South Africa

Improving the Hope Academy

Mandela day was once again a success for staff from Aspen’s head office in Durban who participated in improving the environment at the Key of Hope’s new premises, the Hope Academy.

Aspen re-selected Key of Hope, a United States-driven child welfare organization, for their annual Mandela Day project. The partnership was initiated in 2015 to benefit about 1 500 destitute orphans - some who are HIV positive as well as other children who come from disadvantaged homes.

Stephen Saad and Gus Attridge joined the enthusiastic employees to improve three areas at the premises. They set to work to paint the classrooms, transform the garden and revamp the kitchen.

Established in 2008, Key of Hope cares for a broad age group from babies to 18-year old students. After matriculation, Key of Hope tries to secure employment or further the studies of some of the young adults.

The children and staff from Key of Hope were most grateful and extremely happy with the pleasing results of their classrooms, kitchen and garden.