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.  There are many important truths in this parable, but let us meditate on one  – that of BEING AT HOME.

The Prodigal Son leaves Home, to go to the big wide world beyond.  He does not appreciate that all he is looking for he already has. “We may be Home with the Father, and yet not appreciate that we are really at Home,” observes Henri Nouven¹ [2009:120], so we choose to leave the presence of the Father, to seek  fulfillment and meaning in life elsewhere.  As we know,  when the Prodigal Son has spent all his inheritance, he thinks of Home, and says,  “I will arise and go Home to my Father”.  The Father, in fact, is waiting longingly and expectantly for his return,  and sees his son when he is still a long way off.  And  soon, the Prodigal Son is  restored to the embrace of the Father. He is back Home. Home -  the place of  unconditional love, of unconditional forgiveness.

The story of the Prodigal Son is an amazing image of how God patiently waits to be in deep communion with us. But God allows us our waywardness, our searching in all the places that take us away from being at Home in  God’s very presence. Our Home is where God is, and all our searching and striving is to return  to  God. Thou hast made us for thyself and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in thee [St Augustine]. And Archbishop Tutu reminds us simply: We are created by God, like God,  for God [Tutu 2004: 34].

This is what the Transfiguration means in your life and mine today. The love of the Father gives us a VISION OF HOPE. It transforms and transfigures us as individuals, as the Church, as churches, as nations, and as the world [see Tutu 2004: viii]². The Story of the Prodigal Son is not only for wayward sons and daughters, or cynical and self-righteous elder brothers and sisters. It is for us who are leaders  in the church, people who are called to serve. Even as well-meaning people of action, how can we turn from all our striving, our activity, our restlessless,  and become still: Be still and know that I am God [Ps 46:10]; still - in the presence of God; still -  in the shelter and shadow of the Almighty [Psalm 91].  

Being at home is to return to a new childhood [see Nouwen 1992: 56]³, where God’s love is boundless and compassionate and  all-protecting. Being at home  is to understand again and again what it means to remain in the bosom of the Father. It is to know that we are Home already, and that all our longing and striving for more takes us away from our real Home, which is in the security and intimacy of the Father’s presence.   Henri Nouwen says:

Jesus’s whole mission in coming to live among us was to call us home to the truth of  our lives. He lives and teaches belonging in the womb of Unchanging Love, in the intimacy of Companioning Presence, in the house of the giver of Life and Breath, in the name of the Compassionate Creator. God’s name is our home, our dwelling place… from this home with the Guiding Spirit we walk out into the world without ever leaving this source of belonging. [2009:122]


¹Nouven, Henri J M. 2009. Home Tonight – Further Reflections on the Parable of the Prodigal Son.

²Tutu, Desmond M. 2004. God Has a Dream – A Vision of Hope for our Time. Random House:London.

³Nouwen, Henri. 1992. The Return of the Prodigal Son – A Story of Homecoming. Darton, Longman and Todd: London. 


Greetings to all our friends near and far.

HOPE Africa held a very successful AGM recently. Our Annual Report – Breaking new ground . . . By Grace through Faith – acknowledges that by Grace and through Faith, God our

Creator sustains HOPE Africa and enables them to be an effective agent of change and development in God’s vineyard.

From delivering school shoes to needy children, to providing relief in areas affected by floods and fire; assisting with food security; providing care and nurture for our children; tackling socio-economic justice issues – nothing is too big or too small for our team to handle and manage.

Today I would like to thank each and everyone, who through their prayers and commitment make all of this – and more – possible through their generosity.

May God bless you and us as we journey together towards wholeness and healing.

God bless,

Dr Thabo Makgoba
Archbishop of Cape Town


Thank you for reaching out to the children at Marconi Beam Primary – the generosity of friends like you means these young scholars are all proudly wearing new school shoes – and wide smiles!

For many of the boys and girls at this humble school in the Joe Slovo Settlement outside Cape Town, this is the first time they’ve owned a brand new pair of school shoes, rather than the hand-me- downs they’re used to.

After we visited the school and saw how grinding poverty threatens the future of children in this community we knew we had to do something to help . . .

So we wrote to our supporters, and friends like you responded with open hearts. Each and every gift that arrived in the mail was a BIG help – and came at just the right time!

We delivered shiny new shoes to learners who needed them most. And what’s more . . . they also received a pair of socks!

When we arrived at the school the youngsters broke out in song and dance and were hugely grateful for their shiny new shoes.

Thank you for giving this item of clothing to these children. Shoes are something we so often take for granted, and for little ones – who were ashamed of their worn out footwear – your compassion is helping them to walk taller and prouder.

Thank you, so much.


You may remember our urgent appeal for help earlier this year when a fire completely destroyed parts of Dalukhanyo Crèche in Langa, on the outskirts of Cape Town.

Though the crèche isn’t completely restored yet – we’re getting there, slowly but surely!

With generous donations from supporters like you, we could replace some of the books and stationery that were destroyed – and we also received kind donations towards mattresses, cots, clothing and food supplies.

Thank you so much for helping us rebuild this crèche, so that the young boys and girls could return to school without delay. Your support has truly given them a new beginning!

Hope Africa handing over donations at Nababeep hospital.

Rough terrain, steep slopes and positive attitudes . . . HOPE Africa came together to join Bishop Raphael Hess of the Diocese of Saldanha Bay on a 20km walk as part of his Lenten Pilgrimage in the Diocese. In total Bishop Raphael and his team walked 800kms from Ash Wednesday to Easter!

Our team joined the Bishop from O’kiep to Nababeep in a challenging hike through the valley up the mountain and down the beautiful slopes of Namaqualand in the Northern Cape.

The walk ended with donations of blankets, disposable nappies and other essentials to Nababeep Hospital. On Palm Sunday, we joined the parish of St. Augustine’s O’Kiep in their procession of witness and donated food hampers to the neediest families in this parish.

Bishop Raphael and his team ended their Pilgrimage with the Easter Service in Port Nolloth.


Kholiwe and Thandeka with the jerseys donated by Rosemarie Manning and Audrey Acton.
Archbishop Thabo going through schoolbooks left behind at eviction site.

As loving friends and supporters of our work, you’ll be sad to hear about the fate of the people of Lwandle in the Western Cape, who were recently evicted from their homes.

You see, the community had built their shacks on land without the permission of the organisation that owns it. When the landowners insisted on the return of their land the community was given little warning of their fate. At the moment most of the families are being housed in a community hall in the area.

Thankfully we could distribute jerseys, knitted by Rosemarie Manning and her team of knitters, as well as Audrey Acton – another avid knitter! Donors like you helped us to give mothers disposable nappies and bags of clothing.

It’s been said that ‘a friend in need is a friend indeed’. And that’s why, when disasters strike, we’re so grateful for our friends who come to our assistance. Thank you for being a friend to us!


We’re truly grateful to all our kind-hearted supporters who make our work at the Overstrand Care Centre in Hawston a little easier. As you can imagine, it’s challenging to care for the 15 In-house and 220 Home-based Care patients each day . . . on limited resources.

But we’re grateful to all our loyal donors for their generosity. We recently received two generous donations, which we’re very thankful for . . . a mini-fridge – and reclining beds! The new mini- fridge means that we now have a designated fridge where all medication can be stored – previously we used the food fridge, which was not ideal.

The new beds are also very welcome because patients can rest in comfort – they’re low to the ground, which is a great help for the frail who are at risk of falling.


It’s wonderful when friends show their commitment to our work here in Africa – and Keri Geiger (YASC Intern) is one of those friends! Keri’s spent the past nine months as an intern working at the Hawston Hospice just outside Cape Town.

This is her story: “As an American labour and delivery nurse, learning to use my skills in an intermediate hospice and rehabilitation facility with limited financial and human resources was challenging. During my time at the Care Centre, I focused on training the staff, reorganising record keeping and documentation, and creating written policies and procedures.
I loved my work, especially when a patient would come to us weak and sick – and left strong and well.

I developed a deep and loving relationship with my co-workers and friends at Hawston, and am proud of the work I did. But I’m the one who got the real benefits from my time in Hawston.

I learned a lot about myself as a nurse, a Christian, and a person. Thank you to all at HOPE Africa for this humbling experience.”


As loyal and caring friends we know that you’re committed to our work and the communities we work with. And we understand that it’s not always possible for you to support our projects financially.

But have you considered the many other ways that you can show your support – like telling your friends about our projects and showing them our newsletters? You can also encourage them to sign up to receive regular news from HOPE Africa . . . in this way you’ll be helping to increase our supporter base.

You may also consider leaving us a legacy in your Will. By leaving a legacy to HOPE Africa you’ll be helping us reach out to vulnerable families for many years to come.
For more details on leaving a legacy in your Will, please contact our office on + 27 21 763 1300.


A BIG thank you to all our friends who responded to our recent Bright Spark Bursary Sponsorship appeal.

Your gifts have made a huge difference for Masande Educare. And thanks to friends like you Ma Ntombentsha can continue to care for vulnerable children at the crèche. She won’t have to close her doors – or turn away young children. Thank you for coming to her aid!

Despite the gaping holes in the roof and walls the school remains a beacon of hope in the community. We know that there’s still more we can do for this humble crèche and we’ll persevere – together. So watch this space!


It was an awesome celebration on 18 October when St. James Mission Hospital in Mantsonyane in Lesotho celebrated its 50th Anniversary.

And thanks to friends like you who support our work so generously, we marked the milestone with a special gift – a brand new incubator for the children’s ward!

You may remember our appeal last September when we told you about the dire need for a second incubator at the hospital.

As a result of extremely cold conditions in winter, newborn babies were at great risk. But the response we received from caring supporters like you made it possible for us to buy a new unit and give newborn babies and their mothers hope for a healthy future. Thank you!

Life saver

We pray for the safety of all mothers during childbirth and trust that the incubator will save the lives of many premature and sick babies at St. James Hospital in Mantsonyane.

The hospital first opened its doors in September 1963 and has grown to be a beacon of hope in this rural village. Many dignitaries attended the celebration, including our very own Archbishop Thabo and CEO, Delene Mark. Archbishop Thabo officially opened the hospital’s new outpatient unit.

The Provincial Anglican Women’s Fellowship was also kind enough to donate new bed linen. Despite the severe drought and water shortages in the region, nothing could dampen the high spirits of staff, patients and guests.


We’re so thankful that the youngsters at Christ the King Missionary are all well despite a severe drought that recently gripped the northern parts of Namibia.

The little ones – ranging in ages 2 to 10 – are enjoying a safe haven at Joy to the World Kindergarten where they can learn and grow – with a hot meal three times a day. As you may know, most of the children that attend the kindergarten live with their grandparents who depend on their monthly pension to buy clothing and food.

Some of the youngsters are from child headed households and we try our best to help them too. To sustain themselves the Sisters who care for the children have started a food garden. They’ve just secured a new plot where they plan to plant fruit trees and vegetables.

We’re also very happy that the Sisters have started a successful ‘chicken business’. The eggs produced by the chickens are sold to the community. The centre has also started a sewing project that helps men and women earn an income by selling the items they produce. Thank you for your role in making Joy to the World Kindergarten a shining beacon of hope.


The Reverend Dr. and Mrs Makgoba and their team of excellent volunteers pulled out all the stops to give the 350 children who attended the annual children’s party – the time of their lives!

Most of the youngsters come from the Anglican orphanages in the Western Cape and this annual event is a real treat! Dalukhanyo Crèche also attended.

We’re so grateful to our donors for making this annual celebration possible.


Two days before Christmas a devastating fire ripped through an informal settlement in the Western Cape. Three hundred homes were destroyed leaving more than 1 400 people homeless.

Thankfully there were no fatalities. With such a tragedy happening so close to Christmas, spirits were low. But thanks to the kindness of our supporters like you we could provide the community some ‘Christmas relief’ through our ‘Ray of Hope Campaign’.

Not only did we donate food and clothing, but we also distributed emergency relief kits. Your unwavering support means that we can continue to support this community into the New Year until they’re back on their feet. Thank you for your role in the Ray of Hope Campaign.

The families that benefit from this campaign are from homes where most adults don’t have jobs and their only source of relief is our community projects.


Following our appeal for support for children at Siphuxolo and Masande crèches on the outskirts of Cape Town, a group of caring parishioners from St. Martin’s, Bergvliet, in the Western Cape decided to heed our call for help!

The prayer group collected toys that their grandchildren no longer use – and purchased more toys, blankets, food and sweets to surprise the children. The group visited the Siphuxolo crèche on a very wet and rainy day to deliver their gifts. They praised the teachers for doing such an excellent job under the difficult conditions and immediately decided to “adopt” the crèche and help provide for the needs of the children.

We’re so grateful to our loyal donors who make it possible for us to reach out to vulnerable communities that need it most. We beat the floods – thanks to you!


Thanks to the generous support of our partners and friends, HOPE Africa could offer aid to hundreds of families who fell victim to flash floods over the past few months.

The unusually high summer rainfall in Mozambique and the northern parts of South Africa left thousands of people homeless and cut off from neighbouring towns. Roads were demolished and crops were wiped out. Many escaped the floods with only the clothes on their backs.

Thankfully, families were given shelter in community halls. Each family received an emergency relief kit filled with basic essentials to help get them back on their feet. There were also donations of clothing and food parcels, which were most welcomed.


The staff of HOPE Africa took part in the Peninsula School Feeding Associations – Blisters for Bread Charity Walk in Cape Town last year.

The Peninsula School Feeding Association (PSFA) was formed to help feed children who attend school on an empty stomach. PSFA is a registered non-profit organisation that started in 1958. For the past 55 years, the organisation has been providing nutritious meals to hungry youngsters in primary, secondary and special-needs schools in and around the Cape. The organisation fed 22 000 children in 111 schools last year. The Blisters for Bread Charity Walk is one of their biggest fundraisers each year.

One hundred of our friends joined us in the Blisters for Bread Charity Walk to help raise much-needed funds for this worthy cause.


 

Archbishop Thabo, on the 25th November, 2013 launched We Will Speak Out campaign at St Albans Cathedral, in Pretoria, in the presence of more than 200 people.

He was flanked by Bishop Margaret of False Bay diocese together with four panellist - Dr Catherine Sozi (of UNAIDS); Mfanozelwe Shozi (of Commission for Gender Equality); Karen Tewson (of National Prosecuting Authority); and Dr Syed Sadiq (of UN Women) who all shared their work in ending sexual violence. We Will Speak Out campaign is a global coalition aimed at demonstrating, mobilising and equipping leadership to end the pain of sexual violence across the world.

The South African chapter comes after successful campaigns in other African countries such as Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Liberia, among others. This is in light of the increasing statistics of sexual based violence that the church need to speak out against sexual violence and break the silence that exists and change the story. At the launch, Archbishop Thabo launched the ‘Breaking the silence’ research report that was spear-headed by Tearfund, which highlighted among others:

  1. The widespread sexual violence across South Africa and the deep traumatising and damaging effects  on survivors;
  2. Silence of the church that deepens the impact of sexual violence, stigma and discrimination; and
  3. The church’s untapped potential to prevent and respond to sexual violence as it can provide care and support, stand alongside the survivors seeking justice, identify and challenge harmful attitudes and beliefs within the society that perpetuates sexual violence.

 

Archbishop Thabo called on faith-based communities to work together to end sexual violence. After the launch, on the 26th November, 2013, thirty-three (33) religious leaders together with civil society organisations met at St George Hotel and Conference Centre in Pretoria to develop a concrete work plan on how the campaign will be localised and taken forward in South Africa based on the findings and recommendations mentioned in the ‘Breaking the silence’ research report. The plan will seek to galvanise broader action at a national level to end sexual violence.

At each of the days, the Archbishop called on the participants to sign the pledge to commit to ending sexual violence. The We Will Speak Out http://www.wewillspeakout.org/countries/south-africa/ launch and conversations were made possible through the collaboration and support of HOPE Africa; UNAIDS; Sonke Gender Justice; Tearfund; SAFFI; NRSAD; Archbishop Thabo’s office and other social partners.

 


Media Release : 22 November, 2013
 
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.
 
We Will Speak Out will be launching its campaign in South Africa after successful campaigns in other African countries such as Burundi, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Liberia, at the Anglican Cathedral Church of St Alban the Martyr, in Pretoria, on the 25th of November 2013 at 10h00. The launch has been endorsed and will be chaired by the Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba.
 
A report on research done with survivors of sexual violence and communities including church leaders, compiled by various local and national campaign partners will be launched with a panel of experts sharing their views on the problems as well. The report is called ‘Breaking the Silence’ and highlights 3 things, namely; (a) widespread sexual violence across South Africa, the deep traumatising and damaging effects on survivors; (b) Silence of the church that deepens the impact of sexual violence, stigma and discrimination and (c) the church’s untapped potential to prevent and respond to sexual violence as it can provide care and support, stand alongside the survivors seeking justice, identify and challenge harmful  attitudes and beliefs within the society that perpetuates sexual violence.
 
We would like members of the public to join us on the 25th November 2013 to bring their views and opinions on this problem within South Africa so that they can be heard and hear what is happening in their country and how sexual violence is being fought. We also hope that this launch event will mark the establishment of a joint multi sectoral national task force that will work together and be responsible to ending the prevalence and impact of sexual violence in South Africa.
 
We can no longer look the other way; sexual violence in the country is everybody’s business. We call on men, in particular, to join us in this campaign. Their voice is critical. Let all men say, “so far and no further.”
 
Religious leaders will meet on the 26th November do develop concrete plans on how this campaign will be localised and taken forward in South Africa. This will be done in partnership with women rights organisations already working in these areas.
 
Members of the media are welcome to attend. And a media briefing will be held with Archbishop Makgoba and leaders of the coalition after the launch.
 
For further information contact:
Mr Desmond Lesejane
 
We Will Speak Out Media Spokesperson
Contact: 011 339 3589
Mobile: 084 581 6306


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. The goal is R40 million and ACSA believes it it can reach this goal if each of the 4 million Anglicans contributes just R10. Of course, those who can give more are encouraged to do so to support our brothers and sisters who simply cannot afford to make the financial sacrifice. The money raised will be used to support the establishment of an endowment fund to provide for the continuing development of the College of the Transfiguration, its teaching staff, and abundant resources to give a quality education and training for the men and women who will propel our church forward as strong and well-trained leaders. The endowment fund will provide bursaries to ensure that those who offer themselves for ministry receive the necessary training to prepare them to respond to their vocations.

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba invites your participation in this exciting project, saying, “Good theological education and formation, for clergy and people, is the best possible foundation we can give our church for today and tomorrow. I ask your support, both financial, and through prayer and spiritual commitment.” The Archbishop has committed R1000 to the fund and is encouraging all bishops, clergy and those who can to match this amount. In the same spirit of commitment to this important endeavor, the Cathedral of St. George the Martyr has also donated R10 000, asking all cathedrals to match or better this amount.

A special collection and celebration ceremony will be held on Theological Education Sunday, 18 August-- which is quickly approaching! Please note that donations can be made by individuals and parishes alike (bank details below). Your prayerful contribution of funds is what the church depends on as it seeks to bring together a community of the faithful dedicated to fulfilling God’s mission for us and the world.

Bank: Standard Bank of S A Ltd
Branch: Thibault Square
Branch Code: 02 09 09
Account Number: 07 056 2423
Account Name: Provincial Trusts’ Board

Please mark any donations clearly as Theological Education Fund.

For more information please contact:

HOPE Africa
P.O. Box 830
Cape Town 8000
fundraising@hopeafrica.org.za
Phone:+27 0861 100 1171


HOPE Africa's Board of Directors welcomed a new face at last week's AGM: Congratulations to Craig Stewart, Director of The Warehouse! We are excited to see your years of experience and commitment to social development around our table!


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). The donations were funded by Santam’s Emthunzini BBBEE Community Trust for disaster relief work . The communities visited include: Riemvasmaak, Boegoeberg, Upington, Kimberly, and Kuruman.

There are just over 100 people working on IDT project sites in the Northern Cape. Most of the participants are volunteers working as home-based care givers and volunteers with feeding schemes in schools, community halls and churches. Each person or family will be receiving food parcels, blankets for vulnerable children, pots for feeding schemes and surgical gloves for home based carers.


 

HOPE Africa, under the guidance of consultant Rev. Chris Ahrends, recently visited St. James Mission Hospital in Mantsonyane in the Diocese of Lesotho to assist in creating a Strategic Plan for 2020. The hospital is preparing to celebrate its 50th anniversary in October and is looking ambitiously to the future, seeking to serve the people of its health district more holistically and efficiently. HOPE Africa has partnered with Us (the former USPG) to assist the hospital in its revitalization and expansion programme. The programme utilises a participatory community development approach involving the hospital, the church, and communities to help transform the health and lives of people living in the Diocese’s rural areas.

 


HOPE Africa and Archbishop Thabo joined the world in celebrating Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday today. Happy birthday Madiba!


Upon invitation by Anglican Youth Federation (AYF), HOPE Africa partnered with 3-P Enterprises to provide blankets and stationery to Bethesda Children’s Home during the AYF Inter-Diocesan Conference. Members from Cape Town, Saldanha Bay, False Bay, George, Mbhashe and Port Elizabeth Dioceses met for their first annual conference at the Pacaltsdorp Primary School in Pacaltsdorp in George. The activities of the conference included prayer sessions, diocesan activity presentations, sports, drama and games.

The day was indeed a success and HOPE Africa was pleased to be invited so to encourage youth to continue the good work of supporting their communities.


Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe visited Bishopscourt on Thursday, where he met with the Archbishop and esteemed guests, including HOPE Africa CEO Delene Mark, pictured here.


Bright smiles, full tummies and joyful sounds are what you’ll find at Dalukhanyo Crèche on the outskirts of Cape Town – and it’s all thanks to you!

It’s always wonderful to see first-hand the kind of difference loving friends like you are making in our community projects.

When you first heard about this playschool it was just an informal structure that battled the odds to give shelter to children in dire need.

There was a desperate need for funds to buy stationery; toys, desks and chairs – and even providing daily meals was a challenge. Each afternoon the youngsters would huddle together on the cold hard floor or if they were lucky – on stacks of material for their afternoon nap.

But today, thanks to the compassion of loyal supporters like you, we’ve helped this humble crèche build itself up.

So far, with your support, the school’s received mattresses for naptime, child sized tables and chairs, books and stationery (so five children are no longer forced to share one book) and a healthy meal every day!

No words could ever say how very grateful we are to have caring friends willing to go the extra mile for people they may never meet.

Thank you for your loving heart – and being a friend we can count on!

 


 

Carol Brigstocke and her family from the UK are dear friends of ours!

Masande and Masakoni Fox Education in Khayelitsha turned into a fun hub of activities as the Brigstockes entertained the young children with songs and dress-up games.

And they arrived armed with warm blankets, hats and scarves – all lovingly knitted by Lady Betty Pretty. They talked with the children and shared bags filled with sweet treats, fruit, stationery, books, and loads of love and laughter.

During this special visit, Emily Brigstocke celebrated her birthday with the boys and girls who all sang ‘happy bithday’ to her!

Much time was spent making clay models, drawing, singing and just having a good time! It was truly wonderful to see this family spend their holiday making a difference in so many young lives.

You too can visit us when you’re in Africa. We’d love to see some friendly faces – and so would the many people we work with.


For many informal communities in the Western Cape the start of 2013 was marred by raging fires that destroyed away their homes – and their lives.

As you can imagine losing everything you’ve ever owned with no hope of ever getting it back is a lot to accept.

Thankfully with the support of our cherished friends like you we could distribute clothing, blankets, food and emergency relief kits filled with the basics families need to start again when a disaster strikes.

Hardest hit were the young children who desperately needed school uniforms, books, stationery and shoes to start their new school year.

We bought 67 pairs of shoes and socks for each child. Special thanks to all our

supporters and staff at Pep Stores Claremont for selling us the shoes at a discounted price. May God bless you all!

Earlier this year, fifty-five people lost their lives and 170 000 were left homeless when flooding rivers overflowed and swept through parts of Mozambique.

And we were most grateful when we emailed our friends asking for help – and they responded as generously as always.

With the help of our kind supporters, Archbishop Dr Thabo made donations to the Diocese of Niassa and Lebombos, which were worst affected by the flooding.

We’ve been hard at work in this flood ravaged area to ensure that villagers and their families are safe.

Your gifts have helped us provide bedding, school uniforms, capulanas (traditional outfits), seeds and other essential items to help get them back on their feet.

While it may take a while before people’s lives return to normal, with all the gratitude we’ve received, we know that we’re a step closer to restoring their lives.

Thank you for giving – and making it possible for us to reach out to communities when disaster strikes.

 


As loyal supporters you’d be delighted to know that we recently entered into a partnership with The Independent Development Trust (IDT) that will provide 100 job opportunities for our volunteers working in community projects across the Western Cape.

Known as the Extended Public Works Programme, it will provide an income to unemployed people and supplement the income of people in low-income brackets.

Our volunteers and interns help provide valuable services to communities, ranging from early childhood development centres, food security programmes, vital healthcare treatment to outpatients and skills training.

And we’re so glad that they’ll now have the opportunity to put food on the table and care for their own families.

We trust that our application to continue with the IDT is successful and we can extend the programme to other parts of
South Africa.

 


Following the first self-assessment visit in Lesotho, which took place in January, Rev. Chris Ahrends who is assisting

with visioning and strategic planning for St James Mission Hospital in the mountain kingdom of Lesotho wrote the poem below.

We’re delighted to share it with you, our loyal friends.

High in the Malutis I see clinging crops on
craggy mountain contours surrounding thatched
huts, and wonder, whose homes they are?

I see the young boy not yet ten, plastic bottles and
gumboots singing, at dusk dispatched to fetch
well-water for the night and family, as have his
brothers fetched for years before.

I see a blanket-wrapped man his dark brow still
darkened at dawn, driving six oxen, already
carting rocks that will one day become his wall,
his home, his kraal his all.

I see the bustling women walking, bright
patterned dresses swinging, umbrellas holding
back the sun and later, the coming storm on their
way home and ask myself, where are they going
and will they get there in time and for what?

I see the distant shepherd herding scattered flocks on
well-worn paths, whip cracking, dust spraying, and
wonder how he keeps his eye on so many and against
what does he have to watch that they
may safely graze?

I see two shy toddlers teetering near their hut, naked
but for unbuttoned jerseys holed and old and as
dusty as the gnarled tree under which their wire carts
lie waiting for them to ride away one day.
I see the tough teenage boys, sticks in hand
drifting to the village, keen dark eyes watching
through grey balaclavas pulled down as hard
as they believe they are when prowling shabby
shabeens (village pubs) where one night
they’ll fight to show they’re becoming men.

I see the weary grandmother sitting outside her
door, her thread-bare blanket, a garment of service
of years of toil etched in each clear line of her
face, the story of how, with her own hands, her
husband gone she raised each child and brick to
build their lives and house all three rooms proud,
and I’m overwhelmed by her power.

I see an elder approaching, white-bearded and
bent, the retired catechist, I’m told, his wide rimmed
hat pulled low, his well-trod gate now
slow after years of blessings and walking and
talking and teaching a faith he still holds dear,
and, as we pass, the palms of his hands held
upwards, reverent and open, he says warmly
“Dumela N’tate”, and I too, am blessed.

This, and so much more, everyone everything so
real in the Malutis I feel it all; And wonder as I
see another life another deal, who would I be?

The Reverend Chris Ahrends is an Anglican Priest and independent consultant, former Chaplain to Archbishop Desmond Tutu.


It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of one of our committed board members, Rev. Juliao Mutemba. Rev. Juliao was a beloved priest at St. Barnabas parish in the Diocese of Lebombo in Mozambique. He will certainly be missed here at HOPE Africa. We ask that you please keep his family in your prayers during this difficult time.


"Words fail to express how I feel at this moment. I'm deeply saddened that a young and dedicated priest in a form of Juliao is no more, I will sorely miss his presence, voice and sense of humor. He did his outmost to make us not forget the people of Mozambique and I hope in his honor we will keep them in our radar."
-Dr. Vicentia R. Kgabe, Board member

"May his soul rest in peace."
-Kokela Siqendu, Board member

"We will surely miss him in our meetings & of course in his memory we will always remember Mozambique."
-Pumla Titus, Chairperson of the Board

"This is a great loss indeed, not only to Mozambique's people but Hope Africa as well. May His Soul rest in peace and Rise again in eternal Glory. Very sad indeed."
-Thapelo Mabule, Board member

"I am deeply shocked at the passing of this gentle and engaging priest who spoke with such deep sincerity and honesty. He was the epitome of priesthood – humble, dedicated, sacrificial."  
-Fr. Courtney Sampson, Board member

"He shall be dearly missed and always remembered with a smile."
-Jenny Dick, staff

"Rev Juliao was indeed a dedicated Christian who practiced what he preached. He had huge interest in development work. We will treasure his contribution and support to Hope Africa!"
Mpho Mashengete, staff


We at Ibhungezi are delighted to report back to yourself and the Archbishop.

That award  proved to be an absolute Godsend.

The month after we received the R10 000  our workshop was broken into and our rollerdoor was prised up from the base and was totally destroyed. Of course we carry no insurance and we were able to replace the door with a heavy- duty industrial door  and we were able to totally refurbish an  old flatbed sewing machine and service our existing machines which had been donated. We also took advantage of the gift to order 2,000  iBhungezi labels which we sew into all our articles and to buy in a stock of closures and d rings for our handbags and even had enough money to replenish our stock of beads.

The Lord surely blessed us through the Archbishop's vision.

I would love to tell you of another blessing which happened last year. Izemvelo Wildlife Trust awarded iBhungezi  R70,000  as an investment into the community and as a reward for the work we are trying to do in bringing tourism into our operations. They bought 4 new flatbed industrial sewing machines, one industrial overlocker and fabric stocks that tracksuits for the three valley schools could be sewn and sold in our own community.

We all know our favour comes from the Lord and this year we have had a donation which allowed an extension of the workshop to lock away all the new and valuable sewing machines. Each month there is just enough money coming to pay our sewers and our beaders and it has to be His provision.

In His name
Regards

Linda Norton for the Ibhungezi team.


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HOPE Africa visited St. James mission hospital in the Diocese of Lesotho on 11 – 13 April to continue working on vision 2020 for St James. This is the third time that HOPE Africa has visited Lesotho to work on the vision with the hospital staff.

The HOPE Africa team met with a team of the hospital’s administration staff as well as a group from the Mantsonyane community. The hospital’s vision sees a vibrant relationship with the community, so it was essential that community members were brought in to discuss the future of St. James.

The hospital’s new vision comes at a perfect time, since St. James will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary in October. With creating the new vision, the church, though HOPE Africa and the hospital, is trying to recognize all the achievements of the last 50 years in the Mantsonyane community and to build on those achievements to better St. James and better the community.

While the full vision statement has not yet been released, parts of it include: excellent health care services, improved facilities for both patients and staff, a school of nursing, a vibrant relationship with the community, a strong church presence, and visionary leadership and management.

The St James mission hospital is the last surviving Anglican mission hospital in the Province of Southern Africa.


Statement from the Anglican Communion Delegation at the 57th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, March 2013

A Call to Raise our Voices: Faith in Action

Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed.

Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.

Isaiah 1.17

We, the Anglican Communion delegation of women from 14 Churches and 17 countries, gathered in New York, 4 to 15 March 2013, to participate in the 57th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UN CSW57). The priority theme for UN CSW57 was ‘The Elimination and Prevention of All Forms of Violence against Women and Girls’. 

As women of faith and representing the diversity of the Anglican family of Churches, we observed the proceedings of UN CSW57 and listened to a wide range of speakers. Where possible we met face to face with our country missions to the UN in order to advocate directly with them on behalf of women and girls in our different regions. We also participated in a full programme of UN and non-governmental side events dedicated to the priority theme. These meetings and side events gave us an opportunity to learn, and to share insights and concerns from our home contexts with government representatives, members of other church and faith traditions and non-governmental organisations, We were also able to share with others the progress we have made in many of our Churches, where leaders have spoken out and championed the work needed to end violence against women and girls and care for survivors, and where resources have been developed to assist our moving forward.

We thank God for the progress we have made. However, violence against women and girls continues as a global and often hidden pandemic.

Women and girls make up more than half the world’s population but many of them live in the shadow of violence and abuse with up to seven in ten women having undergone physical and/or sexual violence. Violence against women and girls takes on multiple forms - physical, sexual, psychological, social and economic, and includes interpersonal/domestic violence, rape, human trafficking, female genital mutilation and forced prostitution. It is a proven fact that violence against women and girls adversely impacts all of society. Violence against women and girls is a cause and consequence of gender inequality and gender injustice, compounded by numerous forms of discrimination.

The Church worldwide must be part of the solution.  We therefore urge all the Churches of the Anglican Communion:

  1. to continue and build on the positive work already being undertaken towards the eradication of violence against women and girls
  2. where silence and inaction persist, to end it. Speak out and begin the work.
  3. to include men and boys as an integral part of seeking solutions to, and eradicating violence against women and girls
  4. to implement Anglican Consultative Council Resolutions 15.07 on gender-based and domestic violence and 15.10 on the trafficking of persons
  5. to encourage churches at parish level to become places of refuge and safety and participate actively in addressing violence against women and girls
  6. to create awareness and provide training for clergy and the laity to recognise violence and to address it effectively.

We draw attention to existing resources around the Anglican Communion to facilitate and empower churches in their work towards eradicating violence against women and girls. 

We affirm that all people are made in the image of God and that violence against women and girls mars God’s creation. We also affirm that Scripture brings the message of freedom, justice and love.

We call the Churches to recover their prophetic voice in speaking out against the gross injustice of violence against women and girls.

We challenge our Churches to become agents of justice, peace and reconciliation. Reconciliation must be preceded by transformation and accountability. As the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, recently reflected: ‘There is a challenge to active cooperation with the life of God in our lives now. We live and we serve. The recognition by the Samaritan of the other as his neighbour leads to action, not mere existence. He becomes a herald of reconciliation.’

We are deeply grateful to the Anglican Communion Office at the UN for facilitating and supporting the Anglican presence at UN CSW57, and to The Episcopal Church for offering us space and a warm welcome within the Episcopal Church Center. We also extend heartfelt thanks to the many volunteers who so generously gave of their time to extend to us hospitality and care. We enjoyed and benefitted considerably from the fellowship of other Anglican and Episcopal women and men present in New York for events surrounding UN CSW57, and sincerely appreciated our interaction with Ecumenical Women, an international coalition of churches and ecumenical organisations which have status with the Economic & Social Council (ECOSOC) at the United Nations.

We commit ourselves to promoting the Five Marks of Mission, and in particular to seeking to transform unjust structures of society, challenging violence of every kind and pursuing peace and reconciliation. We pray for God’s grace and guidance as we strive to participate in God’s transforming mission in the world.

www.anglicancommunion.org/communion/acc/meetings/acc15/resolutions.cfm#s7

www.anglicancommunion.org/communion/acc/meetings/acc15/resolutions.cfm#s10


Unity and Development was the theme set by Bishop Adam Taaso at the Diocesan synod, held in Maseru, from the 12-14 March 2013. Bishop Adam stressed the importance of unity as the diocese continues on the path of growth and development in all its areas of ministry.

In his charge Bishop Taaso urged all Anglicans in the diocese to celebrate the rich heritage we have in our liturgy and worship and to continue using these set forms of service in the life of the church.

While recognising the many church schools being run by the diocese, it was acknowledged that the efficient and effective running of these schools needs to be prioritised to ensure excellence in primary and secondary education.  Priests need to become more actively involved in the management of the schools as well as to be a pastoral presence for both learners and teachers.

The role of the church in public witness needs to be encouraged and the words of the Bishops charge, led to the passing of several resolutions that relate to the role of the church in public platforms. Critical issues for the church were to address issues of corruption and violence in society, while at the same time partnering with the Lesotho government on the achievement of its “vision 2020”. The church should be a moral voice within this democratic society, where the government had the responsibility for service delivery. The church should ensure that quality services were being delivered by the government, especially so that the lives of the poor and marginalised can be improved.

The diocese recognises that many of the churches efforts in mission are done in partnership. The diocese welcomes and cherishes these and all new partnerships with local and international Anglicans that seek to further the churches contribution to God’s mission in the world. The work of Health care, HIV and AIDS and social development were all important ministries within the diocese. Bishop Adam reported that after an invigorating visit to Tanzania, he observed how churches were helping local communities take hold of their own development using local resources. He commended this approach to the diocese with the view to implementing such a community mobilisation process very soon in the diocese.

To end the address to the synod, Bishop Adam emphasised the importance of ministry to youth as an essential part of the life of the church.


Following our appeal late last year, when we told our supporters about St James Mission Hospital in Mantsonyane and the dire need for funds to buy another incubator and refurbish the hospital for the almost 70 000 people it services, we received delightful news.

We were so glad when we heard that we had to share the news with all our friends!

St. Mary the Virgin in Shincliffe Village just outside Durham in the north of England has decided to make St James Mission Hospital the recipient of all their fundraising for 2013.

St Mary’s launched their ‘charity of the year’ in January with a talk by Paul Jefferson on the Kingdom of Lesotho, where the St James Mission Hospital is located.

The Diocese of Durham and the Diocese of Lesotho (where St. James is located) are link Dioceses. And we’re very grateful to Reverend Peter Kashouris and the generous congregation at St Mary’s.

It’s always wonderful when friends lend a hand to make a difference in the work we do. Thank you once again St. Mary’s!

HOPE Africa arranged a visit for Bishop Adam Taaso of the Diocese of Lesotho and Bishop Dino Gabriel of the Diocese of Zululand to Tanzania in November 2012. The bishops were accompanied by John Mahooana of St James Mission Hospital – Mantsonyane in Lesotho and Sabelo Mashwama of HOPE Africa. The purpose of the visit was for them to see at first-hand how Umoja, the Church and Community Mobilisation Process, is implemented in the Anglican Diocese of Kagera (north-west Tanzania, bordering Rwanda and Burundi to the west and Uganda to the north) and Diocese of Geita (African Coastal Church).

The organisation is currently piloting Umoja in the Diocese of Zululand; and the Diocese of Lesotho will be the next diocese to implement Umoja. Their experiences from the Tanzania visit will help HOPE Africa in rolling out Umoja in their diocese.

HOPE Africa is truly grateful to the Dioceses of Kagera and Geita for sharing their lives and ministry with our bishops. “It is simply amazing to see how people's lives have been transformed in a sustainable way, without for ever depending on resources from outside”, said Bishop Dino. He further said “men, women and young people were proud to share with us their success in developing themselves and their communities”. They also visited a project in the Diocese of Geita (African Coastal Church). There again they saw how well Umoja is working in the community.

Upon his return from the visit, Bishop Adam said Umoja helps people realise their own potential and use it. He further noted that people who were considered very vulnerable raised themselves from the ashes and made life worth living by building their own houses and joining others in community projects. “This showed me that nothing is impossible if people are encouraged to do things for themselves and not bank on handouts”, Bishop Adam said.

Both bishops are convinced that Umoja should be implemented in the dioceses of Lesotho and Zululand as well as other rural dioceses within the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, taking into consideration different context in which each diocese operate. “I, as the Bishop of Zululand, with the blessing of Synod 2012, am determined to invest the necessary resources in our under privileged communities for the integral mission and ministry our Lord has entrusted to us as the church”, Bishop Dino said.

This visit was made possible by United Society (Us) and Tearfund. HOPE Africa is grateful to the two organisations for their support.


HOPE Africa facilitated two phases of the visioning workshop for St James Mission hospital in the Diocese of Lesotho in October and November 2012. The first workshop, which attracted a handful of key people, was held at the Anglican Training Centre in Maseru, while the second one took place at St James Mission hospital in Matsonyane and was attended by 32 participants. An encouraging factor throughout the two workshops was the presence and full participation by Bishop Adam Taaso, The Very Revd E Baatjies and the hospital management team.

The visioning workshop produced the following draft of vision 2020 for the hospital:

The DRAFT 2020 Vision (picture of the preferred future) for St James

  • We seethe Mantsonyane District transformed by the community of which St James Hospital is an integral part
  • We see services especially preventative, primary health care and social development services, but also a range of world-class tertiary care services, emanating from the Hospital, embracing and embraced by the local community, changing lives
  • We see people, including staff, local community members, international stakeholders, volunteers, tourists, responding to the Christian call to service, working alongside the Hospital and wider community
  • We see staff who are cared for and well catered for and who are more settled, trained and equipped to serve
  • We see the patients receiving excellent and competitive health care services – ranging from primary health care to tertiary health care but also receiving a range of other services as the community requires
  • We see spiritual and community outreach – emanating from the permanent Chaplaincy service attached to the hospital and by the local church community
  • We see a green / ecologically friendly precinct that is an oasis and a place of welcome for all who visit and work at the Hospital
  • We see a well-developed Hospital precinct / compound providing extensive services to the community. This precinct houses a number of well-developed facilities, including:
  • New health care facilities (wards that the hospital doesn’t yet have)
  • A unique and specialised School of Nursing
  • A crèche and pre-school
  • New and multi-purpose staff facilities – including health and recreation facilities (for staff retention too)  
  • Several new community facilities – such as an old-age home, a library, a new church and a conference  hall or facilities and Retreat Centre
  • New administration facilities
  • Facilities for self-sustaining enterprises – skilling the community – e.g. shops, B&B, etc.
  • District Health Centres (the current 7 plus possibly more)
  • Infrastructure development – e.g. ITC (communications), power, water and sewerage facilities
  • We see strong, committed, united and visionary leadership from the board and management, working together to make this vision a reality over the next 7 years

Participants at the November workshop spent most of the times working on the strategic plan guided by the following strategic areas:

  • Managing the Project, Governance, funding and F/R Administration
  • Facilities and Precinct development  
  • Service: Nursing services, Community services (Youth)
  • Staff development, retention and  training

This vision could be launched in 2013 at the 50th celebration of St James Mission of hospital.   


As a loyal friend of ours, you may remember reading about St James Mission Hospital in Matsonyane in one of our recent appeals.

This humble hospital serves 70 000 people in this remote rural community. With only three doctors and a handful of nurses, the hospital also manages to support six health clinics in the neighbouring townships. And that’s why we’re so thankful for the support we’ve received from friends and donors who’ve helped make it possible for us to put a plan in motion to not only refurbish – but improve – the quality of healthcare at the hospital.

Our programme in conjunction with The United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (Us) will assist the Church and community to join together and strengthen the hospital’s role within the community. And what’s more, people will have a chance to address any concerns they may have, giving them complete peace of mind.

We hope to improve the quality of service the hospital provides, enhance its impact on the community and address the challenges it’s facing.

One of our major challenges so far has been finding a sponsor who is willing to support the hospital financially. Relying solely on external funding, the hospital battles to retain existing staff, who are opting to work elsewhere.

Our programme deliberately seeks to nurture learning and understanding of good Anglican healthcare in the early 21st century while deepening community involvement.

We’ll keep you updated on the progress at St James, and once again, thank you to all our friends who responded to our appeal to improve conditions at the hospital.


We recently hosted our 12th Annual General Meeting at St Saviour’s Parish in Claremont, Cape Town. And we’re delighted to share news of our new Board of Directors.

We were sad to accept three resignations from The Very Rev. Advent Dlamini (Diocese of Swaziland), Dr Sindiwe Magona (Diocese of Cape Town) and Mr Odwa Gonya (Diocese of Saldanha Bay/ASF), Rev. Margaret Vertue remains a member but resigned from her role as Chairperson. Rev. Juliao Mutembo (Diocese of Niassa), Mrs Kokela Siqendu (Diocese of Grahamstown), Mr Thapelo Mabule (Diocese of Free State) and Ven. Dr Vicentia Kgabe (Diocese of Johannesburg) were elected as new members.

We’re sure you’ll join us in welcoming them and wishing them well during their time serving on the Board.


We knew we had to help when approached by the parish of St Oswald’s in Milnerton to assist with the graduation ceremony of Marconi Beam Primary School, situated in Joe Slovo Township, just outside Cape Town.

Thanks to the support of people like you we could give children a fitting celebration for their hard work on the day! This community is very impoverished with few resources to stimulate young, growing minds.

Some of the children live and study in appalling conditions but achieved excellent results in one or more subjects in their final exams. So the school celebrated and honoured them for their academic achievements.

The graduation ceremony they held for the children was really a proud moment for this community and especially the school. We’re so inspired by the Parish and members of St Oswald’s for spreading hope and joy to young learners.

 

 

 


What fun was had on the lawns of Archbishop Dr Thabo’s garden at the annual children’s party! Not even the Cape’s cloudy and windy weather could dampen the spirit and enthusiasm of the children!

Archbishop Dr Thabo and Mrs Lungile Makgoba played host to orphans from the various Anglican children’s homes and foster homes around the Western Cape. No words can adequately describe how thoroughly excited the children were when they saw what awaited them.

They were treated to loads of entertainment, games, food, cool drinks, and a gift of their very own to take home. It was an extra special day for them all!

Even the childcare workers had a relaxing time and were spoilt by enthusiastic teams of volunteers who excelled at keeping them pampered all day long.

We’re so very thankful to all our loving donors and corporate sponsors who give so generously to make sure that the children could have a day of fun over the Christmas holidays.

 

 

 

 

 

 


It was indeed a milestone for The Anglican Church in Southern Africa (ACSA) when we consecrated ACSA’s first female Bishop in Swaziland last year – and then the second, Canon Margaret Vertue, last month in Khayelitsha.

At the consecration ceremony of Bishop Ellinah, Rev. David Dinkebogile reminded everyone that although Ellinah is a woman, she is consecrated and ordained a Bishop in the Church of God: a Priest of the Church.

All of us at HOPE Africa wish these two faithful servants the very best as they prepare to take up this special Ministry.


We were shocked to hear about the tragic passing of Vicky Ntozini, whose Bed and Breakfast in Khayelitsha is known all over the world for sharing true township culture with visitors from across the globe.

Vicky was instrumental in arranging short-term volunteer programs for foreign guests too. Her enthusiasm and willingness to assist the less fortunate will be sorely missed by all of us here at HOPE Africa.

We’re especially sad because Vicky played a significant role in securing sewing machine donations from tourists for Beauty’s sewing centre, located across the street from her B&B.

Vicky also partnered with Beauty and helped promote her business and skills to visitors from other parts of the world.

Beauty says: “I am very sad today that this wonderful mother is no more. She taught the women in the community to work hard for what we want in life. She was the life and soul of Site C, Khayelitsha. She did so much for our community’s young people and the elders – always providing food, and an encouraging word.”


In commemoration of the start of the 16 Days of Activism Against Violence and Abuse Against Women and Children, Archbishop Dr Thabo led a 1 000 men through the streets of Cape Town.

The purpose of the march, hosted by the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, was to highlight the plight of women and children who are being abused in our communities. Hundreds of people joined Archbishop Dr Thabo in an act of solidarity, including the
Dean of the Province – Bishop Rubin Phillip, Bishop Elect Margaret Vertue and other members of the clergy.

Archbishop Dr Thabo encouraged all congregations and community representatives to stand up and be counted in saying no to abuse.

 


We’re delighted to introduce two new interns who joined our team late last year from America. Jared Grant and Holly Milburn will spend the rest of this year working at our different projects, learning about the work we do and the people we serve.

Jared will be based at the Anglican Diocese of Lesotho. He says that he could not be happier to have been placed in such a beautiful country. He aims to develop a new website and communication strategy for the Diocese and St James Mission Hospital in Mantsonyane.

Holly was sent from the Episcopal Church in New York City and will be based in Cape Town for the year. “I couldn’t be more excited to serve God and the people of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa!” says Holly.


We’re so grateful to Lady Betty Pretty (who is 95 years old), who knits 20 blankets and 20 hats and scarves, which she sends to us when her daughter,  Carol Brigstocke, brings to our office when she visits Cape Town every year. Thank you Lady Pretty, your hard work and thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated!!

he knits the colourful blankets that Carol brings to SA every year.  Carol will be coming to Cape Town at the end of January with the blankets, hats and scarves.

Christmas may still be a few weeks away, but the season of giving has already begun at Bishopscourt. On Thursday, 29 November, Archbishop Dr. Thabo and Mrs. Lungi Makgoba hosted over 200 children at their home for the Annual Children’s Day Christmas party.

This annual event is held on or around 1 December, to mark World AIDS Day with the children, because it is the AIDS pandemic that has led to some of these children being orphans and vulnerable. Others come from troubled families. Excited for a day of fun, friends, and food, the children and their carers arrived at Bishopscourt from various Anglican children’s homes around Cape Town. The care workers had a very good opportunity to just relax for one day and be spoiled by our very enthusiastic teams of volunteers

HOPE Africa, with the help of countless sponsors and volunteers, organised the event which included a water slide, face painting, a clown performance, organised games, and the ever-popular jumping castle. The children also received a full lunch and goodies to take back with them at the end of the long and exciting day.

A big “thank you” goes out to various sponsors and volunteers who helped bring Christmas cheer into the lives of our children who- through circumstances beyond their control- find themselves living in these Anglican homes around the city.


HOPE Africa is very saddened to learn of the tragic death of Vicky Ntozini, owner of the world famous Vicky’s Bed and Breakfast in Khayelitsha.  

Since she began in June of 1998, Vicky's Bed & Breakfast has been a way to share the true township culture and way of life with visitors -- and not only to foreign travellers, but also to her fellow South Africans. Vicky receives visitors from a number of non-profit organizations (schools, NGOs, and the like), and also commonly helps arrange short-term volunteer programs for interested guests.

Her bed and breakfast is a typical corrugated iron and wood structure, that was beautifully decorated with special woods and tiles and extra space was added upstairs.  Visitors the world over found the facility quite comfortable and warm.  The real warmth stems from the neighbourhood children that would pop in teach visitors a few basic Isixhoso words.  

Over the years, her on-the-ground "diplomacy" efforts have brought in very tangible benefits such as donations of food, clothing, equipment and money for her entire neighbourhood. She has put her area firmly on the tourism map.  As a matter of fact, Beauty’s sewing centre across the street started with sewing machine donations from tourists - a testament to how sustainable tourism can really benefit local communities.  

Beauty has gone into partnership with Vicky, letting out one of her rooms whenever the Bed and Breakfast opposite has an overflow.  The local shebeen across the road also made a brisk trade whenever kombi loads of visitors descended upon this peaceful township.  

Says Beauty of her late friend, confidante, business partner:  “I am very sad today that this wonderful mother of her own children as well as ours are no more.  She taught the females in the area that we have to work hard for what we want in life.  She was the life and soul of this little community of Site C, Khayelitsha.  What are we going to do without her?  She did so much for our community’s young people and the elders – always providing food, a kind and encouraging word.  She is sorely missed.  My heart goes out to her children and family.”


At the start of the 16 days of activism against the abuse of violence against women and children, Archbishop Thabo led a 1000 Men March through the streets of Cape Town.

The Anglican Church of Southern Africa hosted a march through the streets of Cape Town to highlight the plight of women and children being abused in our societies.  The 16 days are from 25 November to 10 December.  Hundreds of people joined Archbishop Thabo, the Dean of the Province – Bp. Rubin Phillip, Bp. Elect Margaret Vertue and clergy as the brigade led us through the streets of Cape Town.  Archbishop Thabo requested that all congregations and communities need to stand up and be counted and say 'Not in my name' will abuse continue!  Various awareness raising workshops are planned for this period.


HOPE Africa is delighted to announce the election of our previous Chairperson - Canon Margaret Vertue as the next Bishop of the Diocese of False Bay. Bishop-elect Margaret will be consecrated on Saturday 19 January 2013 in Khayelitsha.  HOPE Africa staff and Board members wish her well as she prepares to take up this special Ministry.  Canon Margaret continues to serve as a Board member for HOPE Africa.

And now our task has been completed! It is done! Welcome to Bishop Ellinah!

We formed into three processions, and, like good Anglicans, we sung our beautiful hymns to a beautifully and prayerfully crafted liturgy. From the back of the procession, I could see nine mitres ahead of me, piercing the sky, as each procession went into the Mavuso Trade Centre, where between three and four thousand faithful gathered to witness Ellinah being 'done'.

The Dean of the Diocese of Christ the King, the Very Revd David Dinkebogile, received applause for his sermon, and so too did his interpreter. He stressed the fact though Ellinah is a woman, we were gathered to consecrate and ordain a Bishop in the Church of God: not a black woman, not an African, not a Swazi woman, but a Priest of the Church. She was to be pastor to all, to men and women, to black and white, to Swazis and all others in her Diocese.

It felt like a bit of a scrum as the ten bishops surrounded Ellinah (with the Bishop-elect of the Diocese of the Free State also in attendance), and prayed together and laid their hands on her. She emerged from this tight circle wearing her episcopal insignia to applause and excitement. Among our guests we had representatives of the Africa desk of The Episcopal Church and of the USPG – now US – from the UK and Ireland; we had the Ugandan consul, and groups from Kenya, Mozambique, and Nigeria, as well as South Africa, Lesotho and Mozambique. It was a colourful display of beauty, smiles, laughter and tears.

‘Mr Bishop’ shed tears for his wife as she lay prostrated. Bishop Mabuza handed over his pastoral staff to the Dean of the Province, he handed it on to me, and I presented it to Ellinah. It was a symbolic display of both continuity and change, newness, within our ecclesial environment.

Then in a confident, well projected voice, Bishop Ellinah said, ‘I, your Bishop, thank you for your welcome and prayers, and I assure you that I will lead my diocese in a godly manner.’

Yes, it has happened! The thunder is rumbling as I write: we have witnessed a great occasion, and now it does indeed seem that the heavens are about to fall upon us – the falling of rain, which this country and its people so desperately need. The ‘cosmic powers’ are not upset, but rather, as we say in Sepedi, ‘pula, nala’ – ‘peace, rain, prosperity’. It is the thunderstorm and rain of blessing and the promise of good health that follows good crops.

We feel all the more enriched by today, because by virtue of our baptism we are called to join in anything and everything that God is doing in his world – and we have felt his leading and responded to his call. So I end by repeating my congratulations to the Anglican Church of Southern Africa for taking this step, and to Bishop Ellinah herself. May we all continue to follow Christ in calling all those who are at the margins of our church and society so they may find themselves at the centre of God’s love and his welcoming embrace.

The fourth Community of the Cross of Nails (CCN) International Youth Gathering (IYG) under theme Generation of Hope took place on the 05 – 10 July 2012 and was hosted by the Coventry Cathedral in the United Kingdom. The IYG was attended by 20 young people from Germany, Israel/ Palestine, Belarus, Poland, Cuba, United Kingdom, Georgia, USA, Ukraine and South Africa. Maropeng Moholoa of HOPE Africa represented South Africa and Africa at the IYG.

The IYG was characterised by daily bible studies, Morning Prayers or Eucharist service, evening devotions, as well as daily keynote addresses delivered by Canon David Porter. The daily keynote addresses were on the following:

  • Learning to Live with Difference & Celebrate Diversity
  • Building a Culture of Peace
  • Healing the Wounds of History

These keynote addresses set the tone and subject for the day. They also laid foundation for the workshops and seminars scheduled for each day. The IYG is grateful to have had skilled and experienced guest speakers for the workshops and seminars. The seminars focused on the following subjects: peace and environment, peace and gender, peace and poverty.

The most exciting activities on the IYG programme were visits to various places of worship almost on a daily basis. The IYG facilitators arranged visits to the following places of worship: Coventry Hindu Temple, Leamington Gurdwara and Stoney Stanton Road Mosque. For most IYG delegates, it was their first time visiting other religions’ places of worship. During these visits, IYG delegates we given a tour of the above places of worship and were given a brief lecture about the religions with a slot for questions of clarity and general questions.

The IYG programme was packed and intense, however, very educational and inspiring. The highlights for me include the following:

  • Visits to various places of worship
  • Coventry Cathedral Memorial Ruins Pilgrimage
  • Visit to National Memorial Arboretum
  • Rwandan genocide workshop

The nine (9) Anglican Alliance peace builders from various countries within the Anglican Communion joined us after the Eucharist service on Sunday. The peace builders were from the following countries: Brazil, Pakistan, DRC, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and the Phillippines. They took part in some of the IYG sessions of the programme and were able to share their experiences of peace and reconciliation work from their countries.

The IYG provides HOPE Africa with an opportunity to put together a CCN programme for young people and share with dioceses and Provincial youth structures such as the Anglican Students’ Federation and the Provincial Youth Council. The proposed programme could be implemented in 2013.

NB: The following poem was written by Maropeng Moholoa after Lesley Bilinda shared her personal experience and survival of the Rwandan genocide:
Africa I weep for you

Africa, I weep for you
I weep for you, the land of my ancestors
I weep for you in a foreign land – unable to defend some of your actions
My heart bleeds for your heart-breaking stories torment me

Africa, I cannot hold back but shed these tears
The tears that overpowers me with all the deplorable memories
The memories of Rwandan genocide
The memories of civil wars that spilled blood across our continent
The memories of apartheid South Africa and its atrocities
The wounds of the violent xenophobic attacks continue to haunt us
And the thought of these events repeating themselves is petrifying

Africa, I weep for you
I weep for you with a spark of hope
For I choose to be part of a generation of hope
A generation that wants to change broken trust, distorted truth, inequalities and fears
So that peace, justice and reconciliation may reign in our beautiful continent
Africa, I weep for you


Diocese of Lesotho

In 1963 the Anglican Diocese of Lesotho established the St James Mission Hospital in Mats’onyane through the help of USPG (United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel). In its 49 years of existence, the hospital has played a significant role in the community of Mats’onyane and sounding villages through the six health facilities administered by the hospital.

The St James hospital currently serves 70 000 people from some of the poorest communities with only three doctors and a handful of nurses. USPG has always supported the hospital’s operations and programmes in a meaningful way throughout the years.

HOPE Africa, a social development programme of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, and USPG held several meetings with Bishop Adam Taaso and the hospital management around efforts of revitalising the St James Mission Hospital to its former glory. These meetings culminated in ways that both HOPE Africa and USPG could partner with the Diocese of

Lesotho in relation to the hospital as well as a revitalisation plan of the hospital back to the community. USPG’s long history of working with the diocese around the hospital is the base of the revitalisation plan and its implementation. The key focus areas will be on leadership development and community health care development and wellness.
USPG, like many other organisations, changed its approach to support and fund the work of its partners through focused programmes. The emphasis of USPG’s health programmes is health facility adaptation which is supported by greater community engagement measured by health facility sustainability and improvements in health outcomes linked to the Millennium Development Goals.

The programme, in its current form, will integrate the processes of the Church and Community Mobilisation and Hands on Health. The programme seeks to respond to the Diocese and Hospital priorities, challenges and vision for the future based on strengthened connections with the communities they serve through processes of:

  • Stimulating community responses to shared health concerns which builds on the strengths and attributes already present within the communities themselves (SALT)
  • Community-based, participatory self-assessment of health competence
  • Strengthening local church response and mobilise the wider community to respond to health concerns such as HIV and maternal health

These processes collectively revitalise preventative, primary health care and aid the health facilities in enabling them to recast an effective and appropriate balance between curative and preventative services which effectively support the overall health of the catchment populations the hospital serves. Community responses that will emerge through these processes are rooted in local realities; they are sustainable because local resources are mobilised and are capable of self-assessment by the communities themselves.

The success of these processes relies on the ownership and good leadership by various stakeholders within the community of Mats’onyane and the hospital. HOPE Africa and USPG’s supportive roles will enhance the skills required by walking alongside the hospital in these processes. The support will include facilitation and to stimulate ownership of both processes by relevant stakeholders. Both the Church and Community Mobilisation and Hand on Health processes will help improve the impact that the hospital has in the community.

They will also help address the following challenges that confront the hospital:

  • Long term sustainability of the hospital – the hospital depends on external support  (USPG remains the major donor of the hospital; other donors such as Anglicord only fund a specific area i.e. HIV and AIDS)
  • Retaining of professional staff – exodus of staff fuelled by the opening of the new government hospital
  • Inability of community members to pay for hospital services – the government of Lesotho introduced free services provisions at clinics

The programme deliberately seeks to work with the hospital and related health facilities in order to foster closer relations between health workers in the different institutions and to nurture learning and a deeper shared understanding of the shape of good Anglican health care in the early 21st century. Some of the objectives of the overall programme include but not limited to the following:

  • Deeping community engagement so that people out there feel that health is their responsibility
  • To support the hospital in adapting its ways of working as a result of what it’s hearing from the community engagement

The following are some of the urgent needs of St James Mission Hospital:

  • Air-conditioning for Operation theatre and Labour Ward 2 units
  • Autoclave (steriliser) 
  • BP Machines - wall mounted and mobiles preferably digital
  • Sanitisers
  • Glucometers
  • Laparotomy sets
  • Caesarean section (C/S) sets
  • Laryngoscope
  • Endotracheal tubes for adults and paeds
  • Infant incubators
  • Operation Theatre table
  • Laminator
  • Electric Polisher

NB: In November 2012, USPG will change its name to United Society, to be known as Us.


Greetings! My name is Jared Grant and I will be an intern with HOPE Africa for the next year!

My placement will be in the Anglican Diocese of Lesotho. I have been sent here by the Young Adult Service Corps programme from the Episcopal Church in the United States. The YASC programme sends young adults aged 21-30 out as missionaries of the Episcopal Church. I come from the Diocese of Western North Carolina. My internship in Lesotho will be from August 2012 to August 2013. 

My work with HOPE Africa and the Diocese of Lesotho will largely be developing a new website and communication strategy for the Diocese and St. James Mission Hospital in Mantsonyane, Lesotho. I could not be happier than to be placed in such a beautiful country as Lesotho! If you would like to keep up with my year, please follow my blog at: www.jaredgrantyasc.blogspot.com. I look forward to my year of service to the church and to God. Blessings be with you!
-Jared Grant

 


Hello!
My name is Holly Milburn and I’ll be serving as an intern at HOPE Africa’s office in Cape Town from September 2012 to September 2013.

I was sent from the United States to South Africa by the Episcopal Church’s Young Adult Service Corps, an organization that sends young adults to serve as missionaries in the worldwide Anglican communion. Originally from Kentucky, I’ve been living and working most recently for the Episcopal Church in New York City.

I’m so grateful to have been placed here in Cape Town, one of the most beautiful places in the world. And I couldn’t be more excited to serve God and the people of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa for the next year!


HOPE Africa, a social development programme of the Anglican Church in Southern Africa, put together an Umoja envisioning workshop for the Diocese of Zululand. The workshop was held at KwaNzimela conference centre on 24 – 26 July. Other organisations that attended the workshop include the Warehouse, Seeds of Hope, Oasis SA, Children of Destiny at Home, Hearts of Compassion, Crossroads and Smvrna Global Outreach.   The total number of people that were at the workshop is 37. 
Umoja, a Swahili word meaning togetherness, is a Church and Community Mobilisation Process. It is a development approach that is centred around the transformation of people in communities. It is facilitative and participatory in nature and address mental, spiritual, social and physical poverty. Umoja approach cannot succeed without people. 
The objectives of the Umoja envisioning workshop were:

  1. To make the leadership of the diocese understand Umoja + set the environment
  2. To understand the process and criteria
  3. To share stories of success

HOPE Africa together with USPG, Tearfund and the diocese will pilot this approach in the community of Chwezi through the St Andrews parish in Nkandla. The parish currently implements a food garden project that continues to support project members, orphans and vulnerable children, terminally ill people, and the community at large – the parish also sells its produce to the local shops to sustain the project.
In his closing remarks at the workshop, the Diocese of Zululand Bishop - Dino Gabriel said “it’s an honour for the diocese to be chosen to pilot Umoja within the Anglican Church of Southern Africa”. 
The following activities are the key outcomes of the workshop

  1. Baseline Study in the community of Chwezi
  2. Bishop’s visit to Tanzania to witness the successes of Umoja
  3. Training of facilitators 

HOPE Africa and the Diocese of Zululand are both grateful to Tearfund for providing facilitators for the workshop, and to the Diocese of Carlisle for its continued support for the development work in the Diocese of Zululand.


Young orphans look to staff of Tshwaranang Resource Centre and the orphanage to provide a clean, safe and homely environment where they can thrive.

When we look at what a tremendous difference our Tshwaranang Resource Centre is making in Queenstown, in the Eastern Cape – we’re reminded that the power of a caring heart – like yours – can help to work miracles.

How else can we explain how the centre continues to touch and change lives despite its many challenges? It’s because friends like you care enough to make a difference.

To date, as part of our home based caring programme, we’ve recruited and trained 40 home based carers, dedicated to visiting and caring for the frail and sick at their homes. The truth is, these workers do much more than just cook and clean for their ‘patients’ – they help restore dignity and add the joy of knowing that someone values them.

As you can imagine it’s not an easy task – but with the support of friends like you it’s possible for our workers to reach out!

We’re also glad that vulnerable, impoverished children can continue to benefit from our school feeding programmes. We currently feed 450 hungry little ones every day! The boys and girls start each morning with a nutritious meal, and are taught valuable lessons and skills in a safe, secure environment.

Your support’s also made it possible for 53 students to be trained in computer literacy at two separate venues in Tshwaranang. For township children, this opportunity is priceless!

Thank you for making it all possible.


We were so excited when Carol Brigstocke, one of our dear friends visited us at Sinekhaya recently. She surprised the children with beautiful blankets, toys and books, and spent the day laughing and playing with them.

As a loyal friend of ours, you might remember how it used to break Ma Ntombentsha’s heart to see children suffer at the hands of negligent, abusive parents in her community of Khayelitsha.

But thanks to our friends, she persevered and devoted herself to keeping vulnerable boys and girls safe and healthy at the humble Sinekhaya Kindergarten.

We’re delighted that Sinekhaya continues to be a beacon of hope and light in this poor township. With poverty and unemployment on the increase, Ma Ntombentsha currently cares for 24 children, eight of whom sleep over at night because their homes aren’t safe.

Thank you for always sharing and caring – your love is at the very heart of Sinekhaya. We’re really hoping that the City of Cape Town will respond positively to our requests for land, so we can build a permanent brick structure to house Ma Ntombentsha and the children in her care.

Despite our constant efforts, we’ve had no feedback from the City of Cape Town. But we won’t lose hope! If there’s one thing your unconditional love and support has taught us – it’s that all things are possible –if we just believe. And that’s exactly what we’re doing!

If ever you’re in Cape Town, won’t you come along and visit us at HOPE Africa? We’d love to show you what a fantastic difference your love makes to the work we do.


Our Youth and Graduate Entrepreneurship Programme (Y-AGE) is committed to helping youth from rural townships succeed in business – earning them an income while keeping them off the streets and out of trouble.

It’s a three-year programme but already the wheels are in motion. For youth already in business, Y-AGE helps to grow their business to meet the challenges of the economy.

Students at secondary schools and Further Education and Training (FET) Colleges are trained through learnerships or at universities. On completion of their studies they can either pursue a new business venture or look for a job.

In addition, Archbishop Dr Thabo asked that the youth be trained in moral values; so that they’re always governed by a sense of responsibility.


With the beauty of the world famous Table Mountain in the background, people are desperately trying to rebuild their lives after the fire, which left one person dead and more than 1 400 people homeless.

When a raging fire completely devastated the rural township of Langa recently, the community had little hope for the future. Overcome with grief and sadness all they could do was weep...

But thanks to the speedy reply to our plea for help, friends like you offered hope and healing to people who had none. Like food is to a hungry traveller, your support was a blessing to the people of Langa.

Together with members of HOPE Africa’s staff, Archbishop Dr Thabo visited the ravaged community offering prayers and words of love and compassion. He thanked local churches and leaders who rallied around the bereaved families.

We provided the families with the basic necessities they needed to face the first few days after the fire. It’s amazing how simple items like soap, food, clothing and blankets can be so comforting to families in need.

We also assisted the families in clearing the debris and slowly rebuilding their lives – without too much delay. We’re still busy helping but it’s only a matter of time before the people of Langa can smile again.

Though the pain of losing all they’ve ever worked for is still fresh in their minds – they have the courage to look to brighter days ahead – thanks to the love and kindness of friends like you.


A hot meal can make a world of difference to poor vulnerable communities. Thank you for allowing us to reach out to them.

Hope’s alive in the poor farming community of Robertson, about 100 miles from Cape Town – and it shines in the form of a modest kitchen.

Despite the sheer poverty in this township, our soup kitchen – which operates from local resident Driekie’s humble home – continues to be a source of sustenance for more and more children and women.

Come rain or scorching heat – hundreds queue up knowing that they can count on a bowl of healthy soup. For many it’ll be their only meal for the day. And it’s only the generosity of friends like you that’s made it possible.

But with winter upon us, the seasonal work that the community depends on for an income has dried up. And as you know – without an income it’s impossible to buy food. So we’ve joined hands with three local parishes to reach out to more families in desperate need this winter and beyond.

And from May this year, thanks to the kindness of our donors, feeding will now take place every Tuesday and Thursday at seven more distribution points around Robertson.

It’s amazing what faith and unity has done for our soup kitchen. Thank you for all you do for the people of Robertson. Your gifts provide more than soup – they give food for the soul.


An elated Beauty is seen with a generous donor and her “new” sewing machine.

No words could describe the joy on Beauty’s face when she received a Singer sewing machine from one of our caring donors recently.

Jo Archer from the United Kingdom was kind enough to donate the machine to help Beauty’s sewing project when he learnt what a positive difference she’s making in her community.

Despite the machine being 38-years old, it’s still in mint working condition with all original parts intact. British Airways was kind enough to transport it to South Africa free of charge!

While the special gift will be the perfect tool for young children to learn to sew – before proceeding to the faster electric sewing machine – it’ll do much more than provide sewing lessons. For poor families in this community it’s also a way to generate an income.

Beauty maintains that the secret to her success lies in the numerous donors who gave life to her dreams by sending their gifts. And she thanks friend like you for giving her the confidence to pursue her talent and uplift her community.

Delene Mark, CEO of HOPE Africa

As a valued part of our HOPE Africa family, we’re delighted to announce that Delene Mark, CEO of HOPE Africa recently received The Order of Holy Nativity from the Diocese of Natal – her home Diocese.

As you may know, The Order of Holy Nativity is awarded to ordinary men and women who’re doing extraordinary things to empower and uplift vulnerable communities.

And that’s exactly what she’s been able to achieve – with your help! Delene’s tireless efforts campaigning against human trafficking, feeding the poor and championing the plight of impoverished citizens has not gone unnoticed. And we’re pleased that her positive attitude and warm personality has been rewarded.

We’re so proud of Delene for this excellent achievement. And on behalf of the board members, staff, volunteers and friends of HOPE Africa, we congratulate her for her hard work and perseverance.

Well-done Delene!

HOPE Africa CEO, Delene Mark, together with Rev. Austin Jackson of the Diocese of False Bay and Professor Ignatius Swart have written a chapter on the Anglican Church’s perspective on Social Welfare in post-apartheid.

We were delighted to receive this lovely photo from one of our dearest friends, Marian Stopforth from Wigan in the United Kingdom. She is seen here with her son Thomas on the occasion of his 30th birthday – and we wish him well. Marian is such a precious part of our HOPE family – always surprising us with sweet treats and cuddly toys to brighten up the days of those who have so little. Thank you Marian for being a beacon of hope to all of us here at HOPE Africa.

The Most Revd Dr Thabo Makgoba has sent his condolences and the assurance of his continued support to the people of the Kennedy Road settlement after a tragic fire swept through their community on Tuesday.
 
The Archbishop conveyed the message through a letter to the Rt Revd Rubin Phillip, Anglican bishop of Natal. He said in a statement:
 
"We are deeply saddened in Holy Week to learn of the fire which has ravaged the little which the people and community still possessed. I understand that it is estimated that at least 1000 people are now homeless.
 
"I know of the journey of the people of Kennedy Road: of their struggle for descent housing, for dignity and respect and the realisation of their constitutional rights. As we weep with them at this time, we continue to support their call for dignity and justice, and we appeal to our leaders and to the general population to help provide people with proper houses, and to improve the provision clean water and decent sanitation.
 
"May the message of Easter bring consolation to the community and a resolve to continue their fight for better housing, sanitation and water, as well as for safety."

Issued by the Office of the Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town
Inquiries:  Wendy Kelderman
on 021- 763-1320 (office hours)


Archbishop Dr. Thabo said a prayer at the entrance of the home where lives were lost.

In the early hours of the morning, a fire tore through the township of Macassar outside Cape  Town – tragically killing nine people including six children. Stephen Carelse and his family lost everything but by the grace of God, his family was saved.

Together with HOPE Africa staff, Archbishop Dr. Thabo visited the community to offer words of compassion. The Archbishop was deeply moved by the tragedy and the positive spirit of the people. When speaking to the families, he said “Pain knows no community or denomination.When you see such pain and grief you think of your own mortality.”

The community then gathered at a nearby church where Archbishop Dr. Thabo handed over groceries and blankets to those who had lost their belongings in the fire.

Archbishop Dr. Thabo thanked Rev. Basson and the people of St. Joseph the Worker Church for being a beacon of hope to the bereaved families. He also thanked Rev. Stafford Moses for his pastoral care for the people. Our sincere thanks and appreciation goes to Caroline and the staff at the Warehouse who donated the blankets for the families – as well as to the Church of the Resurrection, Bonteheuwel that assisted with food parcels.

And a big thank you to all our friends and donors – without your continued support we wouldn’t have been able to reach out to the community of Macassar.


Hunger and unemployment are the two main challenges facing the people of Maboloka – but a group of young people have decided to tackle these problems!
They call themselves Sizanani – meaning ‘help one another’. Their protest action is called “raga lala” – meaning kicking away hunger.

With assistance from friends like you, local churches and HOPE Africa, the group have started growing vegetables on the local land. They cleared a plot and made a fence using thorn trees. We gave them 1000 spinach, cabbage, tomato, beetroot and green pepper seedlings to get their gardens going.

It wasn’t long before the group were selling produce to the community! Right now, the group needs a tank, a pump and some hand tools to help grow their project. Asked if they were proud of their  success, group leader Lucky Moloi said: “This has given us a purpose in life as young people in  Maboloka. We see other young people starting vegetable gardens in their backyards.Community members are following suite".

"Hunger is no longer the problem. We kicked it out.” We are proud of Lucky and the Sizanani group! Thank you for helping us to assist these inspiring young people.


The Khayelitsha awards ceremony.

Khayelitsha Ceremony
Together with the Diocese of False Bay, HOPE Africa held an awards ceremony in Khayelitsha to honour two parish projects that were nominated as runners-up in the HOPE Africa Awards.

Congratulations to St Peter’s Parish in Khayelitsha for the Abigail Women’s Movement and St Francis Church, Parish of St James the Great for the Mzamomhle HIV/AIDS, Orphan and  Vulnerable Children’s Project.

Archbishop Dr. Thabo Makgoba encouraged the parishes to continue reaching out to the community. Cheques were presented to the parishes by Archbishop Dr. Thabo Makgoba and Delene Mark – HOPE Africa’s CEO.

Kloof Ceremony
Archbishop Dr. Thabo Makgoba visited the Diocese of Natal to hand over HOPE Africa Awards to the St Agnes Parish in Kloof. The two projects that received awards were
Leth’ ukukhanya Youth Development Programme and Ibhungezi Income Generating Project.


Beauty’s first brick and mortar home is a dream come true.

You may remember Beauty and her sewing project in Khayelitsha. She used to run a small bed and breakfast from her modest corrugated iron home where she also taught girls in her community how to sew.

With your generous help over the last few years we have helped the sewing project with donations of sewing machines, material and moral support. Towards the end of last year, Beauty’s home had to be disassembled to make way for her very first brick and mortar home.

It is a dream-come true for this gentle mother of two who has been on the housing waiting list for many years.  Thank you for caring for Beauty and the girls and for making a difference in their lives.


Archbishop Thabo shares a prayer with one of the victims.

Imagine losing everything without any warning – and being left to start over with only the clothes on your back. In a heartbeat, more than 3000 people were left homeless after a violent tornado ripped an informal settlement to shreds.

Archbishop Dr. Thabo paid a visit to the townships in Duduza and Ficksburg where people’s lives  were destroyed by the storm.

His heart broke to see families digging through the wreckage. Fortunately, caring friends like you  reached out with a lifeline. Thanks to your generosity, we could donate clothes, canned foods, toiletries, beds and mattresses to help the community start over.



HOPE Africa organised an environment and climate change seminar, which took place in September at the Good Shepherd Retreat Centre. The seminar was attended by 39 participants who agreed that the church has an important role to play in preserving our planet.


A day of ‘just being children’.

Once again Bishopscourt came alive with the sound of children enjoying themselves at the Annual Children’s Day party hosted by Archbishop Dr. Thabo and Mrs. Lungi Makgoba. The children couldn’t contain their excitement as a brightly coloured sign greeted them at the gate.

The Mayor of Cape Town welcomed the children and brought along Christmas cheer in the form of eats and treats. As the Archbishop said in his greeting, ‘This is not a day for speeches, but a day for children to be children and for us to join with them in having fun.’ Thank you very much to everyone who assisted in bringing Christmas cheer into the lives of our children who – through circumstances beyond their control – find themselves living away from home.

Rev. Suzanne Peterson and her support group out did themselves this year and we are sure that the children are looking forward to next year’s party with eager anticipation.


HOPE Africa hosted an antihuman trafficking workshop for religious and civil society leaders on the 25 October in Johannesburg.

Twenty-five participants attended the workshop where they discussed the importance of preventing human trafficking. The group agreed that more people need to work together – and support rural communities who are vulnerable to human trafficking. Research is needed to understand the new tactics of traffickers – and awareness must be boosted to help prevent these terrible crimes from happening.


This little fellow fell in love with the teddy the minute he saw it!

Mrs Stopforth who regularly sends marshmallows to Archbishop Thabo and the children included soft cuddly toys with her last donation. She hopes that the children will feel extra special and loved – especially during the harsh cold winter.

Thank you very much for bringing joy and hope to our little ones, Mrs Stopforth! And thank you too, to Mrs Sommerville, who sent a gift of cuddly toys for some of the children we work with. May God bless you both.


Canon Delene Melissa Mark has recently received The Order of Holy Nativity from the Diocese of Natal, which is her home Diocese.  The Order of Holy Nativity is awarded to lay people who have given distinguished service to the church and the community in matters of justice and reconciliation.

Delene, The CEO of HOPE Africa, is a very modest person and from campaigning against human trafficking to buttering bread to feed the poor, nothing is too big or too small for her, always putting the interests of other people before her own. No matter who you are or where you come from she treats everyone equally and believes that everyone has a contribution to make.

Her master thesis was based on’ the contribution of the Anglican Church to social development and its potential role as a national partner in development’. She strongly believes that it is undeniable that the church has the potential to be a committed and effective partner in social development and poverty alleviation. Through her work in HOPE Africa she is proving this everyday

The board members, staff, volunteers and friends of HOPE Africa sincerely congratulate Delene upon this achievement!

 


 

Once again Bishopscourt came alive with the sound of children enjoying themselves at the Annual Children’s Day party hosted by Archbishop Thabo and Mrs. Lungi Makgoba.

The children could not contain their excitement as the brightly coloured ‘Welcome to Bishopscourt’ greeted them at the gate.  The Mayor of Cape Town came to greet the children and brought along Christmas cheer in the form of eats and treats. As the Archbishop said in his greeting, ‘this is not a day for speeches, but a day for children to be children and for us to join with them in having fun.’

The many activities and groups that entertained the children included volunteers from Bishopscourt staff, Herschel Girls School Red-Nosed Chicken Club and Chaplain Bob Commins, St. Cyprian’s Girls’ Life Savers, the Cape Town Science Centre, City of Cape Town’s ‘Come and Play’ programme, Child Line, HOPE Africa, the Church Men’s Society, Cape Town Mothers’ Union, St. Faith’s Anglican Church band, and a few clergy wives & children. There were generous donations received from Spar, Peninsula Beverages, Merry Pak, Yaldor Sweets, Muffin Mate, Coimbra Bakery, Oakhurst Farm Stall, Herschel and St Cyprian’s Girls Schools, Mothers’ Union and several individuals.
 
The housemothers and staff of the various homes had a relaxing day while the volunteers took charge of the activities for the day. 

Thank you very much to everyone who assisted in any way to bring Christmas cheer into the lives of our children who through circumstances beyond their control find themselves living away from home. 

Rev. Suzanne Peterson and her support group have surely outdone themselves this year and we are sure that the kids are looking forward to next year’s party with eager anticipation.

We join Archbishop Thabo and Mrs. Lungi Makgoba in wishing our children peace, happiness and joy at Christmastime and always.


 

On Thursday November 10th, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba together with HOPE Africa was in the Diocese of Natal to hand over the HOPE Africa Awards to two projects of St Agnes parish (Kloof). The ceremony took place at Lower Molweni. The following are the two projects that received awards:

  • Leth’ ukukhanya Youth Development programme
  • Ibhungezi income generating project

Archbishop Thabo encouraged the awards recipients to “press on … make God’s people have a purpose and meaning in order to have a meaningful life”.
The Archbishop further said he was proud that the awards recipients were not folding their arms. He encouraged them to continue in contributing to the development of community members they serve through Philangethemba, an umbrella body of the two projects.

Some of the people that graced the awards ceremony include amongst others Bishop Rubin Phillip, Bishop Nkosinathi Ndwandwe, local chiefs and councillor amongst others. Bishop Rubin pledged the following diocesan support at the awards ceremony:

  • To create a market for Ibhungezi’s products overseas through his networks
  • Sponsor Leth’ukukhanya with 3 computers to enhance its computer lessons

HOPE Africa is an active stakeholder with CUAHA (Churches United Against HIV/Aids in Southern and Eastern Africa) Namibia, ELCSA (Evangelical Lutheran Church of Southern Africa), and HDI (Helsinki Deaconesses Institute) in the Stop Human Trafficking Campaign. The campaign is a call to respect humanity and the sanctity of life. In February 2010, HOPE Africa organised the Faith Based Organisations consultation with the Civil Society on STOP human trafficking campaign. The consultation adopted a Stop Human Trafficking Declaration 2010 which participating organisations committed to.

As a follow up to the 2010 consultation, HOPE Africa hosted an advocacy and anti-human trafficking workshop for religious and civil society leaders on the 25th October 2011 in Johannesburg. The workshop was attended by 25 participants representing the following organisations: South Africa Council of Churches, University of South Africa, ELCSA, CUAHA Namibia, Salvation Army, Anglican Church’s Mother’s Union, Methodist Church and Home of Hope. The workshop was facilitated by Tafadzwa Makonese of International Organisation for Migration and Sithole Mbanga of South Africa’s Cities Network. The workshop provided an opportunity to reflect and strengthen religious leaders and civil society leaders’ commitment to the Stop Human Trafficking Declaration 2010. The following objectives were achieved at the end of the workshop:     

  • Provide factual information on human trafficking
  • Expose participants to basic advocacy tools and techniques
  • Share campaign achievements with the religious and civil society leaders
  • Provide an opportunity for the participants to share their experiences in relation to anti trafficking activities they have implemented

The following are the participants’ reflections of/on the workshop:

  • There is a need for more robust awareness and training activities on anti human trafficking
  • More collaboration on anti human trafficking is needed
  • A need to pressure the government authorities to speed up the passing of anti human trafficking bill
  • Support rural communities
  • Research on new tactics used by traffickers is needed


Some of the delegates who attended the Environment and Climate Change Seminar.
Mrs. Kate Davies from SAFCEI presented a workshop.
An open air Eucharist was celebrated at the Seminar.

HOPE Africa organised the environment and climate change seminar which took place on the 26 – 27 September 2011 at Good Shepherd Retreat Centre in Hartebeespoort. The seminar was attended by 39 participants representing 25 dioceses, Mothers’ Union, Anglican Women’s Fellowship, Provincial Youth Council and the Anglican Students’ Federation.

The seminar was inspired by the Anglican Church of Southern Africa’s recently adopted vision together with all the 8 priorities for the Province (which includes “the environment”); HOPE Africa saw it fit to host the seminar to equip dioceses and Provincial structures with techniques, knowledge and strategies which the church can implement in their parishes to cherish and preserve mother earth, the only home we know.
The objectives of the seminar were:

  • Enhance the voice of the (Anglican) church on issues of climate change more especially towards COP17
  • Simplify the climate change challenges and how (all) living creature are affected
  • Discuss and develop strategies to adapt to the effects of climate change
  • Re-establish the ACSA Environmental Network and maintain the database
  • Dioceses to commit themselves to agreed actions by the seminar

The seminar received input from the South African government, a scientist and within the church on the following focus areas:

  • Politics of Climate change
  • Climate Science
  • Theology of Climate change
  • Climate change experiences and responses
  • SA position on Energy & Climate change from a faith perspective
  • How is the church responding?
      • Eco-Congregation
      • Season of Creation
      • ACSA Environment Network and 10 year plan
      • Anglican Communion Environment Network
  • Previous ACSA resolutions on environment
  • Build up to COP17

The seminar unanimously agreed that there is a need to re-establish the environmental network for the Province. Each diocese within the Province is expected to nominate a coordinator who will form part of the network. Dioceses with more experience on issues of environment and climate change pledged to assist those that are less experienced. All dioceses were urged to adopt and own the 10 year plan that was done by the environment task team appointed by Archbishop Thabo. The participants at the seminar agreed that there is a need for awareness and educational programmes on issues of environment and climate change in all dioceses. The inclusion of young people at the seminar was imperative.  
HOPE Africa is grateful to SAFCEI, Mr. Shaun Cozett (the Provincial champion of the environment task team), guests and delegates for all their contribution in making the seminar a success. The organisation also appreciates the opportunity granted by Archbishop Thabo to deliver feedback on the seminar at the Provincial Standing Committee (PSC) on the 28th September in Kopanong conference centre.


Handing over the award to Abigail Women's Movement. From left: The Revd Canon Xola Mlandu, Ms. Delene Mark of HOPE Africa, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, Mrs. Mpho Mashengete of SAB CSI and Mrs. Diana Motolwana of Abigail Women's Movement.
The ladies of the Mzamomhle group welcoming the Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori to the awards ceremony.

Together with stakeholders from various dioceses, HOPE Africa hosted its awards ceremonies on Saturday, 24 September to recognise, honour and appreciate parish projects that implement social successful outreach projects in their communities. These parishes were winners in the second leg of the HOPE Africa Awards competition.
HOPE Africa, together with the Diocese of False Bay, held the HOPE Africa Awards ceremony in Khayelitsha, to honour two parish projects from the Diocese of False Bay that were nominated as runners-up in the competition: 

  • St Peter’s parish – Khayelitsha – Abigail Women’s Movement
  • St Francis Church, Zwelethemba, Parish of St James the Great – Mzamomhle HIV/AIDS, Orphan and Vulnerable children’s project

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the US – Katherine Jefferts Schori, Bishop Merwyn Castle (Bishop of False Bay), and Revd Canon Margaret Vertue (Chairperson of HOPE Africa board) were part of the ceremony. Prior to honouring the two parish projects, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba encouraged the parishes to continue reaching out to the community. He told them that it is part of God’s Mission to reach out to the marginalised, poor and those in distress, as they are also God’s people. Archbishop Thabo Makgoba and Delene Mark, HOPE Africa’s CEO, jointly presented the cheques to the two parishes.

The parish projects and Marimba Connexion provided entertainment in the form of music and dance. HOPE Africa is grateful to SABMiller corporate social investment for contributing to the success of the occasion.

Also on 24 September, the Diocese of Johannesburg’s 2 parish projects from St Monica (Midrand) and St John the Divine (Randfontein) were awarded during the St Monica’s outreach awareness day at Winnie Mandela Park, in Tembisa. HOPE Africa board member, Mrs Pinky Vilakazi, attended this gathering on behalf of the organisation. She gave a brief motivation to the winners and encouraged other initiatives to address the needs of the communities and create opportunities while learning from each other. She presented the cheques of R10 000 each to the two winning parishes.       
   


The overall winners won R30 000 each while the runners-up received R10 000 each. The results for the second leg of HOPE Africa Awards competition are as follows:

· Diocese of Pretoria - Maboloka Chapelry, part of the Mission Parish of St Manche Masemola – Sizanani   Agricultural project
· Diocese of Namibia - Parish of Christ the King - Children and OVC
· Diocese of Matsolane: - St Peter’s & St Andrew’s Parish, Klerksdorp – Investing in our youth through education

Runners up:

· Diocese of Natal - St Agnes Parish: Kloof - Youth Development - Leth’ ukukhanya
· Diocese of Natal - St Agnes Parish: Kloof - Our Lady Birds (Ibhungezi)
· Diocese of False Bay - St Peter’s parish: Khayelitsha – Abigail Women’s Movement  
· Diocese of False Bay - St Francis Church, Zwelethemba, Parish of St James the Great – Mzamomhle HIV/AIDS, Orphan and Vulnerable children’s project
·  Diocese of Johannesburg - St John the Devine, Randfontein – Carryou Ministry - Home based care and Orphans
· Diocese of Johannesburg - St Monica’s Parish, Midrand - Winnie Mandela Business Park Garden Project
· Diocese of Port Elizabeth - The Parish of Holy Spirit: Kwazakhele – People of Faith and the environment


You will remember Beauty and the sewing project in Khayelitsha.  She used to run a small bed and breakfast from her modest corrugated sheet home as well as teach sewing to little girls in her community.  With your generous help over the last few years we have been able to assist the sewing project with donations of sewing machines, material and moral support.  She has been sick on and off over the last two years, but regularly visits her local clinic for check-ups and her medication.
Towards the end of last year, Beauty’s corrugated sheet home had to be disassembled to make way for her very first brick and mortar home.  Beauty qualified for a housing subsidy from the City Council and the subsidy was sufficient for a two bed roomed house.  It is a dream-come true for this gentle mother of two who has been on the housing waiting list for many years.

After almost 9 months of living in the backyard of her neighbour, Beauty’s house is nearing completion and the end is in sight.  All that remains is for the finishing touches to be added so that Beauty and her children can move into their brand new home! 

Beauty looks forward to going back in her own space so that she can continue nurturing and educating the young girls in her community.  What she has missed the most is to teach the girls under her wings sewing and life skills. 

We do look forward to bringing you the pictures of Beauty and the children in her new home; which should be completed by middle November 2011.  Thank you for caring for Beauty and the girls and for making a difference in their lives.

God bless.

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Dear People of God

Alleluia!  Christ is risen!  As St Paul writes, ‘We have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.  For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection life like his’ (Rom 6:4,5).  Jesus, by his cross and resurrection, has freed us from the slavery of sin, broken the chains of death, and opened the way to heaven, where, in the Lord’s presence, there is fullness of joy and delight for evermore (Ps 16:11).

This Lent I have been pondering what it means to say ‘Yes’ to God as Mary did when the angel Gabriel announced she had been chosen to be the mother of our Lord.  What does it mean for us to say, with her, ‘Here I am, the Servant of the Lord’?  Writing this as Holy Week approaches, I am reflecting also on Jesus’ obedience to the will of the Father, as he prayed ‘Not my will but yours be done’ in the garden of Gethsemane – which I was privileged to visit earlier this year.

In the past, too many people were forced into servant-hood – but thank God, today we have freedom and choice.  We can willingly choose to say ‘I am a servant of the Lord.’  The God of love, care and compassion, seeks only our best.  He does not exploit or oppress.  Being his servant means liberty, not servitude.  We put our hand in the hand of the living God, our Saviour Jesus Christ, who leads us in the ways that bring his promise of abundant life for ourselves and others around us. 

By abundant life I mean that God desires no human being should be in want.  No one should be hungry, or without clothing and shelter when it is cold and wet.  God calls on his servants to use the hearts, brains, and will-power he gives us, to do what is right, to care for one another so that none are wanting.  We also ask that our politicians should know how to be servant leaders.  But too often we see tolerance of corruption, dysfunctional government, and neglect of the poor.  God desires no-one to have too little, and so no one should have too much.  No-one should profit at another’s expense or wellbeing.  God calls us to remove the yoke of servitude.  Yet to exploit, or merely neglect, others is to promote servitude, which diminishes all of society.  Scripture warns that this is the path to condemnation and destruction.

People’s lives are at stake, and South Africans, who face local elections in May, must never forget this, as we decide how to vote.  Will we choose life for all, or opulence for some at the expense of others?  We are not a rich country, but what we have should be enough to go round.  Everyone should have proper food, shelter, fresh drinking water and sanitation.  Every child should have access to a decent education.  Affordable, adequate health care should be available to everyone.

South Africa has achieved much since 1994, but I still ask, Where is the urgency among politicians to ensure basic services for all?  Have those who seek elected office not understood that to lead is also to serve?  They should remember that Jesus said ‘The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and give his life’ – to give his life so that those in need might also know life (Matthew 20:28).  Is this the model our politicians follow, in both words and action? 

In their campaigning, they must also remember that in a democracy, God is not for or against any particular political party.  God is the servant of no party and its manifesto.  Rather, God calls on all the parties and all the politicians to serve him, and to serve the people of this nation:  to put the needs of the needy before their own ambitions, interests, and desires for power and status.  They should be judged by Jesus’ own ‘manifesto promises and policies’.  This means bringing good news to the poor, loving our neighbours as ourselves, and treating others as we would like to be treated.  Jesus had time for the outcasts, excluded and unimportant people of his day – reminding us that every human being is made in the image of God, and deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.

These are the standards we expect of our politicians as elections draw near.  I am proud to be part of the Election Monitoring Network and to chair the Electoral Code of Conduct Observer Commission that holds political parties to a Code of good behaviour, that all sign.  It is a commitment to the right to free speech; to tolerance; to promoting open and fair debate between parties, and among candidates and those who support them.  It is about behaving with decency and good manners in the little things – not defacing or destroying the posters of others; not shouting people down; not making threats; not spreading false rumours or telling half truths.  EMN has set up a national SMS number – 33830 – for reporting any form of violence or other contravention of the Electoral Code.  Do use it! 

For all the Code of Conduct does is to require the behaviour of any decent democratic society – the sort of society in which we want to live and raise our children.  All of us, in all the countries of ACSA, are the building blocks of democracy, and when standards fall short, we can raise our voices to say ‘Enough is enough!  We will not accept intolerance.  We will not accept the demonising of others.  We will not accept the abuse of God’s name in support of narrow party or sectarian interests.’  Instead, in our lives, our words, our actions, we will show others what it means truly to live as servants of the living God – to say Yes, as Mary did, so that God’s good purposes for humanity might find expression and fulfilment through us.  And we invite others to join us, and do the same – so that the Easter promise of abundant life that Jesus won for us on the cross may be known by all.

I am delighted to report that earlier this month the land ownership questions around Modderpoort were finalised in a 'win-win' outcome that benefits all concerned.  The Bautang community, who dropped their claim against the church, will pursue compensation with the Commission on Restitution of Land Rights.  The Diocese of the Free State retain now-uncontested ownership of the land and will continue as stewards of this sacred site.  Please join us in thanking God for a solution that promotes social cohesion and national reconciliation, and praying that it may be an encouragement in other difficult questions around land ownership and use.

Finally, on 7 May we consecrate new Bishops for the Dioceses of George and St Helena.  Please keep the Ven Brian Marajh, and the Very Revd Richard Fenwick in your prayers.  Richard joins us from Wales, and we welcome him, and his wife Jane, to our Province.

Yours in the service of Christ

 +Thabo Cape Town


The Rev. Pamela Parenzee blesses the centre
and is followed by the centre’s staff and home
based carers. Tommy Gelderbloem, the chairperson
of the management committee, looks on.
Archbishop Thabo officially opened the Centre.
The hospice at Hawston is a sanctuary
of hope and healing.

On Saturday, the 12th of March, the people of Hawston celebrated as the Hawston Hospice care centre opened their newly built wing!

It was a heart-warming ceremony filled with smiles and we want to thank our caring donors for making it possible. By reaching out to this impoverished fishing village, our supporters have brought hope where there was once heartache – and healing where there was pain.

Recently, generous sponsors stepped in to help us build a new wing for the centre so that more patients can receive the care they deserve. When we wrote to our supporters to tell them how we needed to furnish and equip the new wing, they reached out and gave from the heart.

Now the new wing is equipped with beds, blankets and other essentials. Thank you to everyone who helped us to achieve this milestone! We feel blessed to have you all as our companions on this journey. On the day of the ceremony, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba opened the ceremony by saying a prayer to commemorate all the work, effort and support that went in to revamping the centre.

After the prayer Reverend Pamela Parenzee blessed the wing … a very moving moment for the Reverend, who has dedicated herself to growing the hospice since 2005. It’s always heartbreaking to think about what these patients have gone through.

Many of them are very ill and some have been turned away by their own families because they were unable to care for them. Thankfully Hawston Hospice is there for those that have nowhere else to go.

From all of us at HOPE Africa, thank you for your kindness!


Beauty accepts her cheque from (Mpho, left) and the Archbishop.
Gardeners at the Tshwaranang Resource Centre with their crop of cabbages.

Last year faithful friends gave generously to HOPE Africa and it’s thanks to their kindness that we can report back on some of the projects our donors have reached out to support – projects which were recently honoured at our ‘Gifts of Hope’ awards ceremony.

 Hawston Overstrand Care Centre
 In 2005 The Anglican Church opened a hospice in Hawston. You can read more here.

Tshwaranang Resource Centre
Hunger and poverty are widespread in the Eastern Cape – which is why the Tshwaranang Resource Centre created a vegetable garden project. The programme provides funds to clear and till the soil, buy seeds, pesticides and fertilizers for food gardens – and in return, the gardens provide soup kitchens and HIV and AIDS affected people in need of care with fresh produce.

Beauty Nckayitobi’s sewing project
In the past, we've reported on the inspiring story of Beauty who runs a sewing project for girls in Khayelithsa. Even though she’s HIV positive, Beauty hasn’t let her illness stand in her way. On Saturdays you’ll find Beauty teaching sewing to girls in the hopes of keeping them off the streets and out of trouble. Since we last wrote about Beauty, she’s been offered a job, and now teaches sewing once a week to adults and children at a local charity.

SA Medical and Education Foundation
HOPE Africa has had a long partnership with the SA Medical and Education Foundation (SAMEF) and last year, we focused on Delft Community Health Centre. In the past there was no dedicated waiting area for patients affected by HIV and AIDS and tuberculosis.

They’d have to crowd the passages outside the consulting rooms – putting pregnant women, post-natal women and babies at risk. Fortunately a generous donor – and our faithful supporters – came to the rescue, and a new 11-room HIV Clinic was built at the hospital with a waiting area for 70 patients.

Somerset Hospital children’s wing
Somerset Hospital in Greenpoint is the oldest hospital in Cape Town. Understandably, their equipment is becoming outdated and in need of replacement. And that’s why we’re grateful that our caring donors helped us to contribute towards buying new equipment for the new children's ward.


Children trying their hand at the campfi re puzzle – one of the many activities brought to Bishopscourt by the
MTN Science Centre to entertain the children for the day
Fun and games were the order of the day!

On Children’s Day Archbishop Thabo hosted a wonderful children’s party in Bishopscourt for 170 children from various Anglican children’s homes and orphanages.

It was the children’s first visit to the official residence of the Archbishop and they couldn’t contain their excitement! The children were kept busy with games, stories, swimming and various activities throughout the day.

The Mothers’ Union made sure there was enough food to feed the hungry masses with hot dogs, fruit, juice, snacks and ice lollies! Shaun Cozett from the Diocese of Cape Town celebrated his birthday and gave each child a party pack to share in his special day.

Thank you very much to Rev. Suzanne Peterson for helping to organise the party and making this special day a reality. We’re sure the children will join us in saying ‘you are a star!’


The Diocese of St Mark the Evangelist and HOPE Africa have worked together since 2009 to revive farming activities at Jane Furse Memorial Village. And we’re happy to repot that 12 volunteers for Rwadishanang Drop-in Centre for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) completed agriculture training facilitated by HOPE Africa’s Agriculture Officer, Mr. Lytton Sadomba.

When the agriculture project started at the village earlier this year, Ms. Theresa Mafeto, a 36 year old mother, was invited to volunteer. She found the training very helpful enlightening. ‘We learnt about what crops to plant according to seasons – we were just planting without considering seasons,’ said Mafeto.

The produce at Jane Furse Memorial Village is sold to informal traders and one of the biggest chain stores in the country. Local households buy fresh produce and the children’s drop-in centre receives fresh veggies, which are cooked for the children. So as you can see, things are growing better every day!


After 11 years of faithful service to HOPE Africa, we bid farewell to Petrina Pakoe.

Petrina started working with the Cape Town Diocesan Department of Social Development as a volunteer in 2000 on a Lenten Appeal programme.

In 2001 the Department registered to become a charity and became known as HOPE Africa. Petrina was involved in various programmes and spearheaded our direct mail Programme for most of her time here.

Petrina used her God-given talent to become an instrument of hope, encouragement and change to the most marginalized and vulnerable within the church and various communities. It brought her great joy to see struggling community members grow to become self-employed and skilled through our various trainings and workshops.

She simply loved reading correspondence from donors and enjoyed writing notes to our friends. Petrina is taking up a position at the Diocese of False Bay, spearheading their Social Development Office.

We know that Petrina will continue on her passionate journey to bring about social change wherever she finds herself. We wish her the very best in her new venture.


AMANDA AKES


“I was raised in the Southwest United States and relocated to the Northeast for seminary. I am a candidate for holy orders in the Episcopal Diocese of New York and will be ordained in 2011. Until then I am engaged in global mission work in Cape Town. The mission work I’ve been invited to participate in involves working with HOPE Africa.  I’m particularly excited about the chance to witness and participate in God's mission in a diverse cultural setting and the prospect of developing and defining the ministry God is calling me to.”

IGNATIUS NKESIGA

Ignatius has come to HOPE Africa as an Intern from All Saints Cathedral Kampala, Uganda. He has just completed his A-Levels, and has taken a gap year to volunteer at HOPE Africa and gain valuable work experience. He helps around the office where ever he can and says he’s enjoying his time with us and has settled in well with the work environment. “It is a pleasure and honour to work at HOPE Africa. It’s been a great experience so far and I’m very happy here and just pray that I too can make a difference.”
THABISO NYAPISI

“I come from the diocese of Lesotho and I am working with HOPE Africa as an intern while doing my postgraduate studies at the University of Cape Town. It has always been my ambition to be in the social development stream, so I’m delighted join HOPE Africa. My dream is to see the world where ‘scarcity of resources’ is not the name of the game; a world where the gap between the 'haves' and 'haves-not' is closing and not widening; a world where there is political stability and economic development.”

Archbishop Thabo offers prayers at the home of the fire victims. To the right of Archbishop is his chaplain, Rev. Moiloa Mokheseng.  To the right is Ms. Pumla Titus - HOPE Africa board member, Canon Delene Mark - HA CEO and the Canon Desmond Lambrechts.
Canon Delene Mark and Archbishop Thabo speaks to the Carelse family, who lost their home and belongings to the fire.

The Archbishop of Cape Town, The Most Reverend Dr. Thabo Makgoba together with HOPE Africa staff visited the community of Macassar, Khayelitsha, on Monday, 28th March 2011.

The visit follows a tragic fire that killed nine (9) people including six (6) children and ripped through three semi detached houses. The fire took place in the early hours of Wednesday 23rd March. Archbishop Thabo committed to this visit to show support, compassion and love to people and to assure victims and the community of Macassar that even though they lost much, through partnerships they would be able to recover and rebuild their homes and their lives.

Archbishop Thabo met with the victims, Stephen Carelse and his family, who lost all their property but by the grace of God his family was spared. The Archbishop assured the people that they are not alone.  Carelse was saddened but not broken as he spoke of how his family just narrowly escaped the fire. Inside Carelse’s damaged home from the fire was nothing left but for the walls. All the property lay outside totally damaged.

Carelse said that though there is a lot of pain and mourning in the community the fire has brought the people of Macassar closer. “Before the fire everyone kept to themselves, now we know our neighbours and we can see that they care” he said. Archbishop Thabo was deeply moved by the tragedy and the positive spirit of the people. “Pain knows no community or denomination when you see such pain and grief you think of your own mortality” Archbishop Thabo said to the families affected.

After the viewing of the debris, Archbishop Thabo offered a prayer at the entrance of the home where lives were lost. Floral tributes and messages at the door and in the yard bear silent testimony to the grief of the family and the entire community. This was followed by a gathering at St. Josephs the worker Church in Macassar where Archbishop Thabo handed over groceries and blankets to those who had lost their belongings in the fire. He pledged the continued prayer and support of the Anglican Church.  He also encouraged the people to be honest with God and let God know their fears, sorrow, pain and even anger. He told the people not to lose faith and that ahead of them would be hard journey and that only Christ could lead them through. 

Archbishop Thabo thanked Rev. Basson and the people of St. Joseph the Worker for allowing the church to serve as a beacon of hope to the bereaved families; The Archdeacon – Rev. Stafford Moses for his pastoral care for the people of Macassar; the staff of Bishopscourt that assisted in co-ordinating the visit, and HOPE Africa for getting donations together to bring with to Macassar.

Our sincere thanks and appreciation goes to Caroline and the staff at the Warehouse who donated the blankets for the families as well as to the Church of the Resurrection, Bonteheuwel that assisted with food parcels.


Ma Ntshantsha (middle) and the cooks receive much needed fresh food for the children of Sinekhaya educare.
HOPE Africa staff sort and pack food received from Game for distribution to various crèches and pre-schools around the Western Cape.
The children at Sinekhaya receive a healthy fruit snack in the afternoon, all thanks to Game Foodco in N1 City.

In November 2010 Game stores launched an initiative programme to donate excess food to the disadvantaged and needy. They opened their first Food Store, where excess food would be kept and distributed, in the Western Cape.

HOPE Africa was contacted by Game N1 City and Game Century City to assist in allocation anddistribution. The goods donated consisted mainly of fruit, vegetables, bread and occasionally when available chicken and meat. HOPE Africa was then responsible for making sure these packages reached those in need. This relief was focused on mainly needy children. The main beneficiaries of this programme were 18 early learning centres. This relief was also able to reach some night shelters as well as St. Georges Orphanage in Wynberg. In total this programme has benefited about 1000 people which include children in early learning centres as well as those in homeless shelters and an Orphanage so far. HOPE Africa have been collecting and delivering these parcels from November 2010 through to mid February 2011. From then on the centres have been organizing the collection independently.

The Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town Thabo Makgoba who is a patron of HOPE Africa extends his gratitude and appreciation to Game for making this significant contribution to their community and children who would otherwise have little to eat or go without meal for the day.

Thank you very much Game Food Company for your kind generosity. We wish you well as you plan to expand your food stores throughout the country.  


Dear People of God,
           
I am writing this on Ash Wednesday, knowing that it will almost certainly reach most of you during Lent.  In my homily at St George’s Cathedral, Cape Town, today, I referred to Lent as a time of rededication and recommitment.  It is a time for all of us to step aside, for ‘prayer and fasting’, as Jesus did. 

As individuals, families, churches, we need to make space to ponder the big picture, and to listen to God’s ‘still small voice’ leading us – perhaps in the immediate changes and choices that are before us, perhaps seeking longer-term direction. Jesus’ three temptations (Matthew 4:1-11) indicate the key areas to which we can direct our reflections this Lent, especially when looking at the big picture or taking stock.  Essentially, they raise questions for us about our attitudes towards resources and possessions (exemplified by turning stones to bread); our image among others and our influence over them (adulation at the spectacular stunt of leaping from the temple without harm); and power and status (ruling the nations).  We all need to ask ourselves how these temptations are present in our lives  – whether in our homes, families and personal relationships, or in our churches, our work or other areas.

So far it has been a busy year.  It began with a 5 day retreat with the clergy of the diocese of George and then I spent almost a week, including travel, at the Anglican Communion Primates’ Meeting, which was held in Dublin (see the reports at www.anglicancommunion.org/communion/primates/index.cfm); and just a week ago I returned from the Holy land, from a conference organised by the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center (see www.sabeel.org). I am therefore looking forward to spending this Lent with a minimum of travel and meetings, and instead praying intently and reflecting on what might Jesus’ temptations of resources, influence and power mean to me, to us a college of bishops, and to the Anglican Church of Southern Africa as a whole.

Preaching at The Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane (you can find a report of this at http://www.fosna.org/content/archbishop-thabo-makgoba-sabeel-conference-bethlehem-god-faithfulness-and-resistance), and, later on the same trip, visiting Jerusalem’s St Georges Cathedral, was both inspiring and evoked within me a welter of positive emotions, and the sense of a deeper connection and closer walk with God.  I am aware that it costs a lot of resources to travel to the Holy Land but if at all possible, I would encourage each Christian to make a pilgrimage there in their life time.

Following this visit, I have recommitted myself to praying persistently for the peace of Jerusalem and Holy Land.  In my sermon at Gethsemane – which followed after visits to the Church of the Nativity, the Wall of Separation, to refugee camps and to villages where settlements are encroaching on Palestinians’ land – I re-echoed the call that Israel will not be free until Palestinians are free.  There is no short cut to peace.  Serious dialogue is needed and pressure must be brought to bear upon all sides until lasting peace is attained. As the Psalmist urges us, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem”  (Ps 122;6). Indeed, do pray untiringly, for I encountered a sense of real fear and real oppression there.

Closer to home, please pray for the Diocese of Niassa. I have recently read two articles reporting how the forestry partnership set up between the Diocese and a forestry company, which was meant to yield fruits for both has turned out badly (see http://farmlandgrab.org/uploads/attachment/Mozambique_Bulletin_48_Land.pdf).  The people have been side-lined in favour of profits.  The Diocese had hoped the project would be an example of ethical investment, and model a different way of exercising stewardship. Pray once again that God’s resources may be justly used for all, and for an end to temptation to such big companies to exploit and overpower the poor and simple.

Let me end this letter by encouraging all South Africans to work to create an environment that is safe and fair, for voting in the forthcoming local elections.  Do exercise your right to vote and to hold those you vote for accountable to the promises they make in their speeches.  As you prepare for the elections on 18 May, ask yourself serious questions such as the following:  do the words and the actions of this party / person that I am voting for, bring life to all God’s people?  What are their values?  I will say more about this in my homily at the Mothers’ Union Lady Day service at St George’s Cathedral in Cape Town later this month.

May the God who gives us grace and courage, enable our journey of rededication and recommitment as we seek to reconcile all things and people to God.

+ Thabo Cape Town

Postscript:

As I am about to send out this letter, news of the terrible earthquake and tsunami in Japan is reaching the world.  Please pray for all those affected by this latest disaster – as well as those who are still struggling to rebuild their shattered lives in both Christ Church, New Zealand; and more than a year on, in Haiti.


On behalf of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa I wish to express my sadness and shock at the recent loss of human life as well as homes, businesses crops, all of which have occurred as a result of the unusually heavy rains in recent weeks.

It is devastating to watch the TV reports night after night as communities along with government struggle to bring some degree of normalcy back into the lives of those in affected areas.

Reports indicate that more than 100 people have died across Southern Africa, although the final death tally has not been confirmed yet. In in Mozambique indications are that about 40,000 people have been forced from their homes. In the Caprivi region of Namibia, people have also been forced to leave their homes.

In South Africa, Social Development Minister Bathibile Dlamini’s staff have said that some 20 000 people, or about 5 000 families, have been affected.  We have also seen preliminary reports by the Department of Social Development that the recent floods across seven provinces of South Africa could have caused as much as R160-billion worth of infrastructure damage. 

This is more than our governments can address, in spite of their best efforts.  I want to encourage the business community, churches and other religious organizations to assist in every possible way, including monetary and in kind donations.  Natural disasters such as these floods call on each of us and all of us to reach out to those most affected.  It is an opportunity to show the true spirit of ubuntu.

I appeal to Anglicans in dioceses across Southern Africa to assist in all possible ways, with those in areas most affected taking the lead.  Individuals or groups wishing to donate to a central location can do so through the Anglican provincial disaster relief fund:

Bank: Standard Bank of SA Ltd

Branch: Cape Town

Branch IBT Code: 02 0009

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Archbishop Thabo Makgoba issued this as he left for Ireland where he will attend the meeting of the Primates of the Anglican Communion. He will return to Cape Town on Tuesday, 1st February.

Issued by the Office of the Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town

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Over the last few weeks, the world's attention has been focused on South Africa like never before as we hosted one of the world's biggest sporting events - the FIFA Football World Cup.   However, this honour brings even greater challenges for us as a country, away from the glory of the soccer fields:   the need to acknowledge and tackle the desperate problem of human trafficking. 

As many visit our country from around the world to share in our wonderful natural attractions, rich cultures and traditions, there are also many who seek to take terrible advantage of this influx of tourists.   The World Cup has provided opportunities for abusers, exploiters and traffickers to meet the perceived increased demand for cheap labour and sexual services.  Inevitably, it is the most vulnerable in our society who suffer at their hands. 

Human trafficking is modern day slavery, most commonly seen in the form of prostitution or sweat-shop labour.  Those at most risk tend to be young girls or women who are tricked into enslaved prostitution by men who may initially pose as boyfriends or friends, to gain their confidence and trust.  In reality they are pimps who isolate and control them.  They may take away victims’ money and identity documents, keep them locked indoors, make them dependent for food and even drugs.   They then force them, often through threats or actual violence to them or their families, to sell their bodies to clients on the street or work in unsafe or illegal sweat shops.

In South Africa, young girls are trafficked from one province to another, or from neighbouring countries, to work in brothels.  But this problem is international.  It is estimated  that as many as 27 million people have been victims of human trafficking, with around 1 to 2 million people trafficked every year.  Most victims are young girls between 5 to 15 years of age and half are African, though boys under 18 are also increasingly being lured into sexual exploitation.  Crime syndicates target rural areas and informal settlements for vulnerable women, young people, and children, and transport them to urban centres. They are often enticed by the promise of jobs in offices, in modelling, or as domestic workers.  Yet on arrival at their destination, the reality is very different. 

Poverty is one of the biggest reasons why women, young people and children are at such a huge risk of being exploited and trafficked.  The chance to make good, quick money and get a better life is understandably attractive.  The breakdown of families, gender discrimination, HIV/AIDS, ignorance and demand also play a role in this tragic reality.  This complex problem must be addressed collectively.

While no country has yet attained a truly comprehensive response to this massive, ever increasing, ever changing crime, the World Cup has brought a heightened awareness of what we face.  We must now use the opportunity this provides to get to the root causes of human trafficking.  To beat this terrible and destructive practice, we need  to understand better the social and economic dynamics that create the markets that make human trafficking profitable.  With the world's eyes still upon us, South Africa can take a lead in pressing for a comprehensive global response.

How do we find the solutions?  We need a combination of international and regional government task forces working with local communities, NGOs and religious groups to put in place effective action plans.  With every human trafficker identified and every successful prosecution, lessons should be learned and applied to ensure that others swiftly follow and that trafficking rings are broken.  However, it is not enough simply to prosecute the traffickers.  We also need to provide emotional and practical support to the victims and survivors. 

Individuals need to become more aware of the reality of human trafficking in our country – to learn to identify the signs of trafficking, and to be conscious of this modern ‘slavery footprint’ just as we are of our carbon footprint.  We also need to be proactive and support efforts to protect our most vulnerable citizens who may fall prey to traffickers.  While we look to our police force to find and prosecute individuals and trafficking rings who inflict this worst kind of human suffering, individuals have the power to help prevent these crimes and protect those who are at most risk.  We must also ensure the proposed Human Trafficking legislation for South Africa is passed as soon as possible, to assist law enforcement agencies as well as provide related services and support systems for victims.

We believe that all God’s children are created in the image of God and as such deserve the respect and dignity inherent in their creation.  Our Constitution ‘enshrines the rights of all people in our country and affirms the democratic values of human dignity, equality and freedom.’   Let us therefore all fight against those who would deprive others of what we should all rightly take for granted.  Let us fight for a world without human trafficking.  Let us make 2010 the year to remember, not just for the World Cup, but as the year that South African society stands united against the traffickers in our country, and makes a positive difference in safeguarding the lives of our most vulnerable people.

Dr Thabo Makgoba


Archbishop Thabo handed funds to various community development projects

The Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, Dr. Thabo Makgoba, gave funds to various community development projects on Monday 29th November 2010 at his residence, Bishopscourt. The Anglican Church’s involvement in community development projects dates back since time immemorial. HOPE Africa, a social development programme of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, has raised funds for a few worthy Anglican Parish based and community development projects through its Direct Donor Mail Programme. The organization has also established a partnership with the Cooperate Social Investment (CSI) programme of the South African Breweries (SAB) which has supported Hawston Overstrand Care centre and Tshwaranang Resource Centre in this year.  
 
The following are the community projects that received much needed assistance:

·         Hawston Overstrand Care Centre

·         Beauty Ngcukayitobi and her sewing project

·         Contribution to the new HIV/AIDS and TB Centre at the Delft Community Hospital

·         Medical equipment for Somerset Hospital’s pediatric ward

·         The Tshwaranang Resource Centre for the feeding project at Sonwabo Senior Primary School in the Eastern Cape

The total amount given to the above projects is R70 000.   Archbishop Thabo, through handing over of funds to the above projects, seeks to highlight the developmental leadership role that the Anglican Church plays in community development. In his address to the beneficiaries, Archbishop Thabo congratulated them for contributing positively in the lives of many people in their communities. He also encouraged them to continue with the good work they do in communities as it is part of God’s mission.
HOPE Africa takes this opportunity to thank all our donors and partners for their tireless support for the work that we do
We would also like to wish everybody a Blessed Christmas and a year filled with love, peace and joy.


The Diocese of St Mark the Evangelist and HOPE Africa have journeyed together since 2009 to revive agricultural activities at Jane Furse Memorial Village. Twelve (12) volunteers for Rwadishanang Drop-in centre for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) completed the science and practice of agriculture training that was facilitated by HOPE Africa’s Agriculture Officer, Mr. Lytton Sadomba.

Ms. Theresa Mafeto, a 36 year old mother of teenage boy, found the training very helpful and enlightening. “We learnt about what crops to plant according to seasons; we were just planting without considering seasons”, said Mafeto. She went further saying “one important aspect we learnt during the training was measurement of planting crops; the measurement of planting cabbage and onion are not the same, which is something that we did not know”. Her sentiments were echoed by Mrs. Emily Maleka who is also a volunteer at Rwadishanang Drop-in centre for OVC.    

When the agriculture project started at Jane Furse Memorial Village early this year, Ms. Mafeto was asked to join the project team. She is extremely thankful for the opportunity because she was able to put theory into practice. “As a single parent, I am now able to take care of my boy and to buy basic food such as bread”, said Ms. Mafeto.
The produce at Jane Furse Memorial Village were sold to Pick n’ Pay, one of the biggest chain stores in the country, and to informal traders. Community households demonstrate their support to the project through buying of the fresh produce at Jane Furse Memorial Village. Rwadishanang Drop-in centre, which caters for 305 children, benefit from the project as they receive fresh produced vegetables that can be cooked for the children. Ms. Mafeto occasionally takes home things like cabbage, onion and spinach.      

HOPE Africa’s Agriculture Officer, Lytton Sadomba, who provides technical support to the project, is currently grooming Ms. Mafeto to keep the project going once he moves.    


The department of Africana Studies at the University of Albany – Pennsylvania - United States of America approached HOPE Africa through Dr. Kwadwo Sarfoh and Prof. Marcia Sutherland and requested assistance in planning the Cape Town leg of their Pilgrimage. The department has a long standing relationship with HOPE Africa through their Save Africa from AIDS campaign.  They purchased beads from the beading group in Phillipi a few years back and sold them to the university community to raise awareness and funds for the Phillipi beading group. 

On the day of arrival, 19 July, we met the Dr. Sutherland, Dr. Taylor and the 11 students’ at the Cape Town International airport. They had spent the last two weeks and a half in Pretoria and in Durban. Later a briefing session on programmes was held at HOPE Africa Offices. M. Moholoa facilitated this process. This was followed by brief questions and discussion. E. Beal also had an opportunity to share her story of being a missionary in the Province and her involvement in the 11/11 Project.

The Pilgrims went to a project visit in Khayelitsha township at Beauty’ sewing project. Archbishop Thabo was due to handover parcels to Beauty, Vicky and Gloria. These parcels were donations Beauty and two other crèches in the area received from the United Kingdom and HOPE Africa was the agent used in getting the parcels through to them. The day turned out great as the Archbishop firstly spent time talking to the students’ and sharing Beauty’s story and the challenges people living in squatter dwellings face. The Pilgrims had time to interact with the children in the crèche as well as with Beauty, Vicky and Gloria.

The Pilgrims then went to a candle making exercise at the Phambili VIP centre. The centre is mainly run by disabled people in the community. They make candles, beading, detergents and offer computer skills. The centre Manager, Mr. Dywili was delighted to offer the workshop to young people as there are no local young people who ask for such trainings from them.

On Wednesday morning the group gathered at St. Pauls Rondebosch where Themba Lonzi from the Institute for Healing of Memories facilitated a Justice and Reconciliation workshop. He based the workshop on the history of South Africa. What was outstanding was that experiences of South Africa were very similar to that of the United States though it was in different context. At the end of the session the group went to Robben Island.

ASF and AAHT programme briefing took place at Zonnebloem on Thursday morning. Mr. O Gonya, Mr. P Lobese and Ms. P. Mhleli were so kind enough to share their programmes with the students. Both presentations highlighted what the Province does in relation to the young people. The HIV and AIDS program was most interesting to Pilgrims and kept them in discussion for quite some time.  The day ended with a visit to the Cape Town Museum.

On the day before leaving for Namibia the group had a tour of the Peninsula. It was mainly a site seeing day. They enjoyed the sea side views from around the Peninsula.


The Archbishop of Cape Town, Dr. Thabo Makgoba, led HOPE Africa on a visit to Khayelitsha where the organisation delivered a consignment from Mrs. Carol Brigstocke in the UK.  The visit took place on Tuesday 20th July 2010.

Mrs. Brigstocke and her family spent their holiday in SA in February of this year and were encouraged by a tour operator – Reggie Phillips to visit Beaty, Gloria and Vicky.  The family was most impressed with the sterling work being done by these 3 women under difficult conditions.  They spent some time interacting with the children at the crèches and pre-schools and promised to send donations to the facilities once they went home.  As soon as they went back to the UK they set the ball rolling, gathering donations from family and friends.

The consignment included five (5) boxes filled with clothes, toys, story books, knitted blankets, a Moses basket and stand for a baby, bedding and towels for babies for Beauty Ngcukayitobi who coordinates Masande Educare Pre-School. The Educare currently looks after 50 babies and toddlers, some of whom are HIV positive while others have been orphaned by HIV and AIDS.

Gloria Mbali, who runs a preprimary, received four (4) boxes of educational toys, story books, arts papers, crayons, scissors, puzzles and games for her learners. The total number of learners enrolled at the preprimary school is 100. According to Gloria, the donated educational materials will have a great and positive impact on the teaching and learning exercises at the preschool.

The last set of three (3) boxes was for Vicky Ntozini who runs a tiny B&B in khayelitsha. Vicky works very closely with both Beauty and Gloria in their initiatives. The boxes that Vicky got were full of clothes, shoes and some blankets for the elderly.

The three ladies, Beauty, Vicky and Gloria expressed their sincere thanks to everybody who made the donations possible. Archbishop Thabo encouraged the three ladies to continue with their community development initiatives. He also urged them never to loose hope.

We are very thankful to Send and Receive Couriers who worked tirelessly to get the shipment to be released from Customs.  Send and Receive Couriers also partnered with us in transporting the donations to Khayelitsha. 


You might have recently read about Beauty and her inspiring sewing project – it’s been incredibly moving to see how her plight has taken hold in your hearts. We’ve received countless letters and we thought we’d share two with you today ...

Thank you for your letter telling me of Beauty Ngcukayitobi, what a very courageous and remarkable woman. Until recently I have over my lifetime sewed clothes for my children and myself, and so I can understand how much she has achieved.” – Mrs. Gwendoline Jeffery.

I was actually sitting at my own sewing machine when your appeal letter arrived! I have loved sewing all my life and if I were 20 or 30 years younger I would have volunteered to help!” – Mrs. Joan Hall.

Thank you to all of our friends for your special letters and gifts – you’ve answered Beauty’s prayers.

Mrs. Blackbeard, of Diep River, was also kind enough to give her own sewing machine to help with Beauty’s lessons. A sewing teacher for most of her life, she even wrote her own training manual, which she’s donated to Beauty.

This machine was Mrs. Blackbeard’s pride and joy, so it really is a special gift. Beauty, and the women and children that she teaches, are overjoyed. They promised that everything they received will be put to good use!

Thank you for bringing hope to her humble sewing school in Khayelitsha! And thank you for taking Beauty’s plea for help to heart. It makes such a difference.


7 year old Luvo was born with a brain defect, which affected his development. He can’t walk, sit up on his own, or speak ... and without a wheelchair, this meant he always had to be carried around on someone’s back.

His grandmother does her best to care for him, but you can imagine the burden ... And that’s why your response to our appeal for Luvo was such a tremendous help.

Thanks to your generosity, and the Coyote Foundation, Tshwaranang Resource Centre was able to buy 20 wheelchairs for people in need like Luvo.

These simple collapsible wheelchairs have transformed the lives of Luvo and many others. Life’s much easier – thanks to his new wheelchair, Luvo can attend a special school, he has freedom of movement, and can be around other children.

And Luvo can now go to church with his grandmother. She wrote to us to say a special thank you to everyone who contributed to this wonderful gift:

“Thank you for coming to my rescue. Words are not enough to describe how the wheelchair is going to change the life of my grandchild and I. I wish to express my sincere gratitude to the donors, and say that they have fulf lled my greatest wish.”

Thank you for being a blessing in their lives!


In February this year, we received a visit from members of Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) from the USA, who wanted to learn about the Anglican Church’s work in Southern Africa, and to see some of South Africa’s beautiful sights.

We took our ERD friends to Queenstown in the Eastern Cape of South Africa to visit our Tshwaranang Resource Centre and the sites that both HOPE Africa and ERD support.

Tshwaranang is a Sesotho word, meaning, “hold each other” or “joining hands”, and Tshwaranang Resource Centre is committed to caring for and supporting those who are suffering.

The Centre supports a number of projects, including home-based care, orphans and vulnerable children, food security, job training, HIV and AIDS care and advocacy, as well as computer literacy.

The ERD team divided into small groups who visited all of our different sites – they went into the homes of people receiving home-based care, visited after-school programmes, schools, community gardens and many more projects.

Tshwaranang means more than just joining hands – it’s a bond between people, between HOPE Africa and ERD – bringing support to the people who need it most.

Thank you to you, our loyal friend, whose support is invaluable to the vulnerable families who receive it. And thank you to ERD for their partnership and sponsorship of spreading hope in Southern Africa.


An International Faith Communities’ partnership launched the “Stop Human trafficking” campaign in January 2010.

Linked to the soccer World Cup that was hosted in South Africa from 11 June – 11 July, it was expected that human trafficking would escalate during this event.

Human trafficking exploits the most vulnerable in society – it takes advantage of the social challenges and human hardships caused by poverty, unemployment, inadequate education and political instability.

Many African countries are sources of, and transit countries for, trafficking. According to the International Organisation for Migration, at least 1000 women each year are trafficked into SA from neighbouring countries for sexual exploitation.

The “Stop Human Trafficking” campaign aims to restore human dignity and uphold the sanctity of life by raising awareness and alerting the public to the issue of human trafficking.

As a society, it’s our duty to unite against trafficking and protect those most vulnerable of falling prey to sexual exploitation. We hope that you’ll support our endeavours to stop human trafficking in Southern Africa and bring hope to its victims.



Dear People of God

Well, the World Cup is finally over!  Spain has won, in a thrilling final, and the celebrations will, I am sure, continue for a long time. 
We also have cause for continuing celebration.  The first tournament on African soil was a resounding success, from almost every perspective, even if Bafana Bafana, and then the Black Stars of Ghana, did not progress as far as we had hoped.  It was the a vivid affirmation of all that is best in our societies – people of every background uniting in love of the ‘beautiful game’; and proof, if it be needed, that with focus, commitment, hard work and perseverance, we can achieve whatever we set our hearts and minds to do!

So let me encourage you, especially if you feel a little ‘down’ that it is over, to spend a few moments reflecting on all that you found best in the tournament – and thank God.  St Paul says ‘whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things’ (Phil 4:8).  And so we should, whether because we overcame all the sceptics’ predictions and so have given a huge boost to potential increases in tourism and investment and economic upliftment; or because crime fell;  or because for those of us in South Africa in particular there truly was a glorious sense of the whole nation coming together.  We can sustain and build on all these to develop healthy societies for all our people.  (I commend the Keep Flying the Flag campaign, as a visible sign of holding on to all we have achieved.  See www.keepflying.co.za.)

There is also a challenge here – particularly to politicians and government services.  If South Africa can deliver on the World Cup, the largest sporting event apart from the Olympics (and we may be bidding for that, next!), then really, any government ought to be able to deliver on health, education, housing, water and sanitation, and the other needs of its people.  All it takes is focus, commitment, hard work and perseverance.  Of course, we know that there are steep, high, mountains to climb in some sectors – but we should all be optimistic, because we now know what can be done, if we truly want to do it, and keep working at it. 

 Did you know that Danny Jordaan and his team first began planning for South Africa to bid for the World Cup 16 years ago, in 1994?  I mention this, because we can be encouraged to think big, and think long term, in our planning.  This is of course what we are doing in our ‘Vision 2020’ process at Provincial Synod at the end of September.  Do keep our Synod preparations in your prayers.

But I also want individuals – young people in particular – to dare to think big, and think long term.  Especially dare to think ‘on your knees’, asking God how he wants you to use your life so you can make the biggest possible God-shaped difference in the world!  Helping build God’s kingdom, pursuing a life of eternal significance, is a far more profound measure of success than seeking money or status.  Not everyone can be rich or famous, but everyone can become God’s valuable instrument.  For some this may mean becoming teachers, nurses, doctors;  or upholding the highest ethical values in some commercial walk of life.  If you marry and have children, it certainly means being the best spouse, the best parent, you can be.  And for some it will mean saying ‘Yes’ to God’s call to some form of full time Christian service – even the precious vocation of ordained ministry.We should encourage all our young people to listen to God’s calling on their lives, and consider the possibility of ordination.  This was one of the themes of the Anglican Students’ Fellowship Conference in Lesotho last month.  It was my great joy to join them there.  I’m also looking forward to the Annual Consultation of Diocesan Youth Councils in Swaziland in September.  ‘Protection and Nurture of Children and Young People’ is one of the eight priority areas of our Vision, not only within the life of faith, but also through promoting their safety and well-being across wider society.  We are also deliberately ensuring we take account of the perspective of young people in tackling our other priority areas, across everything from liturgical renewal to leadership development, health, and the environment 

The needs of young people have been in my mind in other ways recently.  Last month I participated in the hand-over to the Governing Body and Department of Education of Mzamowethu pre-primary school, in Mzam’omhle township, which had been built with the support of St Martin’s in Gonubie.  We congratulate the community on this achievement!  And last week, I joined the launch of an initiative of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Nelson Mandela Institute, and Equal Education (of which I am a patron) to promote reading and fully functioning libraries in all the public schools of South Africa, as a tribute to Madiba on his birthday.  I hope all your churches have received my message encouraging you to become collection points for books that can be donated to local schools.  If you haven’t seen it, you will find it on my blog at http://archbishop.anglicanchurchsa.org/.

If you have internet access, you can follow my latest news by ‘subscribing’ at the bottom of the web page.  Then you will get an email whenever anything is posted, to keep you up to date.  You can see there that I have had a busy few months, even though I have tried to be on holiday during July!  I was privileged to give an address at a UN Africa Consultation on the Status of Jerusalem earlier this month – and was able to speak up for our Palestinian Christian brothers and sisters, whose voice is so often unheard.  Do keep them in mind, as you ‘pray for the peace of Jerusalem’ (Ps 122:6).  Last month I addressed the annual USPG conference about ‘Mission Realities for Southern African Anglicans’ and spoke about how our hugely diverse Province holds together ‘in Christ’, finding our unity ‘at the foot of the cross’.  Do pray that the Anglican Communion may hold fast to Jesus as Lord and Saviour, as the source of both unity and truth.  You can read the full texts of my speeches on the blog or the ACSA website.

This month, please pray especially for the Diocese of Mbhashe that will be inaugurated on 16 July;  and for the Archdeacon Daniel Kgomosotho and his family, as he is consecrated the new Bishop of Mpumalanga, on 24 July/

Yours in the Service of Christ

+Thabo Cape Town















HOPE Africa developed a holiday club programme to provide safe spaces for children during the World Cup in South Africa. The programme has been disseminated to all Anglican dioceses throughout Southern Africa just before start of the spectacular event, so that it can be implemented. The fundamental aim of the programme is to provide safe environment, edutainment, and meals to children during the day. The six week long winter school holiday for children due the World Cup tournament stimulated the creation of the holiday club programme.

The organisation is pleased that parishes in dioceses across the Province are implementing the holiday club programme with young people in their communities. Through this programme, children enjoy various activities such as bible studies, theatre, sports, and awareness lectures on a variety of topics such as drug and alcohol abuse, human trafficking, HIV and AIDS, education, etc.

In the Western Cape province of South Africa, HOPE Africa is working closely with Scripture Union, Ultimate Goal and volunteers to roll out over 70 holiday clubs in communities. The programme received thumbs up from the Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba.    


This year will see the sitting of the Provincial Synod to be held in Johannesburg in September. It is important that we ensure that all congregants are well represented in this highest policy making structure of our church, that is fair representation of men, women, youth and persons with disabilities. We should not see the issues of representation as being important for government and political structures, but we should ensure that even in our church structures, fair representation is equally important.

These are the principles of Gender mainstreaming, which require changes in goals, strategies, and actions of all committees or groups so that both women and men can influence, participate in, and benefit from development processes. 

In this regard, the Provincial Synod of September 2002 requested the Metropolitan to establish a commission, which drafted a proposal for representation at all levels of governance of the ACSA, from Parish level up to Provincial level and to report to the next session of the Provincial Synod.  It recommended that:

  1. In churches and congregations, known in the Canons as Parishes, archdeaconries and Diocesan structures, we must strive for equitable representation reflecting the Diocesan Profile.
  2. The laity, in particular women and young people, comprise the greatest proposition of our church membership, we must ensure equitable lay representation in all structures of church governance, acknowledging that members of the synod of Bishops are subject to a separate and distinct prayer–infused, elective process in each Diocese. 

All Dioceses (should) enjoy the right to equal representation, i.e. a maximum of 7 people including the Bishop at Provincial Synod and Standing Committees

The commission used the Value Based Declaration as a critical system to the ethos and proposed structure of our church. It states that:

  1. God calls the church to embrace transformation;
  2. The Church is a microcosm of society, which is a process of transformation;
  3. The Church is wonderfully enriched through its diversity and the unique giftedness, which each member brings to its life;
  4. The Church must ensure that all its governing structures are truly representative.

We therefore hope to see well represented Diocesan groups at this year’s synod, to ensure that motions and recommendations are discussions and passed by a fairly represented group.

We already know that the Synod of Bishops is a 100% senior male dominated group as we have no female bishops. So let us ensure that woman and youth are fairly represented in the coming Provincial Synod.

Article compiled by: Pumla Titus-Madiba. ACSA Provincial Link to the International Anglican Women’s Network and HOPE Africa Board Member.


Dear People of God

Well, the World Cup is finally upon us!  As I have said to journalists, though I know I ought to pray for the best team to win, nonetheless my heart is with Bafana Bafana!  Nonetheless, I hope you will join with me in the following simple prayer, throughout the time of the Tournament.
                       
God bless the 2010 World Cup:  bless those who compete, and those who watch, 
bless those who host, and those who visit,  
and help all who love the 'the beautiful game'
grow in the love you have given us to share 
through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Meanwhile, the church’s year rolls on.  We have just observed Pentecost, which completes the cycle of Lent, Passion and Easter, with our celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, the Advocate, the Helper, the Sustainer, the Sanctifier, the One who leads us into all Truth.  In Hebrew, the word for Spirit and breath are the same, and I sometimes think of the Spirit as being the oxygen of the life of faith – the breath of life, which we must keep on breathing if we are to stay alive!  Our baptism signifies the coming of the Spirit to live within us, as those whose lives are dedicated to God, and we pray for the confirmation and strengthening of the Spirit within us at confirmation.  The Spirit is for all of us, not just those we think of as leaders within the church.

In the confirmation prayers, we speak of the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, of discernment and inner strength, of knowledge and true godliness.   This should give us confidence that, whatever we face, the Spirit will help us know what to do, and give us the courage to pursue it. I thought of this last month when I was in the Diocese of Zululand, celebrating with Bishop Dino and his clergy and people the 140th anniversary of their founding.  The Diocese has seen many turbulent times during those years – from the Anglo-Zulu wars in its earliest period through to the troubled times of the struggle, especially as the promise of democracy began to dawn.  As I look back, I am sure it was the oxygen of the Spirit, whose inner strength gave courage to the people of God to hold fast in faithfulness, recognising the faithfulness of God to them through thick and thin.

As I visited Nongoma, Nquthu and Ulundi, meeting His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini, and iNkosi Mangosuthu Buthelezi, as well as clergy and people of the Diocese, I realised how much we still need the discernment of the Holy Spirit, especially in understanding what is the authentic expression of the gospel within the various cultures of Southern Africa.  We know that we do not have to become Victorian ladies and gentlemen – as some of the early missionaries and clergy thought!  Yet we need great wisdom in understanding what parts of the traditional cultures of the countries of our Provinces are compatible with the eternal truths of the gospel.  It is the Holy Spirit, that not only spoke all the languages of those present at the first Pentecost, but who also can translate the gospel fluently into all the cultures of today’s world, to whom we must continue to look, in our quest for discernment.  Such discernment will also be our greatest help in knowing how to engage confidently with the many challenges and questions of contemporary politics. 

Sadly, one lady collapsed and later died, at the Eucharist at St Augustine’s Mission at Nquthu.  And yet her family said to me that there was nowhere where she would have wanted to be more, for such a thing to happen.  It was a wonderful testimony that our faith in our Lord’s resurrection is for us far more than just words.The week after my visit to Zululand, I was in London for more celebrations – the 50th anniversary of the Southern African Church Development Trust, founded by Harold Wilson and Arthur Spencer-Payne.  As many of you will know from their work in your own parishes, the SACDT supports the building of community centres and churches, classrooms and hostels, educational programmes and student bursaries.  It also funds special projects such as primary health care in mission hospitals and more recently Aids clinics, crèches and educare centres across Southern Africa.

We had a wonderful Eucharist at the Church of St Martin-in-the-Fields in London.  The Church community has long been a faithful friend of Southern Africa, almost next door to South Africa House on the side of Trafalgar Square, which, after so many years of demonstrations outside, now houses our High Commission – which was represented at the Service.  Members of both the Wilson and Spencer-Payne families were also there, along with Revd Dr Jack Mulder, the Trust’s Director of Projects.  Later this year, a plaque will be dedicated in the church of All Saints, Somerset West to mark the vision of the two founders.  I then  had an opportunity to speak at an inter-religious gathering at Blackburn Cathedral.

Back home, preparations continue for Provincial Synod.  I promised to say more about the eight priority themes for our 2020 Vision.  Let me address two here. First, liturgy – where we aim to strengthen the Liturgical Commission to do more in developing and disseminating resources that will support local congregations in worship that is vibrant, inclusive, contextual and life-changing, while remaining in touch with our liturgical heritage.  We also want to look more closely at inter-generational issues and the perspectives of young people.  Second, theological education, where the Province’s role is providing overall shape and direction, in both teaching and spiritual formation for lay and ordained Anglicans, in ways that serve the whole family of God in our Province, in the living out of our vision.

Finally, while I was in London, by chance was able to go to a service in the chapel at Lambeth Palace.  It was a few days after Pentecost and Archbishop Rowan Williams spoke about the Holy Spirit as the ‘Divine Intruder’, whom we cannot keep out of our lives.  Returning to Cape Town as winter is really upon us, and it is impossible to keep the wind from coming through the old window frames at Bishopscourt, I am reminded what a wonderful metaphor this is for the breath of God, which, as we read in John’s gospel, ‘blows where it will’ (Jn 3:8).

Yours in the Service of Christ
+Thabo Cape Town


The Diocese of Zululand held its consultative workshop on social development on the 07th – 08th May 2010. HOPE Africa facilitated the workshop which was attended by 40 participants, with a fair representation of women and young people, representing all 10 archdeaconries of the diocese. The workshop is a step further to strengthening the relations between HOPE Africa and the Diocese of Zululand.

Bishop Dino Gabriel welcomed both the participants and facilitators to the workshop. He reminded the participants that “development work is one of the essential ingredients of our Christian life”. The Bishop highlighted that the diocese is in the process of rethinking and restructuring social development initiatives in the diocese. “The profile will help us to respond effectively on social development issues”, Bishop Dino said.





The following are the participants’ expectations of the workshop:

  • Understanding of the diocese
  • Feedback on the survey (profile)
  • Benchmarking
  • How to use the information gathered
  • Clear directions from the profile process
  • Utilization of available resources
  • Develop more skills
  • Realistic dreaming

In the workshop, HOPE Africa also presented findings of the prolife that was done between September and November 2009. Participants discussed the findings in details including what they think the diocese need to focus on in relation social development. In their various group works, participants identified important issues that emerged from the profile.

The SWOT analysis of the diocese session paved way for the planning framework session.  The participants strongly felt that the diocese needs to establish a programme of action for social development work.  In their different geographical regions of the diocese, participants drafted plans for social development using social development priorities that they identified for the diocese. The six identified priorities are:  

  • Orphans and vulnerable children
  • Resources
  • Agricultural programme
  • Poverty and hunger
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Capacity Building and training programme

HOPE Africa organised a five day training of trainers for the Community Development and Christian Leadership modules of the Poverty and Development Course (PDC) in April 2010. The training took place in Cape Town and it was facilitated by Faranani Facilitation Services. The idea behind this kind of training is to have a pool of facilitators for modules throughout the Province to minimize the cost for future PDC trainings in dioceses.

The following people took part in the training: Percy Chinganga, Mario Muramua, Selwyn Engelbrecht, Rev. Natalie Simons-Arendse, Chuma Mduzana, Kebapile Matlhako, Rev. Vicentia Kgabe, Rev. John Klaasen, Isaias Chachine and Nomzamo Landingwe. Two participants represented the College of Transfiguration while others are from the dioceses of Cape Town, Saldanha Bay, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Grahamstown and Niassa. During the training participants grappled with the content and editing for both modules. Participants will co-facilitate with Faranani Facilitation Services during 2010 to gain further content experience. The training also highlighted the vast quality of skills that exit in the Province that just needs to be tapped into. There are already five people trained to facilitate the Theology and Development module. The organisation hopes to train five individuals as trainers on Public Policy and the Church module in 2011.


In 2009, fifteen Bishops from across ACSA took part in the introductory training on Poverty and Development Course’s two modules of Local Community Development and Theology and Development which took place in Johannesburg. Last year, the bishops unanimously agreed that there should be training on the last two modules.

The commitment of 7 bishops who took part in the three day April 2010 training on the last two modules of the PDC, Christian Leadership and Public Policy and The Church, is inspiration to the work of HOPE Africa. The training took place in Cape Town and the bishops from three countries represented the following dioceses: Cape Town, False Bay, Kimberly and Kuruman, Lesotho, Namibia, Matlosane and Saldanha Bay. The Reverend Suzanne Peterson and Reverend Alan Kannemeyer from the Archbishop and Provincial Executive Officer’s offices were in attendance. The organisation is thankful for the support that the two offices continue to give us.  

The focus in the recent PDC training for Bishops was on leadership styles and management skills amongst other things. Participants indicated in their evaluation forms that public policy module was outstanding for them. Other acquired skills were: advocacy skills, decisions making, mobilising, monitoring and evaluation, planning, problem solving, project management and needs recognition.

One concern highlighted in the training was the lack of understanding the role of the Church in public policy and the lack of skills by the leadership to lobby and advocate. Bishops from dioceses outside of South Africa felt that more focus public policy and advocacy is needed on Provincial issues and not only South Africa issues.

The PDC has the potential to unleash a sustained socio-economic development ministry across ACSA that will see the Church consolidating its role as a strategic partner in development work.


Douglas Fenton, the Episcopal Church’s Director for Young Adult & Campus Ministry and David Copley, the Episcopal Church’s Mission Personnel Director, visited HOPE Africa offices in April 2010. The purpose of their visit was to meet with Emily Beal (a HOPE Africa volunteer) and Revd. Suzanne Peterson (Public Policy & Advocacy Officer & Communications Manager for Archbishop Thabo Makgoba). From South Africa the Douglas and David, along with All Episcopal Church volunteers in Africa, attended a retreat in Kenya from 27 April to 03 May 2010.  Pictured with the Douglas and David are the CEO of HOPE Africa –Delene Mark (seated) along with members.


 

 


You may remember our appeal for wheelchairs in 2009, and particularly our appeal for a wheelchair for a young boy, Luvo.

Luvo was born with a brain defect, which affected his development and, without a wheelchair, meant that he always had to be carried around on someone’s back.

Thanks to the generosity and kindness of our friends and donors, and The Coyote Foundation in particular, Tshwaranang Resource Centre was able to buy 20 wheelchairs for people in need like Luvo.

Luvo’s grandmother wrote to us to say a special thank you to everyone who contributed to this miracle in their lives:

Thank you for coming to my rescue. Words are not enough to describe how the wheelchair is going the change the life of my grandchild and I. I wish to express my sincere gratitude to the donors, and say that they have fulfilled my greatest wish.

Thanks to his new wheelchair, Luvo can attend a special school and has the freedom of movement to get around.

These 20 wheelchairs are a blessing in the lives of people like Luvo, because without mobility, they end up leading isolated lives. Thank you for giving them a better life and a better future!

 


After reading the article about Archbishop Makgoba’s visit to Beauty in December 2009, a Diep River resident was deeply moved to offer Beauty a special gift. Mrs. Blackbeard, a resident in a retirement village, called HOPE Africa to offer her own sewing machine to Beauty to help with her lessons.

Mrs. Blackbeard was a sewing teacher for most of her working life, and even wrote her own training manual, which she’s donated to Beauty as well. Unfortunately, she suffered a stroke a few years back and has been unable to continue with her sewing.

This particular sewing machine was Mrs. Blackbeard’s pride and joy, so it really is a special gift. She won the Husqvana sewing machine in a competition in 1975, and has since taught many people the tricks of the trade on it.

Mrs. Blackbeard wished Beauty well and prayed that the group under her care will grow from strength to strength. She was so happy to know that her machine would continue to spread the gift of sewing.

Beauty and the women and children that she teaches were overjoyed to receive the donation, and promised that the machine and materials would be put to good use. Beauty also thanked God for answering her prayers and continue to trust that God will continue to bless her work and her pupils’ efforts.

Beauty’s also grateful to the Archbishop and HOPE Africa for highlighting her plight and bringing hope to her humble sewing school in Khayelitsha.

During a recent visit to Beauty in February, HOPE Africa also donated soft toys and blankets crocheted by one of our regular supporters – Mrs. Summerville. The toys and blankets are gifts for the babies that Beauty cares for while their young mothers are still at school.

A special thank you to Mrs. Blackbeard and Mrs. Summerville, and all of our supporters, who have generously taken Beauty’s plea for help to heart.


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We are barely six weeks into the year, as I write, but the good rest of the Christmas and New Year break is beginning to seem rather distant already! 

The theme that has come to dominate the start to my year arose from reflecting on Jesus’ healing of the deaf mute man (Mk 7:31-37).  All of us need his healing touch, unstopping ears and opening mouths, to hear what he is saying, and then declare his truths to his world.  God, it is said, gave us two ears and one mouth, with the intention that we should spend twice as much time listening, as talking!  In this way, first we receive, and then we are to share.

I began the year with a consultation of Christian leaders, an informal gathering from across the whole body of Christ.  We felt a strong conviction God was urging us to pursue greater unity and cooperation, with Jesus Christ at the centre.  For it is as members together of the body of Christ (rather than united around some external issue like apartheid or poverty) that we belong together.  Having had our ears opened in this way, we aim to come closer to each other, and hope we will go on to speak more effectively – demonstrating unity in Christ, even in our diversity.  Fundamentally, it is of course Jesus himself whom we most need to receive, and in turn must share with the world.

I had a different experience of listening and speaking when the electoral assembly of the new Diocese of Ukhahlamba (created from the northern part of the Diocese of Grahamstown) decided to ask the Synod of Bishops to make an appointment.  Sometimes, deciding to do what seems to be ‘nothing’ takes considerable courage.  It is a reminder to unstopped ears that God’s voice is often still and small, and may say ‘Wait’.  We must learn to listen carefully, and not be afraid to share that ‘wait’ with others, when it comes.

Later that same week I joined other faith leaders to bless the Cape Town 2010 Stadium.  Religious communities share so much in common, especially as we join in addressing increasing secularism.  Yet inter-faith events also require careful listening to how our Lord would have us speak.  I was glad to be the Christian voice in the Stadium’s opening, and unashamedly asked God’s blessing, in the name of Jesus, and by the power of the Spirit.  We should not be afraid to make clear our distinct belief in the God who is Trinity, and the salvation and redemption that come through the cross and resurrection.  My particular prayer is that in 2010 God may bless all who compete and who spectate;  and inspire us all to reach for excellence, to promote fair play, to share in team spirit, and to enjoy together the great gifts that sport offers humankind. 
More listening and speaking followed at the end of January when I travelled to Switzerland, for the annual meeting of global leaders in the World Economic Forum at Davos.  I am glad to say that faith leaders are increasingly seen as having a vital contribution to make to this gathering.  Many of us were discussion leaders in various sessions, and some contributed essays to a report circulated to participants, on ‘Values for the Post-Crisis Economy’.  The crisis of values and ethics in global economic policy-making has brought new possibilities for the voice of faith in the public arena – do pray that Christian leaders, not least our own highly respected Archbishop of Canterbury, will use these well.

Last week, I joined the Chief Rabbi in giving what we termed a ‘Moral State of the Nation Address’, each from the perspective of our own faith community.  My hope is that this might become an annual event, with other religious leaders also participating.  I argued that ‘morality’ is a word that describes how the whole of life is lived, and concerns the totality of what it is to be a human being and to flourish.  As I have done before, I underlined the three key areas of what this means, which we learn from the story of Noah:  the sanctity of life, the stewardship of creation, and the dignity of difference. 

I am sure the audience were wondering whether I’d comment on the news that President Jacob Zuma has fathered a child outside marriage!  I hope I made my views clear when I said that promiscuity, unfaithfulness, adultery, unprotected sex that risks spreading HIV or resulting in unwanted pregnancies and appallingly high numbers of abortions – all of these are offences against the sanctity, the sacredness, of life.  They are acts of emotional violence and physical peril, and demeaning to the human dignity of all involved.  Of course, sex is wonderful – it is one of God’s best gifts to humanity.  But the greatest gifts are open to the worst abuses, and therefore we must use the gift of sexuality wisely and well.  The full text is available on my blog (http://archbishop.anglicanchurchsa.org), on the ACSA website (www.anglicanchurchsa.org), and from Diocesan offices.

Many of us have been concerned to listen and speak, and also act, well in our response to the disaster in Haiti.  We need to listen to what is most needed – whether in urgent disaster response, or the long reconstruction process.  I was glad to endorse the ‘Africa for Haiti’ Campaign launched by Mrs Graça Machel.  Our continent has received so much support over the years.  Now we must stand in solidarity with the Haitians, and do what we can – including urging our leaders to make tangible and generous commitments.  This requires careful, respectful, listening to Haitians themselves, about their priorities for their own future.  We can also listen and speak, in solidarity with their pain trauma.  Through joining in lament, we can both allow ourselves to be drawn into their tragedy, and share in proclaiming that God listens to all who suffer.  Weeping with those who weep is a holy way of listening and speaking in response to disaster. 

Finally, may I thank you for your continuing prayers and support (including many messages of congratulations on my PhD – thank you!) for my ministry, and for our Church.  Please do hold the Diocese of Mpumalanga in your prayers, following the death of Bishop Les Walker last November, and the Diocese of Ukhahlamba as a new Bishop is chosen (the Synod of Bishops will be meeting as this letter goes out to you all).  And may our Lord bless you richly in the year ahead, and make you a blessing to others

Yours in the service of Christ

+Thabo Cape Town

 

The Synod of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA) gathered with the Diocese of Swaziland in the blessing of their new Conference Suite at Thokoza (Joy), the Anglican Conference Centre in Swaziland.  We then continued our meeting in that tranquil setting, giving thanks for the spirit of joy and fraternal charity that undergirded all our proceedings and which enabled us to conduct our work in an atmosphere of prayer.

As we met, we wrestled together with Scripture and listened to scholars speak on the authority of Scripture and its interpretation – that is, questions of hermeneutics.  The problem of interpretation is crucial in a world of growing fundamentalism and we will continue to explore different hermeneutical ways of studying and interpreting Scripture.  We believe that the prayerful study of Scripture should be central in all parish life, and encourage parishes to promote such study.

We listened too to scholars speaking on the spirituality of traditional African religion and its relationship with Christian spirituality.  We recognise that we have only begun to scratch the surface of a deep and complex subject, and that there is still much that needs to be done in this regard.  We have formed a Task team to explore in greater detail the implications of African traditional customs and rites being incorporated into Christian liturgical practice.  But, because we are concerned that certain aspects of the two spiritualities might well be incompatible, we believe that, at least for the present, we must discourage any syncretism between the two.

As we sought to hear what the Scriptures are saying to us at this present moment, at the same time we listened to stories both from the Bishops and from civil society about what is happening in the nations within our Province.  There are clear signs of spiritual growth and much that is happening for which we give thanks to God.

However, we have also been disturbed by some of the reports we have received, that suggest that there are common threads running through all the countries within our Province, threads that appear to be unravelling in worrying ways.

We believe that those in power are called by God to wise leadership and exemplary lifestyle, exercised on behalf of all God’s people and for their upliftment and betterment – as St Paul wrote in his letter to the Romans.  Of particular importance within God’s economy are the poor, and those who live on the margins of society.  It is our observation that, though lip-service is widely paid to the notion of social upliftment, the reality is that most of the leaders of our respective nations seem more committed to self enrichment than poverty eradication.

We have listened to accounts of unbridled greed, a greed that is not simply limited to those in political power.  Nevertheless, we are especially concerned at the levels of greed of those in power, and at the manner in which political processes are manipulated and co-opted in the pursuit of self enrichment.  This has resulted in a serious undermining of democratic values to the point where, in some places, such values are non-existent.  We were distressed to hear of people living below the poverty datum line in the oil rich country of Angola, and of the huge number of people struggling to exist on less than $2 a day in Swaziland, where the average per capita income is over $5,000 per annum.  In some of the nations within our Province, this quest for self enrichment has given rise to blatant abuses of power to the point where, in Swaziland, for example, political leaders stifle all attempts at dialogue and silence opposition, preferring instead to rule by threats and intimidation.

We have also been concerned at reports regarding the moral degeneration within our societies and among their leadership.  The almost unprecedented levels of alleged corruption among those in positions of power within the Republic of South Africa, the seeming inability or unwillingness of the State to hold anyone accountable, and the recent revelations of the sexual misconduct of the President of that country do not bode well for the future and are cause for serious concern.  The people in our pews look at what is happening there and elsewhere within our Province, and ask who they can respect and look up to as role models in the political leadership of our nations. 

Much of this moral decay seems to disregard and undermine fundamental human rights.  Certainly some of the corruption allegations referred to above appear to have been at the expense of the poorest of the poor, and show scant regard for what are seen by many as basic human rights.  In the same way, the sexual indiscretions mentioned highlight the way women more widely face exploitation and abuse, and, in the case of Swaziland, are reduced to the status of the possession of a male through the denial of basic human, political and economic rights.

In response to the overarching call of God on all our lives, we therefore call upon the leaders of all the nations within our Province to covenant with us in a process of moral, spiritual and economic regeneration, in which we seek to model our lives and our societies more closely on God’s principles and purposes for humanity, as they are held in common by the great majority of faith groupings.  Through doing so, may we be servants of his blessing upon all his people.

Romans 13: 1-4  Let every person be subject to the governing authorities; for there is no authority except from God, and those authorities that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists authority resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgement. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Do you wish to have no fear of the authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive its approval; for it is God’s servant for your good. But if you do what is wrong, you should be afraid, for the authority does not bear the sword in vain! It is the servant of God to execute wrath on the wrongdoer.

Note for Editors:  The Province of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa comprises Angola, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, St Helena and Tristan da Cunha.

Issued by the Office of the Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town

Inquiries:  Cynthia Michaels on 021- 763-1320  (office hours)

 


 

Opening Greetings: Ladies and gentlemen, I’m glad to be with you this evening.

Introductory Comments

I have just returned from the World Economic Forum in Davos. 

There, religious leaders contributed articles on ‘Values for the Post-Crisis Economy’ and helped lead discussions, as part of our interdisciplinary consideration of economic, political, social and technological developments.

This underscored how religious leaders are expected to express views on the moral questions that set the context for our lives.

So I am grateful to the Chief Rabbi for proposing that we should address the moral state of the nation, from the perspective of our particular faith communities.

My hope is that we may sow the seed of something larger for the future:  that in years ahead, contributions will come from a fuller breadth of the faith communities – and that we will prompt a debate, in which all South Africans should share, on the broad questions shaping national life.

Nonetheless, I am aware that it might seem presumptuous to deliver a ‘Moral State of the Nation Address’.

Therefore, let me offer it as just one lens through which we might view our country. 

But I hope we will nonetheless bring a helpful focus on areas where we feel compelled to speak and act, and where we cannot allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by moral relativism. 

This is our reality. This is Holy ground. [click here to read the address]


An International Faith communities’ partnership launched a “Stop Human Trafficking” campaign on the 19th January 2010. The launch was attended by National Church Leaders who were meeting at their Fourth Consultation held in Stellenbosch. The campaign is linked to 2010 World Cup Soccer tournament in South Africa where it is expected that human trafficking will escalate. The campaign has received unanimous support from the Church Leaders.

Human trafficking, devious and exploitative by nature, takes advantage of the social challenges and human hardships caused by poverty, unemployment, inadequate education and political instability. Human trafficking also happens as a result of the degradation of moral fiber an exploitation of vulnerable groups.
The challenge of human trafficking is a global one. Many African countries are sources and transit countries for human trafficking; South Africa is a major destination country for its neighbouring countries. The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) indicates that each year at least 1,000 women are trafficked into South Africa from neighbouring countries for sexual exploitation. Human trafficking also occurs within South Africa as people are taken from one part of the country to another.

The “Stop Human Trafficking” campaign in Southern Africa seeks to restore human dignity and uphold the sanctity of life through:

  • Raise awareness and sensitise the public on the ills of human trafficking
  • Build the capacity of religious institutions and leaders in countering human trafficking
  • Advocacy campaigns
  • Facilitate support to victims of human trafficking through safe spaces

With the unanimous support that the campaign received during the consultation, church leaders were urged to makes use of various denominational interventions to counter human trafficking in the country and the region at large, and to familiarise themselves with issues around human trafficking. Church leaders at all levels were called to unite against the scourge of human trafficking.    

The campaign will include the following in the coming months:

  • Identify likeminded organisations that work against human trafficking in Southern Africa
  • Identify safe houses for victims of human trafficking and map out a support programme to build their capacity
  • Raise awareness of human trafficking through dissemination of more information on the subject
  • Ensure visibility of “Stop Human Trafficking” campaign during 2010 World Cup Soccer tournament.

The campaign is implemented by the Anglican Church of Southern Africa through HOPE Africa, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa (ELCSA) and Churches United Against HIV and AIDS in Eastern and Southern Africa (CUAHA), together with the Helsinki Deaconess Institute (HDI) from Finland. The campaign is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.


Welcome to this blog, where we aim to try to create snapshots of regular information on the activities of HOPE Africa.

 

Rebecca Katunga is 47 years old and she’s been running her own business for two years now. As a nurse she used to sell bits and pieces for extra income, and started out crocheting plastic bags and hats. Rebecca attended night school to learn basic computer skills and finish her matric – one of the subjects that encouraged her in her dreams was business economics.

When a major store opened in Kraaifontein, she saw long queues of people buying goods – and an opportunity to open a take-away shop where people could quickly grab something to eat. Rebecca
didn’t have money to start her own business but she took out a loan and bought catering equipment.

As the shop gained popularity, Rebecca saw it change direction and shape. “People would ask for products I didn’t have. I’d write it down each time, and if I saw a clear demand then I would get few units to test the waters. I went from a take-away shop into selling basic family needs such as
bread and milk.

Rebecca took part in HOPE Africa’s Entrepreneurial Development training. She said it was an eye-opener for her, learning about bookkeeping and advertising.

Today, she runs the shop with her husband, employs two people and business is growing. Rebecca can’t believe she’s come this far, but it just goes to show what the right training, determination and a dream can create!


Western Cape winters are infamous for heavy rainfall and flooding in poor communities. Every year, we’re inundated with appeals for help from parishes and community leaders. So in 2009, we launched a Winter Care Programme to provide disaster relief for flood victims. We made contact with NGOs that deal directly with the City’s Disaster Management Team, and provided resources and assistance when they called on us during crisis situations.

The Warehouse, an initiative of St. John’s in Wynberg, also partnered with HOPE Africa to appeal for donations, and teams of volunteers sorted and packed parcels, ready for distribution to communities in need.

We’re enormously grateful to The Warehouse, parishes, individuals and companies who generously donated and raised funds for the programme. Thanks to their selflessness, the communities of Khayelitsha, Phillipi, Gugulethu and Kraaifontein received food parcels, clothes, blankets and jerseys when they needed them most.

We especially want to thank our donors, who opened their hearts to assist after every disaster, and Ruth White and Evelyn Burn, who tirelessly knitted jerseys. We know that with your continued support, we’ll be able to respond to disasters much faster this winter – and care for poor communities all over Southern Africa. Thank you!


By  Delene Mark

It is crucial that the church must show leadership  on making society realize that the issue of stigma is most dangerous in the fight against HIV and Aids. Given the often glib link between the Aids pandemic and issues of morality  often emerging from the initial reaction of the church to the pandemic, it is the churches responsibility to educate their members and the nation as a whole that stigma is not welcome in the arsenal of dealing with Aids even in the faith community. The dictionary meaning of Stigma is ‘A mark or token of infamy, disgrace, or reproach’: here are many observers that have criticized the church rightfully so for fueling a sense of judgment, infamy and reproach  in dealing with the epidemic – sadly they are right.  Besides the approach of the church to bury their head in the sand on issues for example about the use of condoms, the perpetuation of stigma ranks as the worst form of denialism by the church – that their own members in the millions are infected along with the rest of the population and unless this issue is addressed urgently the Church will be complicit in thousands of death emerging from its own ranks and it will not be seen as a safe space for people to face the harrowing experience of having to deal with the reality of being positive and having nowhere to turn.  Needless to say the church should understand the calling of the scripture on the issue of stigma and judgement – let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

The over 5 million people who are infected in our country are God’s children and it would be wrong to ignore their plight. The church must instead answer the question of how they ensure that their treatment care and support is supported by the broader society as well as the faith community without the judgment that generates the stigma. The recent pronouncements by government in extending treatment to millions more, are heartening and will ensure that treatment is intensified in dealing with those already infected. The church should not just sit on the sidelines but must ensure that they encourage more people to know their status and underline the fact that for those who are positive the church will be there to create a safe space for them to pursue the treatment regimes that are now made available by government.   I believe that the new approach by government opens a new chapter in our common determination as a society to ensure that AIDS is no longer seen as a death sentence for any citizen.

This new determination will come to naught if people who are positive do not feel the safety especially in the faith communities – to come forward and be treated without fear of being ostracized. In some communities such marginalization can easily lead to death or the possibility of loosing a home or being driven out of your own abode.. At HOPE AFRICA we believe that in order to give our people hope in the defeat of this epidemic, the clergy need to lead by example in a variety of fronts to help in avoiding the ugly consequences of stigma. Along with broader society we need to ask the question what responsibility are we taking to be part of the solution. How do we support child headed households in the vicinity of our churches that have become so because of the scourge of Aids?  The clergy in particular must not stand by but must come up with programmes that must help restore these shattered lives. A call for example to people of faith to adopt these households or where possible adopt orphaned children is something that cannot be left to chance by churches. Surely the church cannot turn a blind eye to these children who have been robbed of life by this pandemic?

These initiatives will not take off If there is still fear based on ignorance and stigma – that HIV  positive living is a dead end a result of some indiscretions. It is crucial that the clergy in the first place must know their own status and make it known where they are brave enough to do so. The fight against Aids in a parish or a diocese will take a new turn if the leader is able to show fearlessness.  I am sure there are many clergy out there who are themselves infected or affected. – with a friend of family suffering from this disease – this is an opportunity to use this situation to minister to the community and ensure that the churches’ mission to deal with this disease is understood and it is embraced by the community.

The church is involved in a lot of HIV/Aids work. But its voice has been largely muted in the national discourse that has shaped the country’s response to the epidemic. This is unacceptable and betrays the churches’ role as the conscience of society. When government was dragging its feet we did not hear a loud enough voice from the church offering counsel on a matter of this nature. Fighting stigma  therefore is a good opportunity for the Church to play a constructive role in adding to the arsenal of defeating this monster. 

Finally the church has been at it for a while in term s of various response programmes. There is a need to review the strategy by getting feedback form those who have been beneficiaries of these initiatives and then develop partnerships that will defeat above all the stigma that militates against the war on the pandemic.   

Delene Mark is Chief Executive of Hope Africa – the Social Development Arm of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa.  She writes in her personal capacity. For more information on the work of Hope Africa please visit www.hopeafrica.org.za   

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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