Story of Hope: From Addict to Seeker of the Light

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 [...]

By | June 18th, 2018|Stories of Hope|0 Comments

Story of Hope: From Broken Homes to Healing Families

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.

By | May 30th, 2018|Stories of Hope|0 Comments

Member Organisations’ Needs

Valcare coordinates a thriving membership network consisting of hundreds of nonprofit organisations in the Paarl valley and surrounding areas. Although we have a partnership funding strategy to support projects and initiatives through an application process, many of our members have ongoing physical needs - big and small. We are always on the look-out for individuals, corporates and foundations to take hands and help where they can. This is an updated list of the requests we [...]

By | May 30th, 2018|Noticeboard|0 Comments

Events

What's Happening? Stay updated with the latest conferences, workshops, training opportunities, fundraisers and celebrations presented by Valcare, our members and industry partners. September 2018 4, 13, 18 or 20 September - Kin Culture: HIV Training [click here] 7 September 2018 - Social workers support network breakfast event, Valcare in partnership with Khula Development Group 7 September 2018 - Symphonia Women's Breakfast with Mavis Ureke [click here] 8 September 2018 - Boland School [...]

By | May 22nd, 2018|Events|0 Comments

Western Cape Organisations Collaborate for Child Protection Month

The Drakenstein Child Protection Programme is uniting local organisations to empower, uplift, educate, and raise awareness during May for Child Protection Month and Child Protection Week from 27 May to 4 June 2018. Various organisations that form part of the Drakenstein Child Protection Programme are acting as a united voice, implementing updated group policies, hosting training workshops, implementing child-focused campaigns, running projects to raise awareness and wearing and displaying the symbolic green ribbons, to name a [...]

By | May 13th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Story of Hope: From Let Down to Lift Off

“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 [...]

By | May 13th, 2018|Stories of Hope|0 Comments

10 Ways to Raise Awareness for Child Protection Month

The month of May is child protection month in South Africa and this year child protection week is celebrated from 28 May to 4 June 2018. Valcare members, KIN Culture and KiBWE have also successfully registered the very first World Foster Day that will be celebrated on 31 May 2018. Here are 10 ways of  how your organisation, church or business can celebrate the value of children and create awareness for child protection during May: 1. [...]

By | May 1st, 2018|News, Noticeboard|0 Comments

Collaboration Enables a Brighter Future for Klapmuts

A second Valcare in Action event was hosted by Valcare on Tuesday 24 April 2018 in the form of a Klapmuts walkabout. The gathering saw a group of 75 role-players take to the streets of Klapmuts to catch a glimpse of what is already happening in this vibrant and growing community. It also opened conversation to discuss and discover its inherent potential and to explore future possibilities. Collaboration unlocks opportunities A theme that came across [...]

By | April 30th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Story of Hope: From Good Hope to Great Dreams

“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 [...]

By | April 17th, 2018|Stories of Hope|0 Comments

Valcare’s first Amazing Race Unites and Inspires

80 people. 8 teams. 4 communities. 20 project experiences. It’s officially been 15 years since Valcare opened office in Paarl on 1 April 2003. To celebrate, the organisation hosted its first annual networking event in the form of an Amazing Race. The objective? To introduce the people, projects and partners that form part of the Valcare network to one another, but in a fun and immersive way. A networking event with a twist The Valcare [...]

By | April 15th, 2018|News|0 Comments