Human Services


Coconut Creek, FL


A Spring of Hope is an international NGO bringing water, permaculture, sanitation and economic opportunities to disadvantaged rural South Africa communities.

Ruling Year



Joanne Young

Main Address

7741 NW 39th Avenue

Coconut Creek, FL 33073 USA


water, Africa, wells, schools, sustainable gardening, sanitation





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Agricultural Programs (K20)

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

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Programs + Results

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Ten years ago, A Spring of Hope (ASoH) was created to help provide clean waterto schools in rural South Africa. ASoH is currently working with 42 schools in the greater Acornhoek area of rural South Africa, and has expanded its activities to include assistance in sustainable agriculture, water management, sanitation, and job development. Over the past ten years we have witnessed what happens when clean water, the most basic of human needs, becomes available—children have clean water to drink which improves their health, gardens thrive and fresh food is grown, schools have water to use for preparing lunches for the learners and washing dishes, and many orphans receive food to take home for an evening meal. At this time, more than 14,200 students in one of the poorest parts of South Africa are eating at least one nutritious meal every day. With better nutrition, hope grows, and depressed, barren schools become alive and inspired to offer a quality education to their learners.

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Wells (Boreholes)


Waterless Sanitation

Junior Achievement Partnership

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Increasingly, ASoH is getting requests from community members for permaculture workshops, for access to organic produce, and for economic opportunities for a sustainable livelihood. When ASoH introduced permaculture gardening education into the schools, we saw a huge shift in the way people think and view the world—gardens designed using permaculture principles are flourishing! We see very clearly that our next step in supporting the people living in this area is to establish an “A Spring of Hope Permaculture Centre” that will broaden the impact of our work at the community level. The Centre will enhance our capacity to Inspire, inform and equip community leaders to go back to their villages and begin to change the landscape, one home at a time.

We are seeking support from individual donors, corporate partners, and government sources to fund the construction and initial operation costs of the Centre. ASoH has a very strong track record with funders, often getting recurring donations from foundations and sponsors. We have partnered with Rand Water Foundation, Junior Achievement South Africa, Rotary Clubs in the US and internationally coupled with our fundraising in the US to help us garner the needed funding for this project. A Spring of Hope SA is a Section 21 social enterprise registered with the Department of Welfare and the Public Benefits Department. ASoH/SA is also registered as a Section 18A and has exemption from taxes and duties as approved in terms of Section 18A. South African donors qualify for a tax reduction limited to a specific formula for any contributions made. We are also a Level 1 BB-BEE enterprise, qualifying corporate donors for the highest level of credit toward their community service requirement.

A Spring of Hope has the following corporate/foundation partners who contribute to the work of the organization through various means Over the past 10 years A Spring of Hope has raised over $1,419,000 that has benefitted 14,235 learners. The fundraising began with U.S. students supporting South African students, raising sufficient monies to provide assistance to one school. Once ASoH became a 501(c)(3) it began to reach out to other organizations and individuals to increase its financial support in order to provide assistance to additional schools.

ASoH will create opportunities for local people, who are knowledgeable in water related issues, permaculture gardening methods, and sanitation, to teach others. In addition to several jobs at the Centre, ASoH will also create opportunities for micro- and eco-enterprises to help the unemployed. For example, many products can be made from the leaves and seeds of the moringa tree. Moringa is referred to as “nature’s perfect plant” and is an extremely potent high nutrient plant that is in great demand both in Africa and in Europe. ASoH will employ local people to assist in the business and share in the profits. There are many other products that could also become springboards for small enterprises. As new technologies come on line for cleaning water, generating sustainable power, and enriching soil, we plan to be at the forefront of creating opportunities for local people.

Our Impact According to UNICEF, 50% of South Africans experience hunger. Since its inception in 2007, ASoH has employed a multi- tiered approach to addressing hunger, starting with providing access to clean water. We brought clean water to 32 primaryand secondary schools, eight preschools (crèches), and five community projects, improving the lives of 14,235 children. With water comes the possibility for creating sustainable gardens that add nutritious food and improve the health of the children. We are providing education and support to every ASoH school to establish permaculture gardens. We are now deepening our work with the schools by addressing sanitation and hygiene concerns. Inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene together with unsafe drinking water are major causes of child deaths in South Africa. Children are particularly vulnerable in the provinces where ASoH works, as water and sanitation facilities are below the national average.

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