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South Africa Service Journey

Join Ripples of Hope this June 23 - July 1, 2020 for our next Journey to Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. Click here for more information.

"This extraordinary trip opened my eyes to a different culture. I loved meeting so many interesting people and this was the most exciting and special time of my life."
– Nye Day, Ripples Youth Volunteer

Physical Service

PARTNERSHIP: Kliptown Youth Programs, Johannesburg, South Africa
Home and After School Space renovations – repaired roofs, painted homes, painted classrooms.

PARTNERSHIP: Metro Evangelical Services, Johannesburg, South Africa
Indoor Space rehab – painted classrooms and created new wall murals.

PARTNERSHIP: Kuyasa Youth Services, Cape Town, South Africa
Classroom renovations –painted classrooms, built bookshelves.

PARTNERSHIP: Grassroots Soccer, Cape Town, South Africa
Library Renovation – Built bookshelves and benches.

Human Service

PARTNERSHIP: Kliptown Youth Programs, Johannesburg, South Africa
Community Celebration – barbecue with games and activities for kids and families.

Photo project – Photo journalism workshop for Kliptown Youth Program teens to share "What They Are Most Proud Of In Kliptown".

PARTNERSHIP: Nkosi’s Haven, Johannesburg, South Africa
Youth Games and Activities – Created a series of workshops for residents of Nkosi’s Haven including yoga, storytelling, duct tape bracelets, face painting, tie-dye shirts and basketball.

Evening Meal – Broke bread together at Community Supper with traditional apple and pumpkin pies prepared by Ripples of Hope families and traditional South African dishes prepared by Nkosi’s staff.

PARTNERSHIP: Kuyasa Youth Services, Cape Town, South Africa
Reading Workshops – Storytelling with songs, games and activities to engage the young children.

PARTNERSHIP: Grassroots Soccer, Cape Town, South Africa
Aids Workshop and Soccer Tournament – Participated in Aids Information program then later joined the soccer teams to participate in the local soccer tournament.

Although the days were long and sometimes exhausting, when we asked our families "What was the Most Challenging Part of the Day", the overwhelming response was, "Having to say good-bye and leaving our great new friends!"

"You have ignited hope in me that I thought I had lost a long time ago, my love for reading books and I believe its time to pass it on. In your honor we will start a reading program like you did & and we will always remember you. Thank you so much."
– Nomandla Bongoza/ Kuyasa Horizon Empowerment

South Africa Service Journey Gallery

Ripples of Hope is a non-profit organization established in 2009 which inspires people to be engaged and take action in partnership with communities and non-profit organizations.
We look forward to getting back into community with service initiatives in 2021.
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