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FIRST QUARTER 2022

~ “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much” Helen Keller 
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Dear friend,
 
We hope this email finds you healthy and enjoying the first quarter of 2022. Looking back, it’s clear that the Christmas period was made truly memorable by the individuals and companies who created parties for the girls to enjoy. They were able to enjoy Christmas like other children might and to feel special – what a blessing! For those of you who were involved, you may never know quite what that meant to the girls. And they still talk about it!

It takes a village to raise a child
(African proverb)

 
This quote is something we at Home of Hope really understand; every day is about teamwork. A lot remains unseen, here is a glimpse of the behind the scenes work:
 
Our work includes dealing with the SAPS, working with social workers, communicating with the Department of Social Development, sourcing and applying for identity documents, and preparing and attending for court cases (Mam Khanyi is their legal guardian).  Reuniting trafficked children with responsible family members involves tracking down family, preparing all parties through counselling and working out logistics – this process can take up to a year.
 
The office team carry out the administrative work of enrolling the children in school, paying fees and coordinating rosters and extra mural activities. The team are trained as counsellors, in First Aid, firefighting and general safety. They monitor health issues, get the details on side effects of medication and keep files. They prepare reports for funders, certificates for donors etc. etc.


 

Stronger for 2022

We have taken on three new office workers, each bring different skills but share the same motivation. In addition to all the behind the scenes work just mentioned, these women have a big role to play as role models. Mam Khanyi explains that the whole team is united in offering the emotional guidance, counselling and spiritual example which anchors the children in self-esteem and love.

We are so happy with our three new office workers we want to tell you a bit about them:
 
Mandisa Dlamini is a young graduate who studied PR and Communications at the University of Johannesburg. Mandisa interned at Vuuma Collaborations (business performance experts) and while sharing her skills and time for HoH she is also studying for an advanced diploma in Business Management. Mandisa says she loves working in HoH for both the inspiration of powerful women and the joy of working with such lovely young people.
 
Thandie Mkhwanazi is a mature woman with decades of experience as a secretary at Jeff Lowe Associate (Secretariat College). Thandie brings considerable skills to her role in the office. Like the other women working in HoH for Thandie it is meaningful:  ‘Helping under-privileged and vulnerable children is very close to my heart, I’m a mother myself, so this allows me to give that motherly love to the girls.’

Yolanda Ngeju studied Travel and Tourism at Varsity College. Before coming to HoH Yolanda worked at Seed Academy (business development) as an entrepreneurial recruiter assistant and completed training in Business and Entrepreneurship.  Yoldanda was a stay-at-home mom who started her own events company called ‘Dark Rainbow’. Sadly, like many businesses started at the time, it collapsed due to lockdowns. She is delighted to be able to share her skills and especially her flair for events management with HoH.
 

 

And the best for last!

 
ALL the children are now enrolled in schools and there are a total of ten different schools. Yes, it is complicated to arrange… but we attempt to meet each individual girl’s needs and abilities. Their grades suffered due to the knock-on effects of the lockdowns and so we put the call out for more Homework Tutors. We increased the number of Homework Tutors from seven to over forty. South Africans rose to the occasion (as always) but others dialled in for the weekly online tutoring from places as far away as Texas and Italy.
 
We’re happy to report that after they came onboard at the second semester the girls had a nearly 100% Pass Rate! THANK YOU to all the tutors for their time, love and expertise. 
 
Developing this tutoring programme is a priority for 2022. The programme is currently being coordinated by Rachel in her capacity as a volunteer but we are seeking funding so that this position can be filled by a suitable applicant.  If you have suggestions or questions please email Jones@reospartners.com


 

Message from Mam Khanyi

 
‘2022 is another year of trusting, not just of yourself as a person, but of trusting God and believing that together with everyone who supported and want to support us we will make it again.  Together we will make it and do better for the vulnerable children in our care and in our community.’ 

 

That’s it from all of us at Home of Hope for now, once again we want to say THANK YOU for being an important part of the family. Stay well!
 
With love from Mam Khanyi, the girls and the Home of Hope team.


Please donate here to support Home of Hope, we always need groceries and household goods, petrol, pre-paid electricity etc

info@hopehome.org.za 
https://www.homeofhopeforgirls.org.za
081 336 7775
010 900 0855

59 Pandora Road, Kensington
Johannesburg 2095

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