With a focus on holistically addressing the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of its beneficiaries, Rays of Hope has realised the importance of developing significant partnerships with stakeholders in the township, as well as funding organisations in South Africa at large to ensure the sustainability of the projects that are run in Alexandra.

One of the partnerships Rays of Hope has formed over the years is with Gold Fields in South Africa. Gold Fields has been a partner of Rays of Hope for five years and has adopted the organisation as its community investment initiative, enabling Rays of Hope to set up many impactful initiatives within the Alexandra community.

Some of these initiatives include paying homework teachers’ salaries and, more recently, looking at introducing and paying for an extra auxiliary social worker and junior social worker after realising that these additional trained resources would be able to work with children to positively influence their educational journeys. This educational support is provided through the Ithemba Labantwana Homework at which almost 70 vulnerable and orphaned children receive help with their homework and a place to play and be children.

Gold Fields has, in the past, participated in the Rays of Hope initiative #WarmUpAlex, which encourages the public to donate blankets, winter clothes, non-perishable food, hot water bottles and anything else that might help to keep the people of the Alexandra community warm during winter. Gold Fields has also run clothing collection drives to assist the community, as well as dedicated time for employees to visit Ithemba Labantwana to read to the children and play games with them.

Rays of Hope’s relationship with Gold Fields came about when the organisation was looking for a supplier to provide gifts to its female employees for Women’s Day. Rays of Hope, which at the time had a wonderful team of women who could hand-weave bags, were up for the challenge.

Gold Fields ordered these hand-woven bags for each of the women who worked at its Sandton-based offices, which in turn allowed Rays of Hope to put money in the hands of people who were trying desperately to earn an income.

Through continued support and partnerships with corporates like Gold Fields, Rays of Hope is better able to create job opportunities for people in the Alex, and provide care for homeless women and children who cannot afford to look after themselves. Thanks to Gold Fields, we are succeeding in making a substantial difference to the lives of people in Alex.