ECD Graduation – Filled with Appreciation and Hope

ECD Graduation – Filled with Appreciation and Hope

Common Good recently celebrated nine mothers who completed the Early Childhood Development programme run at True North in Vrygrond. Judging by the smile on their beautiful faces much has changed over the past few weeks.

“Because of the ECD programme, I was able to let go of the hard-hearted, uncaring and angry person I had become. I began to realise what it meant to love my family, to set goals for myself and to ultimately come to know who God is. I now see potential …

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Alvin’s Story: From Fisherman to Entrepreneur

Alvin’s Story: From Fisherman to Entrepreneur

Hovering around 25%, South Africa’s unemployment rate can breed hopelessness and despair. This sort of climate requires radical action, innovative thinking and creative ideas.

One such creative idea may be found in Paradigm Shift.

Paradigm Shift is a programme run by Common Good that offers micro-finance, mentorship and training to small business owners.  At Paradigm Shift entrepreneurs get to partner with experienced businessmen and woman to develop and refine their business model.  Entrepreneurs have experienced a significant increase in their business revenue due to the weekly training …

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Mandela Day and Beyond

Mandela Day and Beyond

Mandela day begs the question: what can you do to impact the country? It motivates us to spend 67 minutes of our year in doing good.

I did a quick maths calculation. 67 minutes of my waking hours this year is 0.02% of my time. What good could 0.02% possibly do? I mean, what is the point?

For many of us, engaging in issues of poverty, injustice and division is overwhelming. We simply don’t know where to begin. What I love about Mandela Day is that it …

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5 Alternative Ways to Give This Winter

5 Alternative Ways to Give This Winter

We’ve been chatting a lot in the office about giving. It’s kind of been a big theme over the last few chilly months, with the Warm Up Winter campaign taking place and when stepping out of doors could mean being drenched in seconds, or being greeted by an icy wind.

Although we know it’s important to give throughout the year, winter definitely makes us more aware of those without adequate shelter, warm clothing, or food. Life just is that much more tough.

So what do we do?

Donating clothing …

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Do you know what W.A.R.M stands for?

Do you know what W.A.R.M stands for?

You may have heard that our Warm Up Winter campaign is just around the corner, but before we start sorting clothes, let’s remember why we’re really doing this. Here’s a useful acronym we came up with to help us do this. Its just four simple letters. W. A. R. M.

W is for ‘Who are we doing this for?’

It’s easy to fall into a response that’s driven by a need rather than by the person, or people, behind the need. So while you participate in this campaign, think of …

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Listening To Our Nation

Listening To Our Nation

There is a seemingly obscure verse in the Old Testament, referencing a group in David’s army.  It says that the sons of Issachar were “men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do…” (1 Chronicles 12:32).  This is a powerful and relevant principle for the church today.  Christ-followers should be those who understand the times, with knowledge of what the church should do.  And it is grappling with the Bible in one hand and the newspaper (or internet!) in the other that will ensure that the church …

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When life gives you lemons…

When life gives you lemons…

When life gives you lemons… go for a #TWDLemonation, right?

Not sure what we’re talking about? Haven’t seen any #lemonfaces in your Facebook Timeline yet? Wait? Hold the lemons! We better catch you up then.

#TWDLemonations is a social media project started by Ross Deyer. And it works as follows:

1. Film yourself drinking a shot of lemon juice or eating a lemon.
2. Then, make a R50 donation to TWD at bit.ly/lemonations – every single cent will go directly to education, employment and early childhood development needs in Cape Town.
3. Next, share your video …

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Tee-duhb-uhl-yoo… what?!

Tee-duhb-uhl-yoo… what?!

Our third annual That Was Different – also known as TWD (or tee-dubh-uhl-yoo-dee) – campaign is just a few weeks away. And the excitement level at Common Good and TWD Headquarters is akin to a bunch of teen-girls at a One Direction concert… Yep, we’re hysterical with excitement!

Last year more than 1500 of you did something different on 21 March and raised over R310 000 for TWD (check out this video to see what happened on TWD Day and this video for where the money went)! So, do you understand why we …

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15 Signs you have a heart for social justice

15 Signs you have a heart for social justice

Welcome to 2015! Last year was a tremendously exciting and positive year at Common Good, but this year we want to make an even greater impact. And we need your help to do so!

But perhaps you’re thinking, ‘I’m not sure this social justice is my thing!’ Maybe you’re wondering ‘How do I know I’m the right person to get involved?’ Or perhaps you’re asking, ‘Should I get involved this year again?’

Well, hopefully these 15 signs will help clarify things and help you identify (or remind you of) your heart for …

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We’ll be back in 2015!

We’ll be back in 2015!

The Common Good team would like to wish all our blog readers a beautiful, blessed and peaceful Christmas!

We’re taking a short break over the next couple of weeks to enjoy the sunshine and to get some much-needed rest.

Thank you for being part of our story this year – we look forward to drafting new, inspiring reads in 2015 and have you join us in rewriting history and changing lives.

See you in the New Year!

God Bless,
The Common Good Team

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