Thank you all for making 2017 yet another remarkable year for A Spring of Hope.
Our dedicated team has done an incredible job at expanding our reach to more schools, learners, and community members while strengthening our programs and services.
Our partnership with Rand Water Foundation continues to help us extend into communities otherwise forgotten. We helped 9 rural clinics with access to clean water. Our Enviro loo sanitation projects included 12 new schools and one community center. Thank you, Rand Water Foundation for your commitment and support.
Our newest partner, Junior Achievement South Africa, will be bringing their entrepreneurial program into 5 elementary schools through a grant from Standard Bank. We can’t wait to hear updates from all the learners that participated in the program!
A Spring of Hope drilled 3 new boreholes in 2017 and brought the gift of water to hundreds of people. Our US private supporters and our friends through our partner Thulani have made these projects possible.
Our most exciting news is that we finally acquired the land for the A Spring of Hope Permaculture Community Center. Construction will begin in 2018. We are using Rammteck Earth to build, using the existing sand/soil on the property to build the walls. The Centre will house ASoH’s offices and will be used for many of our programs geared toward helping the community achieve self- sustaining lives. We will have an 18-39 Entrepreneurial Program for women in the surrounding community. These classes will also help develop small business enterprises through mini loans and mentorship from local business leaders. The seasonal permaculture classes will be held in the outdoor facility overlooking our gardens. We will also offer CSA (Community Sustainable Agriculture) membership to local lodges and restaurants. Through the CSA we will employ many community members who will benefit not only financially but through the produce we will grow. In the future, we will hold a local farmers market offering items that our students will be producing such as local jams, medicinal herbs, crafts and organic specialty vegetables. We will also offer cooking classes throughout the year to complement our growing season. We will be a true “Garden to Pot” experience!
Once again, we thank you, our supporters for your contributions!