Children arrive at the créche, in the hopes of receiving refuge – and a meal – while their parents are at work.
Fire destroyed it all!
(Above) A fence has been erected using whatever could be salvaged from the fire. (Below) A donation of soap means the children can wash their hands during the day.
The flames from the shanty next door quickly jumped the very small gap, and in a matter of minutes everything turned to twisted blackened corrugated iron and ashes.
The little Siqalo crèche in Philippi was very modest to begin with. But it was a place where the children in this informal settlement (where there are absolutely no facilities) were kept safe whilst their parents were at work, and received a very basic meal each day.
A generous donor supplied the money to rebuild the wood and iron structure – but the small, modest ‘building’ is bare. No double gas cooker means the food has to be cooked by volunteers in the community. There are 4 old mattresses for 58-70 children at rest time. The few toys, books and educational items they’d collected have gone. But the children still come. And older children also come after school in the hope of getting something to eat.
Parents who can afford to pay tiny monthly feed do so, but many can’t. Luleka and Pinki, the two women who look after the children do so without payment of any kind, because their hearts go out to these little ones. Their biggest worry, always, is where to find money to buy the food.
Everything is a fight against enormous odds. But if you’ll DONATE now, it will be some hope – and light – at the end of a very dark tunnel.
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]