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.