Hope For Rehoboth
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”
To support Milly, the team and the children at "Bridge of Hope" on a bi-monthly basis. To help Milly grow her dream to create a safe space for children to play, learn and keep them off the streets. Plus, make a difference in the community of Rehoboth by enabling children and adults to be educated.
Our Charity Goals:
The trustees wish to acquire full charity status, plus raise enough money to provide the Bridge of Hope team and children with their own minibus.
The Story So Far
How We Got Started
Milly Bock had a vision to create something which could reach out to the vast number of orphans and vulnerable children within her community. Milly opened up an after school club in 2011, in her home town of Rehoboth, allowing children an alternative to being on the streets. With no funding and no premises Milly grew her vision from nothing. The club quickly grew in numbers to near 100 children meeting together in a church hall.
In 2013 Catherine and Matthew went out to visit Milly to see for themselves what the project was doing. Seeing that Milly and her husband were funding the whole idea themselves raised questions as to how this project could be sustainable. Milly wanted to create a safe place for these children where they could be fed and nurtured.
So the charity was born in 2013 as Matthew and Catherine set up Hope for Rehoboth to support Milly and her vision. Mike joined as a trustee grabbing hold of the vision he’d heard so much about. Milly and Catherine first met in 2008 when they worked together in Rehoboth, Catherine as a teacher and Milly as school secretary. Matthew came out to visit during this time and the friendship grew from there.
In 2017 Milly gained some funding from the local government to employ two teachers. After some negativity from her local community she was finally being recognised as a school. When a team from Hope for Rehoboth went out to visit in 2018 there was an official opening ceremony with speeches to mark the school being a real part of the community. Hope for Rehoboth are excited about the future as we continue to support Milly and ‘Bridge of Hope’.
In 2018 a team from the charity went to visit the school. There was also a baby room which was beautifully decorated and resourced with cots, play mats and toys through donations from Hope for Rehoboth. As the group drove through the area there were no longer scenes of children playing out on the surrounding streets. The atmosphere of the project is one of safety, joy, fun and holds a sense of belonging for each child. The children are valued and every child matters. Milly has come from a similar background to these children and relates to what many are going through. Many children are exposed to things they should not be seeing or experiencing at their young age.
Milly saw a need for the children to be able to disclose personal difficult experiences. In order to help the children emotionally Hope for Rehoboth funded Milly to take a counselling course. Using the skills, she gained she is able to use a programme to help the children talk about situations at home.
There is no end in sight for the vision Milly has to reach her people. Milly has recently opened a soup kitchen supported by HfR for the whole community. The school only has Grade 1 classes at the moment but next year they will become Grade 2 and so the school will expand. Hope for Rehoboth are looking to purchase a mini bus to enable transport for those children that live far from the school. Last year Milly was able to build a school hall, but she is always looking to develop the site further in order to give the children as many opportunities as possible. Hope for Rehoboth support every initiative and work to ensure that we help Milly reach her goals as this is her school. We are so inspired by the way she sacrifices so much for the children. Her passion and exciting new ideas are what draws people in to support us. Thank you to all our supporters. You are changing lives!
Hope for Rehoboth began to fund the day to day running of the club. Donations were sent across bi-monthly from supporters and as a result of fundraising. But Milly’s dream didn’t end there. She wanted to have her own premises where she could open a preschool, primary school and continue with the after school’s club. During a visit in 2013, Milly took Matthew and Catherine to a patch of land and as they stood under a tree she showed them the land she felt God was leading her to purchase. They prayed over the land in faith that this idea would become a reality.
Hope for Rehoboth worked hard to raise money to assist in raising a deposit for the land Milly needed. Just over a year later the land was purchased and the larger project of a school began developing. Milliy’s husband decide that they must register a construction company to build houses or flats in Rehoboth or Windhoek to help with the buildings. With the profit she makes Milly started the foundation of the first classrooms. Milly built colourful classrooms, an office, a kitchen, store rooms, an outdoor play area and other designated areas for the children and named the school ‘Bridge of Hope’. As the next few years passed by Hope for Rehoboth continued to donate money bi-monthly and enabled Milly to purchase equipment, feed the children breakfast and lunch, pay for play resources and building materials and pay the day to day bills.
Founder / Trustee
Lives and works in Rehoboth with her family. She has a daughter who teaches at Bridge of hope and a young son. Sadly, her eldest son was killed a few years ago. Milly has had much tragedy in her life and relates to the children having grown up without her mother or father. This experience has caused her to have a huge heart for children who need a champion. In later life Milly has found her Mum and they have been reconciled. Milly worked as a school secretary for many years before opening Bridge of Hope School, her vision for a better future for the children of Rehoboth.
Married to Catherine and has 2 little boys. Lives and works in Kent. Matthew captured the vision for Bridge of Hope when he went to visit Catherine in Namibia in 2009. He met Milly and the children of Rehoboth and understood that there was a huge need for these kids to feel love, to feel safe and to have hope. It was when he went back in 2013 that he proposed the idea to Catherine of starting a charity to support Milly and her work.
Married to Matthew with 2 boys. Lives and works as a primary school teacher in Kent. In 2008 Catherine went out to work in Rehoboth for a year. She worked in the same school as Milly and got to know the backgrounds and often heart-breaking abusive experiences the children were facing. A close friendship formed between Milly and Catherine which continued once she was back in UK. After marrying Matthew in 2010 the couple visited Milly again in 2013. They were shocked to find that Milly was running an after-school club with no financial support from anyone. After discussion Matthew and Catherine agreed to set up a charity to support the work. Hope for Rehoboth was born.
Married with 3 children. Catherine being the eldest. Retired now but worked as a civil servant. Lives in Milton Keynes with his wife Marjorie. Mike and Marjorie have both supported Catherine as she has worked in Namibia and got to know Milly. They were on board and excited at the prospect of beginning a charity. Mike became a trustee when the charity began but both came out for a team visit in 2018 to see how the project had evolved from a simple after school club to so much more.
Change Lives! Get Involved Today.
If you’ve been moved by Milly’s story and feel inspired to get involved, then contact the trustees today and help us change the lives of these vulnerable children in Rehoboth. You can make a difference.
Bridge of Hope
how does the After School group work?
We had 10 Guardian Angels who are sponsored by steps for children until grade 12 and for further studies at a university.
Our other after school kids are 36 who get afternoon classes. The children that get lunch at the soup kitchen is 64 (together we accommodate 100) kids together with the afternoon class.
What are the age groups?
From babies of 3 weeks up to 6 years (at Bridge of Hope) during the morning.
Afternoon are from 7 years up to 16 years.
Where Does the money go?
We use the money for food for our school as well as the soup kitchen. We pay for the brand-new copy machine and also use it for a lot of stationery, educational material such as books, files, etc.
We also pay an incentive to the lady that prepares lunch for the soup kitchen.
When we had an outreach trip we also use some of the money to take the children who cannot contribute towards the event.
How many orphans & how many vulnerable children?
56 are orphans, 73 are vulnerable children, the other children their parents worked in Windhoek and can afford to pay the school fees. But there are ones which parents.
Do the children have to pay to attend?
The parents that worked in Windhoek, we take their kids to have an income generating for the school. They pay N$500 which they can afford, we give then two meals for them, bath them in the afternoon before they go home. The small babies paying N$800 and they are only 4.
Can children come from anywhere in the town?
Yes, they come from all the locations, but most of them are from Kawuki, where the school is situated. We pick-up kids more then 10km from our school, who attend Bridge of Hope. The reason why parents send their kids here is because of so much love they receive without judging and not always want to make money. The quality of education is also very important and we try our best. We accommodate also the children from block E where the most poor people live with HIV/Aids.
Get in Touch. Get Involved.
We are blessed to be supporting such an amazing charity and we welcome any enquiries about how you can get involved. The trusttees are here to help, we will happily answer any questions, so please feel free to make contact.