Alexandra township (affectionately known as Alex) is located on the banks of the Jukskei River, close to the wealthy suburb of Sandton. The township celebrated its centenary in 2012, a one-hundred-year tale of conflict, hardship and extreme poverty. It is home to approximately 400,000 residents, and has an estimated number of more than 20,000 informal dwellings or 'shacks'.
Alex has been catastrophically affected by HIV/Aids, overcrowding, crime, a lack of general infrastructure, the breakdown of family structure, and a lack of educational opportunities, resulting in a vicious cycle of unemployment and poverty. Even in the post-Apartheid years, attempts at urban renewal have been slow, education facilities continue to be sub-standard, communal and political conflicts have continued, and most residents still live in appalling conditions. Because of Alex's desperate needs, and its proximity to our support base, the Rays of Hope projects are focused in around the township.
Rays of Hope is registered as a Section 21 Company (registration no. 063 389-NPO ) and as a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) (registration no. PBO 9300 26797) with Section 18A status.