HOPE Cape Town Newsletter Nr. 3/ 2014
Dear HOPE Cape Town Friends,
We are pleased to bring you the latest edition of our newsletter.
In this edition:
- Latest News
- Upcoming Events
- Thank You
In this issue
1. Latest News
2. Upcoming Events
3. Thank You
1. Latest News
Delegation of Bistum of Speyer visited Blikkiesdorp
Recently, the delegation of the Bistum of Speyer, Episcopal Officialat, St. Paulus Stift, visited HOPE Cape Town in Blikkiesdorp. Gerald Flagg, Pauline Jooste and Kerstin Behlau introduced the guests to our projects in Blikkiesdorp and to the work of HOPE Cape Town in the townships and at Tygerberg Hospital. At the tour through Blikkiesdorp, guests experienced the situation on the ground and recognized the importance of the work of HOPE Cape Town in Blikkiesdorp.
We thank Mr Pastor Steffen Roth and his fellow guests for their interest in our work and for their generous donation. Thank you very much!
Stefan Hippler here to stay
We are pleased to announce that the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Rev. Fr. Stefan Hippler, has received permission from the Archbishop of Cape Town and of the Bishop of Trier to permanently continue his work with HOPE Cape Town.
Katlego becomes a HOPE Hero
HOPE Cape Town is proud to announce that Katlego Maboe has joined us as our Ambassador and is now an official HOPE Hero.
Katlego Maboe presenter for Expresso breakfast show and Strictly Come Dancing said, “I have been involved with HOPE Cape Town for some time and have admired the work that they do. I am grateful for this opportunity to become a HOPE Hero to the children and families affected by HIV/AIDS and TB.”
Katlego will not only be an advocate for the work we do but also actively participate in community outreach activities and programmes. We are very pleased to welcome Katlego as part of our team. His contribution towards our efforts will help us to serve our communities.
Swiss Club visit to Blikkiesdorp
On 30 August 2014, Mr Stefan Pflocksch and Mrs Annette Weber, President and Treasurer of the Swiss Club in Cape Town accompanied by Consul Klaus Stross from the German Consulate General in Cape Town, visited HOPE Cape Town.
They were welcomed at the Community Project in Blikkiesdorp and Rev. Fr. Stefan Hippler introduced them to the work of HOPE Cape Town.
After the tour Mr Pflocksch, Mrs Weber and Mr Stross handed over donations to the people of HOPE Cape Town which were collected by the members of the Swiss Club. HOPE Cape Town will hand out these donations to the people of Blikkiesdorp.
The Saarland State Youth Choir visit to Blikkiesdorp
On 5 September 2014, members of the Saarland State Youth Choir visited the community project of HOPE Cape Town in Blikkiesdorp. Pauline Jooste, Gerald Flagg and Kerstin Behlau gave them a tour of our work to witness the conditions in Blikkiesdorp. After the tour, the choir serenaded Gerald for his birthday, much to his enjoyment.
On the occasion of a concert tour, the Saarland State Youth Choir handed over a donation of R 30.000.00 to HOPE Cape Town.
We would like to thank all choir members for the generous donation. Our supporters make our work in South Africa possible.
HOPE Cape Town Distributes Trees for Arbour Week
Hope Cape Town recently distributed trees and vegetable seeds as part of their programme for Arbour Week.
Ten grape, orange, peach and fig trees as well as a box of spinach, onion, cabbage and beetroot seeds were distributed to various projects that the organisation currently supports including Emily’s Play School and Joyce’s Soup Kitchen in Sir Lowry’s Pass, the Mannenberg Aftercare Centre and the Hope Cape Town Community Outreach Project in Blikkiesdorp.
According to HOPE Cape Town Donor Relations Manager, “In keeping with the spirit of Arbour Week, we distributed and helped plant various fruit trees and vegetable seeds that can help sustain efforts to feed people in various impoverished communities where we currently have a presence. The projects that we support all have vegetable gardens that are used to provide ingredients for meals that are prepared as part of feeding schemes. It is an ongoing challenge to ensure that we can feed the needy in these communities and we call on the public to visit some of our projects and help us to bring hope to others.”
HOPE Cape Town Distributes Samsung Tablets to Community Health Workers
As part of their ongoing development and training, HOPE Cape Town recently distributed brand new Samsung Galaxy tablets to its 24 Community Health Workers.
The tablets have been pre-loaded with useful data, including illustrated presentations and videos for patient education, recent and relevant TB and HIV related guidelines, various tools for counseling and disclosure, a wide range of reading materials, useful contact numbers, illustrated human anatomy charts and copies of training material. This data will be updated regularly and whenever the community health workers attend monthly training, new information will automatically upload to their tablets. The tablets will be fantastic tools for the community health workers in their clinics and communities, as they interact with and educate patients.
According to HOPE Cape Town Donor Relations Manager, “The better equipped our Community Health Workers, the better the service they render to the community. As far as we know, our Community Health Workers are the first in South Africa to make use of tablet technology for teaching and learning at grass-roots level. We thank the German Consulate in Cape Town for so generously supporting our blended learning programme and our training coordinator Dr. Sue Purchase for ensuring effective technology based learning programmes are implemented.”
French Consul General Visits HOPE Cape Town
HOPE Cape Town recently hosted Mr Xavier d’Argoeuves, Consul of France in Cape Town.
During his visit he went to Delft Clinic, where our HOPE Community Health Worker gave him a tour of the facility and showed him first hand the impact of the work that we do.
He also visited our project in Blikkiesdorp and spoke to local residents who highlighted the challenges they face.
We thank him for his interest in our projects and look forward to welcoming him again.
HOPE Cape Town welcomed a delegation to Blikkiesdorp.
On 16 August 2014 HOPE Cape Town welcomed a delegation to Blikkiesdorp.
Kerstin Behlau, Pauline Jooste and Gerald Flagg presented the work of HOPE Cape Town to the delegation. During the walk through Blikkiesdorp the German guests gained an insight into the tough life that people face day to day in a South African township.
Mrs. Pfeiffer is the chairperson of CDU/CSU working group on economic cooperation and development, as well as member of the advisory board of the German Evaluation Institute of Development and Cooperation.
Other participants of the delegation were Consul General Dr Bernd Rinnert, Dr Holger (Dix/Country Representative of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung), Dr Georg Kippels (MdB), Dr Katja Pohlmann and Christina Teichmann (Project Manager), Konrad-Adenauer (Stiftung in Cape Town).
HOPE Cape Town brings joy to little onesHOPE Cape Town recently brought joy to the children of Blikkiesdorp in Delft with a donation of toys.
According to HOPE Cape Town Donor Relations Manager, “As part of our outreach initiative we have recently secured R200 000 worth of toys with the support of a donor. Our plan is to distribute many of these toys to children in the various communities that we serve. We have also committed to establishing toy libraries in various impoverished communities allowing children to access toys that they would otherwise never be able to afford. Our main objective is to bring joy to these children but there is also an underlying component of learning through play.”
Docrat continued, “Today we started off the distribution process by handing over toys to children at a crèche in Blikkiesdorp. Seeing the children’s faces was fantastic. We also handed over some toys to babies that are under our care at Tygerberg Hospital. We will be distributing more toys and establishing our toy libraries in the coming months.”
HOPE Cape Town showcases research at 58th Annual Academic Day
HOPE Cape Town Doctors Sue Purchase and Jayne Cunningham presented their research poster entitled “HIV genotypic resistance testing in children in the Western Cape” at the 58th Annual Academic Day at Stellenbosch University.
The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences hosted this exciting annual event on Wednesday 13 August 2014, and it served as a showcase for the latest research by under- and postgraduate students and researchers of Tygerberg Campus.
At the Tygerberg Academic Campus there are approximately 2500 under- and postgraduate medical students, 700 medical doctors including 150 specialists, and a number of allied health professionals, in addition to other hospital and University staff. The campus and Tygerberg hospital complex has a staff component of about 7000 individuals and the hospital has a similar number of patients per day.
HOPE Cape Town Doctor selected to attend 12th Advanced HIV Course from 27-29 August 2014 in France
HOPE Cape Town Doctor, Dr Jayne Cunningham was recently selected by the European AIDS Clinical Society (EACS) Review Committee to participate in the 12th Advanced HIV Course from 27 - 29 August 2014 in Aix-en-Provence, France.
Dr Cunningham was selected for one of the 50 available spaces out of over 170 candidates and has received a full scholarship to cover all the expenses.She is the only participant attending from South Africa and the other participants come from far and wide including countries like Denmark, Georgia, Colombia and Ethiopia.She will be attending the 3 day clinical program followed by a 3 day workshop on clinical research.
According to Donor Relations Manager, Fahim Docrat, “We are thrilled that Jayne will have this opportunity to learn a lot from this time but also to impart some of her South African experience and expertise in the field of HIV, to other participants. Jayne is currently conducting research for us and also staffs clinic in communities that we serve. Her selection serves to acknowledge the work that we do and the impact that we have on the lives of those that are infected and affected by HIV/Aids.”
2. Upcoming Events
HOPE Gala Dresden - 2014
25th October 2014
3. Thank You
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HOPE Cape Town team
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