05 Mar 2014 March Newsletter
“The Power of Hope” First Annual Spring Gala
January 27, 2014
A Spring of Hope, a South Florida foundation since 2007, is pleased to present their first annual Gala, “The Power of Hope.” The festivities will take place at the Seagate Country Club in Delray Beach on March 21, 2014 beginning at 6:00pm.
The South African Ambassador, Mr.Ebrahim Rasool is our guest of honor. The Ambassador will be speaking at the event sharing stories of his times with the late Nelson Mandela.
A Spring of Hope is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) dedicated to the sustainable development of rural South African communities. We partner with rural schools to provide them with clean water sources for drinking, sanitation, irrigation, and food preparation to improve health conditions, combat poverty, promote education, and create self-sustainability. To work toward building community capacity, we are committed to providing instruction in permaculture and sanitation and hygiene at each of our partner schools. In addition, we build long-term relationships with our partner schools to support them in a variety of efforts including after school programs and economic development projects. Our approach takes seriously each school’s individual problems and works collaboratively with government, schools, and NGOs to create social and economic development. To date, we have supported 18 different rural schools in the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces in South Africa. Our local team maintains contact with each of our partner schools to ensure that each school gets closer to their own goals. In 2012, A Spring of Hope became a registered NPO in the country of South Africa.
The gala will be the first of its kind in South Florida featuring an elegant “South African Braai” (grilled dinner) inclusive of sundowners (drinks and appetizers at dusk on a game drive). A wine tasting of South African wines will be presented during dinner. They will also have unique live auction items including an all expenses paid 10-day trip to the Kruger area in South Africa staying at two five star lodges. A very special musical dinner with Jason Derulo (singer and songwriter) and Jordin Sparks (American Idol winner) is sure to be a hit! Private flying lessons, a St. Maarten vacation and gorgeous South African art plus other exclusive items will also be presented.
Tickets are $150.00/person. Please visit www.aspringofhope.org for ticket, table information, and corporate sponsorship.
We would like to extend a sincere thanks to all our generous supporters.
World Water Day
March 22, 2014
Considering it is our mission to bring fresh water to schools in impoverished rural communities in Africa, it’s not surprising that we would wish to highlight the importance of World Water Day 2014. World Water Day was established by the UN in 1993 — observed annually on March 22 — as a means of focusing attention on the importance of access to fresh water and the sustainable management of water resources. The focus of 2014’s World Water Day is on “Water and Energy”, the objective being to bring attention to the water-energy nexus, particularly addressing inequities, especially for the ‘bottom billion’ who live in slums and impoverished rural areas and survive without access to safe drinking water, adequate sanitation, sufficient food and energy services. (www.unwater.org)
A Spring of Hope would like to take this opportunity to feature the story of a learner at one of our partner schools. We think it is important to give a voice to those who are directly affected by the daily struggles surrounding lack of access to fresh water. We also have plans for a micro-giving campaign in the week prior to World Water Day and we hope you will join us in working towards facilitating the social and economic development that fresh water can provide.
Visit our Facebook page in the coming weeks for more information.
A Spring of Hope Volunteers
Emily Cupo is a high school senior at Souderton Area High School in Harleysville, Pennsylvania USA. Along with fundraising, she is promoting awareness of the global water crisis. Information about A Spring of Hope, Acornhoek, and Maranatha Creche is on her website, which she launched to speak directly to her school community about this project. Visit Emily’s website.
Emily also shared her thoughts about being involved with A Spring of Hope on our blog.
I reached out to A Spring of Hope because I wanted to learn more about the global water crisis and try do something to help. I believe I have received an even larger gift; A Spring of Hope gave me a direction that drives my future. I am more passionate than ever in my pursuit to help communities receive access to clean water and sanitation.
Read more on our website: Emily Cupo’s Special Guest Post
At A Spring of Hope (ASOH), we are committed to the long-term sustainable development of rural schools in Sub-Saharan Africa. That means we need to be aware of, and sensitive to, the unique social, economic, and political factors in each of the communities in which we work. There is no other nonprofit in the world that focuses exclusively on partnering with rural schools in Africa to deliver fresh, clean water to school children and promote social and economic development. ASOH partners with schools to provide them the resources they need to promote learning and promising futures for their students. We begin by drilling boreholes (water wells) at schools, ensuring that each of our schools has access to a clean, sustainable source of water for drinking, sanitation, irrigation, and food preparation.