Helping You to Support Children and Families affected by AIDS

Welcome

Lerato, whose name means "love", is the inspiration behind Lerato’s Hope.

She is living proof of the fact that with love, nurture and anti-retrovirals, an HIV positive person can live a happy and fulfilled life. Lerato continues to enjoy a good quality of life, and has become an integral part of our community.

Leratos Hope, founded and based in 2002 in suburban Pinelands, Cape Town, South Africa, is a Christian non profit organisation which builds meaningful partnerships with existing grass roots organisations who care, treat, support and empower poor families affected by HIV and AIDS in the Cape Town areas of Gugulethu, Nyanga, Crossroads and Philippi.

The facts

The areas of Gugulethu, Nyanga, Crossroads and Phillipi is home to about 500 000 people.

Here are some facts:

  • Average household earns less than $8 a day
  • 40% unemployment – The average age is 24 years old
  • 409 Christian places of worship
  • 819 liquor outlets
  • More than 25% of all deaths are AIDS related
  • Over 48% of people live in shacks

Our impact

Lerato’s Hope seeks to bring support to all the organisations represented on this site in some or other form - be it financial, the provision of food and clothing, the mobilization of volunteers or capacity building - through building bridges with other like-minded churches, communities and organisations.

Our vision

  • To give a voice to the plight of poor families and communities affected by HIV and AIDS, and the organisations that support them.
  • To inspire churches and the urban community to connect meaningfully with grass roots organisations who are working with families and communities affected by HIV and AIDS
  • To play a vital role in supporting grass roots organisations in the prevention of HIV and the care, support, treatment and empowerment of families and communities affected by HIV and AIDS
  • To show the love and compassion of God for the poor and sick by serving families affected by HIV and AIDS

Our objectives

  1. Helping CBO’s raise funds for their projects by approaching potential donors on their behalf
  2. Sourcing and delivering material resources like food and clothing, and other useful items to CBO’s
  3. Encouraging and recruiting volunteers from more privileged areas and churches to assist CBO’s in their work
  4. Exposing the work of CBO’s to other possible resource networks or opportunities
  5. Assisting CBO’s to increase their capacity to function effectively through different levels of mentoring relationships
  6. Provide HIV Community Workers with both monthly financial as well as psycho-emotional support

Helping You to Support Children and Families affected by AIDS