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In South Africa, poverty is not something we see in pictures or on CNN. People living in inhumane circumstances and dying of diseases such as HIV/AIDS is the order of the day. Often children are orphaned by these circumstances, and left to live on the streets. It is not unusual to see these kids lose all hope for a better future… The Hope Infrastructure Development Trust’s vision is to bring hope to the hopeless people of South Africa. We intend to do this by establishing self-sustainable societies through developing infrastructure, addressing social needs and creating jobs through enterprise development. Many attempts were made to address these issues, and many failed. We believe there are two main reasons why so many projects failed in the past. One is because projects are ‘charity-orientated’ and the other is the fact that projects do not approach the people in need holistically. What we mean with ‘charity-orientated’ is that projects are designed to constantly rely on donations and contributions from outside sources, instead of becoming selfsustainable at some stage. With a holistic approach we mean addressing people’s needs on more than one level, namely; physical needs, social needs and economic needs. The Hope Infrastructure Development Trust intends to: Address the massive AIDS-orphan crisis* in South Africa. Create jobs in order to stimulate self-sustainable families. Teach families life-skills in order for them to attain a better quality life. This is achieved through encouraging families to take AIDS-orphans into foster care. (By doing this orphans not only get food and shelter, but also love and discipline, within a family set-up) To encourage parents to take orphans into foster care we provide them with a proper house, a job and life-skills training such as parenting skills. All of the above mentioned will be facilitated by developing The Hope Village.


1.2 million children were orphaned by AIDS by 2005 in South Africa alone.

Target Group
South Africa has gone through many trials and tribulations that led to many diverse social phenomena. One of these was the development of township societies around the cities. These townships consist of thousands of mokukus*. One of these mokukus in Ikageng, near Potchefstroom, houses the Saul family. Sannah Saul is a single mother in her late thirties. Her only son died when he was eighteen years old. She is currently looking after five AIDSorphans who range between the ages of two and fifteen. This does not necessarily mean that these children are infected with HIV/AIDS, it only means that their parents died because of AIDS. Sannah earns a salary of R1500 (less than $200) per month and doesn’t have any prospects of earning much more because she doesn’t have a formal education. With this R1500 she must provide for a family of six. This phenomenon is not a secluded incident, but rather the norm. This phenomenon of absolute poverty forms a downward spiral that consists of poor living conditions, low moral standards, many sexual transmitted diseases, and many orphaned children who grow up on the streets and start the cycle all over. Women like Sannah attempt to break this cycle, but they will never be able to break free, due to their lack of resources to afford better living conditions. They can only afford the most necessary things like food and clothing. Something like a proper brick house is a luxury. We believe that families like Sannah’s family deserve a proper home and the opportunity to develop some skills in order to earn a better living for themselves and the orphans whom they raise as their own. A proper house won’t solve all their problems, because, while parents are out earning a living, the orphans are still home all day spending their time in the dusty roads and becoming involved in gangs and other dangerous activities. Their health won’t improve instantly, because they need to be taught how to improve their hygiene in order to address this issue. So many things need to fall in place before we can say that these families have been freed from poverty. In cooperation with the SAVF, The Hope Infrastructure Development Trust will identify families, like Sannah’s family, who will live in The Hope Village.


A mokuku is a one room house build with scrap building materials; usually a few pieces of zinc.

The Hope Village Concept
Infrastructure Development Goal 1 – To create better physical living conditions and improve the health of family members: A mokuku is, as previously mentioned, a one-room house built with zinc. This zinc is most of the time scrap building material and therefore not in very good condition. This means that whenever it rains, water pours in at all the joints and holes in the roof and walls. Furthermore the mokuku has no form of flooring, which means that when it gets wet, it is a muddy mess. During wintertime this shelter is almost of no effect in keeping its residents warm. In the light of the above mentioned it is inevitable that families living in mokukus will fall ill, whether it is because of cold and wet weather or because of unhygienic living conditions. Hope Infrastructure Developments (HID) intends to build proper brick or cement houses with cement flooring and high-quality roofing for these families in order to enhance their physical living conditions.

Goal 2 – To improve morals and social awareness within the families: We intend to do this by building a three-bedroom house instead of a one-bedroom or one room house. This helps to keep children separated from their parents and allows parents to exercise a healthy sexual relationship without exposing the children to things that are meant for the marriage. Another factor that is taken into consideration is the importance of separate sleeping rooms for boys and girls. Goal 3 – To enhance the safety of the families, especially the children: In townships in South Africa so many woman and children become the victims of violence and abuse. We intend to create a safe environment for kids to play outside by the unique design/layout of the village. This happens in such a manner that there will be no remote alleys or passages but rather open spaces. Because of the design of each house with a patio at the front, there would

always be someone sitting somewhere keeping a watchful eye over the children playing in the park. Goal 4 – To enhance the self-esteem of the residents of the village: Most of the families who qualify to live in the village come from very poor living conditions. Most of the time these people do not feel very good about where they live, or where they come from. Developing a very modern type of living environment for these families will most certainly improve the way they think of themselves, which has a series of other positive consequences. Goal 5 – To encourage healthy socialising and create a feeling of community and belonging: There will be similarities among the houses in the village that will create a certain sense of unity and belonging. By clustering the houses together in groups we intend to encourage socialising among the residents of the village. This will be done by encouraging small group gatherings under the supervision of a social worker. Goal 6 – Encourage ownership and stewardship among the residents: The problem with most of the housing schemes in South Africa is that they are only concerned with getting the job done, getting people a house and then moving on to the next housing scheme. This leads to situations where a family receives a house but not the training to maintain it. They have never learned the principle of stewardship. This principal will be advocated in many different ways in The Hope Village, through the rent-buy contract that will be drawn up between HID and the residents and gardening competitions that will be launched to encourage gardening, etc. Goal 7 – To create an environment where people would want to live, and thus improve the morale of the residents: Whenever one speaks to someone living in a township the message is loud and clear, “I don’t want to be here”. There are many reasons for this. One of the reasons most certainly is the fact that the environment offers no stimulation or any form of opportunity for a better life. HID intends to change this by establishing a modern-looking town development with multiple business opportunities.


Social Development Social development within the Hope Village is divided into two categories. One, the parents and two, the children. Goal 1 – To improve life skills among the parents of the village: Life skills are a very broad term used to refer to basic skills to manage ones day-to-day life. These skills include skills such as basic personal financial management; basic parenting skills; basic hygiene1. These skills will be taught to the residents of the Hope Village by social workers from the SAVF2. Goal 2 – To instigate supportive socializing behavior and healthy community relationships: This will be achieved through establishing support groups among the parents. These support groups will create a safe environment where parents can open their hearts and encourage each other in their task as foster parents. Goal 3 – To stimulate development among the children: The SJGD-project3 of the Northwest University is one of the biggest partners of the Hope Village in terms of volunteers. These volunteers will facilitate different recreational activities for the children of the village. Such activities will not only stimulate development but also teach children how to spend their free time productively. Goal 4 – Create the opportunity for children to discover and develop their talents: This will be achieved through partnering with local churches and businesses in order to get the community involved on a first-hand basis in training of different sport disciplines. All of the above mentioned activities are facilitated at the Hope Recreational Centre and sports grounds.

Research shows that illnesses among children under the age of five can be reduced with 70% by simply improving their basic hygiene. 2 The SAVF is a non profit organisation that has been serving the community of South Africa, for more than a hundred years. 3 The SJGD-project of the North West University is a students’ community outreach project where all faculties and hostels are actively involved as volunteers in various community projects. The Student Council’s Chairperson for SJGD has whole heartedly offered their support to the project by availing volunteers. 5


Economic Development Goal 1 – To transform the way the residents think and work with money (basic personal financial management): So many adults living in townships in South Africa don’t even have the ability to do basic mathematics, much less budgeting and understanding economy. We aim to address this issue by teaching the parents in the village basic mathematics to have enough insight to manage their finances in a more economic way. Goal 2 – To establish business ventures to maintain the village: When one walks through the streets of a township the only businesses you see is informal. The basic principal of a growing economy is a system that uses raw material and labor and turns it into currency that is then kept within the system by buying and selling among each other within this system. We intend to apply exactly this. Hope Infrastructure Developments investigated many different business ventures and identified four major businesses to be established within the village. These four businesses will be owned by the development trust that is responsible for maintaining the Hope Village. Goal 3 – To create jobs for the residents of the village: As mentioned in goal 2 the establishment of four major businesses and a few other smaller businesses will provide most, if not all, residents with a proper job that will enable them in return to provide for their families (mainly consisting of AIDS orphans). Goal 4 – To develop the village in such a manner that it would be able to expand and grow with no financial input from outside sources: The concept of the Hope Village is founded on business principals. This means that The Hope Village should generate a profit. This will be achieved by the shares that the development trust (which maintains the village) holds in the businesses and rent paid by the residents. This profit would not only be used to maintain the village, but also expand it (see appendix 1). That means, that apart from the initial capital, the Hope Village will rely only on itself for financial support.


How to get involved
As a company we do not believe in re-inventing the wheel. Therefore we are taking hands with different organizations that have many years of experience in their respective fields. In this regard we are privileged to partner with organizations such as the SAVF and the Northwest University. Knowledge and volunteers as manifested in the above-mentioned entities forms two of the three most critical resources for making a success of a community project. The third is capital. Once the Hope Village’s first phase is finished it has the ability to sustain itself and even expand. The capital needed to finish the first phase is set out in the following table: We are not only interested in the Community’s money, but we want people to get involved in Building Contractors Hope Infrastructure Developments Cost of starting business ventures Building of 100 houses. R 14, 580 000 $ 1,944 000 Managing of the entire R 660 000 $ 88 000 project & all legal costs. Start-up capital for 4 R 1,629 000 $ 217 200 businesses. Total R 16, 869 000 $ 2,249 200 poverty alleviation first hand. This will be achieved by organizing outreaches in cooperation with church groups from the local community, the USA and Europe. These outreach groups will be accommodated in a ‘guesthouse’ that will be built on The Hope Village’s premises. The Hope Village concept also allows South African companies to score up to 20 points on the BEE Generic Scorecard by investing in the project. The Hope Village adheres to all requirements in order for companies to score points in fields of Socio-Economic Development and Enterprise Development when investing in the Hope Village. We intend to encourage involvement of local businesses through providing them with the opportunity to enhance their BEE status whilst changing their community radically.


The Hope Village Structure


Hope Infrastructure Development Trust
Infrastruct ure Developmen
Houses Community Centre

Social Development
Clinic Nursery School Soccer field

Economic Development
Brick Manufacturers Arts Centre

The Hope Village Residents
Hope Infrastructure Development Trust holds shares in all businesses in The Hope Village that acts as an income. In effect the residents buy their own houses from the Hope Infrastructure Development Trust, which is another substantial income for the trust. The above-mentioned income will act as the main source of capital for the expansion of the Hope Village.


Organisation details
Contact details: Meyer Conradie – 084 840 4074 -

Louise Smith – 072 129 7053

Website address:

Bank details:

Acc name: Hope Infrastructure Developments Acc number: 9201 825 575 Acc type: Savings Bank: ABSA Branch code: 632 005


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