ABOUT WHISPERING HOPE AFRICA INITIATIVE
It all started by standing with the neglected and stigmatized - working as Couple/HIV counselors, we came in contact with People Living with HIV (PLHIV), who had given up hope in life- on marriage, career, business, education, human rights etc. They faced discrimination and stigmatization even from families and healthcare workers; expulsion from school; lost of jobs, businesses, family disintegration etc. Their plights ignited our passion; their predicament touched us and, thus, moved us seek for more skills on how to upturn the potentials in them and transform their lives, change the negative experiences they undergo and make them productive in life so they be able to afford their basic/health needs and enjoy life like every other person.
WHAI, journeyed personally with every HIV infected person we came in contact with through which we changed the lives of many PLHIV. Decline in new HIV infection occured; however, there is need to manage those already infected and affected who suffer socio-economic challenges and have no sustainable means of income. Hence WHAI specifically focuses on capacity building and providing employment/empowerment opportunities to indigent PLHIV and women and youth living in disadvantaged communities.
The goal is to educate, empower and provide entrepreneurial opportunities. WHAI is addressing gaps in the provision of capacity building resources for youth in disadvantaged communities, thus providing a platform designed to inspire, motivate, mentor and empower them to achieve their best and become financially independent and exceptional leaders.
WHAI is registered with Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC/IT/N0 68226) and Ministry of Women Affairs, Anambra State.
In the past years, WHAI without any formal grant has impacted lives of the poor living with HIV/AIDS and won two global awards doing so.
WHAI has engaged professionals who know their responsibilities and people who work together towards common goals in accordance to making the world a better place for the PLHIV and vulnerable communities.
The organization is headed by an Executive Director who is assisted by a Secretary & Program Manager, five board of trustee members, coordinating team, advisory board and a number of other officers and volunteers.
The Advisory board is the idea-engines of WHAI. The members give pro bono expertise advise on fund raising, technical assistance, assessment of a program's impact and serving as a public advocate for WHAI.
The Board of Trustees develops each WHAI program to its full potential. Foreseeing problems, handling risk management, identifying goals, setting up outlines for each program and describing how they should be run; issuing orders and giving directives, as well as keeping eyes on performances.
The Coordinating Team arranges internally and assists in the implementation of planned activities within the administration. The team coordinator is responsible for the proper execution of project activities. Capacity-building of the staff and volunteers involved is an important aspect within the organizational setup.
Equipped and financially independent slum/rural based youth and PLHIV who are exceptional leaders and entrepreneurs
To better lives of slum/rural based youth and PLHIV through capacity building, venture creation and access to resources