OUR HISTORY

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.

Today, we are proud to have raised £21.3 million in support of vulnerable children in Southern and Eastern Africa, and to have hit some amazing milestones along the way.

OUR STORY SO FAR

  • 1997

    1997

    Phil Wall met Zodwa and our story began.

  • 2000

    2000

    Phil and Wendy raised £2 million through their 1010 Challenge and WeSeeHope (then known as HOPEHIV) was founded.

  • 2005

    2005

    A reception was held at 10 Downing Street, hosted by Gordon and Sarah Brown, inviting influencers to support our cause.

  • 2006

    2006

    Our SEP Challenge was developed to encourage school children to fundraise through social enterprise.

  • 2008

    2008

    Our project office moved to Tanzania from South Africa, reflecting our expansion into Eastern Africa.

  • 2010

    2010

    We launch a new 1010 Challenge in celebration of our 10th Birthday.

  • 2011

    2011

    We were awarded a Radio 4 fundraising appeal to increase support for our projects.

  • 2012

    2012

    One of our amazing supporters, Sarah O’Neil, ran 12 marathons in 12 days as part of her ‘12 in 12’ fundraising challenge.

  • 2014

    2014

    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.

  • 2015

    2015

    We changed our name from HOPEHIV to WeSeeHope and our international offices in Germany and Sweden were founded.

  • 2016

    2016

    WeSeeHope USA was founded.

  • 2018

    2018

    Our VIP exceeded its targets, with 749 groups formed to date, impacting over 17,000 members and 46,000 children.

  • 2019

    2019

    We are working in 222 communities, directly impacting 66,000 children and 25,000 parents, guardians and communities members!

What do we do 20 years on?