As one of the poorest provinces in South Africa, the Eastern Cape is home to many families living in impoverished conditions. Due to the lack of education and opportunities, it’s extremely difficult to secure a different future.
But in the midst of the struggle, there is hope thanks to the local church and concerned members of the community.
After seeing that children in the neighborhoods were being left unsupervised during the day while their parents worked, some women in the community started small preschools to help look after them. Using what little resources they have, they are now preparing the children for school so they have a better chance of completing their education and breaking free from the grasp of poverty.
Hand of Hope has been working in the Eastern Cape for several years. Through forging a strategic partnership with a non-governmental organization and a local church, thousands of children in this remote area have been receiving a nutritional meal on a regular basis. In many cases, it’s the only food the child will receive that day. Teachers are also being trained in spiritual instruction to enable them to share the message of Christ more effectively.
Through these programs, we are seeing children improve in their overall health and in their ability to learn. They are more joyful and have hope for the future.
Many of the buildings where these programs take place were unsafe, however, and didn’t offer protection from the elements. That's when Hand of Hope stepped in to launch a project to meet this crucial need.
Through the Classrooms of Hope project, the inadequate classroom structures were replaced with more suitable ones geared toward early childhood development, giving these kids in the Eastern Cape a safe, warm and clean environment to be nurtured in. Where possible, existing structures are repaired or improved, and some funds were allocated for needed educational and development equipment at the schools.
As of early 2018, we have provided more than 45 new classrooms, and 20 more are yet to be completed. Each of the new classrooms have become a conversation point—a light for the life-changing message of Christ—for the surrounding communities and villages. We are already seeing village chiefs make a decision to follow Christ because these precious children are being loved and cared for.
Thank you so much for helping us give these children the tools they need to break free from poverty. Because of your support, they will have the opportunity to grow up knowing they are valuable to God and that He has an amazing purpose for their lives.