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Meet Tim Afrika: Project Manager at Village of Hope!

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When Tim and Maz Walker left the Village of Hope at the beginning of February, they passed off the role of Project Manager to Tim Afrika. Get to know a bit about the new PM, his history, his passions and his excitement about the future in this personal note:  I didn’t find Thembalitsha so much as Thembalitsha found me. I first joined the Foundation family in April 2014 when I was asked to do research on Early Childhood Development centres in Grabouw for a special project. Just a few months later, I was also invited to stay at Village of Hope for a few weeks and quickly found a passion for the project. I had no way of knowing that before the year’s end, Thembalitsha would approach me about being the new PM for Village of Hope as Tim and Maz Walker moved on to the next chapter of their lives. The decision for me to leave my current job and community on South Africa’s West Coast was incredibly difficult – not only was I a leader at the school where I worked for over two decades, but

A Month with Thembalitsha in Pictures

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by Sally Jones, Short-Term Volunteer at Village of Hope I didn't think it was possible to cram so many experiences into just 28 days! Exhaustion, confusion, laughter, sadness and wonder are just a few of the many emotions I experienced in my brief but fulfilling month with Thembalitsha. The array of experiences to be had in the Western Cape can hardly ever be summed up in a single piece of writing, but I want to give you a glimpse into my time here by sharing a collection of pictures which should give some hint of the complexities of doing the work Thembalitsha pursues in the community. The constant juxtaposition between the two worlds in South Africa is summed up in this photo. The smoke in the background is from a fire which burnt for ten days uncomfortably close to the Village of Hope. The wonderful children in the townships of Grabouw play netball with such zest and energy but return home to shacks, sometimes with insufficient food, touched by disease and with dys

Village of Hope: Goodbye to an Inspiring Little Girl

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by Emma Podmore, Social Work Volunteer at Village of Hope Flo with two of her carers from the new foster home! It was a bittersweet time yesterday at the Village of Hope as we said goodbye to our four year old little girl as she went to live in a cluster foster home near Cape Town. Flo's (her name for the purposes of this blog) parents are still not in a place to be able to care for her, and she needed a long-term place to stay. We were able to find a cluster foster home which specialises in caring for children with disabilities, and she was offered a place after being on the wait list for a year. The plan for Flo to move has been in place for a number of months - having waited for a court date for a long time, a date for this week was given, which took us all a little bit by surprise. Flo had been with us for just over two and half years. On her arrival, she was two years old and unable to sit up unaided. Due to cerebral palsy, she could not walk unaided either