Boys and Sexual Abuse

Being in the child protection field, sexual abuse is something we unfortunately often meet. It is children who have been raped, exploited, molested, assaulted, harmed… A terror that likely will follow them for the rest of their lives, if not dealt with in healthy ways. Don’t stop reading here, because this is important! A South…

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The Crucial Role of a Parent

Few friends of GCF could have missed that we promote families at all times. We don’t want children to have their childhood pass them by, living in a Child and Youth Care Centre without sound experiences of family life. Many of the children placed at the organisation’s centre, or with Temporary Safe Care parents, return…

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Celebrate GCF’s 30 years with us!

Can you believe that GCF is celebrating 30 years of serving children and families this year? That’s many years of hard work, growing pains, development, ups and downs. What started with twenty rands given (from what might have been seen as a random person) to what the organisation has accomplished today, is remarkable in many…

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Child Safeguarding – Create Child Safe Environments

Children are vulnerable and must be protected from harm where they have their daily activities. Most of us know this and we talk about how awful it is when children have been violated, but few do something to stop it from happening. The truth is that children all over the world are being victims of…

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RIGHTS EVERY CHILD SHOULD KNOW OFF BY HEART

Have you missed that March is Human Rights Month in South Africa? If so, take a deep breath and then dig into what it is all about. You might think that human rights have nothing to do with you, re-think! It has a whole lot to do with you … with all of us Basic…

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Part of Something Bigger

They drive for kilometers on dusty, narrow roads without meeting other cars. In between the rolling hills, a single house can be seen once in a while. There are no shops to buy food or any other resources visible and the transport possibilities are scarce. Cows are taking a rest on the road and goats…

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GCF Education – Changing Lives

“I’m really happy being here. When I started in 2003 they asked me if I could consider staying for a long time, I said 3 years, but 3 years was extended to 18 …” Thembi Gumede laughs when she tells how her story with GCF started. After 10 years as a teacher in Governmental schools,…

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Thank you, Gert, for giving to the Lord!

I cried bitter tears as we would send messages (during his illness) and was regularly overcome with emotion. But when I received the message of his passing, that is when it dawned on me that we had 22 years of friendship with Gert and Corry Zandbergen.  Gert has now gone to be with the Lord.…

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GCF Education – Happy Days School

This is Nonkazimulo Mavundla. In March, it will be her sixth year as a Teacher’s Assistant at GCF’s Happy Days School. She is not the only one working with education at the centre but is responsible for the children between the ages of 3 – 4, as well as the children living with special needs.…

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