our_history
02 Jan
  • By DiyanKant
  • Cause in Africa

Our History

There is Hope stems from a vision that Innocent Magambi felt God placed on his heart in 2006.
Innocent was born to Burundian parents in a refugee settlement in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). When a civil war broke out in DRC, he was forced to flee the country and lived in various refugee camps in Tanzania and, later Zambia and Malawi.

At age 27 and living in Dzaleka Refugee Camp, Innocent received a scholarship from Capital City Baptist Church (CCBC) in Lilongwe to study at a bible college in town. Gradually, his life was transformed and for the first time he had opportunity to live outside a refugee camp. Innocent could not forget his fellow refugees who were still living a life at Dzaleka Refugee Camp.
While in class one day – still a poor asylum seeker – was overwhelmed with a sense that God was calling him to respond to the multitude of needs of people in Dzaleka. CCBC embraced Innocent’s vision and helped him register There is Hope. From that time, countless people have played a vital role in making There is Hope a reality. There is Hope is the expression of our commitment to uplift those whose development is limited by poverty and displacement. We work with refugees and the Malawian host community by providing opportunities for business development, education and spiritual development.

Refugee for Life BookWe are a Christian, non-denominational, non-profit, and Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), that follows non-discriminatory policies. Our vision is to see refugees and their host community escape poverty and become self-reliant.
There is Hope is registered under the Malawi Trustees Incorporation Act since 31 December 2007, and we are a member of NGO Board of Malawi as well as CONGOMA (Council for Non-Governmental Organizations in Malawi). In 2015, Innocent Magambi published his memoire, Refugee for Life – My Journey across Africa to Find a Place Called Home, a gripping account of his experiences as a refugee.