Hope 2 Africa
As the name suggests, Hope2Africa is a Christian non-profit organisation that is about giving hope to Africa.
“Hope2Africa is a discipleship ministry founded around three main ideals: to pour the love of God into impoverished African youths, to equip the youths to share the Gospel and to raise up a generation of godly leaders,” that is the mission statement of Hope2Africa.
The organisation was founded in 2007 by a team of US based congregants but started ministering in March 2008. It serves the youth of the South Coast. It ministers the Gospel through the youth’s talent – things like poetry, dance, music, acting, etc.
The organisation has a compassion programme which helps young people find employment. Thulani Mabija who is the South Coast co-director says even if it’s jobs like being a cashier, as long as they get to increase their employability.
“While they are still searching for employment, we provide the household they come from with groceries that lasts them for about two weeks. Depending on the number of people in that household,” says Thulani.
Thulani started in Hope2Africa as a member. He says he passed matric well and got accepted at a university, but he didn’t have the money to pay for his fees. Therefore, he never even started to attend, that was 10 years ago.
“I managed to go to an FET college and did Business Management and I completed the qualification. I applied for a job afterwards but never got accepted,” Thulani said.
Thulani joined Hope2Africa in January 2013 as a member and after a while having joined, he became part of the creative team. In 2014 he became the acting director, he says the team believed in him and in 2015 he became the director.
“I get paid here and get to provide for myself. Hope2Africa, helped me a lot. Hope2Africa didn’t just help me materially but spiritually as well.” said Thulani.
Vuyo Vatsha, who is the other South Coast co-director, echoes Thulani’s words about Hope2Africa having helped him. Vuyo was an orphan by the age of six, he says by the age of 17 he started living alone in the shacks of Mkholombe in the South Coast.
“I was struggling to get food and clothes and Hope2Africa helped me with those basic needs,” Vuyo said.
Vuyo is now doing theology in the Baptist Theological College of South Africa, he says Hope2Africa has paid over R20 000 in tuition fees for him.
Thabisile Mzelemu, who is one of Hope2Africa’s Mkholombe co-directors, says after finishing her second year in college she dropped out because she did not like what she was doing. In 2018 she says she was offered a full-time job by Hope2Africa as a director in training, earlier this year she became one of the co-directors.
“I have a job which means I have income, I can save for my personal stuff and take care of my family. Hope2Africa made me the godly woman I am today,” Thabisile said.