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We are so grateful to those who donate their time, funds and give of their resourses  to us in order to help us carry on the work we do, Bringing Hope and Breaking the Despair of Povery, Diseases and Addiction.

We have seen young donors, 12 years old, use their voice and influence to fundraise for Sanitary Pads for our teens clubs, others have seen our wish list items and gathers work friends together to help fundraise for a specific need.  Will you help us? Will you have a look at our wish list and see if there was something your company, friends or even a family memeber in business may be able to help us with obtaining.

Here is our current Wish list:

Thank you to those who have given, we appreciate you.

Join us for a special time celebrating Mothers this Mothers Day!

This Tea and fundraiser supports Living Hope’s Health Care Centre, who care for chronically ill persons.

We will be having a Guest Speaker, prizes and more!

Date: 11th May
Event time: 10:30 to Noon
Event Address: Living Hope, Kommetjie Road, Capri (opposit Food Zone)
Contact us on 021 784 2800 or email marketing@livinghope.co.za

To reserve your seat CLICK HERE

 

TB IS IN THE AIR
Living Hope serves several hundred TB clients on an ongoing basis in the areas in which it works from Military Road south all the way to Cape Point.
TB knows no boundaries, does not respect one’s status in a community, or whether one is rich or poor. If one’s immune system is weak, there is a risk of getting TB. Tuberculosis is an airborne infectious disease caused by a bacterial infection – Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTb). TB most commonly affects the lungs but can affect any organ in the body.

Someone with TB can spread the infection to others simply by coughing or sneezing. Symptoms of tuberculosis include coughing for 2 weeks or more, coughing up blood, night sweats, weight loss and exhaustion.

TB Anywhere is TB Everywhere
If you have one or more of the symptoms you must go to a local clinic and ask for a TB test. This is usually done by having a sputum test.

TB is curable
TB can be treated and cured if clients complete the entire treatment, but unfortunately about 40% of TB patients go undiagnosed and they continue to spread the disease. TB patients are treated with several different medications for at least six months, and some struggle with serious side effects. For multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB), treatment lasts 1-2 years, (although new treatment is now available which is a 9 month course of medication) with painful injections and drugs that can cause side effects. A person being treated for MDR-TB typically needs up to 14,600 pills and 460 injections. Treatment is even harder on extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB) patients and the success rate is even lower.

The negative economic impact of TB can be devastating for individuals, families and communities, especially when the household earner has MDR TB and is unable to work for months, making it very difficult to care for their families and especially children.

Living Hope would appreciate any donation of non-perishable foods to assist those presently on TB treatment. You can calll Living Hope on 021-784 2800.

Help prevent the spread of TB by ensuring public spaces and transport are well ventilated, cough into your shoulder and not into the air, sneeze into a tissue and dispose of it, do not spit on the ground. Children can get TB but do not pass it on. If anyone under 5 years of age has been in contact with someone with TB they should visit their local clinic and be tested as soon as possible, as should anyone who has a compromised immune system and develops symptoms.

If more information on TB is desired, do not hesitate to contact Living Hope.

Do you shop on Amazon, did you know that every item available for purchase on www.amazon.com is also available on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com) at the same price. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages.

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate a 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice

From 12 – 31 March, Amazon is tripling the donation amount to 1.5% when customers make their first eligible smile.amazon.com purchase from March 12 – 31, you shop as per normal and Living Hope benifits, here is the link, smile.amazon.com/ch/20-1248641.

All you need to do is shop on this link, which has already chosen Living Hope as the beneficiary, you shop, and we earn money! How can giving back be that easy 🙂

Encourage your friends to shop on smile.amazon.com, and share this link: smile.amazon.com/ch/20-1248641

Living Hope is having our Annual Open Day on 17th March from 9am to 1pm. There will be a host of other activities such as Jumping Castles, Facepainting, Food Stalls, Tours and information tables on the various programmes we run in the communities.

All ages are welcome
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Journey with us as we bring the Christmas story to life and enjoy a evening of traditional Christmas Carols with well known local artist Jennifer Eaves and the James’s at Living Hope’s Capri Campus on the 3th December. All ages are welcome and bring a picnic basket and blanket to share with your family.
Picnic and Journey start from 6pm to 7:10pm and carols officially starts at 7:30pm ending with the switching on of the lights at 8:20pm
For more information contact Living Hope on 021 784 2800

Living Hope is participating in this years #GivingTuesday campaign which is happening worldwide on 28 November.  We have set a goal of $48 320, which is the number of individuals we reached in our last financial year.  Thats $1 per person.  During the year, we reach and serve those in our communities and do not charge for health, empowerment, drug and alcohol recovery or lifeskills.  This means we have to fundraise in order to carry on the programmes we run.  Will you get involved and help us reach our goal?

We are embarking on a 24 hour Face-a-thon, where we will share stories of individuals who have been helped through Living Hope and our programmes, we ask for you to like our posts, comment, share them, tag influencial people in your community, give and challenge others to give too.

Like us on Facebook if you havent already by liking us here .

Keep an eye out on our Facebook page to as we build up to #GivingTuesday

All our Cape Town friends – do come and visit the Living Hope Farm Stall and Coffee Shop at our main campus in Capri. The food is fantastic and the coffee is outstanding. This is part of our endeavour to be self-sustaining and also part of our visitor’s centre which will be telling the wonderful story of Living Hope. Here are a couple of our photos. Our Belgian waffles are amazing – you simply won’t find better! The Salads are extraordinary and healthy! There is lots of other nice food. The trading hours are Monday to Friday 08:00 – 15:00 and Saturday 09:00 – 15:00.

When we think of a mother, we think of a loving, caring person who uplifts us when we are down, and takes care of us when we are sick, at Living Hope, our staff in our Health Care Center do just that for the patients we care for. Therefore we invite you to a high tea and fundraiser which will support Living Hope’s Health Care Centre,
caring for chronically ill persons.

Tickets cost R80 per person, included in the price is a little gift for each Mom.

A special encouraging speaker is planned and the morning promises to be one of encouragment and fellowship.

To reserve your space, book online here

Media Statement re the drowning of Mveliso Majenge at Silvermine Dam

On Friday the 17th March at about 2:15pm, Mr Mveliso Majenge a 21 year old Agricultural student from Living Hope NGO, drowned at Silvermine Nature Reserve Dam. Mveliso was from the Mount Frere area of the Eastern Cape. He was a trainee farmer in Living Hope’s “Harvest Training Initiative” programme. The students were celebrating the completion of Phase 1 of their training by having a hike and lunch at the Silvermine Nature Reserve.

After lunch several of the students, who were familiar with swimming got into the dam to swim. Mveliso joined them. Suddenly some of the students became aware of him being in trouble. He had waded into water that was not deep and then suddenly fell into waters which had a steep drop off, which could not be seen. He disappeared in the dark cold water and resurfaced momentarily, putting up his left hand, signaling for help and then disappeared under the water and did not re-surface. Those in the vicinity immediately began to search and others joined them. After 8 – 10 minutes of searching his body was found. CPR was immediately commenced and continued until the arrival of paramedics from Cape Medical Response (CMR) who took over the resuscitation efforts and established a heart beat which was relatively stable. Although the Emergency Services helicopter arrived, it was decided to rather transport him via ambulance to Groote Schuur hospital where he was admitted and to attended to. He sadly passed away at about 8:20pm.

John V Thomas, Chairperson and Media spokesperson for Living Hope who was on the scene about 20 minutes after the incident took place said that the team that was present did all they could in immediately calling for professional help and in finding his body and initiating resuscitation and continuing CPR until paramedics arrived. The family in the Eastern Cape was informed as soon as possible and Living Hope remains in constant contact with them.

We extend our sincere condolences to the family and all those affected by this tragedy, says Thomas. We are all grieving the loss of this wonderful young man.

A full investigation into this tragedy is in process and fellow students and staff members who have been traumatized by the incident attended a 2.5 hour trauma debriefing session with a Counseling Psychologist and have also had support from Living Hope’s chaplain. Further help and support is available to them on an individual basis or in a group setting.

A Memorial service is being arranged for the students and staff of Living Hope and will be held at Living Hope’s campus, Kommetjie Rd, Capri on Thursday 23rd March at 13:00.

Thomas added ‘Living Hope extends it thanks to all those involved in the rescue effort, in particular CMR for their outstanding efforts in resuscitation and to all who came in support and help – National Parks, EMS paramedics, police, fire officials and others as well as to Lovedale College in Alice’.

Funeral arrangements are being made by his family in the Eastern Cape and will be communicated once final arrangements have been made.

Issued by:
John V Thomas
Chairperson and Media Spokesperson: Living Hope Trust