Sarah’s name means ‘princess’. And yet the petite, seemingly frail mother of five has endured unimaginable hardship. Sarah Mentoor of Gouda is however anything but weak. She is brave. She is strong. She is resilient. And she is blessed to have someone who cared enough to help her fight for a brighter future. A rejected family fighting to survive Over the last couple of years, Sarah and her family have lived in horrendous circumstances. They [...]
Gertruida Gertze was 16 years old when she was raped by her boyfriend. Her family did not believe her. She fell pregnant, dropped out of school and a year later, she started drinking to numb the pain. For the next twenty years, alcohol-induced oblivion became her hiding place – and her prison. Until one Saturday morning when a desperate prayer unlocked those prison gates. A safe space Heavy rain pelts down on the roof of [...]
In January 2017, Kay, Holger and their three biological children (ages 13, 17 and 19) settled into a new home on the KIN Culture farm outside Stellenbosch. Within a week, five month old Ronald* joined their family and it wasn’t long before they had opened their doors and hearts to three more foster children: siblings Lisa* (6) and Alicia* (5) and three-year old Rosie*. Their lives would never be the same.
“There were times I used to find myself lost; sometimes I found myself not feeling meaningful. I have learnt the importance of self-definition and living purposefully. I’m at a point where I no longer have to prove myself to anyone, but I have to work hard and achieve.” – Fikile Tubu Fikile Tubu is the Learnership Campus Manager at Elevation. Fikile is a graduate of the Elevation Programme – a Wellington-based initiative [...]
“If we can’t, who can?” The slogan on the signboard outside the Good Hope Day Care centre in Mbekweni outside Paarl is both a statement and a challenge. It explains why, three years ago, Xoliswa Mjezu opened her doors to 18 physically and mentally disabled children. As the single mother of an autistic daughter, Xoliswa has faced first-hand the challenge of finding a safe space where her child can receive the love and special care [...]
“He was the one who came to fetch me in my Egypt. I am here today because of his hard labour and his obedience unto the Lord.” These are the words of an ex-offender from Drakenstein prison. The man he is referring to, the one who fetched him in Egypt, the one who he sees as a mentor, father and friend, and the man who is still walking alongside him on his journey to a [...]
New home, new hope Light drizzle rains down over a grateful Western Cape at Ouma Ella Hendriks’ house in Newrest. For Ella and her three great-grandchildren, the heavens have opened too, and thanks to the work of one of Valcare's partners, Mosaic, they will soon have a brand-new place to call home. Ouma Ella Hendriks. For the past couple of years, Ouma Ella and her great-grandchildren (aged 7, 6 and 3) have been [...]