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You may ask if it is really possible for love to make a difference……
William* is a young boy who have been bumped around by the sharp edges of live.
His father is not present in his life and his mother’s drinking problem has been a major sharp edge in his forming years.


He and two of his siblings were removed from her care and sent to live in an orphanage for a few years. They are now back with her, but she is still struggling with the addiction.

William has major anger problems and his first reaction in any difficult situation is to be on the attack. He does not allow anyone near him. He uses hard words as weapon of defence.

After looking into his eyes for the first time, God opened up a deep well of compassion  in my heart for him.  The first hug we shared left him stiff as a ramrod not sure of what to do. He was like a scared bird, his heart, screaming out for the crumbs, but too scared to come close. 

I kept on trying. I kept on hugging. God did the rest.

In this time, during a group session, we talked about what to do when the gangs in their neighbourhood start fighting.  The children was in unity about getting home as soon as possible.

William suggested that we can pray!  When I asked him what we can pray for, his words brought tears to my eyes……

”We can pray that the gangsters become obedient”  Amen Lord!

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A grade one learner from Orleansvale Primary School, Paarl East, is having a big breakthrough. She is part of our Explorer's program and was referred to us by the school.  The first day when we started working with her she could not recognise the letters in her name, the different colours and she struggled with fine motor skills.  She was shy and didn’t communicate a lot.  It was difficult to speak to her and give her instructions, but with weekly perserverance of working with her one on one and intense attention and support she has opened up and is starting to talk back when spoken to. Her self esteem has improved and she can recognise the letters in her name. She can also identify certain colours and she follows all the instructions which is given to her. All the glory to God and our Khula volunteers for all the love and acceptance they have given her.  We also thank the volunteers for helping and guiding her teacher....  

THROUGH LOVE AND EDUCATION WE CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE!

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National Child Protection Week was a great opportunity to educate the children and parents in our community. Our message was simply: Protect our Children.

Our activities included an awareness and education program, with a colouring competition and prizes for the children. Our Khula field workers wrapped trees in green and placed our beautiful 'Beskerm ons Kinders' posters at the schools.
 

Every day at Khula, we seek to Protect our Children, through Love and Education.
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One of our mothers in our Stellenbosch Primary Caregivers Group has become so encouraged and hopeful that she took out an interdict agains her husband for physical abuse against her.  She is also seeking guidance from Khula regarding information to either finsih her schooing or to attend a vocational college (she completed Grade 9).  What a huge step forward!  Praise God for helping us empowering women to finish what God has started in their lives!

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Within the Stellenbosch team there has been a wonderful spiritual change.  With spiritual leadership from Maria von Backström (Stellenbosch Branch Manager) as well as Daleen Labuschagne and Carien van Zyl from Head Office, our journey as a team has been 'rebooted' and we are all eager to face the new term with openness towards each other and with God as our only guide!  We praise God for protecting and guiding us in ALL OUR RELATIONSHIPS!

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