The Towards Hope Foundation is a non-profit collective of Australian medical professionals working with Palestinian refugees, communities and colleagues in the Middle East.
We seek a comprehensive quality of life for Palestinian refugees and communities, across the Middle East, living with disability and ill health.
Our Mission Statement
We aim to advance health care through education and skill transfer to Palestinian health care professionals working with Palestinian refugees and communities in the Middle East, with a particular focus on supporting the health care needs of children and youth living with disability.
Hope. Dignity. Opportunity.
Working from a human rights-based approach, we value partnerships of mutual learning and knowledge transfer to promote a life with dignity for Palestinians living with disability.
Our Guiding Principles
We are guided by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, adopted in December 2006, and its eight guiding principles:
- Respect for inherent dignity, individual autonomy including the freedom to make one’s own choices, and independence of persons
- Full and effective participation and inclusion in society
- Respect for difference and acceptance of persons with disabilities as part of human diversity and humanity
- Equality of opportunity
- Equality between men and women
- Respect for the evolving capacities of children with disabilities and respect for the right of children with disabilities to preserve their identities
Towards Hope Foundation is a non-government, not-for-profit, volunteer organisation. It has no formal office, and currently no staff – the Foundation is run by volunteers donating their time, skills and expertise. The bulk of our fundraising supports the costs of our Medical Assistance Teams and their missions abroad, with a maximum five percent of fundraising going towards our proper governance and administrative operations.
Our team consists of a group of medical personnel and health specialists, in conjunction with the organisational members of the board.