Our guiding principle

With dedication and expertise, we are committed to helping oppressed and exploited people worldwide. Learn more about our motivation and our vision.
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The individual at the centre

For us, every human being is valuable, loved, and created by God. Everyone has a right to live a self-determined life in dignity. Through our work, we work to ensure that people around the world can meet their basic needs for food, water, security and health, for example. In doing so, we promote the closely interrelated themes of peace, justice and the integrity of creation. Based on the Christian view of humanity, we want to contribute to a just global society. In this way, we also contribute to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Our mission: We reach out our hands, so that people can stand tall

Sign of Hope sees itself as a bridge of love and creates a connection between giving and receiving people. This is symbolised by the following image:

Reach out your hand

Both the giving people and the employees of Sign of Hope reach out to people in need and distress. This enables people in need to stand tall on their own and look to the future with their heads held high in hope.

Our vision: A future in which the place of birth no longer determines a life in dignity

The place of birth still often determines a person's chances in life. Anyone born in the slums of Nairobi or in rural areas of South Sudan has a much lower chance of a life of social and material prosperity than someone born in the global North. This fact is the most fundamental expression of global social injustice.

Our vision is a future in which all people live in dignity. To achieve this goal, Sign of Hope is committed to eliminating global social injustice. Find out how we are helping.

Our values are rooted in the Christian faith

In our work, we are motivated by Christian values such as compassion, charity and solidarity. Our guiding verse is:

Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.

Matthew 25:40

On a daily basis, in a voluntary devotion, staff members of Sign of Hope include in their prayers people who are in need due to conflicts, weather extremes and other man-made made or naturally occurring crises.

What we have achieved so far

In 40 years, we have been able to give hope to millions of people. Since 2008, we have supported projects in over 40 countries and reached more than 1.1 million people in 2022 alone. Today, around 100 employees in Germany, five African countries, Armenia and Ukraine are working towards our vision. Our around 50 partner organisations worldwide are also committed to this goal.

Learn more about the history of the organisation and meet the team of Sign of Hope.


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    Who is Sign of Hope? What are our goals? How do we want to achieve them? What values do we stand for and what is our motivation? Find out in our guiding principle.

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