African Diaspora Hope (Adhope) is a non-governmental organisation which cares for foreign nationals living in South Africa.
“When the NGO started it was because of the growing African national population in South Africa and because of the language barriers we saw the need to start the NGO to assist to bridge the gap,” said Seraphin Kenge from Adhope.
Initially, when the NGO was established in 2008, its main objective was to focus on HIV/Aids and empowerment.
“Clinic nurses had problems communicating with patients and we formed a support group to assist in education,” said Kenge.
He said with a variety of growing demands the NGO grew.
programmes offered by Adhope include a support group, home-based care, HIV counseling and testing, orphan and vulnerable children, social assistance, Adhope Charity Shop, Adhope preschool project and Simunye Cup.
“We provide all these programmes because we see how poverty affects people. At our preschool project, some of the children attend free or pay minimal fees,” said Ngene.
He said as an NGO they always try to help where they can encourage the people to look for employment.
“We try to help the people to find jobs because we cannot have the same people coming for more than a year to collect food. We need to help them to be able to stand on their own two feet and provide for themselves and family,” said Kenge.
A programme that has been bringing unity between South Africans and foreign nationals is the annual Simunye soccer tournament.
“We chose soccer to get the community involved because soccer has a way to bring people together,” said Kenge.
The purpose of the tournament is to strengthen solidarity among South Africans and Africans.
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This year the tournament will be focusing on sports against drugs and alcohol abuse.
The NGO is in partnership with the City of Johannesburg in the Simunye Cup 2018 for African Unity.
The friendly tournament will see 54 African amateur soccer teams facing off against each other.
“We invite all teams to register, play soccer and have fun as a community. We can learn a lot from each other,” said Kenge.
Kick off is on March 26 and the tournament will continue through April and end on May 26.
Matches will only be played on weekends and public holidays.
Contact Kenge on 072 920 4116 or email [email protected] for more information on the tournament.