Living a passionate life for God
D & S
Ocean View is HopeTown
We are working and investing in a community called Ocean View, where about 40’000 ‚coloured' (a South African term used for those who are not 'black' or 'white') people live. Ocean View was born as a township during Apartheid, built for the forcefully removed colured people from around the area. Ocean View is built on a hillside with a truly lovely view of the ocean! The coloured people are lively, loud, good entertainers and have a love for good music and dance.
There are though also multiple challenges facing the people here. High unemployment, drugs, crime, prostitution and young people falling out of school are daily issues we encounter. Be believe God is busy doing something special! God is moving here even if it’s not always seen.
We want to bring hope and perspective to the young people at risk. In 2016 we founded HopeTown a Youth Community and Youth Movement in Ocean View. We gather with different age groups once a week in our HopeTown Base and eat together, listen to each other and to God and experience a kind of a family what supports each other and where people find a place of belonging. Our family members are not those you would easily find in church. Gang members, teenage mother and fathers, school drop outs and young people who struggle with addiction learn to love each other and are discovering God. Our HopeTown family is diverse, wild and imperfect and hungry for change.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is busy changing their hearts from inside out. We believe unconventional love means to accept the fact that the people are on a journey to find true identity. Out of experience we know, this journey is often longer then we hoped for. We invest with a long term perspective and live like we would never leave.
We love this wonderful Hopetown family and we pray for lives filled with passion and purpose for them. We know that healthy life, freedom and healing is only coming through Jesus.
Hope Education Centre
We invest into young people to stay in the school system through tutoring. On three afternoons per week they come to the HopeTown base which provides a safe space and a healthy learning environment for them. Through loving support in their school subjects, they also experience a place where they can be who they are.
We work with young local tutors who just finished their Matric /High school. These role models gain a meaningful job in the community to serve their own people.
Every Monday afternoon there are creative vibes in the air. We have a wonderful art teacher coming to invest in this young generation of future artists. Art unlocks potential in a wonderful way and self-confidence grows. There is so much more to come!
Through workshops like T-Shirt printing, jewellery making, and local internships we provide a place and opportunities where young people can learn new skills and develop their talents.
Work Ethics, Life Skills, Character training and self leadership are the main important elements how we train the young people aside of the practical training.
Once a week some of our team takes a group of teenagers to a horse farm in the valley. We teach them how to care for a horse and how to overcome fear and tackle challenges. A horse is an extremely social animal and they model healthy relationships. It’s an amazing opportunity for young people to spend some time outside of Ocean View and to be exposed to animals and beautiful nature. To build up a friendship with a horse or even learn how to ride is a life-changing experience.
Ocean View is very close to the sea and close to one of the best areas to surf in Cape Town. But many young people can not even swim, as there is no training in the Ocean View schools available.
Some of our team train young kids to swim and to lose their fear of the water through fun games and swim & surfing lessons. Our aim is to help them discover new perspective, joy and self-confidence through the surfing adventure.
Our HopeTown family is diverse, wild and imperfect and
hungry for change.
We invest as if we would never leave!
There is hope!
Our awesome T-shirts, printed and designed in Ocean View are for sale. If you want to support our work and the development of the skills training, then you should definitely buy one. You will not regret it, as our products are of great quality and made in Cape Town.
If you want to buy a shirt then please contact us.