Farewell to Lorraine Hope
When SOHO Co-Founder, Cynthia Prime visited Swaziland for the first time eight years ago, among the volunteers who joined her was Lorraine Hope, a mission nurse from New Zealand. Lorraine and her friend Edna Geelan from Australia remained dedicated volunteers serving on practically every mission trip until Edna became ill. She continued to support the work of SOHO even then.
Lorraine spent three months in the country in 2010, engaging in community health education and working to improve the pre-school at Mhlosheni. In 2012, she moved to Swaziland to serve as SOHO Program Coordinator. She became a well-respected figure around the Swazi countryside, providing medical assistance, delivering food parcels, and training local health care motivators. She was also tireless in raising funds to keep the work moving forward. Lorraine retired this year at seventy plus to spend time with her grandchildren.
“I can’t have them calling me Grandma Skype,” she exclaims. Lorraine was not only responsible for operations at The Welcome Place in Mhlosheni, but she was instrumental in building The Welcome Place in Nhlambeni. At a farewell reception, community leaders applauded her for the contributions she has made in the lives of orphaned children and in destitute rural families. The Welcome Place in Nhlambeni has been dedicated in her honor.