The co-founder and full-time Director of FHS is Abigail Bachopi, the visionary and exceptional manager of the Centre and its programs. Abigail studied psycho social counseling and it was during her first voluntary role as a facilitator in 2001 for a women’s group who were dealing with HIV/AIDS that Abigail recognized the need for FHS. Abigail continues to dream big about what can be done to truly make a difference in the children’s lives. Because of her commitment, energy, and involving the community in finding solutions, Abigail has extensive community support behind FHS. She devotes her life to Family of Hope Services and to her family – husband, Mthabisi Maphosa, and her children Eratus, who is 12, and Adele, who is 9. Read more about Abigail>>>
Ana Paulo has been with FHS since 2007 and hasn’t looked back since she came on board. She holds down far more than a full-time job at the Centre. She administers FHS school programs, registers students at FHS, places sponsored children in the government school system, and teaches Grades 4 through 7 subjects that include Math, Science, English, Lifeskills, Agriculture, Religious and Moral Education, and Arts and Crafts. Yet, despite the never-ending days, Ana is in her element and thrives on seeing the children succeed. She has deep reserves of passion and love for children which is borne out by her 20-year career as an educator. Ana’s own three children are adults pursuing their paths in life, and she spends as much time as she can now with her husband. In her lifetime, Ana has learned that there is a lot each of us can do to help.
Foibe Silvanus always had a passion for community development but it was her work with FHS as the organizer for their Youth Club, that motivated Foibe to further her education. Five years ago she joined FHS, and three years ago she enrolled in a part-time community development diploma at the Namibian College of Open Learning (NAMCOL) which she’ll complete in 2011. Foibe will then enter into the Community Development degree program through the University of Namibia. Foibe is nothing less than an amazing young woman. The programming she develops and implements for the youth at FHS makes a profound difference in their lives. She loves to work with these kids because, despite their challenging backgrounds, the small things bring them such joy and a sense of accomplishment. Her programs are designed to help kids move through challenges to gain confidence and belief in themselves. Foibe is the single mother of a young daughter and juggles her focus and dedication to FHS with her studies, community research, and her daughter.
Ester Johannes has been with FHS for over five years. She is a Care Team Member who watches over close to ten children in the community, and she is our full-time cook. In the 1990s Ester sold kapana with her Auntie as a way to help raise her own five children. However, after her Auntie’s death, Ester seriously struggled for years. When she found Family of Hope, Ester also found a means to help support her own children. She loves to cook and takes great joy in feeding all of the hungry mouths at the Centre.
Jacobina Ndapundikwa is one of the friendliest people you’ll meet. She always has a smile and welcomes everyone from the community who comes to the bicycle workshop to either purchase a bike or to have repairs undertaken. Jacobina is an honest and hardworking manager who is continually looking for ways to expand sales and to increase revenues. She is a single mother with two children. It’s been a joy for all of us at the Centre to watch her youngest growing up.
We consider our international volunteers a core part of our team. Partners such as Africa Inland MissionServing In Mission, and the Center for Global Education Namibia Program frequently send committed and enthusiastic volunteers to help us serve the children in our community. We are so thankful for their support and enthusiasm!