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Opening of the Holistic Health Facility

After taking occupation of the buildings of Phase 1 construction @ Then Nex – Indawo Yethu Campus yesterday another milestone was achieved: The opening of the Holistic Health Facility “La Maison de Christoph”, witnessed by representatives from government, political spheres, health departments, nursing staff and representation of the sponsor for this building.
The Holistic Health Centre will be open to the public in November, but in the fields of Early Childhood Development, the centre has already welcomed participants of training sessions.

HOPE Cape Town is grateful to Advocate Martin Hoernig representing the European Trust, which sponsored the building and equipment. He cut the ribbon and so allowed those present to have a glimpse of the facility and its services offered.

Filed under: HOPE Cape Town Association & Trust, HOPE Cape Town Trust, Networking, South Africa, The Nex - Indawo Yethu, Uncategorized, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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Building a career

Working in the townships of Cape Town provides for many bigger and smaller problems as those know, who dedicate money, time and work to uplift communities in our days.

One of the most annoying problems is the mere fact, that very often those targeted by the interventions and developments expect “free” services and hand-outs. It has become a culture difficult to break and to make it clear, that nothing is falling from heaven and money is not growing on trees – not even in Europe or the USA.

This hand-out-for-free culture is partly the fault of NGO’s and development organisations, pouring money into projects without reflecting on consequences. It creates dependency and if done outside a real emergency situation it disrespects the dignity of the receiving person. And to be clear: it this not only about money, it can also be about participation of any kind: important for development is that both parties are involved in an active role which gives respect to both: persons and the efforts made towards a common goal.

HOPE Cape Town will start in October an Entrepreneurial Skills Development programme which is divided in 7 toolkits. Participants can choose which soft skills they wish to learn. The programme was written after conducting an assessment of the situation of a typical township youngster. Even when finishing matric, often there is a gap between what a college would require to be a successful student and what the learner brings to the table with his matric. The programme provided by HOPE Cape Town bridges this gap by providing missing components of what is needed to either start an own small business or to continue studying at a college.

Having decided to not give freebies, the cost of a 3 months course is 150 Rand. And obviously the battle starts bringing in the culture of contributing towards a service and to acknowledge that nothing is for free – even a freebie is paid by somebody.

To ease the change of mindset, HOPE Cape Town is busy to establish a sort of bursary which can contribute towards whatever the prospective student can pay him- or herself. One often has to start slow to establish a culture, which on the long term run also changes the thinking and appreciation of people.

If you want to know more about the bursary scheme, please contact the author – if you are willing to help and sponsor one student with the 150 Rand – please use the following accounts depending on if you are in South Africa or Germany. HOPE Cape Town issues tax-deductible receipt for the respective country – please feel free to contact the organisation in this regard via info@hopecapetown.org :

South Africa:

Account Name: HOPE Cape Town Trust
Bank: Standard Bank of South Africa Limited
Account Number: 07 027-452-5
Branch Code: 020909
SWIFT-Code: SBZAZAJJ
Branch Name: Thibault Square
Remark: Bursary

Germany:

Kontoname: HOPE Kapstadt Stiftung
IBAN: DE15 3702 0500 0008 2695 00
BIC: BFSWDE33XXX
Kennwort: Bursary Trust

Filed under: HOPE Cape Town Association & Trust, SA-German Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Society and living environment, The Nex - Indawo Yethu, Uncategorized, vocational training, , , , , , , , , ,

Blessing Ceremony

In Delft, the blessing ceremony for a safe space campus called “The Nex – Indawo Yethu” has taken place yesterday in the presence of Premier (WP) Alan Winde, Minister for Human Settlement (WP) Tertuis Simmers, Executive Mayor from Cape Town Dan Plato, Consul General of Germany Matthias Hansen, religious leaders and various guests and collaborators.

The Nex – Indawo Yethu is a safe space project of HOPE Cape Town (www.hopecapetown.org) and will holistically offer services: health, social services, early childhood development, youth work, afterschool care, vocational dual training, entrepreneurial skills development training for the people within the greater Delft area. This project is in collaboration with the Western Cape Government, the City of Cape Town, the government of the Free state of Bavaria and other NGO’s and institutions.

The blessings were given by a Catholic priest, an Imam, a Rabbi and a Sangoma. Here are some pictures from this event.

Filed under: HOPE Cape Town Association, HOPE Cape Town Association & Trust, HOPE Cape Town Association & Trust, HOPE Cape Town Trust, HOPE Cape Town USA, HOPE Gala Dresden, SA-German Chamber of Commerce & Industry, South Africa, Uncategorized, , , , , , , , , ,

Job offer – HOPE Cape Town

Opportunity closing date: Monday, 29 February 2020
Opportunity type: Employment

HOPE Cape Town seeks to appoint a Financial Accountant
HOPE Cape Town is a registered non-profit organisation based in Cape Town, dedicated to raising the quality of life of people and communities. Emphasis is placed on children, adolescents and
their families in situations of poverty, HIV and related illnesses.

Firmly grounded in the third decade of delivering service and programs in marginalised communities, HOPE Cape Town’s vision and strategy beyond 2020 focus on:
• First 1 000 Days program for new mothers, babies and toddlers;
• Early learning and school preparedness for pre-school children;
• Literacy and Numeracy assistance and school retention for primary school learners;
• Improving Maths, English, Information Technology and school retention for high school learners;
• Dual Vocational Training and Education for Youth;
• Skills development, artisanal opportunities and income generating projects for adults;
• Social services, community health services, sport & recreation, arts & crafts and food security.

Position description:

The financial accountant will provide financial and administrative support to board members, management, colleagues, donors and other stakeholders of HOPE Cape Town Trust and Association.
Candidate will be responsible for all financial reporting.
The Financial accountant will work closely with the Back Office and Senior staff teams and will be responsible for the following:
• Preparation of information for and execution of monthly accounting cycle
• Preparation of monthly management reports, financial statements and other financial related reports and correspondence on a regular basis, within agreed upon timelines
• Preparation of information for and execution of monthly payroll cycle and reconciliations (including staff leave)
• Manage all tax related matters
• Management of accounts payable and income (donations) received
• Assist with cash flow management function and processing (i.e. bank, petty cash and cash flow forecasts)
• Assist with strategic planning and execution
• Assist with Fundraising proposals
• Assist in the formulation of annual budgets and financial forecasts
• Being a key point of contact for all financial and accounting matters
• Resolution of finance related queries
• Work closely with the appointed auditors
• Ensure organisational compliance to the HOPE Finance Policy
• Manage and Maintain the Donor Database (HDMS)
• Ensuring appropriate segregation of duties exist in the finance and accounting functions
• Make recommendations for improvements in financial and accounting processes
• Provide relieve cover for other administrative staff when they are on leave Minimum requirements:
• Accounting qualification with > 5 years of post-qualification experience.
• Preference will be given to individuals with NGO sector experience.
• Excellent analytical, planning and organisational skills
• Payroll experience
• Sage Pastel experience
• Excellent communication skills
• Excellent command of the English language (verbal & written)
• The ability to communicate in German (advantageous)
• Deadline orientated with the ability to work accurately under pressure
• Ability to work independently
• Valid South African driver’s license & own vehicle
• No criminal record

To apply:
Please draft a letter of motivation addressed to the Program Coordinator, detailing why you are interested in this opportunity along with your CV and at least 3 contactable references to
info@hopecapetown.com

Please Note:
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the interview phase which will take place from 02 to 06 March 2020.
For more about HOPE Cape Town, refer to http://www.hopecapetown.com

Filed under: HOPE Cape Town Association & Trust, HOPE Cape Town Association & Trust, HOPE Cape Town Trust, South Africa,

Ball of HOPE – 18.05.2019

Join us again for this prestigious event
and
play a significant role
in the lives of many needy children
and
their families
in the Western Cape.

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Registration open – please download info and booking form:

Invitation Ball of HOPE 18.05.2019

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