Home of Hope for Girls
Newsletter February / March 2021
It is hard to believe it is nearly March already! As we race along 2021, we are hoping that this newsletter finds you well.
Battling the other pandemic in SA
During the lockdown, SA and in specific poorer urban communities, saw a rise in gender-based violence. Our Outreach Team saw a big increase in children needing help. Offenders seemed to become far more aggressive and there were more reports of children being raped but being unable to identify their abusers because they had been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the offence. There is a strong connection between the cheap, powerful alcohol smuggled in from neighbouring countries and easily available on the black market, and the increase in GBV. The Outreach Team do (and are doing) their utmost to remove children from dangerous situations and take them into safety. We know that these problems will not go away, that is why our strategies and plans are used to inform the community and local leaders; education is key.
New awareness campaign
The South African premier Online Sports Book, World Sport Betting (WSB), have partnered with us to create an important campaign to raise awareness about human trafficking. The campaign has been coordinated between the WSB and the Home of Hope for Girls Outreach Team. It includes billboards that display the awareness logo and an SMS number for people to support the campaign.
Twenty schools were selected, and our team will visit them to talk about gender-based violence, trafficking and human rights. Gift packs will be handed out which include a whistle to blow against child trafficking. We are so encouraged that WSB, a company with a very high public profile, is willing to use their voice for change and team up with us like this.
African House of Friendship Virtual Projects Fair 22nd to 26th April 2021
We have been invited to exhibit in the Rotary’s Africa 100th birthday celebration for the African House of Friendship Fair. The aim is to ‘Connect, engage and explore the latest trends, challenges and innovations in the local and international socio-economic, impact investing and volunteering space.’
This virtual event which showcases a range of projects will be attended by an international audience of hundreds of potential funders. This is an incredible opportunity for us. By showing what we do in Home of Hope for Girls we can attract funding. The event also provides the opportunity to explore what others are doing in sustainable development and socio-economic transformation. This sharing of ideas can be invaluable going forward. For Home of Hope to exhibit at this event we need a minimum of R2,500 but preferably R5,000 (this option has more advantages). So, we are seeking a sponsor and are happy to share their profile so that the sponsor can receive coverage too.
We need more people to sell our delicious, pure organic unrefined honey and sensual, natural candles. These sales help us to be more self-sufficient. If you have already tried the products you know they are absolutely excellent, so it will not be hard! Please consider becoming an agent to sell to friends and family. WhatsApp Rachel on 082 684 3852 for details.
450gsm organic unrefined honey @R130
300ml soy light candle @R150
Dreams to Reality
Sixteen school goers wrote their Matric in 2020, this included youngsters supported by our Outreach Programme. Ongoing support for these young people must go beyond Matric and include assisting them in post-Matric courses and internship programmes. They have visions of their futures and want to follow their dreams, but they do need your support. Below is a wish-list of career directions chosen:
- Chemical/ Electrical Engineering, Sport Management, Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting, Biokinetics, Bachelor of Administration in Public Administration, Drafting and Interpretation of Contracts (Law), Financial Planning, BA in Interior Design, Radio & Television Production, Travel and Tourism Operation BSLP, FET Teaching,
Perhaps you or your company could help with an internship programme/ provide a course, or simply help to fund further education. You could make the difference between dreams and reality.
Message from Mam Khanyi
When the pandemic came, even the smartest person in the world was caught off-guard. There were no businesses with emergency plans that included it and no family that could anticipate it. We share this sense of life turned upside down. We trust that God has a better plan for us all and continue to be grateful every day!
Much love to you and your families from all of us here at Home of Hope,
Mam Khanyi, the girls and the team.
Please donate here to support Home of Hope, we always need groceries and household goods, petrol, pre-paid electricity etc