Story of Hope: From Empty Land to Garden of Healing

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 [...]

By | October 19th, 2020|Noticeboard, Stories of Hope|0 Comments

Story of Hope: From Desperate Parents to Top Autism School

Ten years ago, a couple of parents in the Paarl-area realised with shock that they will have to wait up to six years for placement in one of the two Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) schools in Cape Town. They came together, took matters into their own hands and bravely started the Boland School for Autism in Paarl. Working closely with a psychologist, the parents registered an NPO and appointed a teacher to present an autism-specific [...]

By | September 9th, 2020|News, Noticeboard, Stories of Hope|0 Comments

Story of Hope: From Youth Gangsters to Writers and Actors

Lantana is an area of Paarl known to be riddled with gangsterism. Over the years many lives have been negatively impacted and the community often lives in fear. Monte Christo Miqlat (MCM) runs a variety of empowerment programmes at the Tiffany’s Centre in Lantana, focusing primarily on sport, feeding, job creation and educational programmes to create social change. During 2016 the violence in the area became worse than ever and Aletia Grundling, CEO of MCM, [...]

By | June 16th, 2020|Stories of Hope|0 Comments

Story of Hope: From Small Acts of Kindness to Nurturing Thousands

About twelve years ago, Stephanie Henderson employed Ella Bailey as her domestic worker to clean her home in Wellington and look after her children. The two women came from completely different backgrounds, but had one thing in common - compassion. They spent many-a Sunday morning talking about the heart-breaking reality of desperately hungry children in the communities surrounding Wellington. “Ella would always tell me about the little children who would arrive at her house after [...]

By | March 12th, 2020|Stories of Hope|0 Comments

Story of Hope: From Lonely Boy to Brave Firefighter

 “When things aren’t good in my life, I like to be alone and work with my hands, building my sound system. I don’t go out and look for trouble or pick fights, I work.” Although humble and soft-spoken, Franco Booysen has a steely determination and confidence that seems out of place  for someone who has suffered such a difficult history. A sad and solitary start When Franco was only a young boy, his mother passed [...]

By | November 11th, 2019|Stories of Hope|0 Comments

Story of Hope: From Young Dreamer to Passionate Youth Worker

As a little boy, Darren Hartlief dreamed of only one career path -  to become a teacher. Every afternoon after school, he’d return home and immediately get lost in a make-believe classroom of his own. “I’d gather bricks in the backyard, place them all in a row, give each one a name and ‘teach’ them all the lessons I’d learned at school that day,” Darren recalls with amusement. While his dream didn’t play out quite [...]

By | October 10th, 2019|Stories of Hope|0 Comments

Story of Hope: From being blind to bringing light

Despite being born blind, Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ Arendse (53) has never felt disadvantaged by her lack of eyesight. Instead, she has used every opportunity to educate herself and give back to her community in many different ways. When she isn’t supporting and helping those around her, she works as a switchboard operator at Paarl Hospital and fills the role of single mother to her son. Journey of empowerment Elizabeth’s journey of empowerment started as a young [...]

By | September 9th, 2019|Stories of Hope|0 Comments

Story of Hope: From Ill and Unemployed to Purposeful Provider

In the community of Mbekweni on the outskirts of Paarl, a small food garden is thriving in Selina Khonjwayi’s backyard. She is 68 years old and is the proud owner of a garden that she has been trained to manage and maintain herself with the help of grey water. Poor health leading to unemployment Her journey hasn’t always been easy though. Selina had to retire a few years ago due to poor health. Along with suffering [...]

By | June 6th, 2019|Stories of Hope|0 Comments

Story of Hope: From Jobless and Desperate to Inspired Sommelier

#RealHeroes Christiaan's Story. Christiaan was only six years old when he witnessed his father being shot and killed right in front of his eyes. He was severely traumatised by the incident and became an angry and rebellious boy. When Christiaan’s mother decided to get married again, he was furious, and refused to accept this new relationship. But as time went on, he saw that his mother was happy and he grew fonder of his stepdad. [...]

By | February 25th, 2019|Stories of Hope|0 Comments

Story of Hope: From Chasing Wealth to Feeding the Poor

Back in 1985 whilst doing his service time with the South African Navy in Saldanha Bay, Mark Maingard was given two options: “do you want to be a driver or a chef?”. He chose to be a chef – a decision that set the course for the rest of his life. Rising into the food industry After leaving the Navy, Mark started a job at an industrial catering company where he was hired first as [...]

By | February 15th, 2019|Stories of Hope|0 Comments