Newsletter March 2018
- Published: Wednesday, 28 March 2018 09:54
KEEP RUNNING STRONG!
Fantastic news! Our very own Patience will be running the 2018 Comrades Marathon. Patience, who grew up in Berea Hillbrow Home of Hope, matriculated in 2010 and, with the help of Mam Khanyi organising private funding, she enrolled at Wits to study Education. In 2012, she changed her course to LLB and was eligible for a scholarship from The Tomorrow Trust. Patience graduated in 2015 and is currently a Legislative Analyst at Alexander Forbes. It is clear Patience is running from strength to strength – and she is living proof of how Home of Hope empowers youth to flourish.
Make sure to get Patience’s Comrades Results on Facebook
Go Girl! We are super proud of you.
There is tremendous excitement at Home of Hope - the girls and some volunteers have been painting, fetching, carrying and sprucing up at the new home in Cyrildene. This new property will be shelter to the high school children who were moved out of the flats in Berea.
In 2014, a benefactor saw Mam Khanyi on BBC, and was so moved by the story of the children living in Berea that they donated a house to relocate the girls to a safer area.
The flats in Berea have also been a hive of activity, with Verity and her friends from the Jozi Burner Creative Projects NPC crew removing built in cupboards and shelving to be used at Cyrildene. The bunk beds will be moved in phases because the flats are on the 12th floor and the lifts are not working – we are looking for a clever solution to this #quanundrum #howdowegetthebedsdown? Suggestions are welcome, off course.
Mam Khanyi, the HoH team and volunteers are working intensely to get the house ready. The main issue at hand is security and in particular the electrical fencing.
All going well, the children will move into the new house in April.
The smaller children will remain in Kensington as they are within walking distance of their schools. The high school learners who attend Bedfordview High will also stay in the old house.
THE BILTONG PROJECT
As part of our sustainable income generating strategy, Home of Hope runs a biltong stand at the Maboneng Precinct – Market on Main. This initiative has been running since August 2017 and is in full swing. Profits go towards paying for electricity as well as transport for our learner, who received a scholarship to study teaching in Midrand. We would love you to come and taste our biltong!
A shout out and special thanks to Craig and Claire for making this biltong stand happen and to the peer educators for running the stand every Sunday!
We are hoping to establish a stand at the Rosebank Market to sell our candles, biltong and possibly even wors rolls. Creating sustainable ways for us to support our young people is a priority – and we look forward to expanding our project.
Homework volunteers help the learners on Saturday mornings with their schoolwork. In the spotlight this month is Mr Skhumbuzo, who helps the high school children with their maths. In 2017 their math pass rate was 74%!
Onka, Karabo, Shanya and Olivia are also on the homework volunteer team and we recently welcomed Nonhlanhla and Jemma.
We are grateful for the time and dedication of the homework volunteer team, the results of the Home of Hope learners is hugely improved by their support.
A PLACE OF SAFETY
Our policy is to protect the children and their identities. With this in mind, we limit access to the houses and the children. Thank you for your understanding.
And finally, as always, a huge and heartfelt thank you for your continued support!
With much love and deep appreciation, from Mam Khanyi and the children.
Always welcomed at Home of Hope:
Prepaid electricity – sms the number to 073 250 2086