Please help us support vulnerable families in South Africa.

Donate to our #Apart_Together Campaign

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, South Africa’s president, President Ramaphosa, recently declared a nationwide 21 Day Lockdown. Like many other countries, South Africa is practicing social distancing and doing their part to flatten the curve. In rural communities of South Africa, social distancing is even more important as there are high populations of those with compromised immune systems due to TB and HIV. Each week our team will be bringing food parcels to homes who are the most affected by the lockdown

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The COVID-19 Pandemic

Last week, South Africa’s president, President Ramaphosa declared a nationwide 21 Day Lockdown. Schools, centers, and all nonessential businesses have been shut down. Like many other countries, including the U.S, South Africa is practicing social distancing and doing their part to flatten the curve.

In rural communities of South Africa, social distancing is even more important as there are high populations of those with compromised immune systems due to TB and HIV. During this lockdown, families are staying home, only going out for essential goods. Unfortunately for some, going to the store is a struggle. Children, elderly, and disabled are extremely vulnerable during this time as they have very little means to shop at a store and gather enough supplies to feed their families. In Acornhoek South Africa, there are many households being ran by children, older children caring for their siblings without any adult supervision. These children rely on the resources they receive in school and the daily meal served in class. With schools closed many children are struggling to get enough food.

In response to the lockdown, A Spring of Hope has shifted its focus to provide support to vulnerable families in the local communities. Each week our team will be bringing food parcels to homes who are the most affected by the lockdown including vulnerable children, the sick, the disabled, and the elderly. Our team has identified 79 homes in which will benefit from weekly parcels. These parcels will include vegetables from our community gardens and our Permaculture Center’s gardens, nonperishable foods (including pap (maize), beans, can goods), bread, soap, and water.

Trygive, Leanette, and Andrew are working extremely hard to ensure that their communities are staying safe, healthy, and fed. Please help us in supporting these families by donating to our Apart Together campaign. Any donation helps us in buying supplies such as pap (maize), beans, soap, and bread.

As we do what we can to stop the spread of this horrible virus by staying home and limiting contact with others, we also need to remember those that do not have the resources we have. We truly are all in this together.

Thank you for your continued support of A Spring of Hope!

#APART_TOGETHER

Our Unique Approach Makes Us Different

Of course we think we are different, and we think you will too. Watch this informative video to see what we mean.
We have touched the lives of over 70,000 individuals directly through our work in the WASH+ areas: WAter, Sanitation, Hygiene + Permaculture Education. Here are some of the highlights of what we are doing in each area.

Our Vision

We seek to combat severe poverty in rural South Africa. If rural schools have the appropriate resources to invest in their students, students can be better equipped for fulfilling employment and leadership in and out of the workplace. A Spring of Hope invests in the development of South Africa’s future leadership so that they can, in turn, address pressing problems in their communities.

Boreholes

The core of our program is to provide water to underprivileged schools. When schools get a reliable source of fresh, clean water the health of students improves and economic development can begin.
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Permaculture

Once schools have water, they can begin to cultivate gardens.  We provide them with seeds and irrigation equipment, and school staff learn how to maximize resources through our permaculture program.
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Sanitation

Most rural schools only have crude, unhygienic pit toilets which spread disease. Because water tends to be scarce in this region, environmentally-friendly waterless toilets are the best solution.
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Safer Kitchens

By improving the conditions of our partner school kitchens for the volunteers who prepare the meals, we create a healthier work environment and eliminate the time spent hauling wood and standing over large fires inhaling smoke.
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Girls Programs

Our Strong Girls Make Strong Women campaign helps empower young women by offering them the resources they need to stay in school, teaching life skills, setting S.M.A.R.T goals, and providing them with menstrual health products.
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Junior Acheivement

In order to address the massive challenge of youth unemployment in South Africa, A Spring of Hope partnered with Junior Achievement to teach young people about the management of economics, business, entrepreneurship and personal finances.
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Partnerships

A Spring of Hope is proud to work with several organizations who are equally as committed to stimulating economic development in impoverished rural South African communities and improving the lives of South African school children.

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Permaculture Centre Progress

Thanks to our generous supporters we have reached our goal.

We raised enough for the construction of the centre and broke ground on July 2018. Since then, we have made significant progress. The sanitation buildings are complete and the outdoor classroom is also finished, with the first permaculture classes held in the fall of 2019. The construction of the main centre is underway and security cottage will be starting soon. The netting is finished for our permaculture gardens and we have been harvesting vegetables for our partner lodge, Thulani.