WorldHope Corps, Inc. is a voluntary, faith-based, not-for-profit, organization focused on asset-based community development training. It is registered in the State of New Jersey, and based in San Diego, CA. Founded in 2007 by Dr. Michael J. Christensen of Drew University to fund and facilitate community development projects and provide clean water in Africa, WHC today carries out its mission through a voluntary corps of trainers and professionals who mobilize assets, connect resources with needs, offer economic empowerment workshops, train community leaders, sponsor international mission trips, procure and deliver humanitarian aid, and offer technical and relational support to individuals and organizations for the common good.
Following Henri Nouwen’s approach of “reverse mission” (i.e. those who seek to serve gain than what they give to others), Dr. Christensen has recruited, trained and taken scores of volunteers on vision/mission trips to Belarus, Ukraine, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Malawi and Uganda almost every year for more than 30 years. These “believers without borders” have nurtured international friendships and offered works of service across cultural and religious divides.
As others joined Dr. Christensen in mission over the years, WorldHope Corps expanded its mission to include the following core programs: drilling village wells, providing youth educational scholarships, and offering community development training. Donor-advised special projects over the years have included the following initiatives: community orphan care, anti-malaria mosquito net distribution, HIV/AIDS mitigation, and vocational training, support for St George Hope Health Centre and water and sanitation projects in Uganda, support for a Dental Clinic in Dominican Republic, and medical aid to the Children of Chernobyl in Belarus. We purchased our own Well-Rig and truck in 2011 and drilled over 50 village wells before transferring the equipment to a sister organization. We loaned out over $40,000 to individual and organizational partners to start social businesses for the common good.
WorldHope Corps is a ministry partner of WorldHope Corps Malawi and WorldHope Corps Uganda. Together, we drilled over 70 village wells in Malawi and installed a water purification system and water store in rural Uganda, facilitated fair-trade coffee ventures in Uganda, built a Hope Scholarship House in Malawi to create a revenue stream for youth scholarships, and co-sponsored four annual soccer matches for over 2000 youth receiving HIV education, testing and counseling, operate two Hope Tailoring Schools for vocational training, and distributed anti-Malaria mosquito nets (during rainy seasons) and COVID Care kits to families during the lockdowns of 2020.
Beyond the various volunteer and donor-advisory special projects, the primary focus and core programs of WorldHope Corps remain community transformation through specialized training, educational empowerment, and providing clean water. This by coming alongside indigenous, community-based organizations and congregations, as well as individual social entrepreneurs, to connect resources with needs, and mobilize assets for the common good.