Friends like you helped us to drill a borehole at Ekwandeni in the Diocese of Zululand.

There was great excitement when the water tank arrived at the Learning Tree Pre-School in the Fonteyn Community in Mbabane Swaziland.

The drought has been and continues to be crippling across Southern Africa.

It’s heartbreaking for rural communities to watch their animals die of hunger. It’s equally heartbreaking to see crops wither and die knowing that there’ll be no food from this planting.

And then there’s the lack of drinking water.

If it seems like a bleak picture, it is. But even in the darkest times there comes the glimmer of hope in the concern and generosity of good people like you.

Your donations have brought help to seven dioceses suffering drought crisis.

With your help, HOPE Africa in partnership with the Anglican Diocese of Swaziland and Episcopal Relief and Development, provided a 5 000 litre water tank to the Learning Tree Pre-School in the Fonteyn Community in Mbabane Swaziland. This water tank – which harvests whatever rare rains that fall off the roof of the school – will ensure that 41 learners and five staff members have access to clean water for drinking and sanitation.

You also helped us to fill the tank with water, so there is enough water until the next rains fall. Then at Ekwandeni in the Diocese of Zululand, the community is joyfully celebrating the installation of a borehole. This will ensure that clean, drinkable water is now available. It will also make the watering of their food garden much more possible. In addition to the borehole, the garden has also been fenced, keeping out the cows that were destroying their crops.

Appreciation also goes to the Independent Development Corporation, whose partnership helped to make this borehole a reality.

We give thanks to all who made drought relief possible.


With poverty compounded by drought, comes lack of food. But thanks to friends like you, food parcels have given hope to many families in crisis.

In the community of St Christopher, with the assistance of the Laaiplek parish in the Diocese of Saldhana Bay, we distributed food parcels in time for Christmas. You can imagine what this meant to these hungry families.

And at our Tshwaranang Resource Centre in the Diocese of Khahlamba, where you’ve already helped so much, your kindness continued to flow. From here, your generosity provided food parcels to the villages of Bolotwa and Ndlovukazi, to help sustain subsistence farmers whose livelihood has been totally wiped out by the drought. Thank you for touching the lives of these families with your special kindness.


Who can possibly turn away from a hungry child? Not you – which was proved by the response to the needs of the children at Aunt F’s Day Care and Aftercare Centre.

Thank you, so much. And we’d also like to introduce you to the unexpected partner that you gained along the way. A local organisation – Peninsula School Feeding Association (PSFA) – has joined you. Adding to your generosity, PSFA is supplying food to some of the other needy crèches we support, where they also equip the staff with a healthy eating plan for the little ones. We’ve been truly blessed. ‘Thank you’.


In a tiny house (barely two rooms, and on a temporary basis) in Cape Town’s Joe Slovo settlement, two mothers open their hearts and arms daily to disabled children in the community.

Both Yoliswa and Anastasia have a disabled child themselves, so they truly understand the difficulties that have to be faced when children need special care and there are no resources.

A major difficulty is when a single motherhas to go to work each day. There’s often no alternative but to leave the child safely locked in the house until she returns. You can imagine the heartache, fear, and desperation that these parents feel.

Knowing that there are about 40 disabled children in their community, Yoliswa and Anastasia were determined to do something about it. Making a complete act of faith, they opened their Nobuntu Day Care Centre in rented accommodation, with a kind donor paying the rent.

That donation has now been discontinued, and the property has also been sold. Other accommodation options failed, until the present property was offered to them – meaning that rent money must again be found.

A visit to see what Yoliswa and Anastasia are doing, simply because they care, leaves one with a burning desire to help them. These are some of the things that would make a big difference.

  • Chairs to replace plastic storage crates for the children to sit on. A table would mean that that they could take part in some activities to fill the long hours of the day. Mattresses are also needed.  
  • Educational toys would be wonderful, and will help them towards fulfilling their developing potential.
  • Food is an essential. Yoliswa and Anastasia provide breakfast and lunch every day, with a snack in the afternoon before going home.
  • There’s also a need for toiletries and diapers of all sizes, from early childhood through to young adult.
  • And the impossible dream is money for transport during our cold, wet winters, when parents deliver the children to the centre on foot.

Faith has carried Anastasia and Yoliswa so far. But more than faith alone is needed for these two mothers to go forward in giving parents of disabled children peace of mind; and giving the children a place of safety, company, and loving care.


It was a joyful day at Livhuwani Drop-in Centre in Limpopo Province, when stationery was delivered to the children.

This was thanks to a special group of HOPE Africa friends – our Bright Sparks Bursary Sponsors – who believe as we do, that education can be the most powerful tool for change.

The generosity of these sponsors means that the children at Mama Ruth’s centre receive homework support, a nutritious meal each day, and that precious spark of hope that’s so desperately needed for children born into cruel poverty.

A big ‘thank you’ to our bursary sponsors for giving these children a fighting chance to make something of their future.


Every year, HOPE Africa receives an intern from the Young Adult Service Corps (YASC) which is part of the Episcopal Church (the Anglican Church in the USA).

Lacey Oliver is our present intern, and our visitors were a large group of chaperoned high school students from her hometown of Winchester, Tennessee. It was a pleasure to welcome them, especially for Lacey, (as some of her family members were part of the group), and to share with them the work that HOPE Africa does, through the power of your generosity.


Your support of HOPE Africa’s work in communities suffering critical need reveals your compassionate heart.

And perhaps you might consider taking your compassion even further, with a gift that costs you nothing now.

If you would like to know more about leaving a bequest to HOPE Africa in your Will, our free brochure, Providing Hope for the Future, is available on request, using the tick box on your reply form. Be assured that all bequest communications are treated in the strictest confidence.

Something which is always greatly appreciated is being told about your intention, because this allows us to express our appreciation, and to say ‘thank you’.


You were with us in spirit on the afternoon before Good Friday when HOPE Africa staff delivered 182 Easter eggs to the Early Childhood Development centres and crèches you help us support.

The children and caregivers of Dalukhanyo, Masande, Masakheni Fox, and Aunt F’s centres were so excited and delighted by our surprise visit. It also brought so much pleasure to us to share some time with them, and have you there with us in spirit.

Thank you seem like such simple words . . . when we look at what an incredible difference the kindness of friends like you have made for the people of Ezakheni – especially Buhle, Bantle and Ntoko!

You may remember their smiling faces from our recent appeal. We told you about how these youngsters are living in desperate poverty – even food is often an unaffordable ‘luxury’ . . . not to mention books, stationery and toys! You’ll remember our concern about our drop-in centre at the Holy Trinity Parish in the area – which usually provides one hot meal every afternoon. It was struggling to provide food for the growing number of children that rely on the centre for their only meal of the day. And that spelt disaster for the vulnerable boys and girls who depend on it.

But thanks to the phenomenal response from friends like you we could ensure that the children continued to receive their daily meals. And what’s more – thanks to the kind hearts of donors like you – the boys and girls received food hampers – and stationery packs! It’s amazing how wonderfully things turned out because supporters like you believed in our vision to give the children a Christmas surprise.

Thank you once again for being so generous. You’ve made little hearts sing with joy and what’s more you’ve shown them that there’s truly power in prayer.

You made Christmas a magical time for the people of Ezakheni!


Zululand

Thanks to you, we were able to distribute food parcels to needy families in Zululand on the east coast of South Africa recently. Thank you so much for being a generous friend!

Your kindness helped us reach out through the Empangeni Parish, which runs a feeding programme for orphaned and vulnerable children twice a week. Ordinands from the College of the Transfiguration – who were on a trip to learn about practical community development work – visited poor families and helped distribute the parcels. They also spent some time in the food garden, weeding and planting.

In addition to food, the women who work in the gardens were given blankets to keep warm in winter when the temperature plummets.

 

False Bay

We know you’ll be delighted to hear about our recent visit to Lwandle . . . you may remember this poor community from one of our recent appeals for families struggling to make ends meet each day.

The staff of HOPE Africa, along with the Bishop of the Diocese of False Bay and special visitors from the Diocese of York, visited the township and surprised young children with gifts of new school uniforms – including school shoes! As you can imagine the shoes were especially well received because most of the youngsters walk to school barefoot. We’re glad to have made a difference in Lwandle – with your help – and are now even more determined that our school uniform campaign continues so we can give more school children the chance to go to school in full uniform.

Thank you for your role in helping vulnerable children walk a little taller through your compassionate support.

 


As you may know, winter can be terribly cruel for families living in informal townships. Without proper walls or roofs, many spend their days – and nights – huddled together on the damp wet floor.

It’s heartbreaking to see how people are forced to endure the icy wind and rain, so last July we launched a local winter appeal with our friends in and around Cape Town. And when they heard about the vulnerable families and what they’re forced to endure, many flocked to our offices with hampers of clothing and blankets. These generous hampers were handed out to the homeless and a few local shelters too.

Friends to HOPE Africa, Mama Leah Tutu and Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu also sponsored a special gift toward our winter appeal. In celebration of their 60th wedding anniversary they pledged 60 blankets, 60 bowls of soup and 60 meal vouchers for a nearby soup kitchen – so at the very least, 60 needy people had a blanket and a warm plate of food.

We’re so grateful to all our supporters for answering our call for help. God bless you all!


As a loyal friend you’ll know that our relationship with the Hawston Hospice spans many years. And thanks to loyal support from our donors, we’ve been able to uplift and care for the poor and vulnerable in the humble seaside town of Hawston where the clinic is based.

We’re happy to report that our relationship with the care centre continues to flourish, and we recently received a Young Adult Service Corps intern – Thomas Balch – who’s been placed to work at the centre.

Thomas is well versed in the medical and wellness field and his expertise is being put to good use at the centre. We’re very excited that he’s able to share his knowledge as part of his internship with HOPE Africa.

He’ll work closely with the home-based carers, so that we can continue to care for frail and senior patients in the community . . . making healthcare and basic medical supplies available to those who need it most.

Thank you for making the Hawston Hospice the shining beacon of HOPE it is though your generosity.



At the end of last year Bishop Margaret Vertue of the Diocese of False Bay hosted a Christmas party for 70 children who attend our programme for orphans and vulnerable children at Sweet Home Farm in Philippi, outside Cape Town.

Aged between two and six, these little ones live in extreme poverty and on this one day they got the chance to enjoy some carefree fun, tasty treats and lunch – and games with their friends . . . all thanks to friends like you who support our work.


We love it when our supporters from afar come to visit! And we recently welcomed friends from the parish of St Jude’s the Apostle Episcopal in Cupertino, California.

They came to learn more about our church and how we deal with different issues. Also, they were very interested to learn about our culture and were part of our church service and community projects. And we’re so glad to report that by the end of the trip our visitors had seen how we’re making a difference in local communities – thanks to help from loyal supporters like you.

You’ll be interested to know that when they visited our food garden they couldn’t resist ‘digging in’ and began planting potatoes while getting to know some of the farmers and learning about their homes and families.

If you’d like to visit any of our projects please let us know . . . we’ll be delighted to arrange a visit!


When we wrote to our loyal friends last December, asking them to share their Christmas spirit and donate funds so that the children of Bethesda Children’s Home in George can have a bright educational future, we never imagined that the response would be so overwhelming!

Christmas may have come and gone, but your festive kindness stretched on till May when we delivered new school bags filled with uniforms, shoes and stationery to the home. And the timing was perfect because their schools were changing over from cool summer uniforms to winter uniforms.

You can’t imagine how proud the boys and girls were to walk into school wearing their new kits. Our prayer is that these young children will walk tall in their new uniforms and that they’ll achieve their dreams in life, despite the many challenges they face growing up. We thank God for the house parents and management of Bethesda Children’s Home who love, care and nurture the young people – and also pray that their circumstances may improve so that they return home to their families.

Thank you too, for all you’ve done to help these orphaned and vulnerable children.


Earlier this year we reported on the bright new classrooms, toilets and kitchen at Masande Educare Centre.

It’s wonderful to see how the children are loving their new space – and even the teachers are having an enjoyable time teaching in such bright and cheerful surroundings.  We’re happy to report that since then a generous donor – Boss Paving – stepped forward and agreed to pave the yard at Masande – and another kind donor sponsored an outdoor slide for the boys and girls to enjoy hours of outdoor fun. 

Thank you to all our donors for making a difference at Masande. And special thanks to Carol and Nick Brigstocke from the UK who recently visited the crèche with loads of treats for the children. In addition to treats, they sponsored stationery, books and educational toys for the youngsters.

As a loyal supporter, you’ll remember Beauty Nqcukayitobi’s sewing project. In 2009 when Archbishop Thabo visited Khayelitsha to see what people were doing to uplift themselves and their community, he met Beauty and heard about her dream of starting a sewing school.

In 2011 Beauty received a government house, but it was too small to continue with her sewing project. Thankfully, one of our longstanding friends, Carol Brigstocke and her family, generously offered to raise funds to extend Beauty’s house in order for her to continue what she loves doing – teaching young people to sew.

It’s our prayer and wish that all our supporters will join us in making Beauty’s dream of running sewing classes a reality.

After an electrical fire destroyed one classroom at Dalukhanyo in early 2014, the situation looked bleak for the crèche. 

The infant group had to move in with the toddlers and this meant less space for lively toddlers to learn and play.  But thanks to generous support from government, friends and donors we’re delighted to report that in May 2015 three new classrooms were unveiled at Dalukhanyo!

And in addition to that, the crèche now boasts a new jungle gym, sign board and extended food garden.  The existing building was also repainted . . . a new day is dawning for this community crèche! Gordon and Pam Gaddes of the Langa PreSchool Trust (LTPT) pledged to give the crèche a large grant to furnish the three new classrooms and purchase seeds for the food garden.

We’re so grateful for the loyal support we receive from friends like you, who make it possible for little ones to have a safe haven where they can spend their days while their parents are at work.
 

Severe flood storms early in January caused terrible hardship and heartache for people in the northern parts of Mozambique. More than a hundred people lost their lives and thousands were left homeless.

There was widespread despair and hopelessness in many communities and people were not sure how to pick up the pieces of their broken homes and lives. Thankfully Bishop Mark Van Koevering – Bishop of the Diocese of Niassa in Mozambique – and his dedicated team were ready to assist families in most desperate need.  Flooding occurs almost annually in this part of the world and the Diocese has trained teams of people to go around their neighbourhoods, seeking those who need help most and taking supplies to villages cut off  from main towns.

Bishop Mark sought the help of HOPE Africa and with the help of friends like you, was able to raise much needed funds for water purification systems, mosquito nets, seeds, gardening tools and maize to assist families who had lost everything. We thank God that friends of HOPE Africa and the wider Anglican Church came out in full support of this initiative and helped us to send much needed funds to the Diocese of Niassa to assist them in their relief efforts.

Bishop Mark reports that the support was so overwhelming, they could assist almost 3 000 families instead of the initial 1 000 that they planned for.


We had the pleasure of hosting the United Society (Us) delegates from the UK on two separate occasions recently. And we’re delighted to tell you all about it. During the first visit Davidson Solanki (Project Manager) and David Brand (Fundraising Team Member) visited to see how we could put a joint fundraising programme together. We took them to our community projects around Cape Town which they found most interesting.

The second visit was from Mrs. Janette O’Neill (Chief Executive) and Rev. Tim Hartford (Director of Fundraising). They visited several HOPE Africa projects and initiatives around South Africa – meeting  with committee and community members.  They were touched to learn about how our donors and supporters are helping us to achieve our vision and long term plans for our various community projects.


It was a real honour and joy for us to host Alan Harter and his family from Washington DC on a recent project visit.  Alan – CEO of Pactolus Private Wealth Management – was interested to know how the Anglican Church in Southern Africa (through HOPE Africa) supports parish and community based projects. 


Leaving a legacy in your Will is a wonderful opportunity to give a lasting gift . . . one that keeps giving. It’s not always possible to contribute what you’d like to our appeals – but by leaving a legacy in your Will you can plan ahead and pledge toward one of our projects that’s close to your heart.

For more information on leaving a legacy in your Will please email melanie@hopeafrica.org.za

We’re so thankful to God for answered prayers – and for friends like you who continue to support our work.

You may remember our recent appeal for Masande Educare Centre – where the children were forced to learn in very difficult circumstances. The sagging ceiling was bad enough – but the leaking roof was unacceptable!

It’s nothing short of a miracle that the school’s managed to stand firm over the past few months. It’s continued to provide a safe refuge for youngsters who have nowhere else to spend their days while their parents are at work. And that’s why we’re sure you’ll be delighted to hear that in partnership with a handful of other organisations, Masande Educare Centre received new classrooms in the form of brightly coloured converted shipping containers.

Ma Ntombentsha – who’s the Principal of the school – was overcome with emotion and thanked everyone who contributed to making this small school’s dream come true. The school now has two classrooms, a fully fitted kitchen and ablution facilities. The classrooms are under a sturdy roof where the children can play without getting wet when it rains.

Although the building’s now safe and comfortable for the children, we’ll continue to support the school as there’s still a need for furniture, equipment and stationery. Thank you for showing your commitment to helping the ‘little learners’ at Masande Educare.

 


Fun, fun, fun! That was the order of the day at the Archbishop’s annual children’s party, on 5 December at Bishopscourt.

It didn’t matter that the children who attended came from poor backgrounds . . . they celebrated to their hearts’ content. Many had counted the days to the party, remembering the festivities from the year before. The party was also a highlight on our calendar because it was our way of giving the children a day where they could forget about their daily challenges and truly enjoy being ‘footloose and fancy-free’!

It seems that every year the party gets bigger and better . . . with popcorn and waterslides, ice cold drinks, cotton candy and much more. The highlight of the party was Santa’s surprise visit with gifts for everyone – and he even brought a magician with him! HOPE Africa staff joined scholars from St Cyprians, St Georges, Herchell and Bishops in keeping an eye on the children during the party. The weather was warm and sunny – and the kids enjoyed the water slides and swimming pool.

Thank you for helping to make this annual event possible through your generous support throughout the year.

 


A special thank you to all our friends who responded so generously to our appeal last year for the Bethesda Children’s Home in George, just outside Cape Town.

As you may remember, the boys and girls sleep on old mattresses more than 10 years old. They don’t have enough blankets, and they’re forced to share their clothes with each other.

It was heart breaking when we visited the first time but thankfully we have friends like you who are ever willing to reach out. We’re hopeful that our next visit will be a celebration!

You see, many of our friends responded to the appeal and we’re set to purchase new foam mattresses and blankets for them to sleep on. It’s only a matter of time before we have enough to make the big delivery. But we’re still hoping that more of our friends will respond so that we can make sure that they all have their own clothing and shoes too.

And if enough of our supporters give from the heart we’ll be able to provide nutritious snacks for their school lunch boxes. The children of Bethesda send their love and appreciation to special friends like you for thinking of them. And thank you, from all of us too!


It was a wonderful day of celebration for the young people usually dressed in overalls at the Masikhanye Food Garden . . . it was graduation day for these youngsters who had taken part in the Department of Agriculture’s food gardening training programme.

Once forgotten and unemployed their future was uncertain – they never imagined that they could make a living by working vacant plots of land. But the training and support they received has given them a new lease on life.

Thanks to the support of friends like you, they can now take care of their families’ needs and provide fresh vegetables to the people in their community.

Through your generous help, HOPE Africa could also donate a ton of manure to cultivate an extra piece of land – extending the project – and making the possibilities for growth even bigger! Thanks so much!


Mention the Christmas holidays to most children and their eyes will light up with delight. But for youngsters living in the poorest townships in and around Cape Town holidays mean hours of boredom – and potential danger as their parents leave them alone at home while they go off to work.

And that’s why we were thrilled to join forces with the Diocese of False Bay, the Peninsula School Feeding Association and Ackerman Foundation to host our annual holiday club for boys and girls from the surrounding neighbourhoods.

Many of these boys and girls live in the harshest conditions and face difficulties everyday. But thanks to kind friends like you, they were given a hot meal – and a positive start to their holidays.

Each child also received a toiletry hamper to take home, so that they could start each day fresh and clean! They also got the chance to discuss serious issues they may be facing at school – along with positive ways to handle their challenges. A special concert was held on the last day of the holiday club where the children danced, sang and performed for each other.

It’s amazing what can happen when loving friends work together! Thank you for being part of our HOPE family.

 


Look at our new beautiful blankets!
New clothes just for us! Thank you so much.

Just look at the bright smiles on these youngster’s faces . . . and it’s all because kind friends like you gave from the heart.

These children attend the Joy to the World Kindergarten in Namibia and recently received a huge hamper of clothing and blankets. When the boys and girls saw their new gifts they squealed with delight and sang happy songs of thanks to caring supporters like you!


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.


If you live in the eastern or western Cape, please donate a blanket today, and keep someone warm this winter.

Northern Cape drop-off points [click here]                      

Western Cape dro-off points [click here]


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.

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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!


 

 

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