Special Visit from UNICEF SA

Sinah Moruane and Mayke Huijbregts arrive at Margate airport

From collecting our special guests at the Margate Airport to taking them to Durban, there was great synergy. Loads of energy and much deliberations about the condition of women and children in South Africa.

We started with introductions and GCF Executives shared the five core programmes at GCF:

1. Family Preservation and Family Strengthening (Parent for Life);

2. Foster Care and Alternative Care;

GCF Executives, Mayke and Sinah having dinner at Mozambiek in Uvongo

3. Temporary Safe Care, CYCC and Alternative Care;

4. Child Care and Protection, Protective Behaviours and Helpdesk; and

5. Social Justice, Child Rights and Protection Programme.

After a delightful lunch, prepared by the GCF Kitchen staff, the whole group went to view the activities of Family Based Care and CYCC, and to meet some of the staff and children.

Monica Nomlala (foster care social auxilliary worker), Mayke, Sinah and Nomvuyi visiting a foster parent

An evening at a local restaurant with the Indian Ocean crashing against the rocks and a nearly full moon, with wonderful smells of the sea, we enjoyed a dinner together with the Executive team. The conversation didn’t stop flowing and we could have continued all night.

Early rise to attend a quick presentation of Protective Behaviours, morning devotion and then out on a field visit to Murchison to visit one of our local heroes, a foster parent. These visits are always so inspiring.

Ladies from different support groups came to share their experiences with Mayke and Sinah

Then it was off to meeting a combination of support group ladies, who are the glue that hold families together in South Africa, the “gogo’s”. Listening to them supporting each other in dry, challenging circumstances is admiration of the highest degree. These ladies are simply empowered to bring social cohesion to our nation and it is wonderful to see.

Our wonderful Executive team and visitors, Monica Woodhouse, Mayke Huijbregts, Nomvuyi Sukantaka, Lydia Gordon, Sinah Moruane, Steven Wetton and Charmaine Wagenaar

Back to ‘base’ for a quick lunch and then a discussion on the way forward before the trip to Durban to catch a flight.

Same heart, same passion.

#WeCanChangeOurWorld, because #ChildrensLivesMatter!


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