The Foundation was established in 2016 by Esperanca and Jose Alfico who were both born in Angola. Esperanca experienced first-hand the struggles and despairs of a child living in poverty in this African nation. She vividly recalls lonely, desperate nights as an orphan sleeping on the streets with no food or water to sustain her. Hungry and unsure of her future, Esperanca travelled from province to province in Angola seeking work as a migrant. As she travelled from place to place, she desperately searched for love and acceptance as well as sustenance.
In 1990, while wandering through the province of Huila, Esperanca met Jose Alfico. He was gentle, kind and loving towards her. They were married in 1998 and in 2001, were given the immense privilege of immigrating to Canada as refugees. Although Esperanca had moved away from the poverty she experienced in her childhood, she carried a big burden. She longed to help the many children in Angola who live day after day in distressing circumstances. It was this burden in their hearts that prompted Esperanca and Jose to create the Hope and Angels Foundation.