Introduction… As I embark on this journey of healing and telling my story, there are many things that I do not remember. I realized that I had blocked out some of the horrible memories as they were just too painful, or I didn’t even realize that I had blocked them.  I have been told from…

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The Swedish pastor and evangelist Tomas Wallengren, has released a new book in his fictional series about the young couple,Carl and Felicia. This is the third book, called “The Darkness Carries the Light of the Stars” (“Mörkret bär stjärnornas ljus”). The couple is newly married and visits Give a Child a Family in South Africa…

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This is not about how something like this happens. This is about a MIRACLE. This is about ALL GLORY TO GOD. This is about a warm heart, a grateful spirit, a bounce in your step, tears of joy and a big happy smile. Imagine: Born at 7 months, weighing 1.74 kg. Given Nevirapine to hopefully…

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Ayanda* was still small when he was placed in foster care. He struggled with several health issues from the very beginning. The foster dad worked nights, and sometimes after a shift he rushed the boy and the foster mom to the nearest hospital. He would be with them the whole day waiting for their turn,…

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There is a knock on the door and one of the children, together with the organisation’s own “aunty therapy” walks in. I notice sparkling eyes and the most wonderful smile, and I know. The preparations have started. What only a few knew before has now been revealed, and it’s what all children at the centre…

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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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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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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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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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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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