WeSeeHope was founded in 2000 by husband and wife, Phil and Wendy Wall.
At the time, Southern and Eastern Africa was the most affected region in the world by HIV and AIDS, and millions of children were being orphaned and made vulnerable as a result.
It was during a visit to South Africa in 1997 that Phil met a little girl called Zodwa, who had been abandoned by her mother. Having failed in their attempt to adopt her, but deeply moved and inspired by their experience, Phil and Wendy decided to take a unique approach to try and help other children like Zodwa. This was their catalyst for change.
They invested their personal savings and created an extraordinary fundraising challenge; they gave people £10 and encouraged them to turn it into £100, using only their talents, passions and networks to do so. Phil and Wendy’s 1010 Challenge raised over £2 million and led to the formation of WeSeeHope.
WeSeeHope USA was established in 2016 when Julie, our Chair, saw an opportunity to extend support for our cause in the US.
Today, we are proud to have raised £25 million in support of vulnerable children in Southern and Eastern Africa, and to have hit some amazing milestones along the way. In 2022, Phil and Wendy were both awarded MBEs for their services to our work with vulnerable children in Southern and Eastern Africa.
OUR STORY SO FAR
Phil Wall met Zodwa and our story began.
Phil and Wendy raised £2 million through their 1010 Challenge and WeSeeHope (then known as HOPEHIV) was founded.
A reception was held at 10 Downing Street, hosted by Gordon and Sarah Brown, inviting influencers to support our cause.
Our SEP Challenge was developed to encourage school children to fundraise through social enterprise.
Our project office moved to Tanzania from South Africa, reflecting our expansion into Eastern Africa.
We launch a new 1010 Challenge in celebration of our 10th Birthday.
We were awarded a Radio 4 fundraising appeal to increase support for our projects.
One of our amazing supporters, Sarah O’Neil, ran 12 marathons in 12 days as part of her ‘12 in 12’ fundraising challenge.
We officially launched our first economic initiative, the Village Investors Programme (VIP), setting a target to form 500 savings and loans groups by the end of 2018.
We changed our name from HOPEHIV to WeSeeHope and our international office in Germany was founded.
WeSeeHope USA was founded.
We started piloting our Child Headed Households Program in Malawi to address the acute social and economic challenges children living without a parent or guardian face.
Our VIP exceeded its targets, with 749 groups formed since 2014, impacting over 17,000 members and 46,000 children.
Together with our corporate partner, Qlik.org, we developed two cutting-edge data dashboards that are advancing how we monitor, evaluate and improve our programmes.
Our founders, Phil and Wendy Wall, were both awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours List for their services to our work with vulnerable children in Southern and Eastern Africa.