2019 Kids Party
On Monday, 30 September 2019, HOPE Cape Town held its annual Kids' Party for the children that we serve in Delft.
It was such an incredible, fun-filled day with laughter and smiles all around. The aroma of freshly popped popcorn kept the children coming back for more. The huge, colourful jumping castle was a major fun for the younger children. There was face painting for those wanting to be a butterfly or Spiderman for a day, and there was a pamper station with nail painting, nail decor and hand massages. We had an awesome DJ playing all the latest tunes, while the children took the opportunity to have a dance competition with our special HOPE Ambassador Katlego Maboe. One of the greatest highlights of the day was the drumming session with musical tubes - what an experience!
Once the children had worked up an appetite, it was lunch time. Chicken burgers and potato wedges followed by a slice of freshly baked cake. The day ended with a special gift for each child which was prepared by children of the German School in Cape Town.
2019 Benefit Concert for HOPE Cape Town on Niederwerth Island
Benefit Concert for HOPE Cape Town on Niederwerth Island
The 36th benefit concert of the Lions Club Vallendar took place on 15 September 2019 at the Rhine Island Niederwerth. The South African singer and guitarist Tinus van Dyk from Stellenbosch entertained the audience with a wide musical spectrum of folk, blues, jazz, rock and classical music.
As a member of the Lions Club Vallendar, Mr. Paul Dennis suggested that the proceeds of this year's benefit concert are transferred to HOPE Cape Town.
In the frame of his work for the Ernst Klett Verlag Paul Dennis got introduced to HOPE Cape Town and our work. Since May 2019 HOPE Cape Town is featured in the new "Abi Workshop English South Africa" books of the Ernst Klett Verlag.
2019 A new car for HOPE Cape Town
HOPE Cape Town is very grateful for the long-term support by BILD "Ein Herz für Kinder”. We recently received a new car, also donated by the German organisation. We are very excited about the vehicle, which will make our work in the townships around Cape Town much easier. A big THANK YOU goes to BILD “Ein Herz für Kinder”!
2019 Radio Tygerberg in Blikkiesdorp
On 05 June 2019, our community project in Blikkiesdorp was visited by Radio Tygerberg 104FM. Besides staff members of HOPE Cape Town also volunteers and residents of Blikkiesdorp got interviewed. The three hours broadcast provided a deep insight into our work in the community and the living conditions in the township.
2019 Thank You Viola
We congratulate you heartily for the conferment of the Order of Merit of the Free State of Saxony.
This well-deserved award goes far beyond your outstanding commitment and your services to the well-being of Saxony and its people. Through your tireless and selfless commitment, you not only support people in Germany, but you also urge them to help people all across the world so that they can remain in their homeland. You elucidate that we have to fight the problems and needs of the people where they occur.
We as HOPE Cape Town thank you very much for your great commitment and your continuous support. Without your commitment, our work here in South Africa during the past 18 years would not be as successful. Thanks a lot!
With warm regards from Cape Town and from the entire HOPE Cape Town Team
2019 Occupational Therapy at Tygerberg Hospital School
Occupational Therapy at Tygerberg Hospital School
HOPE Cape Town was able to sponsor Occupational Therapy (OT) assessment and treatment sessions for seven learners, who would normally not be able to afford extra therapy costs, at the Tygerberg Hospital School. For the last quarter of the school term (September – December 2018) the learners of Dr Springer’s class received either small group or individual therapy sessions run by Sensory Kidzone – a private practice already supporting the school.
Therapy sessions were focussed on motor skills (including pencil grip and writing skills), visual perception and eye-hand coordination. The children were assessed at the start and end of the OT treatment period and significant improvements were seen in the majority of learners.
Further to the therapy provided at the school, the learners received specific home programmes to empower the parents with ways in which to play with their children at home while stimulating their development at the same time.
“One of the benefits for us in this process is that we formed a closer relationship with the parents, teachers and management of Tygerberg Hospital School and realised their passion for the children of the school and the future of the school. It has been a privilege to work with these learners and the teachers of Tygerberg Hospital School.”
– Robyn Turnball, Sensory Kidzone Occupational Therapist
HOPE Cape Town Occupational Therapist
2019 Elective Student Neelima
Neelima Agrawal joined us for her elective in February 2019. Neelima is currently studying her final year at NorthWestern University in Chicago, USA. Her final presentation looked at Pharmacovigilance: what side effects can be expected from TB and ARV treatment, and what are the systems put in place to monitor them on a public health/national level. It was interesting to gain insight from how the USA and South Africa differ!
2019 Elective Student Jessica
Jessica Quaggin-Smith hails from Canada originally but is currently studying her final year at NorthWestern University in Chicago, USA. She joined Hope Cape Town for her elective in February 2019. While she has some experience seeing adults with HIV in Chicago, it was a good learning experience seeing how the management of children and teenagers with HIV is different. Her final presentation was entitled “Challenges to paediatric medication adherence in the United States and South Africa”. A key point from her presentation is summarized in this quote: “Paediatric adherence among … children is best understood as behaviours that are shaped by the context in which adherence occurs”
2019 Elective Student Britt
Britt Hultgren from University of Missouri in the USA joined us in February 2019. He is no stranger to international travel and cross cultural living, having lived and worked abroad prior to starting Medical studies. His interest in cross-cultural societal dynamics and their impact on health systems and individual care was evident in his engagement within the elective. His final presentation was a lively discussion entitled: “Privilege and progress - The role of the privileged in healthcare Justice: A Discussion across cultures”.
2018 Devastating Fire in Blikkiesdorp
Devastating Fire in Blikkiesdorp
In the early hours of Sunday morning (7 October 2018) a shack was petrol-bombed and nine adjoining shacks as well as all the contents were destroyed in the blaze. As residents escaped from the flames with their small children, they stood across the road and watched their personal belongings burn to ashes. These include birth certificates, identity documents, bank and SASSA cards etc.
HOPE Cape Town visited the homeless families and assessed the damage and the immediate needs. Fifteen children have not attended school this week as we need to replace their school uniforms, books and stationery. The children spend their days at 'Tannie Maria se plek' where they receive meals and some supervised studies. Some of the children are walking barefoot as they have no shoes. The families are separated as they find a small space to share with neighbours until they receive alternative accommodation but even if they have another shack they have nothing to put in it, no furniture, no appliances, no clothes, no bedding...nothing.
Meantime HOPE Cape Town will provide food for the children and their families. If you would like to donate anything towards these families, we would be very happy to collect and distribute. Please contact us on 021 938 9930 during working hours and 082 563 1464 all hours.
Tel: +27 21 938 9930
Our Banking Details in South Africa:
Account Name: HOPE Cape Town Trust
Name of Bank: Standard Bank of South Africa Limited
Account No: 070274525
Branch Code: 020909
Swift Code: SBZAZAJJ
Branch Name: Thibault Square
Account Type: Business Current Account
2018 Annual Academic Day
Annual Academic Day 2018
The 62nd Annual Academic Day (2018) took place on 29 August 2018 at the Stellenbosch University Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
The research poster presentation "Neurodevelopmental and behavioural outcome of HIV-exposed uninfected infants from the Mother and Infant Study, Cape Town at 3 years" led by Dr PE Springer and funded by HOPE Cape Town was on display at the 62nd Annual Academic Day.
The poster display includes "NGO initiated research - translating community needs to academia" compiled by a complete HOPE Cape Town team - Dr A Houston, Prof W Preiser and Prof M Esser.
2018 HOPE Cape Town's visit to Dallas, USA
HOPE Cape Town’s visit to Dallas, USA
June 16th – 21st, 2018
“Interdependent people combine their own efforts, with the efforts of others to achieve their greatest success” – Steven Covey provides a powerful definition encouraging people to pool their talent, resources, and insight for mutual benefit. The results of such joint action are far greater than the results of individual actions taken separately.
Mindful of the above quote and with the aim to build and strengthen existing knowledge, skills and capacity of already active community based organizations in Dallas, Texas – home of the program implementation arm of HOPE Cape Town USA, the Reverend Father Stefan Hippler, founder and chairperson of the HOPE Cape Town Trust and Marlene Whitehead, donor relations manager, journeyed to Dallas to participate in HOPE Cape Town USA’s Board Meeting and AGM.
Well-established initiatives caring for poor and marginalized citizens in Dallas were visited in 2017 and revisited during this period. The discussions were robust and successfully demonstrated how HOPE Cape Town, as an intermediary, can nurture and safeguard action-learning programs to empower organizations to engage more meaningfully in processes geared to improve challenges within their respective communities. All stakeholders were offered the potential to collectively create and utilize participatory opportunities enabled by a range of local and international academic institutions to support young professional capacity building, including the Department of Social Work at Stellenbosch University and Rutgers University School of Social Work, New Jersey, USA.
HOPE Cape Town and HOPE Cape Town USA believe that together they can play a specialized role in facilitating and coordinating the exposure learning opportunities with partner organizations and students. Adopting this strategy will require continued engagement with the identified partners, other tertiary institutions, the public, private and other stakeholders in order to channel the collective efforts and energy into common and constructive directions.
2018 Partnership Bavaria - Western Cape
The Bavarian One World Days and Fair Trade Congress took place on 22 – 23 June 2018 in Augsburg/Germany. Participants amongst others were the Vice President of the German Parliament Claudia Roth, Members of the National, Bavarian and European Parliaments as well as the Chair of the HOPE Cape Town Trust Rev Fr Stefan Hippler.
2018 Visit at the Federal Minister of Health in Berlin
Visit at the Federal Minister of Health in Berlin
As Trustee of the German AIDS Foundation and former Parliamentary Undersecretary of the Federal Minister of Finance, Jens Spahn (MdB) visited HOPE Cape Town in January 2017. Rev Fr Stefan Hippler introduced him to our work and Mr Spahn gained an insight into the living conditions of the township residents of Blikkiesdorp and Manenberg.
In June 2018 Rev Fr Stefan Hippler visited Jens Spahn (MdB), Federal Minister of Health, in Berlin. Together they reflected Mr Spahn’s visit at HOPE Cape Town and talked about the work at the Federal Ministry of Health, especially in the area HIV and early childhood development.
2018 Word of Greetings – Consul General Matthias Hansen
Word of Greetings – Consul General Matthias Hansen
Ball of HOPE 2018 @ the Westin Hotel in Cape Town
Ladies & Gentlemen,
Dear Guests, all protocol observed –
I take pleasure and pride in joining you on this special occasion - the well-deserved celebration night of a proud & independent NGO, and its supporters, together looking back on the stretch of way you came forward over the year gone by, and at the same time together rewarding & honoring a wonderful staff for their craving & tough daily work in the field.
As I understand HOPE’s philosophy, it is above & beyond all a marvelous humanitarian approach. At the same time, nonetheless, in practice and in the way it works, it implies a substantial German contribution to a better life for people in South Africa - maybe not in a formal legal sense, but both with a view to its founding father and founding history, to its team leaders, to the close and long-standing partnership with our fantastic Chamber of Commerce, as well as in terms of many of its donors and corporate partners both overseas and here. It is this contribution - based on voluntary commitment of citizens and companies! - that my country has a special reason to take pride in, and that the German Consul General has every reason to honor tonight.
All the more so since your work as an NGO is invaluable and irreplaceable. As a state institution, we can work hand in hand with you on a project basis, but we would never be able to bridge the gap we would face if you were not there. Because at the core of your work, as I perceive it, is decentralization & proximity to people: Developmental success in the highly sensitive field of a comprehensive HIV/AIDS outreach requires an extraordinarily deep cultural understanding. What does people's everyday life looks like? What are people's core values & how do these influence their behavior? How do people interact, what makes their communities & families work (& vice versa: what has a potential to threaten or undermine them?) What practical impact does all that have on the development of their children and teenagers? Understanding that complexity and building trust is a pre-condition i.o.t. identify & determine your leverage and hence make sure that you can have an impact, initiate change, and make a difference. To achieve that degree of understanding & trust is only possible by means of continuous grass-roots presence & work. As an NGO, this is precisely where your comparative advantage lies.
Ladies & Gentlemen, please allow me to conclude by four remarks. Even though I’ll make them in my official capacity, let me assure you that I also speak from my own heart & mind & conviction.
To begin with, I want to bear witness to the work & integrity of HOPE as an organization. And at the same time: to the professionality of their approach. It is by combining the two that you truly have achieved long-term sustainability. I am emphasizing this also with HOPE’s German donors and partners in mind: Be confident that the resources you invest do serve their purpose!
Next, I would like to pay tribute to HOPE's wonderful team. I have been out there to see and - albeit tentatively – to grasp what you do. Your tireless commitment, your energy, your resilience deserves a tremendous measure of appraisal and - to add a personal remark - of deep respect.
Thirdly, let me give the credit they deserve to HOPE's long-standing institutional partners here in the Western Cape. Beyond the German-South African Chamber of Commerce, let me highlight Tygerberg Hospital and Stellenbosch University, as well as the Provincial Government and the City of Cape Town. By providing a constant, reliable institutional and academic framework, you have been ensuring maximum efficiency and scientific state-of-the-art quality of HOPE’s work in-the-field.
Finally, let me conclude by saying thank you to all of you guests here tonight: be it for your very own personal commitment or for the commitment of HOPE's corporate sponsors represented here. You are all giving expression to a truly remarkable degree of social responsibility – something which, in my perception, is also of tremendous importance in a wider context: the social cohesion in this country. It is YOU whose investment in the good cause has been putting Stefan and his team in the position to do their work and can – and hopefully will - continue to do so.
Ladies and Gentlemen - be proud of those contributions and enjoy this festive evening!
2018 HOPE Cape Town’s Chairperson presents at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
Rev Fr Stefan Hippler was invited by Emeritus Professor William Chafe to deliver a presentation at Duke University on April, 9th. The large audience that gathered in the Old Chem building were both mesmerised and inspired by the discussion entitled PROJECT HOPE – FIGHTING INEQUALITY IN A FRAGMENTED SOCIETY.
We look forward to hosting Professor Chafe and students of the Duke Foreign Service Programme for three weeks in June 2018 when they will volunteer their services to a variety of non-profit organisations and community-based projects in Cape Town.
2018 Zeit Reisen visits HOPE Cape Town
HOPE Cape Town is a proud partner of ZEIT REISEN and it was a pleasure for us to welcome the first visitor group in Blikkiesdorp. Rev. Fr. Stefan Hippler introduced the group to our organisation and our work. For more information about ZEIT REISEN please click the following link: https://zeitreisen.zeit.de/reise/suedafrika-kunst-natur/
2018 A delegation from Bavarian Parliament visits HOPE Cape Town
From 12th to 15th February 2018 a delegation from the Bavarian Parliament visited the Western Cape to see partner projects from NGOs in Bavaria and to meet members of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament. The One World Network of Bavaria, who initiated the delegation in the context of the partnership between the Western Cape and Bavaria, prepared the programme. The delegation visited HOPE Cape Town among other NGOs and institutions on 15th February 2018. For more information please click on www.bavaria-westerncape.de/news
2018 HOPE Cape Town USA Director Auntjuan (Mr Community) Wiley
Our heartiest congratulations to Auntjuan (Mr Community) Wiley who was elected new President and CEO of C.U.R.E. Inc on 2nd January 2018. Auntjuan is a director of HOPE Cape Town USA, our sister organisation based in Dallas, USA. C.U.R.E. (acronym for Community, Unity, Respect, Education) is a non-profit organisation resolved to combat the continuing risks and stigma associated with HIV/AIDS and is based in Dallas/Fort Worth.
2018 USA Director Stacie McNulty
We are so proud to announce that HOPE Cape Town USA Director, Stacie Greskowiak McNulty, is a finalist for the 2017 Outstanding Corporate Award for Public Service & Pro Bono. For more information read Mark Curriden’s article published in The Texas Lawbook.
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2017 Masterpieces In Progress
Masterpieces In Progress
On Thursday, 30th November – the Eve of World AIDS Day, Hope Cape Town hosted an evening of presentations and conversations. It was an appropriate occasion to give thanks to Friends of HOPE Cape Town who enabled another year of many achievements in our workplace, and to share with them a deeper insight into the interventions at one of our flagship outreach projects at Blikkiesdorp. This, combined with a display of the artwork from the children who attended the school readiness programme throughout the current year, as well as a peek into the future vision for HOPE Cape Town, resulted in a number of animated discussions and potential innovative collaborations. We also honoured our Social Worker Maria van Blerk with the HOPE Hero Award – 2017.