Showing posts from November, 2010

Themba Training: December 2010 News

Themba Training is taking on new heights! In October, we took 15 of our trainees to a 4-Star Lodge (Feathers Lodge) for further practical business training. The majority of those attending aspired to be in the catering business. Aneen, manager of Feathers Lodge, shared about how they started small and grew to be one of the best lodges in Cape Town. She also gave some tips on hospitality. Our trainees didn’t just learn about hospitality, they experienced it. This was indeed a huge encouragement for some of our trainees. A young lady by the name Princess who has a cleaning business is now getting a weekly practical training at Feathers Lodge. We believe that out of this initiative she well be able to grow her business, run it with excellence, and possibly be able to get contracts there for her cleaning business. 
As we look to 2011, Themba Training is hopeful for more new business opportunities and new relationships for our trainees so they can move form survival mode to a place of tr…

December Newsletter

Hello everyone!
So we enter the last month of what has been a very exciting year not only for Village of Hope but for the whole of South Africa. The Football World Cup truly was a great success…
However, this success does nothing to detract from the terrific damage that HIV and AIDS continues to do to the country. Today (December 1st) is World AIDS Day, so please continue to think and pray for us as we seek to make a difference to those infected or affected with this disease in Grabouw.
Tonight we are holding a fundraising quiz night in Aylesbury. Please come and join us if you live nearby. We are even hoping to rope in the Village of Hope Team via Skype! – It should make for an entertaining evening. Please see Events for more details
Of course, we have also been thinking about you with the run up to Christmas and know that some of you are struggling to find suitable gifts for your relatives and friends. So, to help you with your stressful predicament we have produced some fantastic Themb…

Thembacare Grabouw: December 2010 News

On Saturday 20th November an amazing team from Travelstart came to give the ThembaCare Grabouw facility a new coat of much needed paint!! The Team worked hard on a rainy and windy day. With the Travelstart ‘Angels’ was the weather presenter from E- TV, Derrick van Damme, who worked just as hard. The money for the paint job was raised by the generous folk at through a raffle to win a date with Derrick! It was great to see adults and children all coming together and giving up their time to paint the building. It was such a blessing to the many patients who are cared for and supported in the community of Grabouw. Well done guys, we salute you!!

We are also excited to have received a donation of a caravan from the generous people at Appletiser. We intend to turn it into a mobile testing unit which will enable us to cover a lot more people a lot faster. We are going to get it all spruced up so keep an eye out for pictures of the transformed caravan soon.

December News

For the past few months the Lord has been good to us, not just for the donations that we’ve received but because each student and staff member has remained healthy.
We’ve been blessed with many different kinds of people coming to our school and we learnt a lot from them. Since July we have had 2 volunteers; 1 from Texas, Angie Almand and Eva from Germany (who also blessed us with a fridge!) The two of them really enjoyed themselves here. Although they have now returned home we really miss them as they very quickly became part of the family.
We also had a visit from Trinity Church from Dallas, USA who blessed us by painting our building again. Helen, one of the group members sponsored baby dolls to our children so we have had a lot of fun! Pastor John from Zambia Every Nation also came to visit us recently. Every Nation students, who have served us this year with activities and bible stories, gave our children a farewell party.  
These last few weeks we have been very busy training the …

another successful sports saturday

last saturday we held our last sports saturday of the 2010 year, an eventful year for sport in south africa and not one that we have let pass by either.

this final sports saturday took place at our new venue the groenberg (green mountain) high school in grabouw, where we hosted around 100 children for a morning of soccer and netball competition.

the teams were made up of the two new schools project we have started, KMP (katharine murray primary) and pineview primary, who previously made up our hillside and rooidakke teams, along with our established community teams from iraq and waterwerks as well the farm team from remhoogte. the boys were split into under 13 and under 15 age groups with lisa organising the girls as she felt fit!....

all the boys had to play in bare feet as not everyone had sports shoes but we were able to provide football shirts to all teams, including bristol city, reading and coventry city, shame there were no QPR tops but they remain top of the football league cham…

graceland graduation

last night we had the pleasure of attending the graceland pre primary school graduation, graceland is another thembalitsha foundation project and provides education to around 60 preschool (3-6 years) farm workers children from the beautiful devon valley area just outside stellenbosch.

the evening started with the graduation of around 15 children, who were all dressed up in the full garb, see photos, and then each class performed a short song or nursery rhyme, the highlight being a class dancing in full south african soccer shirts to the song 'make the circle bigger' which was very big over here during the world cup. the parents and children then ended the evening with a full braai (BBQ) prepared by some of the students from the school of hope.

the principle of the school, elizabeth, and her team do an amazing job in preparing these disadvantaged children for their entry into the education system and it was lovely to celebrate with them the stories of hope that they are providing…

December News

Awards evening was an outstanding night of joy and tears: top achievers were awarded but we also said goodbye to the Matric learners. Meghan Martin, who was awarded school Valedictorian for 2011, made an unforgettable speech that encapsulated the transformation that took place in her during her time at the School of Hope.
The matrics have started writing their final exams for 2011. So far, they are reporting back to us with broad, confident smiles! 
The rest of the school was treated to an adventurous day spent on a 4X4 trail over roughest terrain! The day was made possible by Kobus Meyer and the Be A Blessing team in twelve 4X4's. They gave each of the 25 participants a goodie bag, took them strawberry picking and thrilled them with their adrenalin-pumping 4X4 antics!
School of Hope also has a new friend: head of the weather department and celebrity meteorologist Derek Van Damme. He has visited the school twice and led the morning devotions, much to the delight of all the students…

December News

Our spring ball and auction on October 9th at the Lord Charles Hotel was a huge success. We would like to thank everyone involved, our guests, our fab décor girls and our donors. We are extremely happy with the results and excited and encouraged by the fantastic support by all who attended. We managed to raise R90888 in total!
At this event, manager Mel Novitzkas announced her retirement from BB and introduced her replacement, Frances Fuchs.
About Frances - new project manager of BB ‘I did a BA degree at UCT and after my studies worked for Nicro women’s support centre in Cape Town. There I was a full-time volunteer and counselor. I did counseling for abused women and this opened my heart for the plight of women.
My son was born in 2002 in Canada where my husband, Ben, and I lived after we got married. Ian is 8 years old and in grade 2 at De Hoop primary school in Somerset West. My daughter Emma was born in 2008. She is tiny and cute and very clever! After Emma’s birth I started volunteerin…

the book has arrived

well after a few weeks of waiting the wonderful book entitled 'footprints in the sand' by wayne shoenfeld arrived in our post box this morning, we spent a good hour pondering over the thought provoking photos and reading the text about the work that we (village of hope and thembacare) are doing here in grabouw and then this afternoon i was able to take a couple of copies of the book out into the community to bless those who appeared in the book with us.

see photos of our security guard and care worker

the guy that provided 'security' for the team has now moved into one of the newly built government homes, his neice once spent some time with us at the village of hope and he is still fully employed as a security guard, however the thembacare worker who features throughout the book isn't doing so well. i was very embarrassed to have bought them a present, which wasn't going to sustain them through this tough period, her husband has not worked for a couple of months …

world toilet day!

yesterday was world toilet day, no this isn't a joke as the day was set up to highlight the basic water and sanitation needs of many many people in our world.....please visit their web site for more info here.

water and sanitation is a huge problem facing thousands of people in our town of grabouw and whilst the municipality is doing some great work to provide the basics to the areas of waterworks (which is a squatter camp/informal settlement right next to the waterworks, but with only a few standpipes and toilet blocks to serve a large section of our community, slightly ironic!), rooidakke, zola and iraq, there is this real mind challenging issue with multi million pound homes, hotels and farms with 'western style' sanitation that we all take for granted, living side by side with families living in tin shacks sharing one toilet between 12 other families (at least)....

....yesterday i took a couple of photos showing some of the children that we work with standing outside the…

new mini/mircrobus

well at last we have the bus we are looking for, it's not a brand new toyota quantam that we were hoping for but a 10 year old vw microbus! we have been on the look out for one for quite sometime and we made the decision to trade in the old condor and put some extra money which was given to us by the YWAM team for their vehilce needs during the world cup.

so we must add a special thanks to YWAM and this now means that we can fit ALL the children in one vehicle which is fantastic, this morning i did the school run with fran, which was great....we trust that this van will serve us well as we trust God for the provision of the real deal when we can really afford it!

christmas is coming can you help?....yes you can!

yesterday i took this wonderful photo of one of our little boys doing his homework with one of the house moms, after i took it i wondered where i could use it to promote the work that we are doing on the village of hope and thought that maybe someone will look at the blog and want to invest in the work we are doing.

christmas is coming and i know that you will be struggling to think of a suitable gift for auntie anne, or cousin john, so what better way to give that to invest in the lives of the children that we are working with who are living with hiv and aids here in south africa.

i know it's a big ask but with more money we can support more children, providing them with a loving home and a mom to do their homework with....if you would like to give to our work then please follow this link to our justgiving page...thanks

birthdays...time to celebrate

grabouw weather is known to have 3 seasons in one day and much can also be said about the life here at the village of hope, this week we have heard of the passing of one of the thembacare workers brothers, one of the children that attend sports outreach mum passed away and one of our house moms was held up at gun point over the weekend.....

..and as a complete contrast we also celebrated one of our boys 1st birthdays, it seems hard to celebrate when people around are mourning or facing troubles, but life goes on and it was wonderful to see this little chap, who we have had since he was 5 days old, enjoy his first birthday....please pray for him and also his family and our nation as trouble seems to be on our doorstep each and everyday.

home visit and troubles a foot

on friday afternoon we took our 9 year old girl into khayelitsha to spend a weekend with her new foster mom, she had amazing time and the photo shows her with maz and her new mom, nicky.

things however weren't all that rosy as we entered and exited khayelithsa, as we came off the N2 into 'mew way' we were greeted by a police road block and we diverted around it, as we had only one set of instructions to the home we spent around 1 hour trying to find the we arrived we found some of the other children who live in this home were waiting to go on an end of term camp....however it seems that the bus that they were waiting for was the one that was hijacked and stoned with other children who were attending the camp...see the news story here.

things are getting a little out of hand to say the least, last night an english couple, on holiday, we hijacked and the woman, 28 years old, was killed, see this link.

please continue to pray for our country and our safety as we work …

October Newsletter


November is Spring time here in South Africa and is always a glorious time in Grabouw. The apple trees are just flowering, the roses are having their first flush (yes that’s what it’s called!), the local farms and vineyards open their doors to the public to show off their wonderful gardens, and the prospect of a summer of hot and dry weather is just around the corner (sorry to rub it in folks!).....however not everything is so rosy in the valley as many hundreds if not thousands of families struggle with unemployment, lack of adequate housing and major health and welfare issues....thanks to your support we are making a real difference in the sleepy rural town of Grabouw. Read on to find out what we have been doing this month:


Children's Unit
Sports Outreach & Community Work
Other News & Volunteers
How You Can Help


Our 9 bed childrens unit has once again had 100% occupancy and with 15 children already placed back with their fa…

grass roots soccer (football)

today myself, daz and our dutch sports management student (bart) visited an amazing project in khayelitsha built by fifa but run by grass roots soccer. the project has an astroturf 5 a side pitch and a classroom/support room, toilets and offices, all set against a backdrop of tin shacks right in the middle of one of the largest townships in africa.

whilst we were there the pitch was being used by a class of 5-6 year olds from a local school. it was wonderful to see sport and especially soccer bring hope to a much needy community. the facility seemed to be a real hub and maybe to add on health and welfare care facilities at the same venue would be a real win.

now we would love to see this style of facility rolled out to some of the open spaces in grabouw, ok the investment might be huge but the long term benefits to the community are beyond measure....can we make this happen?....i have faith but only God knows!

homes for sail

last month i met up with a guy who sails boats for a living (there must be an official term for that, perhaps rob could help me out with that one)...anyway i was chatting about the work we do in the community and the home visit we had made to one of our children who we have placed back with his mother....when lisa visited the mother showed her a large hole in the thin black sheet which covered her small shack....anyway as i was chatting to mike (the boat man) he said that he could get hold of some old sails...well that he did and yesterday me and daz went and fitted the first of the sails onto that house.

the first photo shows the mother and child outside their home (as you can see we only just finished it before the rain came, which was a blessing) and the second shows the father of another family that we work with who i blessed with the second sail....hopefully mike will be able to provide many more in the near future and we can assist with some much needed roofing in our local commu…

matt out

today we were visited by matt walker, an old friend and no relation, matt came out to visit us prior to and during the world cup 2010 and is an amazing football coach from england.....unfortunately whilst we were running our sports outreach at the KMP school in grabouw today matt twisted his left ankle and we spent the rest of the afternoon in the day hospital..the service was brilliant and matt was logged onto the system, x-ray'ed and plastered within an hour.

shame for matt who is a great sport, we wish him well as he returns to england on saturday..

wholehearted(ly) behind village of hope

we posted before about the amazing album, wholehearted by the wholehearted band but we just wanted to highlight that we have received our first R5K from the sale of their album, which can be purchased various different ways, either via itunes or via cdbaby where you can either download or order the physical cd, which comes with a bonus dvd with the video we shot in rooidakker squatter camp, along with a short interview video of me!...

go on get yourself an amazing worship album and support the work at the village of hope at the same time!