My Journey with GCF – Nozuko Mkhwalo

I was going to the chicken farm in Gayridge to buy chicken when I saw a building that had a sign written The Place of Restoration (previous name of the organisation) on it. I thought it was a church as there was a Bible verse underneath the name Place of Restoration, which was from Isaiah…

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My Journey with GCF – Torbjörn Arvidsson

For me, it was incredible that I had an opportunity to see GCF’s work during the 30-year celebration. It was interesting for me to experience, as it was close to my wife’s heart, who loved children and South Africa. We visited the country in 2008 together with a friend, but not GCF. Unfortunately, my wife…

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Is Give a Child a Family Africa (GCF) closing?

Are you closing? A relevant question since GCF has announced that we eventually will no longer have children at the Child and Youth Care Centre (CYCC). These thoughts are not new. Already from the beginning of the organisation’s history, the aim was never to have children growing up at, what was then, the shelter. It…

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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…

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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…

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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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So, what is the problem with children’s homes?

Did you know that even the best-run modern children’s home, can never be a replacement for family life? Everything can look perfect to the outside eye, but how is it r-e-a-l-l-y for the children growing up there? For many years, children’s homes were fully accepted globally and were seen as a good way to save…

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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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