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Rays of Hope impacts over 2,500 Black South Africans every week through its nine programmes focussing on education, orphaned and vulnerable children and skills development and work readiness.

The beneficiary of the Masibambisane Empowerment Trust is Rays of Hope – the non-profit organisation (063-389-NPO) that has been in existence for 27 years and is partnering with the people of Alexandra township, in Gauteng.

All income generated by the trust will be used by Rays of Hope to further the work happening in Alex and to extend its partnerships with individuals and organisations to the benefit of the people of Alex.

Rays of Hope’s dreams for the next few years:

1 – 2 years:

Rays of Hope wants to purchase the last remaining house on Lupin Street in Marlboro Gardens so that the whole block (four houses) is owned, and then to use the house for many different purposes, including:

  • Setting up a formal training space for many programmes
  • Making a larger meeting area available for groups (Gogos of Hope, girls support group, internal staff meetings, etc.)
  • Creating a physical / wellness space – we have donated equipment but nowhere to set it up
  • Setting up a computer centre that is accessible to the community
  • Establishing vegetable gardens to supplement the food that we are donated
2 – 4 years:
  • Setting up a formal counselling centre that is available to the people of Alex
  • Establishing an accredited training centre to upskill Alex residents
  • Creating a top-class crèche for people living on the Marlboro side of Alex
  • Developing an economic and skills development programme to reduce the number of unemployable people in Alex
  • Establishing a residence for Ignition students closer to the universities