HOPE Africa, the social development outreach programme for the Anglican Church in Southern Africa, exists to enhance, enable and facilitate. Our vision is to empower communities through integral mission, and our mission to promote and implement a development programme within this region for the improvement of the spiritual, physical and emotional well-being of the poor and oppressed people of Africa on a non-denominational basis.

Programme areas we cover include Leadership, Capacity Building, Sustainable Development and Public Witness. Here we assist the local church to respond to challenges in society by developing relevant solutions. The organisation tries to align current work with priority areas of each country, as well as with global narratives; this includes food security, issues of gender equity, access to quality healthcare, job creation and economic development.

The current economic climate has challenged HOPE Africa to become more sustainable, and this has meant that various tenders with local and national government have been applied for. As a result, the organisation was able to facilitate the Work Integrated Learning graduate placement programme in partnership with the National Skills Fund in South Africa – over 400 young graduates gained valuable work experience and some have subsequently obtained employment. A second programme – the TB Management programme in partnership with the National Department of Health and the National Religious Association for Social Development (NRASD) –  part of a collaborative effort to find missing TB cases in South Africa while also providing screening, testing and linkage to care on HIV and STIs. Although these programmes in many ways contribute to existing needs with our region, such as high rates of unemployment and high rates of Tuberculosis, it has diminished our focus on leadership development and capacity building of the church. It has also been largely limited to our work within South Africa and this has not translated to funding for work undertaken in the 6 other countries in which we operate, namely, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Lesotho, Angola and the islands of St. Helena and Tristan da Cunha. To provide support, we often engage in Special Projects to raise funds for items such as water tanks as water scarcity has become a high priority in most of our region, as well as projects to ensure school supplies and uniforms for access to schooling for children in less affluent communities. While our focus often seems to be based on the physical solutions required to bring about restoration, it is always partnered with the need for reconciliation around the redress of past historical injustices.

We would appreciate your continued support and prayers as we undertake to fulfil our mandate which is:

  1. To promote and implement poverty alleviation programmes within Anglican churches and church structures, encouraging church members to reach out to the community,
  2. To challenge inequality, injustice, disempowerment and discrimination,
  3. To ensure the poor and marginalised are able to access government services that are aimed at improved living conditions,
  4. To encourage the church to be an active role player in the development of policies that address poverty, inequality and injustice,
  5. To encourage the church to be involved in public witness through public campaigns, and
  6. To work in partnership with the public and private sector on programmes that are aimed at sustainable development and ensuring the dignity of all people.

CCN Thought for the Week for 8th February – a focus on HOPE Africa
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