Current Events

Student Philanthropy Challenge

Learning to Give

South African Airways,, and NGO A Spring of Hope,, are co‐sponsoring an exciting and rewarding challenge for middle, high school, and college students in the US.

This is a once-in-a-life-time chance to experience the beauty and wonder of South Africa on a 10-day, all-expenses-paid trip and a gratifying opportunity to make a difference in the lives of impoverished children and their families.

For more information on the Student Philanthropy Challenge and to enter, click here.

Past Events

A Spring of Hope is always looking for creative and exciting ways to raise funds to support our projects at schools in South Africa. These are some of our successful past events.
2,402 schools in south africa
have no water supply

World Water Day

March 22

World Water Day is observed worldwide each year on March 22nd. It is an opportunity to focus attention on a natural resource that all our lives and livelihoods depend on. It is a day on which to be inspired and take action to make a difference for those who can’t take water for granted. For A Spring of Hope, it means drawing attention to the fundamentals of our program, boreholes, permaculture, and sanitation.

Water security is a basic human right and it lays a foundation for economic development. We focus our work on the schools in South Africa’s poorest regions in order to give these communities the tools they need to forge a path to self-sustainability and improved outcomes.

For more information on our 2016 World Water Day campaign #WaterIs, click here.

913 schools have
no sanitation facilities

World Toilet Day

November 19

World Toilet Day is a day to take action. It is a day to raise awareness about all people who do not have access to a toilet – despite the human right to water and sanitation. Of the world’s seven billion people, 2.4 billion people do not use a basic toilet. Almost 1 billion people still defecate in the open. Without good sanitation, women and children are particularly at risk of disease and malnutrition. We can’t wait to change this situation. We must speak up and end the global sanitation crisis. This is why the United Nations General Assembly in 2013 designated 19 November as World Toilet Day. It’s time to end this deadly crisis and to ensure everyone, everywhere has access to a clean, safe toilet. (

For more information on our campaign to bring waterless toilets to schools in South Africa, click here.

A good head and a good heart
are always a formidable combination.

Nelson Mandela

Mandela Day Celebration

July 18, 2015

We celebrated Nelson Mandela’s birthday in New York at Madiba Restaurant in Harlem on July 18th. We remembered Madiba by joining hands with him with a special commemorative poster and celebrated this great man and his contributions to making this world a better place! Our goal was to raise funds for two schools – Nkalane Primary School and Thandokazi Primary School – that were close to his heart in his home village of Qunu.

The special commemorative poster “Join Hands with Mandela” is still available for purchase in our store.

The Power of Hope Gala

2014 & 2015

In 2014 and 2015, A Spring of Hope organized two benefit galas to raise money for borehole drilling in South Africa. In addition to an array of exciting silent auction items up for bid, we were so fortunate to have distinguished guests from South Africa at both the events. In 2015, we were extremely honored to host Dr. Maki Mandela, Nelson Mandela’s oldest daughter, who spoke about her late father from a rare personal family perspective. In 2014, our special guest was South African Ambassador to the United States, Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool. We are grateful to all our sponsors for making these wonderful events possible and for furthering our work at the schools in South Africa.

2015 Sponsors

The Irie Foundation, South African Airways, Rotary Water Well Projects, House of Mandela, Gavin Rain, Royal Malewane, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, Passage to Africa,The Flagship, The Thornybush Collection, Abbvie, Boca Magazine, and Arctic Beverage. We also would like to thank our generous donors, Shelley Smith, Billy Ezzo, Eliza Walbridge, The Thomas Family Foundation, The Walbridge Family Foundation, and The Prentice Foundation, and Celia at Photo Art for the great pictures

2014 Sponsors

Phyllis Thomas, The Thomas Family Foundation

Gold Table Sponsors
Shelley Smith; Gail Auguston-Koppen; Ed Koppen; Eliza Walbridge; The Walbridge Family Foundation; William Ezzo, and Rotary Fort Lauderdale.

Sponsors & Supporters
Premier Beverage; Gary and Sher Grelick; Khaya Ndlovu; Thornybush Lodge; Tanda Tula; Royal Caribbean; Watch U Want; Artfunto; South African Airways; Jennifer Duncan with Pam Golding Properties; South African Wines, USA; Larry and Sharon Dezenzo; Leah Schmaman; American Flyers; Photo Art by Celia; Wines for Humanity; Seagate Hotel; Warren Diamond; Zak Odhwani; Neil Saffer; Dr. Jacob Steiger; Jason Derulo; Jordin Sparks; Jason Taylor; Teresa Blumberg; and Amanda Ellison with South Africa Association of Business Communities.