Promoting progress through partnership
Promoting progress through partnership

Our NPO Platform: Acting Hope

Acting Hope (NPO 131-510) is a non-profit organisation that was started in 2012 by Ingrid Burger (Mrs United Nations South Africa 2014) to empower women and children in South Africa. To achieve this aim of empowerment, Acting Hope provides a platform for women and children to use their talents to make a difference in their communities. With the support of Acting Hope directors and members, women and children are encouraged to conceptualise and carry out various community projects, based on their individual abilities and talents.

Click here to view some of the projects Acting Hope has grown rapidly, and now has three main focus areas:

  • Hope Pageants
  • Projects
  • Green Hope


Hope Pageants provide an opportunity for women and children around the world to focus on using their talents to make an impact in their communities and to start living their own, purpose-driven lives. Unlike regular pageants, these pageants are not about appearances and glamour, but rather about community and character. They are the only registered pageants where 50% of the contestants’ scores are allocated on the basis of their community projects and panel interviews.

Click here to read more about Hope Pageants


Projects are carried out to enhance and uplift communities, and to spread the message of hope throughout the country.

Click here to read more about the Projects Green Hope is focused on projects and awareness surrounding the issue of conservation.

Acting Hope’s Latest Projects

Andrew Murray Children’s Home

Andrew Murray Children’s Home – Wellington

What an amazing day spent at Wellington Children’s Home with great Hope volunteers and awesome teens striving to build their own projects to make a difference…

Hope Skills Drama

Hope Skills Drama at Attie van Wyk Farm School

Acting Hope drama gives children the opportunity to be taught life lessons through drama, empowering them for the future. As of next term, the Hope Skills drama course will be implemented, preparing children and parents to be part of future Oxbridge Academy courses. Our first Centre opening soon…Acting Hope, Oxbridge Academy

Words of HOPE

Words of HOPE

Acting Hope, the platform of Oxbridge Academy, gives Hope to the hopeless by collecting soup and donating it to communities in need.

We encourage you to join us in building words of HOPE using different items to donate back to communities.Acting Hope, Oxbridge Academy

Balloons of HOPE

Balloons of HOPE

Balloons symbolise happiness, dreams and hope they are bright and cheerful, they bring colour to your life and they carry your hopes and dreams. . . –Founder of project– Jordan WilletActing Hope, Oxbridge Academy

International Pageant

International Pageant

30 November – 5 December 2015 (V&A Waterfront) From 30 November to 5 December 2015, South Africa will be hosting the International Pageant at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. There will be 25 contestants from around the world, who will be judged by a panel of local and international judges. Click here to read more about the International Pageant Acting Hope, Oxbridge Academy

House of Grace


Use your talents to serve others…

Acting Hope visits House of Grace every term to teach the children life skills through drama. Drama therapy heals broken children and helps to empower them to deal with various situations that they might encounter in their lives. We aspire to visit various communities and to touch lives through the power of drama. Acting Hope, Oxbridge Academy

Bottelary Primary School


Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air … but only for one second without hope.Hal Lindsey

Acting Hope visited Bottelary Primary School to entertain the children through drama and games, and handed out lunch and lucky packets to cheer up their day. We also managed to hand out food hampers to the families of these children. Acting Hope strives to give children opportunities to have fun, learn, and be empowered. Acting Hope, Oxbridge Academy

Hope through Craft

HOPE through CRAFT

The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of a human soul ….Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Acting Hope enjoys bringing Hope in the community through children entertaining other children in need and giving them something to Hope for. Through craft activities, children can forget about their heartaches and disappointments for a short while and feel empowered to achieve more in their futures through believing in their own capabilities. Acting Hope, Oxbridge Academy

Attie van Wyk Farm School

Attie van Wyk Farm School

Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world…Nelson Mandela

Acting Hope donated reading books to the Attie van Wyk farm school to support their educational needs. Acting Hope also enjoys visiting the children and reading special stories to them to inspire them to read more and to improve their education. Acting Hope, Oxbridge Academy

Hope through Sport

HOPE through Sport

Sport can create hope where once there was only despair…Nelson Mandela

Acting Hope thrives on creating opportunities for children to enjoy sports activities presented to them by Acting Hope volunteers or HOPE finalists. With her project, To be Active, Jonicia Blommetjies (18) is very passionate about creating awareness in children that they need to be active. Through her own active lifestyle, she inspires other children to chase their dreams and become the sports stars they would love to be. Everyone has a talent that they can use to create HOPE in the world. Join us and discover your own special talent to make a difference… Acting Hope, Oxbridge Academy

Hope through Dance

HOPE through Dance

Life is about learning to dance in the rain…

Acting Hope enjoys bringing HOPE in the community through children entertaining other children in need and giving them something to hope for. Irving de Swardt(15) is a passionate boy who enjoys teaching children to dance and discover their own special talent in dance. Together with Marenique van Wyk (15), he has inspired and entertained hundreds of children since 2013 to dance and have HOPE! Through dance, children can forget about their heartaches and disappointments for a short while and feel empowered to achieve more in their futures through believing in their own capabilities. Acting Hope, Oxbridge Academy

Phisantekraal Outreach

Phisantekraal outreach

September 2015 Acting Hope recently visited 80 children in Phisantekraal, giving them HOPE via activities presented by Ingrid Burger (founder of Acting Hope) and HOPE titleholders and volunteers. They entertained the children with sport & craft activities, as well as fun drama performances. The day was filled with fun, laughter, and HOPE for the future. Click here to read more Acting Hope, Oxbridge Academy

Hearts of Dreams

Hearts of Dreams

After climbing a great hill, one finds that there are many more hills to climb…Nelson Mandela

We can help communities climb these hills easily by creating HOPE in their hearts. Acting Hope, the NPO platform of Oxbridge Academy, is proud to support this project founded by Jordyn McKenzie (14), Miss Teen HOPE Western Cape. Every bead represents a dream we might have, and children are encouraged to verbalise their dreams and think of the things they might still want to achieve in their lives. The project started as a result of Jordyn’s own struggles with diabetes and illness: the beads gave her a goal to look forward to and to try to achieve.  It gave her HOPE, and therefore we try to spread this project to various communities where HOPE is needed. Join us and start living your purpose in HOPE. Acting Hope, Oxbridge Academy

SOAP - Support of Abused People

SOAP – Support of Abused People

Our state of mind is determined by our circumstances. Feeling happy or sad is based on our circumstances. Even if our future looks bleak, we have to remain hopeful…

Acting Hope, the NPO platform of Oxbridge Academy, supports Jason de Wet (14), Mr Teen HOPE South Africa, with his project called SOAP, where individuals suffering due to abuse in their home lives can be supported to conquer the difficulties they face. Jason realised that, by giving HOPE to abused mothers, HOPE is passed on to the children. It is the hope that keeps us ticking. It is the hope that we are going to exist that makes us draw up plans for tomorrow, knowing full well that we are all vulnerable. Through SOAP, we will continue to assist the mothers and children at safe houses with the basic necessities on their arrival. Join us and start your journey in HOPE. Acting Hope, Oxbridge Academy

Teddy Bear Project

Jesus Loves You” Teddy Bear Project

One day I will pick up all your broken pieces and make you whole again…

This project of Acting Hope aims to improve the emotional factors that have an effect on children’s lives. Marenique van Wyk (14), Miss Teen HOPE South Africa, has been actively involved in her community this year by doing various outreach days, handing out altogether nearly 600 teddies to children in need.  These teddy bears all had the same special message attached to them:  “I am a Jesus Teddy, please whisper all your sadness and worries in my ear…” Education, self-awareness, and sustainability are the stepping stones for children to be happy and balanced in today’s society. This project helps children to be emotionally stronger when attending school and supports them to reach their full potential. Acting Hope, Oxbridge Academy

How Oxbridge Academy students can get involved

Oxbridge Academy students are encouraged to get involved in the community projects that are run by Acting Hope. You can request more information by sending an e-mail to our Student Support Representatives:  

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