Since its inception in 1999, Judea Hope has been active in Southern Africa’s previously disadvantaged communities through a variety of community upliftment and development programs.
It was however 5 years ago that we were confronted with the dire need of the children of our region. This led to several programs, focusing on early childhood development of which the most logical first step was food!
BBBEE and Article 18 certificates
Judea Hope is a registered NPO and has an Article 18a tax certification. Donations to the Judea Hope feeding scheme, therefore, qualifies for the BBBEE scorecard.
One of the major needs that we focused on was the creation of day care centers for thousands of children that had no place to learn, play and eat.
Through collaboration with religious and civic groups, we have established 1000 informal day care centers that also serve as an ideal platform for the distribution of food.
Through research and consultation with local nutritional experts, Judea Hope has formulated a dehydrated rice, vegetable and legume based meal that provides all the macro-nutrient needs for a child and even an adult. To enhance the nutritional potency of the meal further a vitamin and mineral sachet was specifically formulated for the meal pack and is included in the packaging. This is added after the meal has been cooked. Soon after we had rolled out the first batches of food with our vitamin sachet, some incredible anecdotal feedback started rolling in. There are too many testimonies to note in this document but feedback ranges from decreased illnesses among the children to improved general health of people living with HIV. Sadly due to the overwhelming need we are currently only managing 3 meals per week at some of the 1000 daycare centers.
Since the meals have to be packed, we opted to invite companies to not only donate financially but to invite their staff to become involved as volunteer meal packers. This is done through a fun and engaging assembly line process where staff members pack the meals that their company has donated. On request, we can also facilitate the production of a short, fun video that some organisations have used on their intranet and social media platforms.
In 2017, Judea Hope started the Elevate Project which focuses on Early Childhood Development Program and to gain support from foreign donors in the West.
The ECD (Early Childhood Development) training program aims to train Pre-‐School teachers and give them a SAQUA Registered training certificate. The course ranges from personal teacher growth to childhood growth, to teaching, to financial responsibility, and to Digital Tablet Training with Android Devices.