The Hope Centre
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.