All our services are offered free of charge. We provide Options Counselling to help clients explore all of their options including adoption, abortion, parenting in a compassionate environment so that clients can make an informed decision about their developing baby, the stages of pregnancy, as well as offer practical and emotional support.
We offer Pregnancy Testing, Ultrasound and HIV Testing. Clients are referred for treatment where necessary. We do not perform abortions or arrange adoptions, but we do Adoption Referrals and work with child welfare and other adoption agencies should the mother decide on adoption as an alternative.
Some of the clients are teenage girls still at school who do not know where to turn for help, some having been turned away from the family home by their parents. Many are single women who have been deserted by their partners either because they will not accept the responsibility or because they are unemployed. We have therefore included lifestyle counselling as an important part of our objectives and ministry.
Due to the great need we have, we started a Practical Support Service providing food parcels for pregnant and impoverished mothers who decide to parent their babies. We also provide baby care items on a once a month basis as supplies are available. Many of the mothers are not able to breast feed as they are so undernourished – some of the pregnant women have said that they are only able to have a meal every second day and they usually have other children and/or siblings (usually AIDS orphans) to feed as well.
Good nutrition is important in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
• People that are HIV positive have compromised immune systems and are prone to excessive weight loss.
• It is, therefore, a vital part of their treatment and additional calories are required in their diet to maintain weight.
We offer Post Abortion Support to those who have had an abortion and are experiencing emotional symptoms such as anxiety, isolation, worry, anger. We have trained volunteers who will provide support and help clients walk through their experience, thoughts and feelings.
Volunteers counsel, do sonars, HIV testing, sort donated clothing into age appropriate sizes as well as organize the food pantry.
All of our counsellors attend a counselling course that covers many elements including communication skills and crisis intervention.
Each counsellor is screened and trained in accredited courses. They are specifically trained to do HIV testing and counselling. These volunteers are part of a morning and afternoon rotation schedule each week.
Most of the ladies who come to Hope need some sort of counselling. If you are able and willing to take a weekly time slot to counsel, please contact us for the next training course details.