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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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