We have had a webinar for our Swedish friends and supporters. What joy to see familiar faces again. They were there, dressed in knitted winter jerseys and we here sweating in a stuffed office space with the day’s heat still surrounding us.
Why Sweden, you may think? Well, the connections with the Nordic country far away has been there since the beginning of GCF’s history and it’s rather convenient that a few of us know the language for communication purposes. The churches, small and bigger aid organisations, as well as big-hearted persons, have believed in our work and faithfully continued to fund us year after year. So, of course, we want to take them to the organisation, if just for an hour.
Sharing GCF’s journey through the 2021 turbulence with them on the other side of the screen was nice and important. Letting them know our challenges, what we have accomplished and still want to do. Pandemic changes for the children at the centre and us as staff, our work with temporary safe care families, our research studies, safeguarding, advocacy and food distribution during the unrest in July. It’s incredible how much we have managed to accomplish in a year with so many restrictions.
But, to continue the organisation’s work takes not only manpower but money was another topic we had to bring to the table. When many funders recently have re-prioritised and put focus on urgent national matters, have GCF just as many other South African non-profit organisations been placed on the side as less significant. To be honest, keeping our programmes running in the high-quality way we wish can not be covered by grants only.
Supporters that have been there for us through the years believe in GCF’s vision that every child should grow up in a nurturing family where they can develop to their own unique full potential. They have seen our hard work to reach this on different levels in our communities, in the country and several other countries on the African continent.
Just as we mentioned to the ones meeting with us online, you can help too. The options are never-ending. Here are just a few examples:
- Become a monthly giver
- Start a crowdfunding campaign
- Transfer an amount (small or big) to our bank account or other options depending on where you are in the world
- Bake or cook and sell to others
- Have a garage sale
GCF is grateful for every extra cent that comes in and are you one of our faithful supporters already, you are a star! Without you, we could not do what we do today!
Would you have any questions, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is our banking details if you would like to become a supporter:
Account name: Give a Child a Family
Branch: Port Shepstone
Branch code: 139 828
Account type: Current/cheque account
Account number: 1398 047 244
Swift code: NEDSZAJJ
Reference: *your name*
Nordea Bank-giro: 5279-9954
Swish: 123 161 15 57
0364618051 t.n.v. Stichting Vrienden van GCF te Amsterdam
If you missed our webinar on 14 November 2021, you can find Monica’s PowerPoint and the Zoom recording on our website, under the Resources tab. It is all in Swedish.
Written by: Anna-Karin Öhrnstedt