Hope for the unemployed

Two of the employees of Streets of Hope who were cleaning up in Deale Road, Nkululeko Jwayi and Lebogang Leeu. PHOTO: Pierce van Heerden

Anchor of Hope is an umbrella-registered non-profitable organisation whose ultimate goal is to restore dignity to vulnerable people, irrespective of age, gender, ability, political background or race.

The organisation has a street cleaning project called “Streets of Hope”, where unemployed people get the opportunity to obtain a temporary job as a cleaner, which then prepares them for permanent employment in the near future.

Streets of Hope has started cleaning up in Deale Road in Dan Pienaar, Bloemfontein, where people have been cleaning the side of the road as well as trimming and cutting the grass. “We have been cleaning for years, it depends on where we get the contracts from. If a company or any person requires any sort of help and services that require cleaning, Anchor of Hope will help,” said one of the workers in Deale Road, Nkululeko Jwayi.

Another one of the employees, Lebogang Leeu, told Bloemfontein Courant that if a resident of the street or area is unhappy with the condition the area is in, they would call Anchor of Hope for help and that is how they recruit people who are unemployed and give them temporary employement as a cleaner. According to the Anchor of Hope’s website, it employs four people on a half-day basis, six days a week.

The aim of the job creation is sustainability, poverty relief, social and human uplifting and creating a safe and clean environment that communities can be proud of.

Any person interested to know more about Anchor of Hope can visit its website at www.anchorofhope.co.za.

Heidre Malgas