Meeting a Need
It began in just one little room of a rural building on the outskirts of Durban, South Africa. In 2003 Seed of Hope founders Derek and Heather Liebenberg, along with a small core of volunteers, felt the call to respond to the mounting Aids crisis in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.
At that time the HIV pandemic was widespread and mostly unchecked with medications still not yet widely available. Lives were being turned upside down and communities were in turmoil. Derek and Heather saw the impact on the children of the community and were led to launch an afternoon drop-in program for the kids who would otherwise be unattended and left alone at risk of drifting into mischief, gangs or other dangerous behavior.
The drop-in program focused on providing a fun space with life learnings – filled with songs, crafts, Bible lessons and life skills. Meeting an overwhelming need, the program soon grew to reach dozens of children who attended daily. What a blessing! And with a focus on caring for all the children as one community, the drop in children’s program was given a name – Simunye Time, meaning “we are one” in Zulu.