Threads of Hope Africa, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   9 reviews

Issues: International, Religion

Location: 636 Baker St Costa Mesa CA 92626 USA

Mission: Engaging the people of the United States to bring hope to those living in poverty and those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa.

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I first volunteered with Threads Africa by going on a 2-week group trip. After seeing the amazing community that is Kayamandi, South Africa, and the incredible work that Threads does there, I approached them about returning a year later and for a longer period of time. Even though I was just one person, a single female college student with hardly any finances or skills to offer, Threads still worked hard and gave me the opportunity to volunteer for 3 and a half months at Kuyasa learning center.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I built relationships with people I never thought I would be able to serve. Not only are people in South Africa being changed and affected, but I have been even more inspired and encouraged for the people in Kayamandi, South Africa, and all pf Africa.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Amazing!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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10 people found this review helpful

My husband, a general contractor and I joined a Threads team to Kayamandi, South Africa because we wanted an opportunity to have a meaningful hands-on experience with making a difference in the lives of children in South Africa. Our participation with building the first Kuyasa Computer Learning Center was well planned out which enabled us to complete the objective that we set out to accomplish. As keynote speaker to the Pastor’s Wives of Kayamandi, I had the privilege of sharing my own personal experience with the death of my sister Rose and how her strong faith and commitment to helping those in need led me to them on her behalf. The closing message was the empowerment of the women of Kayamandi to take responsibility for all of the children in the community by personally sharing small acts of kindness. We came to South Africa with a rose and we left with a beautiful garden of memories. Threads of Hope, Africa enables you to experience a meaningful act of kindness that will reinforce that each person does make a difference. You will leave saying… Zonke Izinto Zinako Ukwenzeka… “All Things are Possible”!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Within 2 years of building the computer facility, an extension of that learning center was built to satisfy the hunger for knowledge that these eager children and adults have. The organization builds hope and trust because they consistently return.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-8-01

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8 people found this review helpful

The management of this nonprofit is one of the more sustainable projects I have been associated with. The whole idea is to come alongside and teach them how to fish, to help supply the bottom level of Mazrow's hierarchy, to offer safety while this community find their feet and raise the level of hope. The love that they give to this community and its youth and little ones especially is priceless and the number of lives changed and the overall development of the community is evident and tangible

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I was privileged to work with a group from USA and to watch their lives transform as a result of their giving was equally as impactful as the changes made to the community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Facilitate more people to come and allow more lives to be touched in unique ways.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

THE PEOPLE!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Committed beyond belief and for YEARS now

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help with job creation, and housing

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to give!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Skill development that leads to job creation.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Getting involved with Threads will change your life

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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10 people found this review helpful

Threads Africa continues to touch the lives of people in need in South Africa, and has not lost the focus on relationships. This is what has fueled much of the passion since its start, and everyone involved are committed to teaching and empowering. Where many organizations with good intentions create dependency, Threads heart is to help those in tough circumstances to realize their God-given potential. Staying focused while working in step with local partners is changing lives on both sides of the ocean. The evidence is in the fruit!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the fruit envisioned from the very beginning stages being produced. Relationships in the US and Africa are a huge by-product, and seeing change and growth in volunteer's and partner's lives encourages me after a life time in Africa.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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9 people found this review helpful

Threads Africa is a wonderful non-profit with a focus on education. They lead teams of people to South Africa and demonstrate the amazing change that comes through education. I later started the Kuyasa Film School under the Threads Africa umbrella. We work to educate and equip students in film so that they may gain employment in the booming South Africa film industry. Along the way we use film as a sort of art therapy, allowing students to tell their own stories. Threads Africa is an amazing organization, and you'll be forever changed by your experience in Africa.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen lives changed, both in Africa, and the lives of members of the team that have gone to serve.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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11 people found this review helpful

I have been to South AFrica four times with Threads of AFrica and will be joining them again this summer to work in a township called Kayamandi. To see the changes and progress over the years is remarkable, and I would challenge anyone with a desire to serve to join a Threads team. I have learned so much about other cultures and customs, how people live, and what values really are important in life by being a part of Threads of Africa.

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I have personally experienced the results of this organization to such a point that I want to continue to go back again and again. Relationships and trust are built over time, and Threads is doing just that!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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8 people found this review helpful

Threads of Hope is an outstanding agency for those interested in experiencing a real-life relief trip. They understand the preconceived fears for first-timers and make every effort to ensure that your trip is safe and comfortable while you stretch your limits. We sleep in cozy beds, with wonderful bathrooms and delicious food - there is nothing to worry about! This frees the traveler to really focus on working in the community. By partnering with a local agency in Kayamandi, South Africa, Threads has earned the reputation in-county for being a reputable, effective, and trustworthy organization. They truly see their overseas trips as "exchanges", allowing for mutually learnings. Because Threads goes back to the same location every year, evidence of their efforts are blossoming in the community. It is a blessing to see momemtum building and lives changing. Thank you Threads for thinking of every detail, for allowing me to volunteer in my area of interest and for your commitment to changing a generation in Africa.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being able to exercise my leadership skills, utilize my creativity, and experiencing deep relationship buiding both with team members and Kayamandi residents.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the relationships, seeing team members self perceptions change, experiencing ah-hah moments.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

out of this world.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change a country.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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10 people found this review helpful

I had the opportunity to travel with Threads of Hope Africa in July 2007 to Capetown, SA. For two weeks I participated in the construction of a prototype home in the village of Kayamandi just outside Stellenbosch, SA. Our team constructed a fireproof/waterproof 1-BD dwelling in less than one week. I also participated in the construction of a computer lab/classroom for the children of the village. Threads is a class organization that is committed to helping this particular community of Kayamandi on an ongoing basis. I highly recommend them as an organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

See above for my mission experience with them. I continue to be involved along with my wife who is active in planning, volunteering and fundraising.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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What an amazing organization! What an amazing trip! These people know what they are doing and do it well. What impressed me the most is that there is so much planning and thought that goes into what Threads does and the children of Kayamandi are the direct beneficiaries - you do not have to wonder where your money is going - you can go and see for your own eyes.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I came back from Africa with a renewed sense of how fortunate we are in the USA and how much we could do to give others a hand up.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The people that you meet become "Family"

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help all the kids of Kayamandi get an education to finish grade 12 and be able to get employment to break teh cycle of poverty and HIV infections

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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