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One by One…

Big, frightened eyes, staring far, far away. That is what I remember when Thabo (fictive name) arrived at Give a Child a Family. The little boy had been through so much, he had seen even more. Love and warmth were unfamiliar feelings to him. He closed himself off to others for a long time. He…

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All children deserve to belong

I had children and I had never thought of adopting or fostering before until one day I heard the story of how some children grew up in orphanages and child centres and never get to have mothers or a family and that broke my heart. Sure some of these places treat the children well, but…

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Making an IMPACT

How do we know our trainings really work? How do we know they really change lives? Of course there are different methods to find out, but one way is to run focus groups with children. Recently the GCF community workers, who are also the ones facilitating the organisation’s trainings in the local communities, met with…

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Heaven is a place called ‘Give a Child a Family’…

I often think back to when I started working at Give a Child a Family. 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, because I have never experienced such an intense presence of love and the…

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They must be sure…

We are sitting opposite each other in the couple’s small living room. We are there to tell them about the little girl we just matched them with, whose profile matches theirs. We believe they can give her the best of upbringings. I can see how their eyes shine and how they change showing concern, when…

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He will thrive!

The 10-year-old girl skips into the room and smiles to the little boy, who’s sitting on her grandmother’s lap. The children have never met before, but it is clear that they like each other as soon as their eyes meet. They seem curious and playful. She has grown up as an only child with her…

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It changed me!

It is no secret that life experiences change our lives and that is exactly what stands out the most when meeting with Rebecka Stavenheim and Ellen Undervall from Sweden. Both were international volunteers at Give a Child a Family (GCF) in 2009 and nine years later they are back, visiting the organisation. The women had…

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From turbulence to serenity – a story of hope

She was a small little thing. Small but strong and healthy. Nobody knew when she was born, where she was born or what her name was. Nobody knew anything about the beautiful little girl when she was first brought into hospital. Her mother abandoned her at the taxi rank. She had asked a woman to…

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Dear Parents…

We love your children. When they first arrive, looking wounded, bewildered and scared, and struggling to look us in the eye, we love them. Our hearts break for whatever heartbreak they have experienced. Not all of us are social workers, so most of us will never know who or what put that shell-shocked look in…

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Home at last!

Two sisters. Tiny in stature but big in presence. Within a couple of weeks, they had everyone’s hearts in their little hands. So full of energy and intelligence. They stayed with us for 9 months and were reunited with their mother and moved back home. But before GCF ever appeared, two little girls lived with…

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