Seed Of Hope Staff Faithful Leaders

  (post from our end year report 2014) At Seed of Hope we value our staff, and are a close knit family. We value trust and unity, and seek to equip our staff in all areas of their lives. This …

Summing Up

We often focus on the stories of individual life change – because it’s at the heart of our vision of thriving people in thriving communities. But just as often, people are surprised by the extent of our reach as an …

Building on People’s Assets

(November 2014) We believe people have skills, access to resources and social connections that they can or do already use. Building on those assets is empowering and allows people to see themselves as capable of creating change. In late August, …

Why We Teach People to Stop Ploughing Their Fields

(November 2014) Manager of Agriculture and Business Development at Seed of Hope, Dan Wiens, shares his passion for Conservation Agriculture and explains the difference it makes for local farmers. The dry winter months are evident as you drive through rural …

Helping Without Hurting

(August 2014) Perhaps you’ve read When Helping Hurts (Corbett & Fikkert), or come across articles that encourage westerners to give thoughtful consideration of the kinds of assistance we provide in the developing world. Some examples of ineffective (or even haphazard) …

Children With Nowhere To Go

(August 2014) Michelle Waldron shares a story that is all too familiar in South Africa.  He is almost 6 weeks old.  She is just over 2.  Their mom abandoned them and their father doesn’t want them. They showed up at …

Getting Up Everyday

(August 2014) Kerry Wiens shares about her opportunity to be part of the “I Heart Market” with some of the graduates of the Sewing Program at Seed of Hope. It is a beautiful Saturday morning in July. The sky is …

Zephania’s Garden

“I am called to be a creator” (April 2014) As a 12 year old school boy, Zephania used to get up at 2am in the morning to work the fields with his family and at 5am would return home to …

Smiles and Sounds of Joy Fill the Air

(Taken from news letter December 2013) With colourful jumping castles, incredible volunteers, sizzling “boerewors” (South African sausages) and mountains of prizes wrapped under the tree, the Simunye Christmas Party was ready to begin. The children spent the next hour and …

Sightless

(March 2014) Michelle Waldron shares the life changing medical struggles facing a young lady. I met someone the other day. She recently lost her vision. She is only 15 years old. She is HIV+ so her immune system is badly …

Little Moments Add Up To Big Life Change

(March 2014) Late last year, I stood in a pool and helped baptize eight young men, most of whom were part of Seed of Hope programs over the years. At one time or another they had attended Simunye Time, After …

Shifting Paradigms

(March 2014) What does your community need? It was a simple question for the 22 entrepreneurs who attended the Paradigm Shift training at Seed of Hope. It seemed like a new concept to them. All of a sudden the conversations …

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Seed of Hope Overview (VIDEO)

We’ve produced a new video highlighting some of the work we do at the centre to serve empower and mobilize the township of Bhekulwandle. Reading about our programs can provide a detailed explanation of our efforts, but sometimes seeing the …

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Farming God’s Way (Video)

Although it is rich in natural resources and arable land, Africa is the recipient of over 20 million tons of food aid each year. Hope Shares and the Seed of Hope South Africa are working to change that dismal figure …

Who Are the Experts?

It’s well-established in community development that the greater people’s participation in the process, the more effective the result. Real and sustained change requires involvement by community members, who must make an informed decision to change things. 

Confidence Stitch by Stitch

Bongi Cele is an elderly female from Bhekulwandle who previously had no skills and struggled in her life because of this. This made her feel discouraged and disempowered in her own life. 

Faith for Transformation

Progress can be hard to gauge. It’s particularly true when your goal is massive and bigger than your own capabilities. At Seed of Hope, the aim of our work is the eventual transformation of a community through its own people. …

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The Voice of Bhekulwandle (Video)

The Voice of Bhekulwandle is a short film for and about the community of Bhekulwandle. People of various walks of life were asked to recall past memories, describe current struggles and express their vision for the future. A community screening …

Partnership

It’s exciting when success comes through the joint effort of South Africans and supporters from overseas. We believe that the best solutions start with local people and funding, and then additional resources can enhance and accelerate the impact that’s already …

Equipped to Care

It was five years ago that Zama first found herself at the Seed of Hope. She had heard of the Centre while attending her church. Inspired by what they were doing, she gave a week of her time and found …

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Live Out Loud Youth Leadership Program (video)

Every week, the centre hosts a leaderhsip training class for grade 11 students.  Musa, their teacher and mentor, facilitates discussions and workshops in goal setting, communication skills and teamwork.

The Live Out Loud Triathlon Team

“After this many years of receiving, now we want to give back!” With these words, the room was a abuzz with 11 teenage voices. Some had ideas, some had questions, and of course some had doubts. You didn’t need to hear exactly what each …

Lessons Learned

If you were to peek inside the workings of the Seed of Hope Centre in Bhekulwandle, you might be surprised by some of the decisions we make. I say this because often the most interesting conversations with visitors and volunteers …

The Potential in Each Child

Twenty-six small children are colouring. Khethiwe, their teacher, leans over a girl’s shoulder, steadying her little hand and speaking in soothing tones. 45 minutes later, the children have had a snack, sung together, listened to a storybook and are carrying …

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A Life Saved (video)

Sindi was diagnosed with HIV three years ago while pregnant with her youngest child, and wisely had her CD4 count checked. This test reveals how strong or weak a person’s immune system is, and Sindi’s result was 780, well within …

Your Support Made Great Things Happen in 2012

It’s the end of another year. Where does the time go? If you’re anything like me, perhaps you’re asking yourself: “Did I accomplish anything meaningful this year?” Let me assure you that, as a faithful supporter of the ministry of …

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Changing Lives One Stitch at a Time

Thanks to you, sewing classes are empowering women in Bhekulwandle! Until recently, Ernestina would unlock the heavy padlock on the gated door to the sewing skills room each morning, enter the dimly-lit space and make her way around the old …

Am I Doing Something?

“We all know what AIDS stands for: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. But we have adopted a different acronym for AIDS: Am I Doing Something? What are you doing about AIDS? How are you changing your world? When you die, what …