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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My Journey with GCF – Linda Mavundla

I had seen GCF’s logo in one of the local newspapers already a few years before I applied for a vacant post. It interested me since I wanted to work with children and people in general. Time went by and I continued working at the South Coast Hospice when GCF eventually had an advert in…

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CONTRIBUTE TO A SAFER WORLD

We all know someone who is abused! Perhaps you are not aware, but be so sure, you do know someone. It does not matter where you live, what you do and what circles of friends and colleagues you surround yourself with. One or more of them, perhaps yourself, is a victim. Globally, it is estimated…

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Our Journey with GCF – Gabriel and Ingrid Dijkstra

In 2006, we came in contact with GCF via email. Gabriel and I wanted to do volunteer work in South Africa. After some substantive discussions here in the Netherlands, we became enthusiastic and traveled to Margate in October 2007. For us, the journey already started on the plane, not knowing where we were going, but…

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My Journey with GCF – Larensia Rabe

Remembering the beginning…. My first knowledge of this organisation was in late 1990 when, as the head of the Welfare Planning division in the Department of Social Development, Pietermaritzburg Region, we took over the Ugu District from the Durban Region. We received all the files from Durban of registered institutions in the Ugu District. Among…

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My Journey with GCF – Britt Deimert

My great interest and commitment to GCF started many years ago. In 2013, my husband and I were asked by friends if we would accompany them to GCF in Margate to do volunteer work as pensioners. We left in November 2014. The 4-week stay made a big impression on us and I left a part…

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My Journey with GCF – Sarah Govender

In December 2013, I saw an advertisement in the local paper for a Financial Assistant position at GCF. I sent through my application, but I did not hear back from them, so I assumed that my application was unsuccessful. Fast forward to June 2014. My current employer was closing down, so I went for an…

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My Journey with GCF – Milton Cele

I got to know GCF, through our interaction with Practical Ministries. I remember it was in 2002 when it was still called The Place of Restoration. The organisation restores what is most precious to me – families. I am a strong believer in children growing up in families. All families have their own flaws, unless…

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My Connection with GCF – Carol Bouwer

I met Monica Woodhouse in Sweden in 2019, having interacted through Mayke Huijbregts of UNICEF online. What struck me immediately about Monica, was that this organization was her life, there was no beginning and there was no end. Working with somebody who cares deeply about the welfare of children is something that gives you confidence…

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