committed to the social goal of transformation through education. Within the framework of its activities, H.O.P.E. proactively seeks sources of steady income and project-related funding.