Hope Ascending aims to end the cycle of generational poverty in India and Nepal through education, life skills training, and vocational instruction and guidance.  After five years of preliminary visits to India, we developed a plan of action and incorporated as a nonprofit in 2017.

We attend to the educational, physical and health needs of children living in slums.  Almost 30% of the children we help suffer from moderate to severe malnutrition. Their families are fraught with social poverty, including under-education, poor environmental sanitation, and personal hygiene, all of which contribute to malnutrition in children. Vitamin A deficiency is a major public health problem in all the countries of south Asia; as is clean water.

Lack of education keeps children and their families from living complete and fulfilling lives. It locks them into a generational cycle of poverty. The poor in this part of the world struggle to obtain even the most basic of life’s necessities including water, food, shelter, basic healthcare, and education.

Rarely do we witness upward mobility among the poor of India.  These are commodities that we take for granted.  There are many reasons for this and we are working to change the tide of oppression waged against those who live outside the margin of human dignity.

The first issue that keeps our kids from succeeding in life is a lack of self-esteem. Social and cultural institutions (like caste) narrate how people see themselves in relation to themselves and to others.  Unfortunately for most, they will never escape the generational cycle of poverty which results from discrimination based on caste.

But once our children are taught about their right to equality, and of the empowerment and freedom that results from education, things start to change for them; first in their minds, then in their hearts.  We so often see this transformation affect whole families and communities as well.

We work with children living in slum colonies by offsetting the cost of their tuition. These children typically have never attended school.  Many of them are “rag pickers,” spending their days scavenging for plastic and paper recyclables. They drink water contaminated by bacteria and parasites. Many have no shoes nor proper clothing, and they live in substandard quarters with no toilets nor running water.

We feed and clothe them,  administer vitamins, vaccinations and basic healthcare. We help them enter the educational mainstream, and as they excel and do well, they even go on to college.

The true heart of what we do lies in our teachers. Our teachers come from the local area.  They are typically college students. One of of our teachers used to be in our tutoring center before graduating high school. She in now enrolled in college. They are dedicated, hard working, caring young women who have graduated or are on their way toward graduating from local colleges.

HOPE ASCENDING is directed toward protecting families, improving health, preventing disease and educating youth in order to overcome the forces that keep marginalized populations locked into hopeless circumstances.  Join hands with these kids.

About Us

Thank you for taking an interest in our work. Our office is located in the small New England coastal village known as Rockport Massachusetts, a one hour’s drive north of Boston. I am the Director of Hope Ascending. I grew up and still live in Rockport with my lovely wife, Julie. Together, and with much support from the local faith community, we bring the story of India into churches as we educate congregations about the largest democracy in the world.

Most of us have been incredibly fortunate in life to never have to experience the difficulties seen in India and Nepal.  I can’t imagine what it’s like to go hungry – and yet, 174 Million people in India alone make less than $2.00 a day.  That’s 70% of the number of adults living in the USA!  And believe me; it costs far more than $2.00 a day to live – even in India.  One smart way to turn the tide of generational poverty is to invest in the children by developing educational tutoring centers.

With that desire in our hearts, our board of directors presides over HopeASCENDING, Inc., a not-for-profit organization.

We’re all looking to make a difference in our world and we believe that by focusing on at-risk communities, we’re going to make the most substantial impact. The world is made up of  social connections and if we foster them positively, they’ll pay huge dividends – in love, care, and a better world.

We chose the peacock for our logo because the peacock is the national bird of India. It is a symbol of grace, joy, beauty and love.  The Peacock occupies a respectable position in Indian culture and is protected not only by religious sentiments but also by parliamentary statute. It is fully protected under the Indian Wildlife Protection Act.

The symbolism of the peacock is important to the cultures of India.  In Hinduism, the image of the god of thunder was depicted in the form of a peacock.   In Christianity, the peacock is associated with the Resurrection – and that’s what we do:  We resurrect children out of poverty to help them develop into the people God has created them to become.

We also chose the peacock because the children we serve like peacocks!



On behalf of the children we serve, we say “Thank You” for your generous support. We appreciate your donation to Hope Ascending’s fight against poverty.  We are a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization (EIN 81-3507806).

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Hope Ascending, Inc.
165 Main Street
Rockport, MA 01966