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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THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING

“Gogo (grandmother) will be so happy!” The 9-year-old girl, being the family’s foster child through GCF, was rejoicing when the gifts were handed over by the organisation’s social auxiliary worker. She knows her new granny well and found it ideal for her. The actual foster mother works in the days and has not been able…

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YOU CAN HELP TOO

We have had a webinar for our Swedish friends and supporters. What joy to see familiar faces again. They were there, dressed in knitted winter jerseys and we here sweating in a stuffed office space with the day’s heat still surrounding us. Why Sweden, you may think? Well, the connections with the Nordic country far…

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Overwhelming and Too Much – Parenting and Mental Health

Parents are their children’s biggest supporters during childhood. All they want is to make sure their daughters and sons reach health and success in life, but what happens if parents’ mental health takes a turn? Exactly how are parenting and mental health linked? First, let’s straighten out what mental health is since there is a…

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The Power of Play

“Mom, dad … come and look! See what I can do …” Whether we are parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, or for other reasons have children around us, we know that these invitations are often given. Children want to involve us in their world of play and fantasy, but do we really understand how incredibly…

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Where Children Experience the Love That Every Child Deserves

Hazel Gigaba has worked at Give a Child a Family (GCF) for almost five years. She is a social worker and has many years of experience in the profession. Currently, she is the manager of the organisation’s Family Services Department, which core function is the Foster Care Programme.   GCF promotes that all children should…

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Promoting Nurturing and Resilient Families

There are many things happening behind the scenes at Give a Child a Family (GCF). One is that our Expansion department has been busy conducting a research survey with parents for quite some time now, whereof part 1 is ready and part 2 currently is ongoing. Why does the organisation involve itself in such complicated…

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Heal Our Land – Kingdom Expansion

The unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng province made international news a few weeks ago. Not many could have missed the devastation that followed in its steps and tragically affected many people’s lives directly. But, in the middle of despair, countless helpers came together to assist the ones in immediate need.  Give a Child a Family…

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