GCF and I – Thembumusa Dlamini

My name is Thembumusa Dlamini from Buhleni, serving under Holiness Union Church Eswatini as a facilitator for Child Protection (Children’s Rights & Responsibilities). I am so grateful to be part of the GCF 30-year celebration. My first encounter with GCF was in 2016 at Maguga Lodge where the board members and Interact Africa had a…

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MY JOURNEY WITH GCF – Karin Karlsson

“You have changed Karin, you are a different person now than before you went to South Africa.” That were comments I got from people when my best friend Ida Stålham and I came back to Sweden in 2008 after spending 6 months at Give a Child a Family. That’s a nice thing to hear, I…

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OUR JOURNEY WITH GCF – De Johannabode

As chairman of de Johannabode, my father, Professor Dick Juch, had a special interest in South African children’s projects. During a presentation at our church in Breda in 2009, he learned about Give a Child a Family (GCF) and ongoing contact and support for the organization ensued. During a visit to Give a Child a…

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MY JOURNEY WITH GCF – Thulile Shozi

I was unemployed and staying at home at the time. I said to my daughter “I’m thinking of fixing up my CV and going to Margate to search for an NGO”. She just laughed and told me to follow my heart. I had worked for several NGOs before and knew that was my thing. Two…

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MY JOURNEY WITH GCF – Sonia Persson

I got to know GCF in 2011 during my time as a missionary in Mozambique. I worked with an organization that focused on training of Early Childhood educators, among other things with questions about children’s rights and child protection. I then met Monica Woodhouse and Lydia Gordon when they worked with the Ministry of Gender…

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THE IMPORTANCE OF SAFETY PARENTS

Imagine this. Your phone rings at the most inconvenient time. You recognise the number and know immediately that you must answer. You are needed now! A social worker is on the other side of the line telling you that a baby is at risk and has been removed from the mother. The question you know…

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MY JOURNEY WITH GCF – Thobeka Sima

My name is Thobeka Sima. I am a retired teacher, an Induna’s wife, but also a GCF ex-employee. I knew Monica long before GCF came into existence. Her father, Baba Palm, was the pastor of the Swedish church I went to in Betania. We used to go to Monica and Basil to pray together with…

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How do I become a foster parent?

If you have stuck around for some time, you know that GCF has a Foster Care Programme, which started with the realisation that children remained far too long in Child and Youth Care Centres (children’s homes) when they had been removed from their parents or caregivers. They lost out on stable and loving family life,…

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GCF gives back to the community

The 2022 Mandela Day has come and gone and GCF decided to not only sit back and receive but to give back to the community too. If you are reading this from somewhere else in the world and are not familiar with this special day, let’s explain! 18 July (1918) was the well-known anti-apartheid leader…

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Child Protection is Everyone’s Business

“Child Protection is everyone’s business” is often quoted by us at Give a Child a Family. But, what exactly does it mean? Let’s start with child protection. It is the safeguarding of children from abuse, neglect, violence and exploitation. We all know that millions of children in the world are at risk or are experiencing…

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