From the CEO: Running for Good Hope Day Care Centre

Since I started working as the CEO of Valcare in 2016, I've had the privilege of engaging with countless of organisations in the Cape Winelands. Xoliswa outside the small house where she runs the centre from. One of Valcare's member organisations and partners, Good Hope Day Care Centre (GHDCC), however had a particular impact on me on a very personal level. Xoliswa Mjezu started GHDCC when she realised that there is no day [...]

By | March 21st, 2019|News|0 Comments

From the CEO on World NGO Day: Where Compassion and Competence Meet

On World NGO Day, 27 February, we recognise and reflect on the unsung heroes in our communities. Thousands of passionate people working tirelessly to make a difference through their organisations. At Valcare we call them the #RealHeroes – people like Songelwa, Cathy, Xoliswa and Mark all supporting different causes by selflessly sacrificing to serve others. They are called #RealHeroes, because the NGO space in South Africa is not for the faint-hearted. Not only is it extremely hard work with [...]

By | February 26th, 2019|News|0 Comments

WATCH | Valcare #RealHeroes Video Series: Cathy’s Story

100 Seconds of Hope. A lifetime of change. Songelwa is one of the #RealHeroes in South Africa. Not because of her devastating past or her future now, but because she chooses to play her part to bring about change. Will you be a #RealHero too? Join the movement. Get Involved. Watch Cathy's story here: CLICK HERE TO DONATE TOWARDS SAFETY & SECURITY

By | February 25th, 2019|Noticeboard|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

From the CEO: Setting #RealResolutions for 2019

Every year my wife and I have a Swartz-family strategic session where we  review our previous year’s outcomes and discuss our goals for the year ahead. We started doing this about three years ago after realising that setting new year’s resolutions usually ended up fading into insignificance by the end of February. We wanted it to be more impactful. Gym, health and failed resolutions… When I consider all the failed resolutions of joining the gym [...]

By | January 9th, 2019|News|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

Valcare Vacancy: Programme Coordinator

Valcare is a Not for Profit Company (NPC) based in Paarl, Western Cape, with a vision to activate and enable social change in community. We do this through community engagement, needs analysis, strategic interventions and coordinated efforts with key stakeholders, with programme management and delivery forming a vital aspect of these operations. Valcare seeks to employ a full-time Programme Coordinator in a permanent position, to oversee and manage aspects of intervention programme development and delivery. The key duties and [...]

By | December 12th, 2018|Noticeboard|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