Home of Hope for Girls
Newsletter June / July 2021
We hope you are very well. The return of lockdown may have dampened everyone’s spirits a bit, but we are still finding lots to be thankful for. The loving atmosphere in the houses and the girls’ smiling faces continue to make everything worthwhile. Here is a little news from what’s been going on with us…
Fun with Horses
In April, one of our dedicated volunteers, Dina Cramer, arranged to take the girls on a visit to an equestrian center. It was magical to see them respond to the horses, grooming and touching their glossy coats so gently and their delight at being in the saddle. They were absolutely thrilled with this new experience.
Also in April, Mam Khanyi attended the Rotary Africa Centennial International conference. This year it was held online - which presented a learning curve for everyone. The purpose of the conference was to discover what other organizations were doing in related areas, and explore networking and support options. While Mam Khanyi attended various talks to learn about new solutions for sustainability, Home of Hope had a presence there in the form of an online booth which was manned by volunteers with a good understanding. They engaged with some of the thousands of people who attended, answering questions, sharing our vision and making connections. It was a challenge, but now that so many things are moving online, this whole experience was very useful.
21st birthday of Home of Hope for Girls
On the 21st May 2021, we celebrated twenty-one years of Home of Hope for Girls. What a huge milestone! We celebrated in our favorite ways…reflections on our blessings! cake! song! dance and laughter!
‘Halala to all, Congratulations! Today you are 21. I want to acknowledge everyone who has helped us along this very long journey in service. It has not been easy, but we’ve managed to come up to this far and have grown. We will go on to do our best together. Thank you all.’ (Mam Khanyi, on the 21st)
Youth Day 16 June 2021
We always enjoy celebrating Youth Day. This year we celebrated with PMI (Project Management Institute) at the Kensington house. Here they are in the picture with some very welcome donations…lots of juicy oranges!
At Cyrildene, Bhakti Lala and friends brought wonderful vegetarian biryani and pizza for everyone.
The Academic side
All the girls worked very hard during their first term. A huge, heartfelt Thank you to the homework volunteers who dedicate their time and effort to help with schoolwork every day. Afrikaans and Math continue to pose a challenge and our homework volunteer coordinator is working with various institutions to bring additional tutors on board to assist with these two subjects. If you are able to assist with Afrikaans or Math tutoring – we need you! We are seeking tutors to dedicate two hours per week, work online and be committed. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be in touch.
Dulles High School Maths and Science Academy (in the United States) have set up a tutoring course online for some of our girls. This shows the kind of generous spirit that is truly global.
Some of our girls that matriculated the previous year got a Learnership for Bureau Veritas that began in May. We are so grateful to Bureau Veritas for this wonderful opportunity.
One of the Home of Hope girls, our lovely Sibongiseni Sibanda, attended White Belt Training at Studio Kairos with Susan Sloan (trainer) for seven days. Nia is a very popular movement practice that draws from martial arts, dance arts and healing arts. Soon, Sibongiseni will be able to teach Nia herself.
On 6 June the girls had a great day with Lisa, a dear friend of HoH and a personal trainer who taught them a few exercises to do on their own during lockdown.
The girls also learnt how to cook lasagne and bake Chelsea buns, and you can guess how much everyone loved to eat the results!
Three Shuls near to Kensington and Cyrildene invited us to use their open grounds during lockdown. This is so valuable. Instead of being cooped up 24/7 the children can play outside in the fresh air and sunshine for a few hours every week.
Can you help with our urgent needs?
- Maintaining and repairing the houses - including important plumbing and carpentry work
- The bus currently needs servicing and repairs
- To maintain our girls’ immune systems (which are compromised) we need vitamins and cough mixtures on an ongoing basis.
- And as always: pre-paid electricity, groceries and household goods and financial support and sponsorship for education and training of individual girls
- You can donate at https://www.homeofhopeforgirls.org.za/how-you-can-help/donate
Message from Mam Khanyi
‘The pandemic is taking its toll on everyone, and in so many ways. We are experiencing a sharp rise in the need for the support for children and every week we receive many calls from people desperately looking for a safe place for a child. For now, our situation is such that we still struggle to take care of the children we already have.
We give thanks that our beneficiaries and staff members are all safe and in good health. We really hope that you stay well and we send you our loving good wishes.’
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
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010 900 0855
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