From the beginning our vision has been to take the devastation to the innocents of Swaziland created by the AIDS epidemic and turn it into unexpected victory. Now, eleven years after opening our doors at New Hope Centre, we are seeing that mission turn into reality. Instead of finding destroyed lives, we are seeing the orphans who could have found themselves in places of hopeless desperation becoming the leaders we knew they were intended to be. Let us share with you some of the results your faithful support has created.
Caleb, the eldest son of New Hope Centre, is now in university pursuing a degree in social work at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. He plans to enter into the arena from which he came with the marginalized people of Swaziland and help one person at a time find the same hope and restoration he has found. He knows how they feel. He understands the odds against them and will be able to aid them in taking the steps toward productive and sustainable life.
Phillippa is attending Kobe Advanced Education Academy College with the goal of becoming a doctor. She has always seen herself in the healing professions dedicating her life to serving the women who need specialized care in her beloved country. Deborah is in the same school. They are living together in a rondavel and commuting together. Deborah’s dream is to become a judge. Joel continues in flight school and plans to become a commercial pilot based in Swaziland.
Joanna is working toward a career in cosmetology which will put her in a position to work with women caught in the web of human trafficking. She hopes to run a center that offers beauty services and sewing instructions that will present these women with career alternatives. Her heart goes out to these women and it is her desire to bring them hope and restoration.
Noah, a remarkable swimmer, is training in Swaziland University’s pool for the Olympics in Brazil. In the afternoons he coaches 42 of our New Hope Centre kids in their own swimming aspirations. Nine of the students been involved in the National Swim Competitions and if successful there they will move to regional competitions as part of the Swaziland National Team. The regional competitions include nine southern African countries.
Elijah is on his way to becoming a chicken farmer. He has built a two room house and is in the process of raising funds to build the chicken shed by doing beadwork.
Phoebe, who fed herself and her two year old brother on scraps she found to keep them alive, is now the leader of a musical group. She is a natural and gifted leader who has written much of the music they perform. They are ready to produce a music CD once they are able to find the funding.
These stories of progress are the results of many years of faithful service by people who saw the apparent refuse of the AIDS scourge for what it really was: future leaders. This is what you saw as you joined us in making it happen with concrete help in the form of donations. We know that your support goes deeper than finances, however. It is knowing that you want these kids to succeed that gives us the courage to continue the challenging task of raising 50 children. Your kind contributions have been used to provide food, clothing, education, housing and caretaking. But your love has provided hope without which we could not exist.
New Hope Centre
During this time of year our thoughts turn to others as we struggle to think of gifts to give our loved ones that don’t replicate what they already have. At New Hope Centre we have no such struggle. Our children have usually outgrown their few articles of clothing, their shoes no longer fit and their towels and bedding are all worn out. As Christmas approaches we give thanks for your faithfulness in providing the funds to resupply these necessities for our kids. We are grateful to be able, with your gifts, to provide these things that are probably taken for granted in your world. Our children do not take them for granted. We wish you could see their excitement at getting a new pair of shoes, a new shirt or dress.
By this time in the year we also must restock our brooms, mops, buckets and ironing board covers – again, not very exciting, but critical for the running of our “home.” These are the basics. When there is abundance we direct it toward enrichment, not only of our own children, but to the community as we train our own to reach out past our walls. Here are some of the special activities in which we are involved.
This Christmas we are preparing for a pageant that will be put on by the kids of New Hope Centre for the kids in the community and their grannies. All 50 of our own children as well as 50 community children will be leading out. There will be 14 stations with a mini-drama at each telling the story of Christmas and ending in a grand finale in the meeting hall. We are expecting 600 people. It is our fondest desire is to be able to feed them and give everyone a small gift. We believe that this kind of activity trains our students in leadership skills, compassion, charity and confidence. It requires musical training, dance lessons and speaking development. It removes any fear they may have in performing in public as well as giving them experience in interpersonal interaction skills as they reach out individually to those who attend.
Another musical endeavor is the participation of eight NHC kids in the Swazi Mass Children’s Choir that will be making a national recording to be sold as a CD. One of our own children has started her own music group and has been preparing to produce a CD album, some of the music composed by members of the group. As you may know, Swaziland is a kingdom. We have been honored recently with several visits by the royal family to participate in and observe the work we are doing at New Hope Centre. HRH Princess Temtsimba Dlamini has taken her mother’s place as patron of New Hope Centre and joined in as our students led music and dance. Inkhosikati (queen) LaNkambule and her three little princesses and nine month old baby prince joined us to celebrate a special birthday. We are honored by their interest and support of our work here.
As our thoughts turn toward you we believe that the greatest gift we can give is to fulfill the purpose for which New Hope Centre has been founded: nurturing, preparing, inspiring and training the children under our care to take their positions as leaders in the nation of Swaziland. We send these updates as a way of assuring you that the trust you have placed in us through your ongoing gifts is being taken seriously. Our prayer for you in this holiday season is that your gifts will return to you a hundred fold in ways that will bring you joy and peace.
This month I want to share with you some of the fruit that is coming from your donations to New Hope Centre. If all you were doing were to give life and hope thru clothing, shelter, food and education, it would be enough, but you are doing much, much more than that. You are enabling “throw-away” children to come into their own. The infrastructure that you help to provide with your gifts is the springboard for much more than subsistence. They are bringing hope, training, education and quality to the lives of hundreds – in fact thousands of lives in Swaziland.
Just this past month, Ms. Tracie and Caleb took a group of New Hope Children to East London in the Eastern Cape of South Africa to speak to school assemblies with as many as 1,100 students, churches, university students and even a juvenile prison about their life journeys. They were able to share the inspiring sagas they have lived as they went from hopelessness to confidence and accomplishment. They told of God’s power to transform lives of despair into productive members of society. Their listeners were encouraged to see beyond their current circumstances and aim toward higher goal that improve the lives of others and the atmosphere of the nation. Their tour resulted in invitations to many other venues to bring inspiration to the hopeless orphaned children of Swaziland.
Additionally, two of the teachers from NHC were asked to present a series on national radio on the topic of child development, play and social development in early childhood. There was a real hunger to hear what they had to say. During the listener call-in session, even the non-English speakers were calling to ask for help in understanding how to better provide for the needs of their children. These are the teachers you have been supporting with your giving; teachers sought after to instruct and mentor the parents and educators of the nation.
For those of you who would like to read and understand a little more of the foundations of Dr. Elizabeth Hynd, Director of NHC, a new book is available detailing the life story of her pioneering father, Dr. Samuel Hynd. Footprints on African Hearts and Lands: The Life and Work of Dr. Samuel W. Hynd. It can be found at Amazon at this link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NF30ZZO. It was Dr. Elizabeth's experience growing up in Swaziland under her father's mentoring that equipped her to be the director needed for New Hope Centre.
Once again we are touched and renewed by your faithfulness to stand with us in this endeavor to which we have committed our lives.
Outreach to the thousands of orphans in Swaziland has become a major focus of New Hope Centre. It’s not enough for our 51 kids to thrive. We want the same advantages and hope to belong to others outside our walls. Just this month, June, 2014, our students have launched a large scale plan to transmit the values, talents and survival skills that they have acquired at NHC to as many other orphans as possible.
They have started a program for children ages 4-14 run, planned and created by children that will meet each month on our campus. During our first program launch, 187 kids from our local area came together to learn that they are valuable, that they can excel and that they have a voice. Next month the target group will expand to a larger area with an expected group of 350 children.
Our own kids have benefitted from careful nurturing, proper nutrition, adequate clothing and foundational education. Even our young triplets get up in front and sing or speak. This has given other youngsters the courage to transform from being shy, introverted and alienated to being confident and poised young people.
Msimsi is a good example. When we first encountered him he had difficulty making eye contact and would not communicate. His background had been very difficult and he trusted no one. Gently, our kids have encouraged him and trained him. During our recent gathering he stood before the entire group, announced who he was and did the narration for a play that he had devised for his group to perform.
It is our vision, mission and pleasure to make an impact in the country of Swaziland. We want to embrace your caring sacrifices in support of what is happening here. You can take legitimate pride in the light that is beginning to shine in a place too long in the dark throes of HIV/AIDS. As you plan your giving for July, we would like to make you aware that if you submit your donation on July 16 it will be matched 50% - since you have given us “Superstar” status on Global Giving!
Our big news for this report is that Ten Years ago in March 2004, New Hope Centre was born. New Hope Centre will celebrate our 10 year anniversary March 28th-30th. We want this to be a time of joy, hope and celebration for all of the orphans we have been working with across Swaziland for the past several years. The weekend will begin on Friday with the arrival of 400 double orphans from around the country along with 40 youth leaders and 40 teachers who will accompany them.Saturday, March 29th at 2pm, the official event will take place with Deputy Prime Minister Chief Arliamentariana. The orphans (both mother and father have died) who will be attending will be camping in tents at NHC. They will leave with clothings and supplies they need for survival. The kids from NHC have been personally working with these orphans for several years now, so this will be a culmination of their efforts.
Your generosity continues to make an enormous impact on the lives of the kids of New Hope Centre. It has made dreams possible for education and even the normal activities of teenagers taking on the skills of adulthood such as driving. I'd like to tell you about Philippa. For several years now she has felt called to become a medical doctor. She was a double orphan when she came to us. From the beginning, she has demonstrated wisdom, courage and intelligence. She attended the South Africa All Africa School Convention for students from all over Africa. This year she was accepted tinto Penryn College, one of the top five colleges in South Africa. She has already started there. If it had not been for you and people like you she never could have gotten the foundation of the basics: nurturing, training, education, food, clothing and shelter. Her story is just one of many that should give you joy as you see that you can and did make a difference. Thank you. Our teachers continue to attempt to keep the curriculum up to date and up to standards so that when our kids have completed their education at New Hope Centre they will be prepared to move seemlessly into other schools. One of our teachers, Tracie Hynd, has put together a very unique curriculum that focuses on integrating daily living skills with didacting learning. Since Swaziland is a desparately poor nation, many of the students will go on to rather primitive villages with few of the amenities with which you are familiar such as washing machines and electricity. So, in addition to preparing our youth for scholastic achievement that will equip them to moving into positions of leadership in the country, they will also have to be at home with washing clothes on a washboard. Ms. Hynd has been instrumental in helping these children to integrate high scholastic achievment with primitive living conditions in a way that will assist others in their communities to reach higher.
We want to acknowledge our debt of gratitude to you for making this past ten years possible and extend an invitation to come and visit us sometime to see firsthand the fruits of your investment in the lives of our beautiful children.
You are special to us,
Cherry Brandstater, Project Coordinator
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