How to help


Read about Sharon and Sonwabile who are running marathons for 200 kids

Join Reading For Hope 2022

We are so excited to announce that Reading for Hope (led by Sharon and Wendy) will start up again this year!

Do you have a heart for children and education? Do you want to see children improve in their literacy abilities? Reading for Hope aims to be a part of this change through the small act of reading with a child consistently. If you would like to join us, please indicate your interest in volunteering with us by signing up.

You would be signing up to read with a two children, once a week, for 30 minute slots at a time (1 hour total). This program's aim is to help improve the reading ability of children at Silverlea Primary and E.A. Janari Primary as identified by the teachers. We can organise carpool transport once we have all the names in. We will have a training / orientation day before the first session along with police clearance (costs covered by Reading for Hope). We require volunteers to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.


Dignity/Dare Day in Thabo Mbeki

Saturday, 27 November 2021

Meet our partners in Thabo Mbeki - a small group of community members and leaders who have done various initiatives in the past - have now started an NPO team called Umzila Omhle ('beautiful legacy') and they hosted a Dignity and Dare day for 60 youth in their community on Saturday, 27 Nov. In the end, 80 attended! This program was facilitated by The Dignity Campaign and it was a space for youth to talk about identity, belonging and purpose. Members of our church community also joined the day to meet them and participate in the program. Thabo Mbeki is built on an informal settlement 20min drive from Pinelands, in the greater Philippi East area.

08/05 We gathered to pray...

On 8 May 2021, Mercy & Justice and Lerato's Hope co-hosted an event called 'Praying Hope: Education' where Mercy & Justice led us through structured and creative ways of praying on the theme of education. We had our teachers and Reading for Hope represented. Read more here.



Annual Thabo Mbeki Stationery Drive

We have a long standing partnership with the local leadership of Thabo Mbeki. The community always identifies specific families in need and send us a register we base our purchases on the number per grade /phase of kids in need. We usually aim to help at least 110 kids.

We are so grateful to the local Pinelands schools that have contributed stationery thus far - but still need sponsorship of a more packs (each valued at R120) or in kind donations of the following essentials in brand new condition or gently used (scissors)

quality HB pencils, ballpoint pens black or blue, exam pads, erasers, scissors, glue sticks and color pencils.

You can email us to arrange drop off at our church office

COVERED! Reading for Hope 2020

Reading For Hope is reading support program in two Cape Town primary schools with volunteers and teachers connected to Pinelands Baptist Church. RFH aims to

  • To empower children affected by poverty to reach their potential as contributing citizens of South Africa.

  • To support teachers within schools that have large class numbers.

  • To implement complementary / supportive measures to strengthen basic literacy.

  • Develop meaningful relationships with children to give them self-confidence and hope.

Can you help them get edupacks to 500 kids?