WeSeeHope supports kids who have been given the toughest of tough starts. In communities ground down by poverty and AIDS, a generation of children and young people are growing up without parents to nurture and protect them. Yet many show extraordinary spirit, resilience and talent. WeSeeHope are determined to provide them with the opportunity to fulfil their own potential and build a future for themselves and their communities.
WeSeeHope work in partnership with local African project partners, helping to nurture, educate, protect and empower orphaned and vulnerable children. Our projects cover four key areas:
• Emotional and social support
• Economic empowerment
• Children’s rights
Over the last decade, DfDD has helped enable WeSeeHope to establish 19 strong partnerships with local African organisations across 7 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, which now support over 55,000 children and young people each year.
We see HOPE in Philip
Philip’s* parents passed away many years ago, leaving him to support and care for his elderly grandmother and two younger siblings. He would spend many hours on the congested and dangerous roads of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, trying to sell products to passing trucks, just about scraping enough money together to survive.
In 2009, he was identified by one of WeSeeHope’s projects nearby. They trained him in business skills and gave him a small loan. Philip has since proved himself an impressive entrepreneur – he set up a packaging business, and all the street sellers in the area come to him to get their products bagged and sealed.
Once he repaid his first loan successfully, he was given a second loan, and with this he set up a bike hire business, right next to his packaging hut. His profit from both businesses have since enabled him to buy two plots of land, and his goal is to one day build a house for his family on one of them. He now employs one of his siblings and is putting the other through school.
We see HOPE in Celiwe
For many years Celiwe* felt rejected. Living with a serious illness, those around her feared she would infect them and Celiwe was forced to spend her days in isolation. Both of her parents had passed away, and her aunt had taken her in, despite her health issues. They lived with little hope of assistance from anyone.
Celiwe lived in uncertainty, not understanding her own sickness. She suffered from much physical pain, as well as the emotional pain of losing her parents and the sense of loneliness and abandonment this brought.
But hope came to Celiwe and her aunt through the Siyathuthuka Care Workers who brought understanding to her health challenges and support in caring for her. The Care Workers encouraged Celiwe’s aunt to get proper treatment for Celiwe and taught those around her that she did not need to be isolated from other people. Slowly, Celiwe gained confidence and began to play with other children without fear.
Celiwe is now 10 years old, and already knows that she wants to be a nurse. She says she would like to help families like her own who have little support. The influence of the Care Workers in Celiwe’s life is evident in this dream.
* Name has been changed to protect identity
Registered Charity No. 1079385