HOPE Cape Town Newsletter Nr. 3/ 2014
Dear HOPE Cape Town Friends,
As autumn arrives in Germany and we are entering into spring here in Cape Town, we take pleasure in providing you with the latest news of HOPE Cape Town. Enjoy the read.
In this edition:
- Latest News
- Projects 4 HOPE
- New Projects
- Upcoming Events
- Internal Development
- Thank You
In this issue
1. Latest News
2. Projects 4 HOPE
3. New Projects
4. Upcoming Events
6. Internal Development
7. Thank You
1. Latest News
HOPE Cape Town Mandela Day Breakfast
HOPE Cape Town staff dedicated their time on Mandela day to feeding the children of the Blikkiesdorp community in Delft.
The organisations spokesperson, Mr Fahim Docrat said, “We started at around 8am and expected to feed around 200 children. We ended up feeding over 600 children and adults. Fortunately with the support of Spar Corporate and Spar stores in Milnerton, Gardens and the Neelsie in Stellenbosch we had enough porridge, fruit and yogurt for everyone. We also provided fun activities and entertainment for the children. It was truly a moving experience to see how appreciative these little kids were and we are reminded that there is lots more work for us to do.”
He continued, “Communities like Blikkiesdorp need all the help they can get from government and wider society. They are truly impoverished and HOPE Cape Town’s programmes in the community seek to improve nutrition and the general quality of life while also focussing on upskilling individuals and providing access to health care. We encourage others to do their bit to also positively impact and make a difference in the lives of the needy. This was Madiba’s vision and the true spirit of Ubuntu.”
HOPE Cape Town is located at the Medical School of the University of Stellenbosch – Tygerberg Campus and is a non-profit organization providing outreach, education and counselling at community level, focusing on HIV/AIDS and TB in the Western Cape.
HOPE Cape Town distributes Cooler Bags
HOPE Cape Town with the generous support of Ein Herz Fur Kinder from Germany recently distributed cooler bags to young patients at Delft Clinic.
According to Donor Relations Manager, Mr Fahim Docrat, “We have been working in this community for many years now and have identified the need to encourage our patients to take their medication. Our Drs, Dr Jayne Cunningham and Dr Sue Purchase regularly counsel patients on the importance of adherence.”
Program Coordinator, Dr Izane Reyneke added, “With the distribution of these 250 high quality cooler bags, we have now made it that much easier to store and take medication. We are hopeful that we can continue to impact this community and make a difference in people’s lives.”
HOPE Comes to Blikkies for Youth Day
As part of Youth Day celebrations, HOPE Cape Town distributed clothing to youth and other residents at Blikkiesdorp settlement.
According to HOPE Cape Town’s Donor Relations Manager, “We have been involved with the Blikkiesdorp community for many years now. As part of our continuing outreach program we established a vegetable garden that feeds local residents. Our dietician, social worker and occupational therapist also have weekly sessions with locals where they are counselled and advised on healthy living and are equipped with coping skills and supported by our wider team. We also teach parenting skills and have implemented play therapy sessions.”
He continued, “While the focus of our work is to address the HIV/Aids and TB pandemic, we do this within the wider social context and as part of our approach, we also address issues of poverty. To fully address the pandemic, one needs to create an environment that is conducive and supportive of treatment that goes beyond the dispensing of medication. Blikkiesdorp is just one of 20 communities that we currently operate in and we hope that we can have a positive impact through our efforts.”
HOPE Cape Town also supports the local soccer club, Blikkesdorp United, which has 6 teams and have benefitted from sponsorships for food, soccer kits and club events. They played a football match on Youth Day to mark the celebrations. HOPE Cape Town’s work in Blikkiesdorp continues.
Ball of HOPE Raises Crucial Funds
HOPE Cape Town and the SA German Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the Westin Hotel recently hosted the annual Ball of HOPE to raise awareness and funding for efforts at addressing the HIV/ AIDS and TB pandemic that is affecting South Africa.
The event which featured local and international artists was held at the ballroom of the Westin Cape Town on 10 May is always very well attended and was sold out a month in advance. Rev. Fr. Stefan Hippler, founding member of HOPE Cape Town and Chairperson of the board of trustees of the HOPE Cape Town Trust, thanked the SA German Chamber of Commerce for their ongoing support and commitment to the work of HOPE Cape Town.
According to Rev, Fr. Stefan Hippler, “Since we began our work in 2001, our key mission was to impact the communities we serve and we have been fortunate that we have certainly made a difference. However, today more than ever before, there is an ever increasing need for more support and for us to widen the scope of our reach. To do so we rely on business and individuals to support our efforts and enable us to spread HOPE.”
Children’s Day in Manenberg
The champion German athlete, Kamghe Gaba, spent quality time with 200 children in Manenberg on Children’s Day. Kamghe, and his organisation My Chain for Happiness, donated a new jungle gym and entertained the children of this township with live shows. Special thanks goes out to Kamghe, Le Eat for providing the food as well as everyone else who were involved in making this day a success.
2. Projects 4 HOPE
HOPE Cape Town is blessed with loyal supporters. Some have short or medium term projects to raise funds for HOPE Cape Town. Here you can find a few examples of past, present and future projects for HOPE Cape Town
The First HOPE Cape Town charity shop
The team at the Mediterranean Villa has furnished the HOPE Cape Town charity shop with lots of passion, creativity and attention to detail.
The manager of the Guest House, Petra Reichwein, knows HOPE Cape Town very well and has supported the organisation for years. The shop opened its doors to guests and visitors of the Villa in 2010. On offer are hand crafted products created by artists based in local townships, with all proceeds going to HOPE Cape Town.
Since May 2014 colourful ceramic goods from ISUNA are also offered at the shop. ISUNA, managed by long-time supporters of HOPE Cape Town Christina and Hans-Uli Strohm, is a group of trained artists who have studied fine art and design.
Please visit and support the HOPE Cape Town shop at the Mediterranean Villa during your next trip to Cape Town.
As part of HOPE Cape Town’s commitment to impacting communities on all levels, we facilitate an international volunteer program where one of the projects is currently an education outreach and enrichment project with underprivileged children at Blikkiesdorp.
Our current volunteer from Germany, Lydia Schidelko, who will be with us for 6 months, teaches the children language and social skills. According to Lydia, “Spending time with the children has been an amazing experience. Seeing the condition that these families live in makes me realise just how fortunate we are back in Germany.” We ensure that all our volunteers are immersed in local communities and have the opportunity to engage with different cultures and environments adding to their experience.
3. New Projects
HOPE to Home
HOPE Cape Town recently launched the HOPE to Home initiative as an extension of its current program of intervention.
The biggest emerging threat to HIV positive patients receiving ARV’s is the lack of compliance and the resulting resistance to available antiretroviral drugs. At HOPE Cape Town we recognise the importance of addressing the obstacles to Adherence. Retaining patients in care in the community, after being discharged from hospital, remains a challenge and initial integration of patients into their community health care facilities plays a major role in this retention.
We plan to facilitate the smooth transition between admission and reporting for care at the local community facility, by preparing patients for discharge, confirming appointments, visiting them at home and accompanying them to the local facility, where possible. We estimate that 200 – 300 children will require this service per month.
4. Upcoming Events
HOPE Gala Dresden 2014
HOPE Gala Dresden - 2014
25th October 2014
Tribute to Prof Russel Botman, Rector and Vice Chancellor of Stellenbosch University
“HOPE Cape Town is saddened at the news of Prof Botman’s passing. He was an individual that promoted HOPE and transformation. We thank him for his contribution and pray that he rests in peace.”
Rev. Father Stefan Hippler
Chair of HOPE Cape Town Trust
6. Internal Development
HOPE Cape Town has appointed three new staff members that will help take us to the next level.
Mr Fahim Docrat
Donor Relations Manager
With local and international experience in the education, NGO and corporate sectors, Fahim drives the implementation of the fundraising and communications strategy and ensures that all stakeholders are kept informed and are included in the latest developments and expansion of our programs.
Mr Yazeed Peters
Donor Relations Officer
With experience in Sales, Marketing and Customer Relations, Yazeed supports the implementation of the communications, fundraising, and stakeholder relations strategy.
Ms Tasneem Hendricks
Community Health Worker
23 year old Tasneem Hendricks is our newest Community Health Worker. As of the 1st of July 2014 she has been based in the gang-ridden community of Manenberg. She loves assisting people and looks forward to helping turn her community into a better place.
7. Thank You
Please visit our website www.hopecapetown.com regularly, keep up to date about HOPE Cape Town and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
With kind regards and best wishes,
HOPE Cape Town team
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