JUNE 2019 NEWSLETTER
Mandela Day 18th July 2019
Mandela Day is just around the corner, and we are co-ordinating our efforts towards projects at the homes. We are hoping that this important day will be an inspiration so that we can accomplish these changes together. As Mandela said, ‘It always seems impossible until it's done.’
- Bathroom renovation: to create a more useful space the bath will be removed and two showers, a double basin, an extra toilet and a cupboard for storage will be fitted.
- Also, shelves and cupboard doors in the house need repair and replacement.
- For the exterior, two heavy-duty circular washing lines (we do a lot of washing!)
- Additional permaculture garden stands
- As we are an institution, in order to get the home’s building plans signed off and approved we need a disabled toilet. One wall of the outside bathroom will need to be rebuilt to accommodate a wheelchair.
- We need to sort out ongoing issues with damp in the bathroom building generally.
If you can help, with your time, donations or with items for this work
please get in touch with our project coordinator.
We will send you more information about this exciting project.
WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!
or call 082 323 7395.
In April 2019, Hlekani graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Econometrics from the University of Johannesburg. An achievement like hers is an inspiration. We know you join us in wishing her well in her chosen career!
A great result
Remember the seven children who had no school to go to at the start of the 2019 academic year? Well, all of them received certificates of merit from Cyrildene Primary School for their good grades in term one. This great result is thanks to a their own determination and hard work, but also thanks to the children in the home who helped tutor them and all our homework volunteers. Thank you all for this great result, they’ve started as they will continue!
Patience doesn’t give up
In 2017 and 2018, Patience, despite her best efforts was not able to complete the Comrades Marathon. But she didn’t give up. Her preparation, training, perseverance, courage and hope in entering again is a lesson to us all. Patience ran the 2019 Comrades Marathon; this time she finished with a medal! She is a motivation for her sisters at the home.
Preparing for life after Matric
Sixteen of our senior girls started Computer Literacy classes at the Rosebank College Braamfontein Campus in April. We are grateful to the college for their training and for helping to prepare them for life after Matric.
A trip to the theatre
The National Children’s Theatre hosted the girls aged five to thirteen and they to watch “Duck for President”. What an experience it was for the children; they’re still talking about it.
Dragons and Superheros
It was so generous of the Standard Bank Rosebank branch to take our girls out to the movies @ Ster-Kinekor-The Zone Rosebank. It was a brilliant night. The little ones watched the How to Train your Dragon animation while the older girls enjoyed Captain Marvel superhero. After movies, they all had a meal at McDonalds in Craighall. The children treasure happy childhood memories like this, far more than you might imagine.
It was wonderful that Lindsey Sherman and her team hosted a birthday celebration for our Birthday Princesses on May 11th
. It was a very special day, not just for the birthday girls but for everyone, a chance to celebrate Home of Hope generally. Thank you Lindsey and team.
Moving South Africa forward
On June 2nd
, fifteen girls attended the launch of National Child Protection Week and the manifesto signing at Constitution Hill. The event was organised and hosted by the Department of Social Development and the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund.
The theme for 2019 is “Let us protect all children to move South Africa forward”.
Our heartfelt thank-you and much love,
& all the girls and team at HoH