Christmas is ‘just another day’ for a child like Nathan.
Nathan lives in a poor farming community, and his parents only have work when there’s harvesting to be done. Christmas comes and goes – with no gifts, no food at home, no celebration.
But the first day of school in the New Year – now that’s an important day.
It’s a day when a child like Nathan desperately wants to be wearing a decent school uniform. Clothes that are his own. Not borrowed or shared, torn and ill-fitting, with shoes that let his toes peep shamefully through between upper and sole.
School’s the one place where Nathan knows he’ll be safe, where he can build his own identity and self-esteem, where learning can perhaps get him out of his generational cycle of poverty.
For families like Nathan’s, when it comes to a choice between using any money to put food on the family table, or buying a child a school uniform – there’s no choice.
It’s even worse when parents are unemployed – because this means that there’s no money for anything . . .
. . . making that longed for school uniform an impossible dream for Nathan.
Christmas will be just another day for Nathan, but if you’ll make your donation right away to help cover the cost of simple grey trousers, a white shirt, socks, a durable pair of shoes, a pullover and windbreaker, it would mean more to Nathan than any Christmas could. And if a raincoat could be added for our cold wet winters, that would be even more wonderful.
You’ll be giving him the pride of ‘belonging’ and the recognition of wearing his school uniform.
At the little country school that Nathan attends (St Paul’s Primary) there are other children – Selwyn and Faeeza, to name only two – who also dream of having a uniform when school begins in January. But Nathan stands out as a child with one of the saddest faces we’ve ever seen.
One of the greatest stories ever told never actually happened. It was fiction. But we know that fiction may speak truths in the clearest and most convincing [and convicting] manner possible. The story is the parable that Jesus told of THE PRODIGAL SON. [more]
A SMALL CHANGE
At our recent Strategic Planning HOPE Africa decided to change the last word in our full name from Health, Opportunity, Partnership, Employment to Empowerment. This was done to reflect what our work is currently all about. While we feel that employment is important, we rather empower and equip people with the necessary skill to find employment.
LAUNCH OF WE WILL SPEAK OUT SOUTH AFRICA
We Will Speak Out is a coalition committed to demonstrating, mobilising, and equipping leadership to end the pain of sexual violence across the world. We recognize that together, we need to speak out against sexual violence and break the silence that exists. Let us join hands and work together to change this story forever. [more]
THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION SUNDAY
18 August 2013
The Church is calling on each of the four million Anglicans living in Southern Africa to make an investment in the future of the church by supporting theological education. [more]
NEW BOARD MEMBER!
HOPE Africa's Board of Directors welcomed a new face at last week's AGM. [more]
DIOCESE OF KIMBERLY AND KURUMAN
An enthusiastic HOPE Africa team visited the Diocese of Kimberley and Kuruman from 24-26 July to distribute blankets and food parcels to seven project sites benefitting from our partnership with the Independent Development Trust (IDT). [more]