Cango Valley Community Project
The financial and social needs of the local farming community residing in the Cango Valley
(Oudtshoorn, Klein-Karoo), motivated the members of the H.O.P.E Foundation to initiate a
sustainable social upliftment programme. Priority was given to the needs of the children
of Voorbedacht Primary School as well as the training of unemployed community members to
work in local guest houses. To date 30 people from the community have been trained and
most of them are employed by Swartberg Country Manor Guest house.
Voorbedacht Primary School has 43 learners from grades 1 to 7, and employs two full-time
educators.Most of the children do not receive daily nutritional meals in order to sustain
healthy physical and mental development; neither do they have proper clothing to keep them
warm during the cold winter months.
We are privileged to enjoy the support of various institutions that assist us in fulfilling
the basic needs of the children in our community.
In July 2007 the Capper family visited Swartberg Country Manor as part of a UK family
tour. Jan shared with the group his vision
for the people of the Cango Valley, as well as the computer training facility the H.O.P.E
Foundation wished to establish for the learners of Voorbedacht Primary School. On Kate
Capperís request, Jan arranged for the group to visit the school. Simon Capper (then 11)
was so touched by this experience that on their return to the UK he requested Kate to ask
Jan how he could assist in helping the children of Voorbedacht Primary School. Jan
suggested that he start a fundraising initiative for the establishment of the computer
With Simonís assistance the H.O.P.E Foundation could solicit the required funding to
prepare one of the classrooms at Voorbedacht Primary School and convince the leader of
the Khanya Project (the Western Cape Department of Educationís Technology in Education
Project) to sponsor the project. These combined initiatives culminated in the
establishment of a state of the art computer training facility at Voorbedacht Primary
School, boasting 10 workstations with the latest educational software.
The Simon Capper Computer Training Facility was formally opened on 16 October 2008. It
benefits the entire community of the Voorbedacht Primary School in Matjiesrivier in the
Cango Valley. The centre does not only give learners the opportunity to become computer
literate, but the plan is that it must also serve as an after-hours facility for all
adults who want to learn how to read and write.