What We Do
Home of Hope is engaged in increasing awareness of the plight of children on the street, in very poor homes and those in brothels in Johannesburg inner city. Our reach includes public awareness and awareness among the children themselves. For example, education on the dangers of HIV/AIDS, drugs, prostitution and other forms of crime and offering hope by way of choices to the children.
We are working towards a safer and more beneficial neighbourhood for the young people who live there. This means creating an environment where the pimps and drug-dealers no longer rule the streets. We work closely with the South African Police Services and other welfare organisations as part of our attempt to root out intimidation and abuse. We also provide immediate relief for at risk children, and set in motion legal action for those posing the threats.
An integral part of Home of Hope’s rehabilitation programmes is ensuring that each child in our care receives an education and/or skills’ training that will enable them to earn a living without being dependent on their exploiters for food and shelter. And so, become self-supporting, and contributing members of society.
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Home of Hope in the Wider Community
Working to Improve the Lives of South Africans Daily
Outreach to Orphaned and Vulnerable Children in the Inner City
- Mam Khanyi has a hands-on approach and visits the neighbourhoods to identify those at risk of abuse and intimidation
- We work closely with the South African Police Services and other welfare organisations to identify the perpetrators
- We remove vulnerable young people from dangerous situations
- Set into motion legal action to protect them
- Help people reclaim their neighbourhoods from the tyranny of drug dealers and pimps
- Provide immediate practical help such as food and clothing
- Obtain children’s necessary documents i.e. birth certificates and ID documents
- We assist children to enroll in school, get school uniforms and books
- Home of Hope is actively working to produce a sustainable food sources
- In Mayfair, permaculture gardens are made alongside the community who will also benefit from the results
- We pass on the skills needed to maximise the benefit from gardens
- Provide the opportunity for people to start their own gardens
- At our Kensington home our vegetable gardens suppliments the girls’ diet
HIV/AIDS, STI’s Prevention, Education, Early Intervention
- Home of Hope is active in education and support for those at risk and effected by HIV
- Negotiates to have condom dispensers provided in high risk areas
- Forms and maintains support groups for people living with HIV/AIDS
- Provides a shelter care worker who attends the meetings and provides counselling
- Assists with practical challenges such as job opportunities
- Advises people on their rights in the workplace and with regards to their healthcare
On-street Feeding Schemes
- When funds allow we provide a daily meal for the homeless of Berea, Betrams & Mayfair
Restoring Dignity and Guiding Towards Self-Reliance
Reuniting girls with their family networks remains a vital part of the work. Using the police, social services and municipal offices to assist in locating /assessing family networks has proven impossible. So, this difficult, costly, and time consuming task is done by Home of Hope.
- Home of Hope uses whatever information the girl has provided to attempt to locate a family member
- Obtain ID which may have been stolen, or not arranged by the parents before their death
- If a contact can be traced Mam Khanyi will travel to assess if the environment is safe and suitable
- Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons many children cannot be reunited with a family member; Home of Hope is their home
Providing Year-Round Residential Care
Between the two homes in Kensington and Berea we have over 60 girls in our full-time care. We provide all the support and stability that a loving home can offer. The girls are educated, guided and supported.
Counselling and Mental Health
The girls receive counselling as soon as they arrive in the Home. Mam Khanyi has undergone trauma counselling training and all the staff and helpers are fully trained to provide a safe and caring environment. In addition, the volunteers offer yoga classes and life skill classes which give the girls tools to manage their stress themselves and to gain confidence in their new lives. In addition, we provide counselling for those effected by HIV in the support groups which we host.
Leading the Way to Independent, Productive Lives
An integral part of Home of Hope’s rehabilitation programme is ensuring that each child in our care receives the education and/or skills training to enable them to break free from any dependence upon those who exploit them.
With loving support they become independent and confident women who have plenty to contribute to society.
- Home of Hope prioritises and supports educational and vocational training
- 80% of the girls have been enrolled into New Nation School (which has a 75% pass rate)
- Places are secured in corporate sponsored Skills Training Programmes
- They are taught Arts and Culture and Gumboot / Traditional dance to perform at corporate workshops etc.
- Cida College, IPEC, SOLSA and The Dept of Health provide in-house training.
Many have moved on to satisfying jobs, some have graduated with university degrees and others work assisting those in situations they themselves emerged from.