What We Do
Our operational parameters are vast, giving us unusual flexibility and adaptation in order to face the constantly changing circumstances that surround those in need.
Shadows of Hope has combined the fields of Humanitarian Aid, Medicine, Combat and Security, Journalism, Statistics, Training, Education, Logistics, and Investigation into one dynamic, fluid field. This versatility has granted us unheard of success in areas where much larger, and rigid, organizations have failed.
Training and Education
Education and training are by far our most important operations. Where most aid organizations choose to simply deliver supplies or aid retroactively, our main goal is to facilitate sustainable growth within communities in need and eventually wean them off international support so that they can thrive in their own fashion. This involves a deep level of understanding of the circumstances those in need face, and complex training plans are created in order to best suite the eventual independence of the groups we serve.
We also offer custom training solutions for emergency medicine and response, CPR/AED, First Aid, TCCC, wilderness and expeditionary care, combat and rifle courses, emergency response plans, and much more. We offer these plans as means of sustaining our charity, as any profit made from training goes straight to supporting overseas operations. Our courses are also tax-deductible.
Medicine and Healthcare
We've opened up mobile clinics in some of the most inhospitable, dangerous, and remote areas of the world - including war zones located in Iraq, Burma, Syria, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We've helped refugees, saved lives with direct medical interventions, trained countless medics, soldiers, nurses, and doctors in emergency care and provided medicine and care using limited resources.
Being one of the few organizations serving in some of the most treacherous countries, our clinics have even come under direct attacks from organizations such as ISIS.
Combat Interventions and Humanitarian Defense
Our most controversial operations are those that are quickly proving to be our most effective. After watching never ending streams of refugees file in from war zones, SoH realized that it is far more effective to stop the suffering at its source than to simply bandage symptoms of conflict. Often, we run out of bandages before we run out of victims. Taking up arms is difficult, but necessary.
Combat is a sensitive subject for us. We never specifically deploy with the intent of combat, but it does become necessary on occasion, for many different reasons. Sometimes we stand to protect villages and expeditions when no one else will. Sometimes we must defend ourselves working in such dangerous territory. Other times we are forced to act in order to save those in immediate danger.
Infrastructure and Logistics
SoH provides aid by helping set up basic needs such as finding clean water and food or building shelters, homes, hospitals and schools for communities. We coordinate the flow of supplies to address the needs of specific areas, as well as delegate groups of volunteers from other aid organizations to make sure that the proper aid is going to where it is most needed.
Supplies and logistics are often one of our most critical needs, but the locations we work prove to problematic due to their remote or dangerous nature. SoH solves this by specializing in austere and limited resource projects, using what we have to make due, instead of waiting for expensive or foreign materials and and supplies to make it to areas in need.
Operational Ingress and Egress
We've broken through active war zones to get medicine to rebels, inserted reporters into front lines, and crossed forbidden areas for human rights investigations. We've adopted roguish, but necessary, methods to serve those in need.
At the end of the day, we believe in what's kind more than what is right. If people need help, they need help, and any rules, regulations, or laws that restrict access to basic human needs is not a law worth observing. We also understand that in doing so, there may be long term consequences for any other humanitarian group, or those that we are trying to help, in the area. It requires a light touch, a carefully calculated and executed plan in order to move in and out of some of these areas, and limits what we release to the public.
Journalism, Media, and Film
Our unusual methodology and flexibility has allowed us to act as location scouts, insert media into off-limits regions, supply on-scene medics for standby during filming, and even provide firearms and explosive experts for hazardous film shoots. Some of our members have even been cast in large scale productions!
We have also expanded into regional and role-specific training for movie roles. We've helped train actors to be US Marines, foreign Special Forces, jihadists, rebels, and countless other performances. We use our experience when dealing with these groups to help give real world advice, training, and practices in order to create the legitimacy needed when filming.
Solidarity and Advocacy
At the peak of the worlds worst humanitarian crisis, SoH deployed into the very heart of catastrophe. The Yazidi's in Iraq, the Rohingya in Burma, and the Uhyghurs of western China are just a few of the groups we have not only assisted but also lived among in order to better understand those the world has forgot. This is what grants us such success using such limited resources in so many regions of the globe.
Our core mission is to serve those who serve others. Veterans from 9 different countries and military's have joined SoH and have found purpose again. Many who served wish to continue serving, and SoH gives them the opportunity to get involved in the geopolitical process again and allow them to continue their dedication to those in need.