Baphumelele Fountain of Hope provides a holistic continuum of care to young people aged 18-21, who have been raised in residential care or who have recently been orphaned or who are vulnerable, with a safe and nurturing environment to transition positively towards adulthood; providing a platform for youth that are not in formal education, employment or training to learn the necessary skills to contribute to society economically and socially and to allow those youth still in high school to finish their education.
Located on around a hectare of farmland on Schaapkraal Road in the Philippi Horticultural area, on the Cape Flats, the farm can accommodate up to 18 youth, both males and females, in our new purpose built residential facility. In addition, the small-scale operational farm acts as a training ground for our youth, as well as providing employment to the local community and providing a small return through the sale of the produce we sell.
Whilst residents at Baphumelele Fountain of Hope, the youth embark upon our tailor-made Independent Living Program that aims to address the specific needs of the youth of this age group. The team at Fountain of Hope work tirelessly, in partnership with key external stakeholders, to teach the youth new skills enabling them to build a positive future for themselves as self-sufficient adults.
It is our aim this coming year to expand our Independent Living Program, offering our services to non-residential youth of the same age group so they too can benefit from all that the Independent Living Program has to offer. The Baphumelele Child Headed Homes project have already benefitted from this outreach program; many of whom are were out of school or unemployed and are now motivated and empowered with the relevant skills to consider returning to school or finding employment.
As food security is such an important issue in this country, an acre of land has been planted with many delicious locally eaten vegetables including spinach, beetroot, turnips, cabbage, cauliflower, butternut, kale and herbs. The small team of farmers tends the land, using organic and permaculture principles, growing the vegetables for use by all the Baphumelele projects as well as selling directly to local businesses and end consumers. The youth also have the opportunity to plant their own small vegetable beds which they plant, tend, grow and harvest for cooking in the supper cooking pot!
It would be our dream that all youth that “graduate” from Baphumelele Fountain of Hope (BFoH) are fully equipped with recognition of their gifts, talents and skills so they may be able to become contributing members of society. It is our goal to help build self confidence, develop practical life skills, learn the value of community and service, and get back on track.
If you would like to join us in making our dream a reality or for further details, please do contact Rosie.