Creating and running several small family style foster homes for orphaned and abandoned babies. Advocating for adoption and encouraging more South African families to adopt.
Hotel Hope Ministries is for families, we want every child to know the love and security of being part of a family. Ideally we aim for orphaned and abandoned children to be placed in their adoptive forever families as soon as possible and so we work with social workers and welfare organisations to make this possible where we can. However, it is a process that takes time and sadly there are many more children seeking adoptive families than willing families and so in the meantime we raise them as our own in family style homes. We do not want children to feel like a number in an institution, but rather a special little person in our loving family.
Progress and achievements:
Our first two foster homes are two warm, semi-detached houses in Melville which are next door to each other. Each is a 3 bedroom house, and both were lovingly painted, furnished and decorated by many volunteers. They feel just like a regular family homes with a lounge scattered with toys, a lovely small garden with swings and jungle gym and a dining room where our families can eat together. Our first home became operational in January 2011 after a demanding period of preparing the house, inspections from City Council and Department of Health, finding the right staff and also registering our organisation with the various government departments.
It was only upon receiving the relevant compliance documentation that we were able to officially open our doors to our first child in January 2011. A couple of months later she was joined by other children and the number grew overtime. In our first year we accepted a total of 17 children in our foster home, 3 of whom were adopted and 2 re-united with their extended families.
Our second home was opened in September 2012 and the 6 available spaces were filled very quickly. Currently with our two foster homes we have a total capacity for 18 children, which we will normally operate at, as when a child is adopted, his or her space is very quickly filled.
Four Foster Parents love and care for our children and are supported by ‘Aunties’ who work shifts to ensure that the kids get the loving attention they deserve. Staffing, house cleanliness, the children’s health, nutrition and education is overseen by our operations team who provide guidance and support to our Foster Parents. We are also fortunate to receive volunteer services from a child psychologist, occupational therapist and our local GP Doctor who attend to the health and developmental needs of the children.
We are looking for the right location, funding and staff for our third foster home.
Providing young mothers facing unplanned pregnancies with counselling, guidance and practical support.
Our experience has taught us that more often than not the mothers want to keep their children but do not have the adequate support or guidance; as a result they opt for giving up their children. We believe that by assisting the mothers, we are able to in some cases prevent them from giving up their children. Our interventions range from providing professional counselling, ID assistance, food parcels, clothes, nappies for their children, career assistance, CV compilation, job/learnership application as well as life skills. We also provide advice on caring for their children and encourage them to be the best parents they can be.
Progress and achievements:
Some of the mothers are as young as 13 years old and are mostly in high schools. The support we provide is ongoing, with our lay counsellor continuously visiting the mothers/children to assess their conditions and developments. We now visit two high schools in the Alexandra Township and work with teachers to assist young pregnant girls. To date, on average we have assisted approximately 150 new mothers each year.
To expand our services offered to a 3rd high school and also to develop a strong abstinence and awareness campaign in the high schools, to prevent teen pregnancies.
Helping Mothers and Fathers to help themselves by providing jobs and skill development opportunities through our fundraising and trading projects.
All of our social enterprise activities perform a dual role of generating income for the organisation, but importantly, also uplift the community in a meaningful way - usually in the form of skills development and job creation. We currently run two charity shops in Melville as well as partner with a wood workshop in Henley.
Progress and achievements:
In October 2008 our first charity shop started trading. Through the charity shop Hotel Hope Ministries has been able to fund 100% of the administrative costs (inclusive of office expenses, admin staff salaries, etc.) of the ministry, thereby ensuring that all donations received directly benefit the Babies in need and Mothers in crisis. The shop also serves the community, as the vast majority of our clients are coming from low income groups, and through the shop are able to afford high-quality items at low prices. Our 2nd charity shop ‘Resurrection’ opened in February 2012 and is also doing well. This shop was established with a view of selling upmarket items to the middle income customers. Both charity shops have established themselves as a community project in their own right, we have been able to create 6 full-time jobs, enabling previously unemployed people to be financially independent.
Simple but beautiful and practical wooden items, such as storage boxes, bunk beds, shelves, cots and other items are created in the wood workshop. Through the workshop we have been able to train and employ previously unemployed men in woodwork skills. An added bonus is that we are helping the environment too, as all the items are made from the wood of discarded wooden pallets.
To further grow our existing initiatives and to seek out new ways of creating jobs and generating income.