Saving lives one child at a time, one family at a time
Simphewe was abandoned by his mother at birth. He was the first child placed in African Hope Trust’s new home.
In 2010, Simphewe arrived like all of the children after him: afraid, confused and cautious about his new “home”. He soon became a playful and engaging little boy. He smiled for the first time after 5 days and since then offers them freely and frequently.
Simphewe now refers to Rachel (the house mother) as “mom” and is to this day the happiest and most charismatic child in the house. He started school last year and is now in grade 1 and enjoys soccer, swings and outings to the beach!
With your help we can save even more children like Simphewe!
African Hope Trust began in 2009 with a concept that includes:
- Family atmosphere
- Foster parent-led homes
- Located in informal settlements of South Africa.
- Work with local churches for spiritual and practical support.
From this concept came the orphan and vulnerable children’s safe houses called African Hope Trust.
EI South Africa has seen the results of the HIV pandemic in South Africa that causes a desperately high number of abandoned and abused children left to fend for themselves due to the increase in drug and alcohol abuse in the impoverished townships.
HOW EACH HOME WORKS
The safe houses are built to provide long-term foster care for orphaned, abandoned and abused children in South Africa. Each home is led by a full-time and devoted house mother who raises and cares for the children.
The mothers view their work with the children as a calling rather than a “job”. It is through this devotion that they are able to create a genuine home environment.
Each home has a maximum of 6 children who remain in the house indefinitely or until extended family members can be found. This means that a child can live in a safe, clean, Godly and nurturing home that is comfortable and safe. The children feel protected, settled and supported in a way that helps them think about a bright future rather than dwelling on a dark past.
The cost per child is $4.00 per day which includes:
- School fees and uniforms
- Extra-curricular activities
- House mother’s stipends
- House maintenance and upkeep
One third of the cost is already covered. Just $4.00 per day covers the remaining two thirds.
You can make the difference in one child’s life by supporting EI’s ministry in South Africa. Please prayerfully consider how you will give.
THIS IS TAMARA
She is the youngest of 5 siblings who were referred to our 2nd Safe House in 2011. Their mother fell very ill because of HIV and could no longer provide for or care for her children. For approximately 3 years the children had only a little contact with their siblings.
Arrangements were made to take all 6 children. The siblings moved in a week later and they have been living as a family for the first time in years. Tamara was just a baby when she was removed by the state and for her this was the first time meeting her siblings.
It has been a real blessing to be a part of reuniting them and allowing them to grow up together in an environment where they are loved and nurtured by a “house mom” who loves them as her own.