Reading for Hope
Meet our friend Sharon
Sharon is part of our church community, a retired primary school teacher who now tutors children privately and leads the Reading for Hope initiative.
Pictured below: weekly sessions at Silverlea Primary School in Athlone, Cape Town.
What is Reading for Hope?
Reading for Hope started six years ago with a small group of volunteers from Pinelands Baptist Church led by Helen Harrod, reading with children at Silverlea Primary school. Colleen Rinquest is a member of our congregation and a teacher at that school. The program started because she expressed a need for support in the very difficult task of educating children who face many economic and social challenges.
The other school that Reading for Hope supports is EA Janari in Bonteheuwel. Like Colleen, Nicky Benting is a member of Pinelands Baptist Church and is our contact with the school.
Lockdown slowed our growth and for two years we were unable to send volunteers to the schools. During this time, we consolidated our ideas and began to work under the umbrella of the church’s NPO known as Lerato’s Hope. We sent edupacks to the schools, made masks for the Grade Ones and knitted 100 beanies for the children at EA Janari.
In 2022 the program was reignited and we had a total of 14 volunteers, including 3 volunteers from the Silverlea community, reaching 28 children.
Pictured above: weekly sessions at E.A. Janari Primary School in Bonteheuwel, Cape Town.
Several children have favourite books from the sets, or favourite parts of the session whether it be games or talking to the volunteer.