It took more than two long years of battling bureaucracy and building work to transform an old bus depot admin site in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, into a home for orphaned and abandoned children. But the woman behind it was not going to give up.

And today, more than a decade since the Hope Centre opened its doors, it’s a home to more than 40 children, giving them a loving environment, education and life opportunities that they would almost certainly never have experienced.


The majority of the Hope Centre’s kids have been there since they were babies, and today many of them are proudly reaching double digits. A handful of us at Love Is All We Need have known them since they were tiny. Visiting the centre now, it gives us immense joy to see those tiny bundles transformed into bright, cheeky little human beings. They’re reading, writing and taking part in activities such as gymnastics and dance classes. Each one is so precious, and it’s unlikely they would have survived without the Hope Centre.

An orphanage and an outreach centre

Besides providing a home to these children, the Hope Centre is also an outreach centre, co-ordinating food, medicine and clothing to support families in the nearby Sweetwaters community. A great deal of the outreach is done from the Sweetwaters Community Centre which Love Is All We Need co-funded.

How are we helping the Hope Centre?

The Hope Centre demands a never-ending flow of cash to feed, clothe and house its inhabitants. We aim to provide a regular income stream to the centre to contribute towards their ever-spiralling costs so that the children can continue to experience the love, support and opportunities that they have.

There are many ways to support the Hope Centre, but the best way to make sure the project is sustainable and can expand is to become a regular giver.  

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  • Bev's visited to the Hope Centre 2016 | Story 1

    Bev's visited to the Hope Centre 2016 | Story 1

      Bev, one of our founding trustees, had the delight of spending two months in South Africa early this year.  She spent lots of time at the Hope Centre, both speaking with Gail ( who runs the centre) , and being with the kids. She has so many stories and special times to share with us all, we're gonna share stories over the next newsletters. Here is her first account : I love the Hope Centre , and this visit was just gonna be so special.  Lisa ( our previous chairperson and trustee) and I were visiting together for the very first time together.  Lisa is the reason I ever became involved in the Hope Centre..... Some 12 years ago, we've been trustees of LIAWN together, run marathons together, you name it, we've done it.... All in the name of love !  We are passionate about this place and these kids and visiting together just so special.  We agreed to meet at the centre early one morning and were like excited children as we stood outside of the centre.  We walked in, bumping into Eric ( the head of the school) and Lynette ( teaches at the school), before going upstairs to see Gail.  Isobel, Val and Jean were upstairs too, and it felt like a family reunion.  We all came together for coffee and chatted and laughed about what the kids are up to, the lovely and funny stories that happen daily at the centre.  There are two American volunteers at the centre at the moment, and they brought the "bunnies" ( the pre school kids) in to see us.  These little ones are just the cutest, Lisa and I were straight in there for cuddles, and we were treated to a "show" of some songs they had been learning.  It wasn't long before some of the older kids heard there were " visitors" in the building , and we soon had lots of little faces peering around the door. Lisa and I were so excited placing names to the faces, some of these kids we have known since they were babies and toddlers, and they are now 8-13, it's is such a joy to be here with Lisa, to be connecting with the incredible women who run the centre, and to catch up with the kids.   Until next time - Bev x  

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