Hope Trust’s work falls into three main categories:
- Reconstruction: this includes
- Family Welfare: Embracing poverty relief interventions for the very poor and needy, in particular those who are not in a position to care for themselves, either because of illness or age. This aspect of our work is intended to provide short-term welfare, relief or rehabilitation to households or individuals until such time as they are able to stand on their own without needing outside support. This is the gospel in action: caring for the orphans and widows in their distress, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, caring for the sick.
- Youth empowerment through sport – notably soccer and netball.
- Family economic development including anti-poverty initiatives aimed at empowerment and capacity building. This mostly involves training and mentoring in a wide-range of skills such as small business development, home financial management, savings and home food security. This is the work of equipping people to reach their full potential in God, living productive and harmonious lives and being generous givers.
- Empowering Family Life through teaching, training, mentoring in basic life skills – parenting, healthy living, foster parenting, small business, savings, home food security etc.
- Developing a foster parenting programme including selection and establishment of “safe houses” coupled with equipping foster carers with the skills for loving and caring appropriately for OVCs.
To date, the main beneficiaries of our work have been residents of Sweetwaters, a very poor and broken community on the outskirts of the city of Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Sweetwaters has an exceptionally high level of unemployment, disease and poverty. Surveys conducted jointly by the government and a local university found that Sweetwaters has one of the highest recorded rates of HIV infection in South Africa. It is also a TB hotspot, with possibly the highest rate of TB infection in the country (and South Africa has the highest TB incidence in the world)! These high levels of HIV/TB infection have resulted in a breakdown of family life where many orphaned and vulnerable children are growing up without adult supervision or care, are going hungry, are missing out on an education due to an inability to pay school fees or buy school uniforms, and are open to abuse and exploitation. Child-headed homes are prolific, as are homes headed by elderly grandmothers (gogo’s) who are themselves sickly and needing care and rest. These “gogo’s” are unable to cope financially, physically or emotionally with caring for a household of orphaned grandchildren and great-grandchildren. It is a community in a state of crisis and in need of God’s love, hope and saving grace.
We are convinced that our programmes should be extended to the larger community in Vulindlela (the rural western portion of Msunduzi Municipality – wards 1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9 – which accommodates 150, 000 people (2011 Census).
..one of Hope Trust’s official sponsors.