13 Feb 2022 Winter 2022 Updates
School is Back In Session
This past January, our partner schools welcomed their students back for the new school year. Students are back to their normal schedule attending school everyday Monday-Friday. Our partner schools are continuing mask wearing and social distancing to keep their students and teachers safe. We know that it will be a great year for students and we look forward to cheering them on with their academics and extracurriculars.
Our focus for this school year is to help our schools get their gardens up and running, introduce our Girls’ Club to more of our partner schools, distribute menstrual hygiene cups to students in need, and welcome students and community members to our Permaculture Center to participate in our exciting new programs.
A Spring of Hope’s After School Meal Program
We are excited to introduce our newest program at our Permaculture Center, A Spring of Hope’s After School Meal Program. Starting in March, we will be welcoming a hundred children in the surrounding Acornhoek community to come to the center after school to receive an additional meal. Many of these children are orphans and live with extended families or live on their own, taking care of their younger siblings. These children rely on the meals they receive at school and for many, it will be the only meal they will have that day. Hiring two women from Acornhoek, we will have meals prepared at the center Monday through Friday. These meals will vary throughout the week and will meet the nutritional needs of the young children. Stay tuned as we begin this program in the next couple of weeks.
Mina Cup Workshops
Next week we are hosting a Mina Cup workshop for girls in Acornhoek who have been struggling to attend school due to their periods. We will distribute the menstrual hygiene cups to these girls to help them during their periods each month. Interested in learning more about this program? Visit, https://aspringofhope.org/mina-cup-partnership/
Permaculture Workshops Are Back!
Due to COVID19 restrictions, we were not able to host a Permaculture Workshop last year. February 17th, we will be having our first Permaculture Workshop of 2022! This workshop will be focused on teaching our partner schools’ principals and staff about the importance of permaculture and how to best set their gardens up for the upcoming season. We look forward to sharing permaculture knowledge with our partner schools and encouraging them to get their hands dirty and expand their gardens.
A Spring of Hope’s
Special Edition Olive Oil
We still have some olive oil sets available! With a donation of $110 we will send you two bottles of our special edition Napa Valley Extra Virgin Olive Oil, one 375mL bottle and one 500mL bottle!
This olive oil is made from a blend of 25 year old Tuscan olives, organically farmed in Napa Valley, California and milled especially for A Spring of Hope.This beautiful blend of Frantolo, Lecino, and Pendolino olives creates a mild, pleasant, green and fruity oil. For every bottle sold, an olive tree will be planted at A Spring of Hope’s Permaculture Center in Acornhoek. Olives grown and cared for by our team will be pressed in South Africa to create an olive oil that will support our WASH+ efforts for years to come.
A Spring of Hope Olive Oil Gift Set
Every donation helps us bring WASH+ solutions to our partner schools and new programs to our Permaculture Center. This includes, clean water, improved sanitation, sustainable gardens, safer kitchens, after school programs, enterprise development courses, and female empowerment programs!