New Hope Centre

The New Hope Centre provides hope for the future in a nation that is dessimated by HIV/AIDS. Our mission is to provide a permanent home for orphaned and abandoned children in Swaziland, and to raise these children with love, education and a solid personal foundation, so that they are ready to lead Swaziland out of these difficult times and into a bright future.
Nov 7, 2016

Come, Take a Tour of New Hope Centre

Dormitory for Youngest Children
Dormitory for Youngest Children

One of the advantages of contributing to a project like New Hope Centre is that it is small and personal. The kids are real and you can be certain that every penny you send is being used to take care of their needs: to house, clothe, educate, nurture and enrich them. This quarter they’d like take you on a tour of New Hope Centre and give you a sense of the environment in which they are being led into their destinies.  When you think of them, they want you to be able to picture them where they sleep, eat, learn and worship.

Be sure to look at the images provided of the structures as you are taken thru them one by one. The first building to be erected at New Hope Centre is now the home where the youngest children live. It is called The Ark. The little ones have areas that belong to them individually where they can put their clothes and personal items. They love bright colors and decorate their areas with picture and gifts from sponsors.  There are live-in caretakers who prepare their food, help them do their laundry, dress the ones who still need help and treat them as their own.

There are also two similar buildings, one for the teen-aged girls and another for the boys. The teens have all been trained to plan and cook their own meals, make grocery lists for the week, do their own laundry (both with machines and by hand so they will be prepared for their futures) and to clean. They take turns with the duties and have an adult who supervises that all goes well. In each setting the kids eat together in family-style meals.

There is a pre-school that is colorful and creative as well as a school for the older students. The campus is set on Bethany Mountain – and it is a mountain. It requires quite a climb to reach the Training Center at the top of the hill where there are special activities and training both for NHC students and for volunteers from around the world. Downhill from the Training Center is a large kitchen that can be used to cook for larger groups.

 Further down is perhaps the most important building, the Tabernacle of Praise where all students and staff gather first thing in the morning to worship the One who has blessed and saved them all. This is also a gathering center for people from all over the nation of Swaziland. NCH frequently plays host to 500 children and adults from all corners of the nation where they are led, instructed and brought into the presence of God by the students you are helping to bring into adulthood and maturity.

Two of the uniquely African structures are the rondavels where guests are housed and the open-air thatched structures called lapas used for more informal gatherings. The buildings are rounded out with an administrative building at the base of the campus. No child’s life is truly complete without animals and New Hope is home to cows, bulls, dogs, cats and chickens that roam around freely and even attend meetings.

So this is home to these remarkably resilient children with whom you have joined your hearts and support. Your donations go to maintain this environment in which they are thriving and thanking God every day for your generosity.

They send you their blessings.

Rondovol
Rondovol
Teen Boys House
Teen Boys House
Teen Girls Home
Teen Girls Home
Lapa or Gathering Place
Lapa or Gathering Place
Inside the Tabernacle
Inside the Tabernacle
Happy Cows Roaming the Campus
Happy Cows Roaming the Campus
Jul 8, 2016

Wonderful Journey

Phoebe and Abigail in Johannesburg Awaiting Flight
Phoebe and Abigail in Johannesburg Awaiting Flight

Phoebe, Abigail and Joanna are back from their exciting adventure to the United States. As you probably recall they earned the invitation to compete in Kansas City, Missouri, at the International Student Convention. Phoebe and Abigail sang while Joanna gave a reading of her own composition. They felt that the experience was, in their words, life-changing. They were inspired by the others students and were able to form friendships from students around the world.  The flags representing all of the countries of the contestants were displayed at the front of the auditorium. This was the first time in the history of the competitions that Swaziland was represented. (see below) This happened largely because of you and your continued support of these orphans-turned-leaders. They want to thank you for your faithful caring that gives them opportunities they could not otherwise experience.

During their trip they also toured New York City and went to a performance of The Lion King. It seemed appropriate that they were able to take pride in a story born on their own continent. In addition, how could they come to the US and not go to Disney? They had the exciting privilege of spending four days at Disney World and Epcot Center in Florida. I was able to be in touch with Phoebe nearly every day. One of the things she noted was that even with all of the wealth and beauty she saw, it was evident to them all that there is also poverty and suffering that was all too apparent on the streets of New York.

The girls had formed such strong attachments to the friends they met on the journey that it was difficult to part from them. However, they admitted that home looked very comforting as they settled back into normal life at New Hope Centre. All of these life experiences will be utilized in their positions as thought and influence leaders in the country of Swaziland. The trip was made possible by one generous sponsor.

Please understand that you are a vital part of all that happens at New Hope Centre as you continue to faithfully love, support and sustain these developing students with your prayers and your finances.

Thank you once again.

First Time the Swazi Flag Displayed at Competition
First Time the Swazi Flag Displayed at Competition
Phoebe and Joanna in Chicago
Phoebe and Joanna in Chicago
Warrensberg University - Convention Site
Warrensberg University - Convention Site
Apr 11, 2016

Enrichment from Abroad

NHC Student in Swim Competition
NHC Student in Swim Competition

Time marches on and because New Hope Center was founded in 2005, it only stands to reason that our kids are growing up. This is both a cause for rejoicing and one of sadness as they leave. Our eldest son, Caleb, completed his high school in Canada and is currently studying at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. He has kept up with friends and teachers from his old alma mater, Smithville School in Niagara area near Toronto Canada. As a result of those connections, seven high school students arrived at New Hope Centre to work, experience life at our orphan home and to help with enrichment of our students. 

The Canadian students spent the majority of their time at Hope Academy on the New Hope Centre campus. These kinds of experiences with folks from the outside world add tremendous enrichment and broadening in the lives of our kids. Mr. Scott, the science teacher from Smithville, had prepared science activities and projects that opened new vistas of investigation. Science has been a discipline that has presented considerable challenges for our educators. Mr. Scott created a new spark of interest that we had not seen before among the children. The Smithville students had prepared some dramas for the students to practice and present in a competition during the last night of their visit. Craft classes and a safari thru the Hlane Game Park were other highlights of the trip. 

Our Abraham kids had chosen to serve as hosts to the visitors and took them on a tour of our national museum and parliament before going to see arts and crafts in the local creative arts centers. Because our children were participating in the finals of the national swim competitions, the visitors were able to go along to cheer and celebrate as our family won medals and scored national points.

The Canadian students flew home via Istanbul since the Brussels airport was devastated by the terrorist attack. We were grateful for all they shared and for their safe return to Canada. We would love to meet you and learn what you have to share with us from your corner of the world. Your contributions of money help to enrich the children’s lives in material ways and we know that your contributions of wisdom and love would enrich them as well. Thank you again for your continued caring and support.

With gratitude,

Joseph in Drama
Joseph in Drama
Majestic Lion in the Hlane Game Park
Majestic Lion in the Hlane Game Park
Joanna Working on Crafts
Joanna Working on Crafts
 
   

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