Etchells & Young contribute a percentage of our monthly profit to the Rays of Hope foundation. 


Rays of Hope started operating with one project in Alexandra 28 years ago and has grown to a network of nine community-based projects, focusing on education, orphaned & vulnerable children and work readiness, partnering with the community to bring about lasting change.  Rays of Hope is a Section-21 (non-profit) and Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) which manages a large number of social outreach projects in Alexandra Township (Alex) in northern Johannesburg.

Helping people in adverse situations to thrive:


Programmes for the ophaned and vulnerable:

  • Ithemba Labantwana - Ithemba Labantwana, which means “Hope for Orphaned and Vulnerable Children” uses a family-based-care model to support orphaned and vulnerable children in Alexandra.
  • Gogos of Hope
  • Home based care
  • Food Distribution

Education - Equipping young people to reach their potential:


Programmes for education:

  • Early childood development
  • Roseact Saturday school
  • Ignition Programme - The Ignition programme selects matriculants from Alexandra schools and provides them with a matrix of support to enable each one to study at a tertiary level or complete technical training, with the goal of finding sustainable employment.

Work Readiness - Giving the unemployed hope of a financially independent future:

AlexWorks is a for-profit 100% black-owned Level 1 BBBEE company, owned by Rays of Hope and founded to provide a sustainable source of income for the work.

To find out more or if you would like to donate to any of these causes:

To check out some of our other initiatives go to #etchellscares

List Your Property With Us

Kindly note that Etchells & Young are complying with the Presidents instruction for the National Lockdown starting from midnight on the 26th of March 2020. Although we will not be able to do viewings at any property, we have implemented plans to work remotely during this time. If you are able to email photos and a description of your property to the designated agent we will be able to list your property as per normal. Our agents will take calls and emails from prospective tenants and arrange for viewings after the lockdown has ended.

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