#RealHeroes Series Morgan's Story: “It was during my final school year that my cousin was stabbed in the back with a knife and left paralysed. He moved in with us. My mother and I had to take care of him full-time. It was hectic, but I managed to finish matric. I didn’t know what to do after school. I signed up for so many courses trying to find my place in the world, but never [...]
Mandla Bula, an ex-offender and now a messenger of hope, was born in the township of Khayelitsha outside Cape Town. His life took a turn from gangsterism, drugs and violence to becoming a carrier of light and night manager at a guest house in Franschhoek.
Little *David’s life story started out as a nightmare. He was born with fetal alcohol syndrome, low muscle tone and a below average IQ. He was found under a bridge as an infant and placed in a foster home. Living in a house with a group of boisterous children unfortunately resulted in constant bullying, creating a terrified and hopeless boy. A new chapter His despairing chapter however turned a page when David joined one of [...]
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 [...]
He was a little nine year old boy, when Heinrich Gabler lost his mother in a car accident. Her funeral was a turning point in his life. He had to bury his mother and to his devastation it was also the last time he would see his father. Heinrich, along with his older sister and two brothers, was then brought to House Andrew Murray (HAM), a Children’s Home in Wellington. Heinrich as a 15 [...]
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 [...]