HOPE Cape Town: HIV/AIDS/TB/ECD Bridging gaps in a resource limited environment
Lory Student Center room 312
South Africa is a resource limited country. The work of HOPE Cape Town shows the possibilities, but also the limitations of the work of an NGO in a still apartheid wounded society at the dawn of democracy African style. Work in the fields of HIV and Aids mirrors the complexity of an African society searching for a way forward between tradition and post-modern, between third and first world, between faith and secularism.
Featuring Rev Fr Stefan Hippler, Chair of HOPE Cape Town Trust. Born in Bitburg / Germany and living in Cape Town / South Africa, Stefan Hippler was ordained a Catholic priest in 1986 for the Diocese of Trier / Germany. After serving in different parishes as chaplain, he worked in different non-religious settings (McDonald’s, Social Services Frankfurt Airport etc.) before he was appointed in 1997 chaplain to the German Speaking Catholic Community in Cape Town / South Africa. Here he established the organisation “HOPE Cape Town” serving children and families infected and affected by HIV/Aids. Since 2009 he works full time for this organisation while remaining an active residing priest in the Catholic Archdiocese of Cape Town.
He is a book author and amongst others member of Rotary, IAS, German Africa Foundation and the Cape Town Interfaith Imitative. He also serves on the Regional Board of the Southern African – German Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
For his work he received the Paul Harris Fellowship recognition, the Erich-Kästner-Award for promoting tolerance, humanity and international understanding as well as the “world without aids” award of the German Aids Foundation.