Becky Harmon L.C.S.W. is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked on international projects in Lesotho, Botswana, China and South Africa. She spent 5 years as the Director of Seeds of Light, an NPO operating in Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces of South Africa. During her tenure with Seeds of Light, she oversaw the development of the Ekurhuleni Centre for Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Acornhoek, South Africa. She also established the Acornhoek Leadership Forum (ALF) to develop leadership capabilities among bright, committed South Africans who are dedicated to uplifting their communities. In the two years running, over 25 projects were started that are affecting hundreds of community members in health, HIV training, nutrition, orphan and vulnerable child care, old aged care, literacy and moringa production (the super nutrient plant helpful with HIV, and other chronic health conditions). She initiated permaculture training with primary schools and community projects in Acornhoek, in evidence with hundreds of new school and home food gardens in the region. From 2014-2017 she taught a Small Business Enterprise Development class to women in prison in the U.S. We are thrilled to welcome her back to South Africa as the Executive Director for A Spring of Hope.
Leanette first came to Limpopo in 1975 and worked at Beretta Primary School since its inception in 1985, leaving in 2016 to become Permaculture Manager for A Spring of Hope. Intensely dedicated to the school, the children, the surrounding community, and South Africa as a whole, Leanette took the water from the borehole drilled by A Spring of Hope in 2006 and transformed the school grounds into a model of permaculture principles. As a result of her tireless efforts, the school went on to become an example of academic achievement, offering exceptional career guidance to its many students, and can now boast alumni who have succeeded in careers as doctors, nurses, and educators – some even returning to Beretta to teach. It’s evident, when talking with Leanette, to see how passionately she is committed to the permaculture method as a way to improve the country and the health its people. For her, though, it’s not just a method of gardening, but principles for life, for sharing knowledge, and for loving people. Ubuntu!
Born in Welverdiend Village outside of Acornhoek, Andrew is the “Mr. Fix It” of his community. After completing high school in 2008, Andrew enrolled at the South African Wildlife College and received his field ranger certificate. His first job was at the Thorny Bush Waterside Game Lodge. Later, he began an assistantship that dramatically expanded his knowledge of water delivery systems and community improvement. Andrew left the Lodge to work in his village on maintenance of water systems as well as domestic wiring and plumbing. He is also an active member of the Welverdiend Development Forum, a network of active citizens dedicated to the improvement of Welverdiend Village, one of the poorest in Limpopo. He is delighted to dedicate some of his time working for A Spring of Hope. By overseeing borehole drilling and installing water pumps, Andrew is able to put his expert knowledge to use and help his community as well as others.
Carolynne manages A Spring of Hope’s website and social media accounts and designs additional graphics used for print and web. After spending 10 years working in the horse industry, Carolynne decided, in 2000, to pursue an education in graphic design. As a freelance designer, she first began to develop a relationship with A Spring of Hope in 2009. Always a great admirer of the passion and dedication of Joanne and Brittany’s activism and philanthropy, she welcomed the chance to become more deeply involved in the organization. Carolynne lives in Northern California and her business, PixelGraphix, provides graphic design solutions to a wide variety of clients.