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Newsletter September 2011

Dear friends of HOPE Cape Town,

 As 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 issue
1. 1. 10 years of HOPE Cape Town
2. 2. HOPE Cape Town Even
3. 3. HOPE Cape Town & MySchool
4. 4. Inside HOPE Cape Town Farewells and Welcomes

1. 1. 10 years of HOPE Cape Town

In October 2011, HOPE Cape Town will be celebrating its first decade of existence. The NGO, which was officially launched at TAHC as HOPE – HIV Outreach Program and Education on the 29th of October 2001, is looking back on 10 years of providing treatment, counseling and training for children and adults infected and affected by HIV & AIDS. What started out as a humble joint venture between the German speaking Catholic Community, the Rotary Club of Signal Hill, University of Stellenbosch (Faculty of Health Sciences) and the Tygerberg Academic Health Complex supported by the Provincial Government of the Western Cape, has grown into a successful benchmark organisation with a number of high profile academic and private partners, both local and international.

HOPE Cape Town was instrumental in the foundation of the Ithemba Ward for Infectious Diseases (G7) and started out providing privately funded treatment and tertiary care for HIV positive children as one of the first initiatives in the country and long before the commencement of the national ARV rollout. Subsequently, the organization began training and deploying community health workers in various communities of drainage area of Tygerberg Hospital for patient follow-ups and recalls. Today, a total of 23 HOPE community health workers work in 19 low-income communities and primary health care facilities in the northern metropole. 

HOPE Cape Town also pioneered a project involving traditional healers (iSangoma) in an attempt to overcome stigma and prejudices between Western medicine and traditional African healing practices. Grassroot project initiatives for community based income generation are supported by the organization which also conducts awareness workshops and outreaches on request. More recent projects include nutritional support for HIV and TB patients, e-learning, drug interactions of traditional medicines and HIV & sport activities.  HOPE Cape Town is proudly partnering with academic institutions such as HS Niederrhein, TU Munich and the Medical Mission Institute Wuerzburg in Germany. A very popular elective rotation for international medical students is offered in partnership with KID-CRU (Children's Infectious Diseases Clinical Research Unit) at TAHC.

HOPE Cape Town is grateful for the continuous support of its local partners including TAHC, Stellenbosch University (Faculty of Health Sciences as well as the health departments of the Provincial Government of the Western Cape and the City of Cape Town. A big thank you also goes to all international and local sponsors and donors, big and small, without whom the organization’s work of the last decade would not have been possible. We are looking forward to the next 10 years!

2. 2. HOPE Cape Town Even

For the sixth consecutive year, Viola Klein, Saxonia Systems AG and – for the second time – the HOPE Kapstadt Stiftung are organising a charity gala event in Dresden for the benefit of HOPE Cape Town, together with many loyal sponsors and supporters. The HOPE Gala will take place on 29 October 2011 at the Schauspielhaus Dresden. As in previous years, excellent entertainment and performances by a range of popular artists are guaranteed. Please visit the following homepage: for more information. Tickets are now available under +49 (0) 3 51 / 48 64 20 02 and +49 (0) 18 05 / 74 00 74, via email under or online on


On 25 September 2011, the Bridgeclub Darmstadt Alert e.V. hosts the 2. HOPE Charity Tournament at Schloss Johannisberg in Geisenheim, Germany. Interested players please rsvp to Mrs. Beatrix Kuzselka (Edelsheimer Straße, 63075 Offenbach, Germany, email:, phone 0049-172-6128306) by no later than 23 September 2011. A big thank you to the club and especially to our long-term supporter Silvia Mikulasch for organising this event.

3. 3. HOPE Cape Town & MySchool

The MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet fundraising programme ( is South Africa’s number one community support programme that raises essential funds for schools, charities and environmental organisations. Funds are used to improve education and social development in South Africa. The MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet programme raises more than R 2.2 million per month for the schools, charities and environmental organisations it supports. Now you can also support HOPE Cape Town through the MySchool programme by signing up for a card with the attached application form. We need 200 supporters to sign up in order to be registered as a beneficiary. As a cardholder, you will not only be supporting our organisation by swiping every time you shop at a MySchool partner (e.g. Woolworths, Engen, etc.) but you will also be eligible for attractive discounts at said partners. Please send your completed application form to our offices, if you would like to support us by signing up for a MySchool card. We appreciate your support!

4. 4. Inside HOPE Cape Town Farewells and Welcomes

On 12 September 2011, Noëline de Goede will start as the new Director of HOPE Cape Town Association. A very warm welcome to her on behalf of the whole team!


At the end of September, my family and I will be leaving South Africa after four amazing years to return to my home country Germany. My heartfelt thanks to everyone I have worked with, it has been a great pleasure to know you!




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With warm regards and best wishes,

Yasmin Smith

Head of Programs



HOPE Cape Town Association

P.O. Box 19145

Tygerberg 7505

Cape Town

South Africa


Tel. (+27) 21 938 6660/ 021 938 9930         Fax (+27) 21 938 6662     (English, Afrikaans & German)





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