WHAT IS JEWELS OF HOPE
Jewels of Hope originated in 2004 as a single support group to 11 children from child-headed households, who made jewellery to support themselves. Ideas and systems developed with this group became a model which has been extended, through partnerships, to other locations in Southern Africa.
Jewels of Hope seeks to be part of the solution by becoming a voice for the voiceless, meeting them at their point of need and bringing them hope for the future.
Our goal is to develop young people to be:
- in a relationship with Jesus Christ
- securely founded in who they are
- economically active
- a positive influence in their community
WHAT WE DO
Jewels of Hope provides tools to Christian families, churches and organisations (our partners) as a means of income generation for child-headed households and vulnerable children. These tools are both safe and legitimate, and enable children to continue with their education.
Whilst the mandate for the care and development of the children remains that of our partners, Jewels of Hope serves by:
- training our partners in psycho-social support
- providing discipleship materials
- designing marketable jewellery
- preparing bead kits
- managing skills for production
- opening access to markets
HOW DO WE DO THIS?
Jewels of Hope partners run weekly Connect Groups, which consist of five children and teens, between the ages of 11 and 19 years, assisted by an adult jewellery trainer who also acts as a mentor and support for the life situations and hardships they may face.
The Connect Group meets with their trainer, around a table where they start with a nutritious meal and experience a family environment. Here the children are taught the art and skill of jewellery-making.