HOPE Cape Town

HOPE Cape Town

HOPE Cape Town

Public Benefit Organisation (SA) No 93/00/24/843

Non-Profit Organisation (SA) No 053-417NPO


HOPE Cape Town is very closely linked to the German-speaking Catholic community in Cape Town since its inception. In 2001, HOPE was founded by the German-speaking Catholic community, the Rotary Club of "Signal Hill", Tygerberg Academic Children's Hospital and the University of Stellenbosch Cape Town. The founding members still play an active part in HOPE Cape Town.

The organisation’s purpose is to directly address the HIV/AIDS pandemic and related illnesses by providing access to education, treatment and on-going support within the existing provincial and municipal health structures and through partnerships with the South African Department of Health, tertiary institutions, other Non-Profit organisations (NPOs), Community Based organisations (CBOs) and the communities themselves. HOPE Cape Town facilitates and assists with the care and treatment of HIV/Tuberculosis-infected children and adolescents in the Children Wards at Tygerberg Hospital, in 17 different community clinics and in our community project in Blikkiesdorp.

Strong, enduring national and international partnerships are the mainstay of HOPE Cape Town’s operations. The organisation is proud to partner with the Provincial Ministry of Health (Western Cape), the City of Cape Town, Stellenbosch University (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences), and Tygerberg Academic Children’s Hospital. Internationally we partner with the German AIDS Foundation, HOPE Cape Town USA and many more.

For the past 16 years HOPE Cape Town has delivered care and support for children and their families affected or effected by HIV/AIDS and related illnesses. Two doctors and 25 Community Health Workers working in the Townships of Cape Town together with a support team at Tygerberg Children’s Hospital every day to make a difference to those kids and their families and give them hope and a future. A social worker and other part-time consultants complement our holistic care with their expertise.

HOPE Cape Town initiates and supports holistic care and development programmes alongside ARV treatment for children and families living with HIV. We host amongst others, an early childhood development programme (development of a child in the 1st 1000 days of life) developed by occupational therapists working with HIV positive children at Groote Schuur Hospital. This is an interactive programme where caregivers are shown practical ways to stimulate their children and given the opportunity to practice their new skills in a supervised environment.

HOPE Cape Town is visited regularly by German and European politicians as it is a renowned private public partnership. Upon visiting HOPE Cape Town’s website, www.hopecapetown.com , you will note that many prominent politicians have shown interest in the project, amongst them the late South African President Nelson Mandela, the German Chancellor, Mrs Angela Merkel, the former German Minister of Foreign Affairs, Joschka Fischer, the former German Federal Minister of Education and Research, Annette Schavan, Parliamentary Secretary of Federal Ministry of Finance, Mr Jens Spahn and several portfolio Committees of the German Bundestag such as Health, Digital Agenda and other political delegations.

HOPE is completely funded by private sponsors, foundations and companies.

Please feel free to have a look at HOPE Cape Town’s website (www.hopecapetown.com) for more information.

About us

The German-speaking Catholic community of the Cape Peninsula is the community for all German-speaking Catholics (Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Namibia) and their families who live in the Archdiocese of Cape Town. Therefore, many South African citizens are also part of our community.