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

Story of Hope: From Struggling Youth to Passionate Caregiver

#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 [...]

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

Story of Hope: From Prisoner to Guest House Manager

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.

By | September 28th, 2018|Stories of Hope|0 Comments

Story of Hope: From Prostitute to Positive Change Agent

#RealHeroes Series Shirley's Story: “By the age of 27 I had been raped multiple times. I was addicted to drugs and had sold most of my possessions. I lived on the streets, in trees, in garages and often with dealers. I was physically assaulted by men and caught up in the underworld. I had also become a prostitute. Once, I was abducted by a gang who abused me and clothed me in a bloody shirt as a warning to their rivals. One [...]

By | September 19th, 2018|Stories of Hope|0 Comments