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525.600 minutes - how do you measure a year ? In sunsets ? In beaches ? In prayers ? In cups of coffee ? Or in moments of LOVE !

These lyrics were first recorded for the musical 'RENT' in 1996 but they certainly resonate at Hotel Hope Ministries in Jo'burg, South Africa.... We are looking back at an extraordinary year 2014 and if 2015 was a person, we would say the following:

'Welcome - We really look forward to spending time with you and we look forward to getting to know you. We are excited that our path have crossed !

What would you say?

And how would you answer the questions at the end of this communication ? Honestly ?


Looking back at the 'year that was' has been pleasure and pain in equal measures for the Hotel Hope team.

Pleasure, because both donation income and income from our Social Entrepreneurship division (which covers all of our administrative expenses and more) have seen a good increase, not only over the past 12 months but ever since our inception in October 2008. Thanks to your generosity !

This fills us with particular gratitude. Every donation to our beneficiaries is also an encouragement to keep going and an acknowledgement that we are on the right track.

As we often say: We love what we are doing but we couldn't do it without you !

Equally we couldn't do it without the amazing staff, an active board of directors and  a host of national and international volunteers.

Yes, there is also pain, because we are confronted daily with the consequences of abject poverty, unemployment, sexual immorality, ill-health, drug-abuse, inadequate role-modelling, decision making under very difficult circumstances... The number of our beneficiaries in the township of Alexandra has reached nearly 3,000 since 2009. It broke our heart to learn that 3 girls in our 'Teenage Crisis Pregnancy' intervention in Alexandra were pregnant from the same boy, bearing children within weeks of each other.

Pleasure, because 31 of 49 kids since the opening of our first home in 2011 are now living in Limpopo, Gauteng, Eastern Cape, Western Cape as well as Norway, Finland, Austria, The Netherlands - being raised by loving adoptive forever families or extended families, or a few even again with their biological mothers whom we were able to help transition from mothers in crisis to mothers in Christ.

This year, more than 60% of our children left us to live with their forever families. This is particularly encouraging as we take in children from quite difficult backgrounds. 5 of our HIV+ children now live in The Netherlands. We are an active member of the National Adoption Coalition SA and share the same view as Abba Adoptions and Impilo, who facilitate our adoptions, that every child needs a loving family ! Full stop ! 

Pain, because too many young girls in South Africa test HIV+ and Mother2Child Transmission is still an unnecessary reality.


At the outset in 2008 we made a commitment to be a charity with very limited storage space, instead relying on and trusting God to provide at exactly the right time. This year we reduced clutter in every area of our ministry, a highly liberating experience. In the process we reduced our storage space to 24 sqm. And more than ever we have been able to bless other charitable organisations or to sell surplus to generate much needed funds as we do not hoard for a 'rainy day'.

We will be working hard in 2015 to come even closer to our goal to be the 'Leaders in Social Welfare' in Gauteng. Thank you already today for being part in this effort.

In closing, once more, a heartfelt THANK YOU for being part of the Hotel Hope family. Please reflect on the following questions and be inspired.

With very best wishes for a wonderful 2015,

Oliver, team, kids and mums

Questions to reflect on:

The hardest thing in 2014 has been .......................................................

In thinking about 2014, I feel grateful for ................................................

My greatest support this year has been ..................................................

My biggest accomplishment this year is ..................................................

The following is unfinished business of 2014 ..........................................

In reflecting upon 2014, I feel ...................................................................


Hotel Hope Ministries is registered with SARS as a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) and also verified as BBBEE level 4 contributor. This means as a PBO we can issue Section 18A tax certificates for your donations, which will reduce your individual or company tax liability and companies donating 1% or more of their profits to verified organisations can earn BBBEE points in the SED category.

All financial donations benefit 100% the orphaned and abandoned children as well as mothers in Crisis pregnancy situations in our care. 

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Banking Details
First National Bank
Account name:Hotel Hope
Account number: 62194003382
Branch: Melville, Johannesburg
Branch code (sort code): 256505
Account type: Cheque account
SWIFT code: FIRNZAJJ (For international deposits)
Reference: Donation (your name)

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