Through HopeShares we are able to make investments into communities by strengthening local leaders and training their staff. The ongoing mentorship and relationship building, at our core, drives us each day. There is no better opportunity for this then spending time in South Africa with the staff of Seed of Hope.
In the spring of this year, Trish Pritchard, long time HopeShares board member and close friend of Seed of Hope, spent six weeks in South Africa supporting the Seed of Hope staff. Trish is responsible for Member Care as part of the HopeShares Board of Directors. Trish is also a trained Doula who felt led to bring her expertise to two of the key staff at Seed of Hope who were expecting babies. When the opportunity for this trip came up, the HopeShares Board of Directors fully supported this investment into the ministry of the staff of Seed of Hope. Trish raised the funds necessary for this trip through family, friends and others she knew through her Doula contacts.
For the past 13 years, Trish and her husband John have been closely linked with the development of Seed of Hope and the staff after spending 6 months on the ground in South Africa. This trip and subsequent trips have allowed close bonds with many of the staff to develop.