Written by: Hopelands
Article source: JOY! Magazine
Hopelands has plans to build a village in Magaliesburg where orphaned, abandoned, and vulnerable children can be placed into a family environment where they will receive unconditional love, care, nurturing, and spiritual discipleship. The village will eventually consist of 40 homes for 240 children, a school, and a multipurpose hall that will be used for social and community work as well as skills development in the area.
Founders Stephen and Sharon Lamprecht are always inspired by the Bible verse in James 1:27, “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”
Where it all began
The passion to care for such children began when Stephen visited Watoto, Uganda, in 2004. He was overwhelmed with what he experienced, and over the years this grew in his heart. The couple both served as pastors in Roodepoort for many years, and had much to do with helping the disadvantaged in communities around the church. They recently moved to Magaliesburg and serve on the leadership team of Magalies River Christian Centre.
A safe, loving environment
According to reliable sources, there are close to 5 million orphans in South Africa. These millions of orphaned and vulnerable children need a safe, loving environment to grow up in. A home where they are cherished, cared for, and most importantly, where they are raised with the knowledge that their future is alive with hope in Jesus.
Hopelands’ village model is based on the already successful LIV Village in Durban. According to Tich Smith (Founder of LIV Village in Durban), it is estimated that there are approximately 900 babies that are abandoned in South Africa every month. The tragedy is that only about 300 are rescued, and the rest unfortunately never survive.
Plans to build and grow
Hopelands owns 19 hectares of agricultural land on the outskirts of Magaliesburg, which was generously donated by Magalies River Christian Centre. This land is where they want to develop the village, with an objective to also do agriculture and produce sustainable food resources for the village. Once the village is functional, the day-to-day needs of each household will be taken care of in the form of food, clothing, education, and general wellbeing.
Construction of the village will be undertaken in a phased approach. Phases will be based on the relevant funding that will be available at the time of building. All phases of construction will comply with renewable energy and rely on natural resources. Construction within each phase could be undertaken sequentially or in parallel, depending on the funding that is available.
Sharing a message of hope
Sharon started a Youth Development Centre in the afternoons after school in April 2019. This runs every Wednesday in the church building where Hopelands serves the local community of Magaliesburg. The centre has evolved into reaching other needs in the community, and now Hopelands has become more than just a vision to build a village for orphaned and abandoned children. Hopelands is effectively influencing the whole town of Magaliesburg with their message of hope.
To date they have assisted young people to connect to future career desires and assisted others in obtaining employment. Their impact in the community of Magaliesburg is changing lives for the good. Just being available to listen to young people – who are the future champions in Christ for our nation – is bearing fruit and positive results.
Helping the community to flourish
Hopelands is helping young people in this community to dream again. It is important that children are stimulated in a centre such as the one Hopelands has made available. This is a way of developing capacity for critical thinking, structured analysis, and minds that can reason independently. Different volunteer groups have also dedicated their precious time to bring excitement and encouragement to these young people.
Due to the severe poverty levels and high unemployment in Magaliesburg, Hopelands has identified a need to start an adult computer-based education centre to empower adults with basic computer skills, maths, and English. Computers have been already been donated, as well as the relevant computer programmes.
Do you want to be a part of this journey?
This well-situated property on the outskirts of Magaliesburg remains undeveloped at this stage. The primary reason is because funds are needed to build their first home. In order to do this, they would need to secure the perimeter, connect to an energy source, drill a borehole for water, build the infrastructure, and build the first house. One of the conditions stipulated by the local Municipality is that Environmental authorisation must be obtained from Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Needless to say that this is a very costly exercise.
Hopelands believes in collaboration with others who have the same vision to rescue abandoned children and have already established strong relationships with such organisations.
Date published: 12/06/2020
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