Newsletter June/July 2018
- Published: Wednesday, 04 July 2018 09:55
Our School life in 2018
Congratulations to Andi (grade 11), who is one of the Top 10 Academic Performers of Bedfordview High School. Andi was acknowledged by the school for her academic excellence. We’re very proud of Andi, who performed well in Science and plans to become a dynamic businesswoman.
Our New Home
Since our last newsletter, our girls have moved in and the office is set up and operational. Verity, the BHHoH outreach team and the older girls disassembled the bunkbeds in the flats and carried them down the 12 flights of stairs from where the removal truck collected them.
The FNB Life Insurance Team spent a day at the house to assemble the beds, mounted Wi-Fi and other cables, put up shelves and added plugs in the office.
Sandy Geash and the ladies of the “Movie Club” donated an electrical fence for the new home. The fence has been installed and we all go to bed at night feeling peaceful.
A Big Thank You
Because we are a family and the children stay with us for as long as is necessary, we need thicker files for each family member. The Macquarie Foundation Group and Roto Rooter donated these files for our new office.
We Need An Expert
We would love an ergonomics expert to give us advice on the layout of our new offices so that we can optimise productivity.
The first term grades were not as good as we hoped. Several factors contributed to the drop in results and these include: - new school, new grade and the move from Berea to Kensington and then from Kensington to Cyrildene. The homework team as well as the 2017 school leavers are working one-on-one with the children and we believe that the calm and stability will support the girls to focus on their schoolwork and improve their grades for the 2nd term.
We have two five-year olds in the Wychwood Academy Pre-School. They are doing very well and their English has improved vastly. They will be ready to go to Grade R next year. Thank you Nicole and Chantal for sponsoring these two and for uncle Nick who very kindly fetches them for school every morning.
Not all our school leavers have the opportunity to study and follow their dreams. If companies are able to offer any of our school leavers an internship opportunity that comes with love, gentleness, patience and kindness, we would be extremely grateful.
- Intern One is passionate about education and about helping others. She is currently serving as the spokesperson and guide for visitors to BHHoH
- Intern Two would love to become a social worker
- Intern Three dreams of becoming a pre-school teacher
- Intern Four is a beautician at heart and strives to realise her dream to work in a top salon and
- Intern Five dreams of becoming a chef
Patience started the Comrades 2018 but couldn't make it to the finish line due to an ankle injury. We remain super proud of your brave effort sisi!
Did you know?
Lindsay Sherman and the Investec team hosts a combined birthday party for the children every three months. Each birthday-princess gets a card and cake as well as a gift voucher, which is put away till December for when all the girls get to go shopping for their birthday presents.
Sonnya Holtz hosted the BHHoH staff at the Moorfield Mountain Farm for 2 nights while the new caregivers looked after the children. The driver, caregivers, outreach team, Mam Khanyi, TK and Kheti all had an opportunity to relax in this sublime nature reserve and re-connect with each other and nature.
Corporate Do Good
Activate Architecture celebrated 20 years in business on 2nd June at Thirteen in Braamfontein. The theme for the evenining was Activate "still in the game after 20 years” and was expressed as a casino games night complete with roulette tables.
They decided to make their event "For Good" too. Berea Hillbrow Home of Hope was invited to be the sellers of casino chips and the beneficiary of all the proceeds from the evening.
Just under R10,000 was raised in a couple of hours and the girls had fun seeing and meeting the guests.
We challenge companies to follow Acivate’s example and host events with a "for good" element.
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. We know you understand.
And finally, as always, a huge and heartfelt thank you for your continued support. If we have not mentioned you in this edition of our new newsletter, please watch out for the next one as we share the developments at the homes.
With much love and deep appreciation, from Mam Khanyi and the children.
Phone: 011 025 8954
Always welcome at Home of Hope:
Pre-paid electricity – sms the number to 073 250 2086