Rainbow of Hope, lovingly known as Rainbow House, operates as a place of safety for abused and abandoned children in Cape Town, South Africa. The home was established in October 2007, and since then has obtained its NPO (Non-Profit Organisation) and PBO (Public Benefit Organisation) status.
As a safe home, Rainbow House is a sanctuary where neglected, abused and abandoned children receive physical, emotional and educational support and care.
With this, the home provides training to staff and volunteers who care for the children's needs. For those prospective parents who are considering fostering or adopting, Rainbow House provides workshops in conjunction with other NGO's (Non-Government Organisation) in order to prepare and equip them with the skills and understanding required to care and support the child once they leave the house.
The mission of Rainbow House is to equip disadvantaged children with the tools, skills and education as well as the emotional support to see them growing up as well rounded and positive-minded individuals, ready to play an active and constructive role in the community of tomorrow.
Since its inception, Rainbow House has cared for and facilitated the successful placement of more than 100 children. Many of these infants were abandoned and a number of them arrived at the home bearing very evident scars of physical and emotional abuse.
Currently the facility can provide care for up to 12 children who are cared for primarily by the house mother, Alison Alexander. The range of facilities available to the children are well utilized – occupational therapy, medical care, psychological support from qualified practitioners as well as healthy exercise, musical stimulation and art therapy are among the wide range of resources available to ensure the downward spiral is curbed and reversed.
Our House Mother
Alison Alexander is the guardian and primary care giver at Rainbow of Hope. She began her career as a pre-primary school teacher but her passion to make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children saw her taking a different path and opening her own home to those of the community who so desperately needed her. Rainbow of Hope opened years later after her own home could no longer accommodate the ever number of children in need. Alison's passion, empathy and die-hard determination have been the reason for many young lives being turned around forever. In 2009 Alison received the Feather Award from the Female Tribe and First for Women Insurance Brokers in Johannesburg and in 2010 she was presented with the Impact Award from the Baptist union. Alison went on to be nominated for the Lions 'Hero of the Year' award in 2011 and in 2012 won their Louis Volks Humanitarian award for her incredible accomplishments with Rainbow of Hope and her dedication to her community. In 2017 she won the Hero of the Month award from Pick n Pay.
Children arrive underdeveloped educationally as a consequence of their neglect and abuse. However, once they are placed at Rainbow House, intellectual development and improvements are seen almost immediately with better responses being recorded in all areas of their education. Regression is often experienced when the child is forced to leave the safe and caring home environment of Rainbow House after only a short stay but for the ones who are placed permanently, well, the sky is the limit, as their progress is seen daily!
A parent program is available to teach mothers, fathers and care-givers the tools they require in order to provide for and support their child/children once the basics are in place. Rainbow House strives to reunite parents with their children in order to rebuild the family unit and ultimately make the community a better place. However, it is sad to see children reunited with families who are ill prepared for them.
'What we do for ourselves dies with us, what we do for others remains, and is immortal' Albert Pine