who we are
Hope Village is registered as a Charitable Trust (T347/05) with the Ministry of Finance and as a Welfare Organization (WO270) at the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare. Hope Village gives loving, caring homes for abandoned and orphaned, vulnerable children infected and/or affected with HIV/AIDS. In these homes their basic needs for food, protection and accommodation are met. Moreover, the eqaully important needs for love, affection, and security are also shared on a daily basis. We endeavour to help each child to reach their full potential on an educational, psychological, emotional and physical level. We give them an opportunity to go to school, to engage in sports and learn arts and crafts. In this way, we want to help them to grow up and become productive members of society.
what we do
We have four houses on our property that is 4 000 square meter. Currently we host 91 children within a diverse age range of 4 months – 22 years old. We have a separate homes for girls, boys, toddlers and infants. Each house can accommodate 24 children. Day and night personnel (house mommies and daddies) work in each house; two in the girl’s house, two in the boy’s house, four in the toddler house and 7 care mommies living in our home for babies. We also have a half-way house where our children, who started studying or just started working, lives in. This give them an opportunity to qualify themselves for a job while living off the premises. On our premises, we also have veggie tunnels that provides enough vegetables for all the houses. Our office building houses two offices, which accommodate our founder and director, the manager of Hope Village and the secretary. Currently 64 children are enrolled in primary and secondary schools. Each morning these children are taken to school by a our bus and picked up after school.
In the pipeline
We are currently in the process of starting two small businesses to provide a way to become more self-sustainable.
- One of these initiatives is a Recycle Unit where the children of Hope Village and the community can bring their recyclable rubbish that can be recycled to our unit; we weigh and send it to Rent-a-Drum which in turn then pays for the material.
- The second one is a little shop where the community can buy basic products for all their essential needs.
Marietjie fetched John* from Okahandja when he was 10 years old. He was laying in a little tin shack. His mother was nowhere to be found. He was more dead than alive. He couldn’t climb off the bed on his own. At 10 years of age, he weighed only 12kg. We took him to the hospital and the doctor immediately admitted him into the hospital. He stayed there for a couple of days, while the medical staff ran some tests. We received the diagnosis that he has AIDS - his condition seemed to worsen.
The doctor suggested that we bring him home so that he can die in peace. We took John home, we loved and cared for him, we fed him lots of small meals per day and we gave his medication religiously.
It took a year to get him healthy enough so that he could start going to school. Today he is 18 years old and in grade 5. He loves school and is an active football player!
*not his real name
A special thank you to all our supporters who have given so far - We are blessed by your care and love!