Give a Child a Family celebrates 30 years!

“Without GCF my life would have looked very different.” How heartwarming to hear this sentence again and again from different people over the few days GCF celebrated 30 years as an organisation. That is what is so amazing about GCF, it does not matter if it is a child who has been spending some time at the centre, a stakeholder or partner who has worked together with us, an international volunteer from the past, or a staff member. All have experienced some kind of positive life change.

30 years in the Child Protection field is something to highlight. So much has been taking place, been learned and taught for the betterment of children and families, and we wanted to share our gratitude with the world through invitations to special festivities.

The GCF staff was excellent and showed special skills in the hard work of preparations and executions. The days flew by very quickly and with great teamwork and only a few glitches, we can in retrospect say that it was both a successful and rewarding event. Thank you so much to everyone involved!

It started on Thursday morning (15 September 2022) with a meeting, a tour at GCF and in some of the nearby communities where we work. A group of VIPs joined us, which included both funders, partners and supporters, some all the way from Sweden.

In the evening we challenged ourselves by hosting GCFs very first virtual Talk Show! Relevant questions related to our work were dealt with. Much focus was laid on how the organisation is currently transforming the work with children by moving from institutional care to family care in communities and how strengthening families through preventative work is the way to go. If you missed out, a recording is to be found on the website!

GCF’s 2021 Annual General Meeting took place on Friday. Information from last year’s activities was shared as it should. If you are interested in the details, you can find the Annual Report for 2021 on the website. Happy Birthday greetings were shared as well as messages from a foster parent and a temporary safe care parent, and one of our longstanding international funders, Läkarmissionen. This was not all, we performed GCF’s brand new song for the audience! Thereafter, Monica Woodhouse (GCF’s founder and Executive Director) presented the organisation’s new name and beautiful logo. Kindly remember that from now on we are Give a Child a Family Africa!

A ‘meet & greet’ dinner was held with the GCF board, senior management and guests in the evening. It was a lovely time for memories and expressions of support.

Saturday, the last day of our celebration, started at a nearby school. We had invited the Child and Youth Care Centres in the area to join us for a few hours of sports and play activities. It was so much fun!

The afternoon contained a spit braai for guests and staff and ended with a Celebration Service, where our thankfulness to God for using GCF to change lives for 30 years was emphasised. It was acknowledged by touching messages about personal transformation and greetings from across the globe.

Busy days came to an end and we are left with feelings of gratitude and love, ready to take on the start of the next 30 years.

Written by Anna-Karin Öhrnstedt

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