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O U R   S T O R Y

How We Began



Looking for a way to give back and help those in need, Dr. Jerry Simons searched for a charity through which he could make a difference. He soon found, however, that a large percentage of his contribution would go to administrative costs and these charities were unwilling to let him know where his money was being spent - so he resolved to start his own.


In 1967 the foundation was organized and by 1999, Hope Projects had begun focusing its efforts on the people of the Andes. With a determination to help those who are willing to help themselves and a commitment to accountability and transparency with donors, Hope Projects helps change hundreds of thousands of lives in High Andes villages.


Reducing Death

We aim to lift burdens while maintaining the integrity of the villages and the dignity of the individuals. 

Establishing clean water systems, toilets, and medical facilities allows us to reduce village death rates by 80% within the first year alone.

Teaching Skills

It's not enough to give people resources and materials. With the right trades and skills, these hardworking people build and maintain the structures themselves and are prepared to enter the marketplace to help provide for their families. 

Protecting Donations

We want to be completely transparent with your money. 100% of your donation goes to the project you choose and we take care of all the other costs. You can take a look at our books. If you're not satisfied with how your money is used, we'll happily refund it.



Our vision is long-term. Rather than giving the people equipment and facilities they don't know how to preserve or sustain, we establish a system of village self-replication and expansion so that they can keep the good things going.

Today our main focus is helping the village people in the high Andes, however, Hope Projects has also contributed to communities both in Africa and the United States. We continue to support good causes in multiple U.S. states alongside our efforts in the high Andes.  

Meet Our Teams


S O U T H   A M E R I C A N   T E A M


We employ four Peruvians to assist in the organization and execution of the projects.

They are all paid by the board of directors.




















U N I T E D   S T A T E S   T E A M


Everyone who works with us in America is a non-paid volunteer.















Cesar Delgoto Rodriguez

South American Director

Dr. Fredy 

South American Medical Director

Janet Canales

South American Accountant &

Project Coordinator


Medical and Veterinarian Supervisor

Dr. Dean Hughes


Dr. Jack Zenger


Holly Zenger


Dr. Jerry Simons 

Director and President

Ella Simons


Dr. Howard Chuntz

Legal Counsel Director

J. Craig Simons


Brett Duckworth, CPA

Accountant & Auditor

Dale Heward


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