We as the Hope Town community
love God and love people
by creating opportunities for
We invest in a community called Ocean View, where about 40’000 coloured (a South African term used for those who are not “black” or “white”) people live. Ocean View is built on a hillside with a truly lovely view of the ocean! The coloured people are lively, loud, good entertainers and have a love for good music and dance.
There are though also multiple challenges facing the people here. High unemployment, drugs, crime, prostitution and young people falling out of school are daily issues we encounter. Be believe God is busy doing something special! God is moving here even if it’s not always seen.
We want to bring hope and perspective to the young people at risk. In 2016 we founded HopeTown a youth community and youth movement in Ocean View. We gather with different groups, once a week in our HopeTown Base and eat together, listen to each other and to God and experience a kind of a family what supports each other and where people find a place of belonging. Our family members are not those you would easily find in church. Gang members, teenage mother and fathers, school drop outs and young people who struggle with addiction learn to love each other and are discovering God. Our HopeTown family is diverse, wild and imperfect and hungry for change.
Our HopeTown family is diverse, wild and imperfect and
hungry for change.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is busy changing their hearts from inside out. We believe unconventional love means to accept the fact that the people are on a journey to find true identity. Out of experience we know, this journey is often longer then we hoped for. We invest with a long term perspective and support in a holistic way.
HopeTown is a community of young people who want to change and grow in life. We meet in different age groups (kids, teenagers, youth) once a week and build into healthy trustworthy relationships. We cook amazing meals, eat together, serve each other, support in crisis, pray for each other and learn more about life and God. The community aspect is the foundation for every project we do in HopeTown.
There is huge unemployment among the young people in Ocean View. Those who have dropped out of school, often have no chance to get a job. We believe this doesn’t need to be the end. We print high quality T-Shirts and produce creative jewellery and train young people on the job. We want to see them grow in social skills, work ethics, character, team work, quality control, self confidence and to become more job-ready for their next step in life.
Hope Education Centre
We provide a safe space for struggling High Schoolers to learn and grow in their academics. On 3 afternoons our centre is open to support, encourage and tutor the young people in their homework and help them to achieve better marks.
We challenge them to grow, train their learning skills, to get a vision for education and qualifications and to help them in finding direction towards their professional future.
We invest into creativity. There is so much more in life to be discovered and explored and we love to help them on the journey. We train the young people to think outside of the box and how to start to draw from scratch. We aim to to raise young, passionate creative people with a sense for beauty and the basic skills to design their own picture or to edit videos.
We take groups of Kids and Teenagers out of Ocean View to the beach. We teach them how to swim and how to behave in the open ocean. Once this is done, the surf adventure begins. It's amazing to see how they change from anxious, quiet kids to confident, strong and outspoken personalities. They are not "kids-at-risk" or "problem-children" anymore. They are surfers.
Once a week we take a group of teenagers to a horse farm in the valley. We teach them how to care for a horse and how to overcome fear and tackle challenges. A horse is an extremely social animal and they model healthy relationships. It’s an amazing opportunity for the young people to spend some time outside of Ocean View and to be exposed to animals and beautiful nature. To build up a friendship with a horse or even learn how to ride is a life- changing experience.
MEET THE TEAM
We are a diverse team coming from all kind of backgrounds and spheres of life.
We were and some of us still are teachers, bankers, artists, youth workers, business people, pastors, toolmakers, life coaches, vets, fishermen, hair dressers...
But we all have something in common. We love people and want to see them grow into their full potential. This is our calling, this is our passion, this became our common ground. Some of us are volunteers or interns, some of us are full time working with HopeTown. We love each and everyone’s investment!
Security / Young Adults
Teacher Hope Education Centre
Young Adults /Mentoring
Art Education / Mentoring
Young Adults / Kids / Art
Floorball / Young Adults / Mentoring
T-Shirt Printing / HopeTown Surf
Mentoring / Young Adults
Kids / Teens / Floorball
Kids / Teens / Skills Training
Kids / T-Shirt Printing
"If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."
Do you like what we do? Do you believe in change for today’s struggling youth? Do you want to help us to spread hope? We need people who are ready to invest. This can be in different areas and with different possibilities. Please contact us if you would like to join our support team.
We need people who help us to achieve our goals and visions. Practical help is needed in nearly all areas of our services. Tutoring, teaching life skills, job creation, donations for our Hope Education Centre, food for our community meals and many other things.
Do you want to come on board as a volunteer? Wonderful! We have guidelines in place to help you to find the right place within HopeTown.
We need people and companies who believe in change in Ocean View. People who invest with their finances, to make the work and the investment into these young people possible.
The account in South Africa:
Investec Bank Limited
Branch: Grayston Drive 580105
Acct nr: 10012225785
Reference: HTown plus your name
4Hope is a registered NPO and can issue tax certificates.
The account in Switzerland:
AEK BANK 1826, 3601 Thun
IBAN: CH30 0870 4001 5011 8417 5
Verein MissionPlus HELP | Promission HELP
VERMERK / REMARK
Project 312450 - HopeTown Ministry, Südafrika
If you live in Switzerland, you can deduct the full amount you pay into this account from your taxes. You will get a confirmation letter from MissionPlus for your tax exemption.
We believe in a God who is moved through our intercession and loves our prayers. There are many things we can’t do through our work or finance, but through prayers. Would you like to invest in this next generation through prayer? We would love to send you our prayer requests.
We are selling amazing hand printed T-Shirts and beautiful jewellery, made in Cape Town and not in China!
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We as HopeTown are part of the international All Nations family. One of our hubs is in Cape Town, where we regularly meet and fellowship with other All Nations staff members from different areas. If you want to know more about our diverse Cape Town hub and our vision, check out our website.
Our mission partner in Switzerland is MissionPlus, a movement of like minded people who support the work in HopeTown.
Our like-minded mission and financial partner in South Africa is 4Hope. Learn more about their heartbeat:
To transform communities hands-on by restoring human dignity. We do this by building relational bridges; strengthening family-structures; investing in entrepreneurial & skills-training support, leadership development and mentoring and discipleship training. We like to tackle projects that are born out of a relationship. Working with and helping people whom we regard as friends keeps our hearts invested in the right place and gives us staying-power in the long run. Also, we’re firm believers in the power of partnership and absolutely love hooking up with people who are already doing cool stuff to change their world!