In South Africa, thousands people suffer from trauma on a daily basis, but do not have access to psychological help. Social injustices, poverty, substance abuse, a lack of education and unemployment are all factors that contribute greatly to a society faced with a myriad of mental health challenges. In order to contribute to the healing and well-being of South Africans and our communities, one of Valcare’s nonprofit member organisations, Good Hope Psychological Service (GHPS), offers [...]
Since Celeste Adonis was a little girl, her favourite pastime was going to the local rugby field with her uncle to play on the side-lines. She was raised by her grandparents in the small community of Groendal in Franschhoek. Most of the men in her family played rugby and she loved the sport, but Celeste played netball, a sport “more suited for girls”. On the odd occasion, she was allowed to join the boys in [...]
Ronald Frans is a remarkable man and a true example of how one individual can make a significant impact. Born a leader, supported by the community and empowered by partnerships. Modest beginnings Raised by his grandparents, Ronald grew up as the eldest of six children in the small coastal town of Mossel Bay. They all lived together in scheme houses that were given to them by the government whilst most of his friends stayed in [...]
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.
Photo: Liezl Photography 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 [...]