My Journey with GCF – Nozuko Mkhwalo

I was going to the chicken farm in Gayridge to buy chicken when I saw a building that had a sign written The Place of Restoration (previous name of the organisation) on it. I thought it was a church as there was a Bible verse underneath the name Place of Restoration, which was from Isaiah…

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My Journey with GCF – Torbjörn Arvidsson

For me, it was incredible that I had an opportunity to see GCF’s work during the 30-year celebration. It was interesting for me to experience, as it was close to my wife’s heart, who loved children and South Africa. We visited the country in 2008 together with a friend, but not GCF. Unfortunately, my wife…

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My Journey with GCF – Mareli Schwartz

This year, I celebrated my 10th anniversary at GCF, and I often think back to when I started working at Give a Child a Family in November 2012. The dining hall was packed with staff members and children, and I cried while listening to the beautiful worship by the staff. I remember that feeling well…

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My Journey with GCF – Hilda O’Callaghan

My name is Hilda O’Callaghan and I have lived in Australia for 42 years. Once I retired from the Australian Red Cross, I made a decision to bring the Protective Behaviours (PB) Program (child safety program) to South Africa. It was during my third year of coming over to SA, that I had my first connection with…

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Our Journey with GCF – Child Welfare Margate

Our journey started a good number of years ago. You cannot view organizations like ours as being “separate entities”, although it may well be the case, our entities work as a team with mutual respect and build good working relationships. GCF has been a lifesaver for taking in abused and neglected children, not only from our…

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Is Give a Child a Family Africa (GCF) closing?

Are you closing? A relevant question since GCF has announced that we eventually will no longer have children at the Child and Youth Care Centre (CYCC). These thoughts are not new. Already from the beginning of the organisation’s history, the aim was never to have children growing up at, what was then, the shelter. It…

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A miracle child – Emmanuel’s story

Emmanuel was a healthy young boy, attending primary school when he became severely ill. His condition was not correctly diagnosed until very late. He was shown to have TB Meningitis, and due to the late diagnosis and incorrect treatment at first, the boy suffered neurological complications as well as physical, and mental/cognitive regression. This led…

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Defying the odds – Joy’s story

Since birth, life has not been easy for this brave, little girl. Joy* was abandoned in the hospital at birth and as a result, she was placed in a child and youth care centre and later in unrelated foster care. Her foster mom was concerned about Joy’s health and she was admitted to a government…

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