By Saai Mahlangu
EMHLABANENI – The Hope of Joy Foundation denotes the sense of playing a social responsibility where deemed necessary. It started from the good-warm heart of the local samaritan, Sheron Hlophe Skhosana (25) who celebrated the youth month by donating school uniforms and sanitary pads to the needy learners of Houtenbek Primary School.
On 08 June 2023, Sheron Hlophe Skhosana from Gagadwini farm in Mpumalanga took her precious time and visited the Houtenbek Primary School in Tonteldoos to donate school uniforms and sanitary pads to the students. Hlophe Skhosana through her NPO, Hope of Joy Foundation donated the following items to the learners of Houtenbek Primary School:
• Twelve (12) pairs of shoes
• Seventeen (17) pairs of socks
• Eleven (11) trousers long and shorts
• Thirty-eight (38) packs of sanitary towels /pads
“I am very happy to receive the gifts and above all this is so special because it came from one of the former students of Houtenbek Primary School. Thank you so much to Hlophe Skhosana for showing love to us. We love you all,” said one of the Learners.
“We live for each other, to your enemy, forgiveness is the remedy for life. However, we are all made for goodness, love, and compassion. We’ve put a smile to Houtenbek Primary School’s learners, that is, a smile’s warmth comes from the fire within the heart of an individual community member. Those who lay a helping hand must know that keeping a warm heart in a cold world is the real victory for life. Let us be kind, remember that everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle. We can change the world when we push together,” said Sharon Hlophe Skhosana, the founder of the Hope of Joy Foundation.
“As a former learner of Houtenbek Farm School I know very well the challenges that are faced by the school on a daily basis and that encouraged me to form an NPO called Hope of Joy Foundation so that I can dedicate my time and source donations for the school,” Hlophe Skhosana elaborated further.
The Hope of Joy Foundation is a farm-based non-profit organisation (NPO) which was established and founded by Sheron Hlophe Skhosana. The organisation is based at Gagadwini Farm in Tonteldoos which was specifically established to create a vehicle for reaching out to as many people as possible, with a particular emphasis on the welfare of the learners, youth, elderly, people living with disabilities, and child-headed homes.