The aim is to develop a facility where much-needed after-care services can be provided for at least 80 learners (Grade R to 7) from the HOP-land (RDP-housing) area on the outskirts of Stanford.
A building in the Stanford industrial area was purchased for R850 000 and the foundation has been given until 31 October to raise the funds.
R250 000 was raised in June with a 1000km cycle challenge undertaken by Koos and Joanie Smith of the foundation.
“Too many children in poor areas drop out of the school system because of difficult circumstances,” says Mr Smith, chairman the foundation’s chairman.
“The Hopeland Project has been initiated to give hope to these children. The centre will be a supervised, safe and caring environment where children will receive a proper lunch, take part in various programs, but most importantly, get help with their homework and additional learner support.”
The committee is appealing for donations like secondhand cars and furniture for the auction. They already have 13 vehicles to sell, but are hoping to have 20. They would also like to have at least 50 pieces of furniture to offer for sale, as well as any other items of value.
“Perhaps you have an old car or bakkie that won’t start, standing under a tree? Or a stick of furniture that you no longer need? Any donation would help to better the lives of a few needy children in the Stanford area.”
The Fynbos Community Foundation, a registered tax-exempt charity, also runs the Fynbos Akademie on Langverwacht Farm in the Papiesvlei area, which caters for about 60 learners.
With the help of Agri Mega in Bredasdorp, a vegetable garden has been established at Langverwacht to provide fresh vegetables to the learners of Fynbos Akademie and in future will also supply the Hopeland Centre.
The project committee consists of a medical doctor, a clinic sister, a nutritional expert and others with training in art, music and sport.
There are also experts regarding policing, finances and a representative of Badisa.
To get involved, please contact Koos Smit: email@example.com.