- New Hope SA is encouraging 1000 South Africans to donate R67 for Mandela Day to help them turn their temporary shelter into a permanent haven for the homeless.
- Founder, Richard Bolland, says the microsite where they're operating now was opened at the beginning of lockdown to provide accommodation for people on left on the streets during the pandemic.
- Once they have reached their target of R150 000, New Hope SA will be able to set up a permanent structure which will not only provide people with shelter, but will equip them with the necessary skills they need to ensure that they never have to return the streets.
As Mandela Day rolls around, many may be scratching their heads for ideas on how to spend their allocated 67 minutes doing some good. The addition of physical distancing only limits the number of philanthropic activities that would have been easily accessible to the general public. So, if you're unable to spend 67 minutes this year, Richard Bolland suggests spending 67 Rand.
By getting 1000 people to donate R67 for Mandela Day, Richard's organisation, New Hope SA, plans to transform a temporary shelter in Mowbray, Cape Town, into a permanent sanctuary for the homeless. Established in 2018, New Hope SA was created to offer long-term solutions to homeless individuals that would make sure they don't have to return to the streets.
The organisation started as a "holding and connecting" project, using "different service providers to allow a homeless person to move from the streets to rehabilitation, accommodation and sheltered employment," Richard explains. His team always envisioned running their own shelter that would provide all of these amenities under one roof.
In 2020, when the coronavirus struck, New Hope SA took action. "We decided to open up a microsite shelter which allowed for ten people who were living on the street to sleep in St Peters Church Hall in Mowbray." But another thought arose: "It would be a missed opportunity if we just accommodated people without giving them a chance to leave the streets for good."
Richard says the microsite is "more than just a temporary shelter". With the help of South Africans, the organisation hopes to move to a permanent structure where they can provide people with safe accommodation that includes physically-distanced bedroom cubicles, access to hygiene facilities, food, access to the internet, medical support, workshops and other employment programmes that would help them sustain themselves financially in the long run.
New Hope SA needs R150 000 to assist in setting up their centre. So far, they have managed to raise just over one third of the target amount. Richard is encouraging donations from 1000 more supporters for Mandela Day to help secure this dream.
Visit the New Hope SA website for more information on this project, to track the funds raised, or to make your R67 donation for Mandela Day.