HOPE Cape Town’s purpose is to directly address the HIV and AIDS pandemic and related diseases by providing access to education, treatment and on-going support within the existing provincial and municipal health structures in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. HOPE Cape Town is co-located and associated with the Ithemba (Hope) Ward at Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town and has a memorandum of understanding with the University of Stellenbosch. We cooperate with “KID-CRU”, the Tygerberg Hospital research unit for paediatric infectious diseases. The offices of HOPE Cape Town are located at the Medical School of the University of Stellenbosch - Tygerberg Campus in close vicinity of the Tygerberg Hospital.

 Over the years HOPE Cape Town has sustainably demonstrated its standing as a non-profit organisation through the successful projects implemented. HOPE Cape Town has laid out strict founding principles. Our dedicated staff is at the heart of HOPE Cape Town. We provide scarce human resources, by adding qualified professionals to optimize, strengthen and network where they are needed most: at community level. In this way, HOPE Cape Town manages to operate flexibly and change strategies quickly according to changing needs and demands.



HOPE Cape Town was founded in 2001 by Rev Fr Stefan Hippler and Dr. Monika Esser to provide supportive solution for the care and treatment of HIV positive (+) children.  

We support our activities through fundraising with individuals, organisations and foreign governments both in South Africa and abroad. 

Strong, enduring partnerships are the mainstay of HOPE Cape Town operations. 

HOPE Cape Town was instrumental in the development of the HIV and AIDS framework in the formal partnership between Bavaria and the Western Cape Province.


HOPE Community Health Workers

HOPE Cape Town started recruiting individuals from previously disadvantaged communities where resources and services are limited. 

We appoint and train these community members to work as HOPE Community Health Workers (HCHWs) at state health care facilities within the communities they come from. 

The HCHWs increase the staff capacity in respect of ancillary medical treatment and care while acting as champions for HIV prevention, counselling, testing and adherence to treatment regimes. 

With our Community Health Worker Project our aim is to maximize the impact of our intervention thus we took the decision to where possible recruit and employ individuals that were previously unemployed. We also sought to recruit females thus promoting their empowerment and driving gender equity. 

Our HCHWs are offered a variety of training opportunities which includes monthly in-service training, UNISA Care and Counselling course,  a 2 year course through UCT in advance counseling and basic health literacy and e-learning.



HOPE Doctors

In collaboration with the Tygerberg Infectious Diseases Unit, the HOPE doctors provide clinical services at the Delft Community Health Clinic (CHC) in the paediatric HIV clinic. 

 They are also managing our resistance test project, medical elective student program, HCHW training and academic research.


HOPE to Home

Although this exciting new project will only be officially launched in mid-2015, we piloted the program in 2014. 

 This program aims to bridge the gap and provide extra psychosocial support to HIV+ children who are admitted to Tygerberg Children’s hospital having recently started ARVs or TB treatment, defaulted their ARVs/TB medication or having a detectable viral load. These children and their caregivers are assisted whilst in hospital and with their transition back into the community to ensure that they remain in care.


Community Intervention Program

HOPE Cape Town currently contracts the following in ancillary health care providers:

  • Social worker: Our social worker provides play / filial therapy as well as individual and group counselling to children and their caregivers in the communities where we work.
  • Dietician: Our dietician facilitates “healthy eating” workshops and community based child-focussed campaigns.
  • Occupational Therapist:  Our occupational therapist runs a “GO-box project”. This is an early childhood development program. HIV affected caregiver-child pairs meet monthly for 10 months. They are initially supplied with an empty box, and as the sessions progress, the box is filled with age appropriate tools. The caregiver can then use these tools to teach, interact and play with his/her child. This is an interactive program where caregivers are shown practical ways to stimulate their children and given the opportunity to practice their new skills in a supervised environment.



Awareness, Training and Prevention

HOPE Cape Town offers short-term HIV and AIDS awareness training to local organisations and companies, churches, community forums as well as to schools.  

This forms part of our HIV prevention programme.

We also have an elective student programme in close co-operation with KID-CRU, the Tygerberg Hospital Children’s Infectious Diseases Clinical Research Unit, where we take in international medical elective students for a two week period.

Additionally we offer a volunteer program, where individuals from around the globe commit 3 – 12 months of their time to assist us in service delivery.

Our elective students and volunteers describe this program as a “life altering experience”.


 Grassroots Projects

HOPE Cape Town strives to empower community members living in marginalised communities.

 At our Blikkiesdorp community project we assist with the establishment and maintenance of a community garden, soup kitchen, cooking classes and crafts workshops.




HOPE Cape Town cooperates with various local and international partners including the German Aids Foundation, University of Stellenbosch, German speaking Catholic Community, Rotary SA and Manenberg Afterschool Care Centre.




Financial efficiency, transparency, and strictly enforced internal control mechanisms have always demonstrated accountability and credibility to our donors.

This strengthens the image of HOPE Cape Town.

 Our focus will remain on the HIV+ child and his/her HIV affected family. Our aim is to care for the child holistically, with the focus on access to treatment, retention in care and adherence.

We strive to educate caregivers and HIV+ adolescents to fully understand their disease and treatment plan.

Our aim is to not only play a role in the promotion of health, but also to help address some of the psychosocial problems these children face to set them on the road to live a full and happy life.

 We know that our work makes a crucial difference in the lives of so many, particularly children living with HIV/AIDS and their families.

 We succeed only with the support of our donors.



HOPE Cape Town Association
Public Benefit Organisation (SA) No 18/11/13/4709
Non Profit Organisation (SA) No 031-599NPO