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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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 – Britt Deimert

My great interest and commitment to GCF started many years ago. In 2013, my husband and I were asked by friends if we would accompany them to GCF in Margate to do volunteer work as pensioners. We left in November 2014. The 4-week stay made a big impression on us and I left a part…

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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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My Connection with GCF – Bonisile Sihlope

My name is Bonisile Sihlope. I was born and raised in KZN, Port Shepstone in a place called Nyandezulu. I have a lovely family and live with my siblings. I am a professional Child and Youth Care worker trained by Isibindi Project under NACCW and the Department of Social Development in 2015. I love children…

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THE IMPORTANCE OF SAFETY PARENTS

Imagine this. Your phone rings at the most inconvenient time. You recognise the number and know immediately that you must answer. You are needed now! A social worker is on the other side of the line telling you that a baby is at risk and has been removed from the mother. The question you know…

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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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It’s a blessing to be a blessing to others – Part 1

I traveled through the rolling hills of KZN today on my way to Celebane which is about 60 kilometres away, where we have a Foster Care Support Group.  Humble, beautiful people. The session started after everyone had arrived, with a song and a short devotion. So inspiring to see the Foster Parents and listen to…

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