HOPE Cape Town supported by Yemoja!
Yemoja - an online shop for colorful handmade handbags - www.yemoja.net - supports HOPE Cape Town since May 2015. In November 2015, the founders of Yemoja visited HOPE Cape Town.
We introduced them to our work at the children wards in Tygerberg Hospital, at the township clinic in Delft and in our community project in Blikkiesdorp.
We would like to say thank you for their support and the great interest in our work in South Africa.
HOPE Cape Town brings joy to kids on World Aids Day
HOPE Cape Town in partnership with Goodhope FM Radio treated 50 children from Blikkiesdorp to a fun day out at the Blue Train Park in Mouille Point, Cape Town.
The children were treated to a full day of activities with snacks and lunch. HOPE Cape Town staff were also interviewed live on radio as part of the World Aids Day program.
This was the first such outing for most of the children who come from very impoverished backgrounds. We were happy that we could give them this opportunity to have some fun.
School Uniforms for Primary School in Klipheuwel
Today we gave out school uniforms for 175 children at a Primary School in Klipheuwel.
Klipheuwel is a small rural village located 15km north of Durbanville, Cape Town and consists of an area with brick houses, but the majority of the people here live in shacks without running water and toilets in dwellings.
About 2300 people live in Klipheuwel, 55 % of them are black, and 39 % are coloured. 57% of people in Klipheuwel live in shacks. The unemployment rate is 30%.
Klipheuwel is served medically by a mobile clinic which operates out of Durbanville Clinic. Some residents of Klipheuwel visit the Fisantekraal Clinic if they can afford the transport. Both clinics have a HOPE Community Health Worker who are part of the mobile clinic team.
The children, Principal and teachers were delighted with our visit and could not believe that we would like to give out much needed jackets and school uniforms. Many children are coming to school – also in the current winter - only with short skirts or shorts and without jackets and feel very cold.
We thank our sponsors Lions Club Voerde, Kamghe Gaba/My Chain for Happiness and the Saarland State Youth Choir for their donations which made this possible.
HOPE Cape Town Mandela Day Breakfast
HOPE Cape Town staff and friends dedicated their time in honour of Mandela Day, feeding the children of the Blikkiesdorp community in Delft.
We started at around 9am and expected to feed around 400 children. We ended up feeding over 600 children. Fortunately with donations from Hastens Beds South Africa and HOPE Cape Town Ambassador, Katlego Maboe, we had enough porridge for everyone. We also gave each child a rain jacket and a party pack with juice, chips, sweets and other goodies.
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 facilitating 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.
It was a day with all hands on deck including HOPE Cape Town staff, visitors from Germany and the USA and HOPE Cape Town Ambassador Kia Johnson who was very moved by the kids.
Visit to GLM Crèche: Blikkiesdorp
What a privilege it was to visit GLM (God Loves Me) Crèche in Blikkiesdorp recently. The crèche has been running for about 2 years in a marque near the play area.
There are about 50 children, in the care of the dynamic Didi April and her amazing staff of lady volunteers. Didi is also studying early childhood development, while running the crèche!
Apart from some tables and chairs, the crèche has been running with no toys or equipment. The staff and children were so delighted to receive our donation of a CD player and 2 boxes of toys.
The smiles on their faces say it all.