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Anchor of Hope

Anchor of Hope



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Theunis Swart
Tel: 083 325 1899
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Anchor of Hope

Anchor of Hope is a registered non-profit organisation which aims to restore the dignity of vulnerable people irrespective of age, gender, ability, political background or race. It operates in Bloemfontein and surrounding areas. Through a network of interventions including feeding schemes, counselling programmes as well as skills training initiatives, the organisation provides clothing and non-perishable food to needy families and organisations. The organization focusses on job creation such as the manufacturing of washable sanitary wear for women and girls that have been affected by gender-based violence, provides accredited training to unemployed youth, shelter and upliftment for homeless men, cleaning services and the housing and counselling on sexual and reproductive health to young girls who need support following unplanned pregnancy

Anchor of Hope is made up of several divisions, each with its own area of focus. The focus area of each division is as follows:

  • Anchor of Hope Projects: Distribution of food and clothing to the poor and other organisations that serve the needy. The division also runs feeding schemes, community and social upliftment programmes in partnership with government institutions.
  • Pregnancy Crisis Centre of Hope: The aim of the centre is to give hope and support to women in coping with unplanned or unwanted pregnancy. Through the centre, vulnerable women receive psycho-social support including pre and post abortion counselling, information on opportunities for tertiary education and temporary accommodation for themselves and their new born babies.
  • Anchor of Rest: The factory manufactures furniture of the highest quality and standard. This is achieved through training and mentorship of previously unemployed people who are then employed by the factory. The training and work opportunities provided by Anchor of Rest allow beneficiaries to gain a skill and become more confident in their own ability to reach their full potential.
  • Lighthouse Upliftment Centre: A men’s shelter that focuses on the wellbeing and rehabilitation of hopeless and broken men living in the streets. The centre provides psycho-social support including counselling as well as access to training and personal development opportunities.
  • Esther: The project focuses on vulnerable women and young girls. Beneficiaries are trained and given work opportunities as part of a job creation project through which Anchor of Hope manufactures washable sanitary towels. The sanitary towels are also distributed among women and girls who cannot afford to buy them.
  • Streets of Hope: Through the project, people living on the streets are employed to clean streets and business premises as well as serve as parking attendants at local shopping centres. In doing this, the organisation creates work, restores the dignity of beneficiaries and contributes to a clean environment which communities can be proud off.
  • POPUP: The vision of the intervention is to transform the lives of its beneficiaries, and allow them to be active members of the community who positively impact on their households, communities and the country at large. This is achieved through the following:
  1. Manufacturing of washable sanitary pads for vulnerable women and girls in rural areas, and to support women affected by gender-based violence
  2. Provision of accredited training to unemployed people
  3. Provision of psycho-social support to women dealing with unwanted or unplanned pregnancy

Last updated:

24 November 2021