The HOOP

Helping Orphans Out of Poverty


HOOP is also the Afrikaans word for HOPE.

The HOOP is being used daily in South Africa to make meals for vulnerable children!
Below are pictures that were taken in August 2017 at the Mosaic Paarl Community Center.

The HOOP has been added to the five existing shipping containers to complete the Mosaic Paarl Valley community center.

In May 2016, a 40 foot shipping container was dropped off at Hopewell United Methodist Church in Downingtown, PA.

The container was renovated over the summer and shipped to Paarl Valley, South Africa on October 6, 2016.

The inside of the container was renovated by volunteers to become a kitchen and a meeting/exam room.

The HOOP arrived in Paarl Valley, South Africa on Wednesday, November 30th.  This gave the Hopewell mission trip team only a day to work on it.  To finish the project, Tony Brantzeg and a co-worker Joel King flew to South Africa the day after Christmas to finish the renovations on the HOOP.  The renovations were completed on Monday, January 2nd.  The kitchen and meeting room are ready to be used!

Blog Posts

The HOOP Project is complete!!

Tony Brantzeg and his co-worker Joel King went down to South Africa after Christmas to finish the renovations on the HOOP. The kitchen cabinets, flooring, appliances, and lighting all needed to be installed.  In the meeting room, the flooring and finishing touches...

The HOOP has started its journey to South Africa.

In May 2016, the HOOP project started when an empty shipping container was dropped off at Hopewell UMC.  The container was renovated mainly on weekends throughout the summer to turn the container into a kitchen and meeting room.   In August, the container was...

July Update

July has been a busy month at the HOOP!  We want to thank all the volunteers that have worked on this project! The next workday will be August 13th.  Click this link to sign up.  We need to install flooring, trim, and base molding. Donations are being collected to...

Saturday, June 18th (4th Work Day)

We had a great group of volunteers on the 18th! Before we started the work for the day, Tony Brantzeg shared information about the HOOP, showed a video that Mosaic in South Africa made, and said a prayer. The group worked on finishing the wiring drywalling...

The HOOP 2nd Saturday

    It was a cloudy day in PA which turned out to be a nice day to work on the HOOP! The morning workers included Tony, Cammy, Matt & Seth Brantzeg;  Mike & Beth Kolar; Chris & Cheri Miller; and Pete Burrows. We started the day framing the walls...

1st Work Day

Work has started on the HOOP!     This morning started with six people showing up at the container. One more person will be joining after the Saturday morning men's group that meets at Hopewell UMC.  More people will join to help at 1pm while many of the people...