Rays of Hope supports 150 vulnerable children within the impoverished community of Alexandra through providing a loving, safe and supportive environment for the children. This allows them to develop their full potential while at the same time uplifting the "family" unit through home visits, counselling, a monthly food parcel, after-school programme and much more. Funding is needed to ensure that this work can continue into 2021 and beyond.
Alexandra is a disadvantaged township on the edge of Sandton, Johannesburg. It is over-crowded; violence and abuse are rife and unemployment levels are over 50%. Children growing up here are vulnerable, many have lost parents, all of them experience trauma in their daily lives. A family unit in Alex is seldom a father, mother & children, but more likely a granny looking after grand-children & other children from the community, or an older child (as young as 17) caring for his younger siblings.
Rays of Hope supports these children within the community instead of placing them in orphanages or foster homes by employing field workers who partner with a family to assess, plan and manage a solution to move the "family" from vulnerability to a place of stability and hope. This is done through a child-centred approach, where the needs of the child are the focus of the help, and the children, families and communities take a lead role in making the change.
By bringing practical assistance as well as a loving, nurturing environment that supports the children at school and in every-day life, Rays of Hope enables the children to develop the skills needed to function in their community and eventually develop the resilience needed to bring about change. Each child's situation is unique and the impact differs from child to child, but through a tailored approach, children become whole, healed individuals who can rise out of poverty and give back to Alex.