Good Hope Community Organisation
Mama Mary Lwate, founded the Good Hope Community Organisation in 1997 to care for abused and abandoned children. Her centre grew at an alarming rate, from the initial 18 to over 150 currently. But, she also opened a crèche to provide Early Childhood Development and proper stimulation to those in her care, and also to those who cannot afford to go to school. But, Mama Mary’s service to her community extends way beyond only its children.
She also has a drop-in project to assist destitute members of the community who are now assured of at least one meal a day. She has a bakery on the premises to service the community and generate income for the centre, and together with her food gardening project they can afford to feed those in need. Mama Mary ensures that all her children attend school and teaches them skills like baking, knitting, dressmaking, quilting, beadwork, jewelry making, and food gardening so that they, in turn, can generate an income and become self-sustainable.