Raphael Richli (37) from Swaziland and currently based in Mamelodi is the founder of HOPE RECOVERED organization, alongside his partner. Gontse Richli is also involved in assisting young adults at ABET schools as well as children through an afterschool program of “Beam Africa Network”. The mission of this organization is to plant seeds of hope into the lives of youth especially disadvantage people who grow up without proper perspective, trapped in poverty, bound by substance abuse, without father figures and role models, and lacking educational foundation.

They engage with disadvantaged young people and assist by shaping them towards making better decisions and to know more about the word of God. Equipping, teaching, and training them to nourish their dreams. They also offer counseling to them so that they can break away from the pain of the past. Moreover, they help vulnerable people with toiletries, clothing, stationery, education, shoes, groceries and many more.

Through their  different programs, participants gain skills which can provide extra income for the family.The permaculture garden project which provide food for the children and youth. The afterschool program as well as the Holiday Reading Club and Kids Club enhance learning. In addition,emphasising biblical values and as God’s creation, male and female stating that we are all equal.

 The organization was established in 2016 by Raphael while working with drug addicts at the Teen Challenge. He got married to Gontse they then had two children later on the took care of their two orphans nieces. From there it grew, they are now in partnership with a preschool called “Bright Beginning” in Mamelodi which focuses on orphans and vulnerable children. They have a library accommodating over 1000 books, and they have reached 30 families and they’re hoping to expand further.

Obstacles which they faced, during the first year the library was closed for about 4 months due to school holidays and covid19. In the first month, there was an average of 9 children per day in the library.  Although that number grew steadily to an average of 18.6 children per day and 40 children registered in the library.

By: Nthabiseng Makhubela.

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