There's a place where
and the nuns work small miracles
In a remote area in Namibia – on the West Coast of Southern Africa – close to the border with Angola, is a primary school called 'Joy to the World', run by Sister Gertrude and two novice nuns from the Good Shepherd order and a few teachers.
Of the 100 children who attend the school, 60 are boarders (some as young as three) because their homes are too far from the school for daily travel. Even the teachers walk 5Kms each day to reach the school. Whilst the climate is mainly hot and dry, during the rainy season shoes have to be removed and trousers rolled up to wade through surrounding low lying water.
Most families can’t afford any school fees, so the school exists on fees from the few that can pay and a small government subsidy. Food comes from a lovingly tended vegetable garden and a farmyard of chickens.
With barely enough to cover basics, there’s absolutely no money for extras like play or sports equipment.
It may seem frivolous in the circumstances – but oh, for the joy of some items as simple as skipping ropes, soccer balls, bats and balls and – a big dream – a jungle gym.
One of the greatest stories ever told never actually happened. It was fiction. But we know that fiction may speak truths in the clearest and most convincing [and convicting] manner possible. The story is the parable that Jesus told of THE PRODIGAL SON. [more]
A SMALL CHANGE
At our recent Strategic Planning HOPE Africa decided to change the last word in our full name from Health, Opportunity, Partnership, Employment to Empowerment. This was done to reflect what our work is currently all about. While we feel that employment is important, we rather empower and equip people with the necessary skill to find employment.
LAUNCH OF WE WILL SPEAK OUT SOUTH AFRICA
We Will Speak Out is a coalition committed to demonstrating, mobilising, and equipping leadership to end the pain of sexual violence across the world. We recognize that together, we need to speak out against sexual violence and break the silence that exists. Let us join hands and work together to change this story forever. [more]
THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION SUNDAY
18 August 2013
The Church is calling on each of the four million Anglicans living in Southern Africa to make an investment in the future of the church by supporting theological education. [more]
NEW BOARD MEMBER!
HOPE Africa's Board of Directors welcomed a new face at last week's AGM. [more]
DIOCESE OF KIMBERLY AND KURUMAN
An enthusiastic HOPE Africa team visited the Diocese of Kimberley and Kuruman from 24-26 July to distribute blankets and food parcels to seven project sites benefitting from our partnership with the Independent Development Trust (IDT). [more]