Our vision at Hopelands has always been to inspire “hope” in a hopeless world. In September 2017, 19-hectares of undeveloped agricultural land was donated to us. Since then we have been hard at work trying to get the property re-zoned for the building of the village for orphaned and abandoned babies and children.
After spending in the region of R200 000.00 we are still in the starting blocks regarding the re-zoning. Multiple obstacles with various environmental reports from the respective consultants prevented us from moving forward with our vision.
Our vision is still to build a self-sustaining village. Hopelands has also consulted other likeminded groups such as LIV, Door of Hope and The Almond Tree regarding our strategy at a conference hosted by LIV Cottonlands in January 2020. What emerged from these consultations is that a manageable self-sustainable village size should have a maximum of 48 children. This will equate to 8 homes with 6 children per home with a house mother or parents on a cluster foster care basis.
Hence a re-think of our strategy became necessary and a re-evaluation of how to move forward. In a nutshell we will pursue the option to farm and develop the agricultural land and also purchase an existing house in the town of Magaliesburg where we can straightaway rescue and accommodate orphaned and abandoned babies.
A search was initiated, and our Founders, Stephen and Sharon Lamprecht started searching in the area of Magaliesburg. After viewing 8 homes on offer in the area, Hopelands finally found a suitable house in the town of Magaliesburg and submitted an offer to purchase it for R1 150 000.00. The offer was accepted, and the process began to apply for a bond which was approved subject to a condition of a 10% deposit of R115 000.00.
The progress on the purchase is that all the required documents have been signed to transfer the property.
Payments made thus far:
Deposit – R115 000.00
Transfer fees – R33638.50
Bond registration fees – R28105.60
Total – R176744.10
Funds and sponsors needed:
All funds raised or donations received will be used in any of the following areas of need such as: