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

Story of Hope: From Shy Girl to Determined Student

#RealHeroes Series KERISHNIE’S  STORY “I was raised by a single mom who is a farmworker. We didn’t have much. My mother was however always passionate about her work and did everything in her power to provide for us. Since I was a girl she would tell me that I should make the most of my life. So when the opportunity came to join the Good Company Programme at the Paarl Youth Initiative, I jumped at the chance. Looking in the mirror [...]

By | January 23rd, 2019|Stories of Hope|0 Comments

Story of Hope: From Hardened Prisoner to Inspiring Mentor

#RealHeroes Series MTHETHELELI’S STORY Mthetheleli (MT) was one of six children, all struggling to live on their mother’s income. His parents did not share the same values, and the tension made life difficult. The children suffered, and became undisciplined. Their community was constantly at war, forcing them to continually seek refuge. MT and his siblings scattered in their own direction. His mother pleaded with him to make the right choices, and not end up in [...]

By | January 7th, 2019|Stories of Hope|0 Comments

Story of Hope: From Partially Blind to Seeing Beauty

#RealHeroes Series Leen's Story (as told by Elra from Ma's vir Wellington): "Leen is a kind and beautiful young lady who was born with a mental disability. In order to get more stimulation and development, she was invited to join the Avodah programme at Ma’s vir Wellington. I enjoyed working with Leen, but I started to notice that she was always bringing objects very close to her face to figure out what they were. I soon realised that she was [...]

By | December 12th, 2018|Stories of Hope|0 Comments

Story of Hope: From Humble Learner to Visionary Leader

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 [...]

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