The Value of Motherhood

The Value of Motherhood

Abraham Lincoln was quoted as saying “All that I am or hope to be I owe to my mother”. This is profoundly true and underlines the goal we have in the Champions for Children programme: to empower and equip women to provide the necessary care and support for their growing children to reach their potential. As we reach Mother’s Day, we reflect on a recent graduation moment in the Champions for Children programme. We celebrated motherhood. We celebrated community. We celebrated what God …

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His Beautiful Fragrance

His Beautiful Fragrance

“But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.”
2 Corinthians 2:14 (ESV)

There is such a great well of richness to the words that Paul uses. And as our team pondered upon this verse, we were so aware of the confidence with which Paul spoke. How naturally he incorporated the sovereignty of the Father in his text, and how he acknowledged that all which is outwardly done …

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Graceful Gratefulness

Graceful Gratefulness

“give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (ESV)

Gratitude is like a precious flower. It is something that is planted, watered, protected and shared. When we are grateful, we acknowledge the very essence of what it means to be created, finite, fallen, redeemed, and sustained by the God of all grace.

Thankfulness should be a way of life for us, naturally flowing from our hearts and mouths. We recognise that all that we …

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Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day

56 years ago thousands of people gathered in Sharpeville. They stood together to protest against the Apartheid Pass laws. Police opened fire, killing 69 people. When I watched the movie Mandela, I was moved to tears as I saw this tragedy re-enacted. My fellow countrymen paid the ultimate cost to take a stand against the evils of apartheid. What happened there so long ago is part of a tide of change that I experience today.

It is this day that is commemorated as Human Rights Day …

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Racial Reconciliation

Racial Reconciliation

“But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”

So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was …

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A Celebration of Connection

A Celebration of Connection

On 6 February 2016, carers and connectors from both the Heideveld and Vrygrond communities came to celebrate their graduation from the ‘Champions for Children’ programme. What a special event! I could feel warmth and gratitude from this wide range of Capetonians.  I saw smiles, hugs and great joy.  And, at the same time, I saw the bittersweet realisation that this was the end of the formal part of the Early Childhood Development programme.

Some connectors from Common Ground Church and carers from …

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Overcoming Social Divides

Overcoming Social Divides

The first 1000 days of a child’s life are pivotal: if a baby doesn’t get the necessary building blocks of love, nutrition, security and stimulation, they are unable to flourish and reach their potential.

Common Good is piloting the ‘Champions for Children’ programme which equips parents and caregivers to provide these building blocks, setting their children up for a brighter future.

Desirée Maartens tells of her experience as a connector in the recent ‘Champions for Children’ programme, whereby she journeyed with parents and guardians, providing them with …

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Micah 6:8 Devotional

Micah 6:8 Devotional

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
  And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
   and to walk humbly with your God.”
Micah 6:8 (NIV)

As the Common Good team we had the opportunity to pray through this captivating piece of scripture, where Micah addresses the injustice and oppression carried out by Judah’s elites.

Micah asks the question in verse 6:8, “With what shall I come before the Lord and bow down before the exalted God?”. Prior …

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Shifting the Paradigm of Family

Shifting the Paradigm of Family

Family is about relationship. It is about investing time in other people. It involves supporting and encouraging each other. It takes sacrifice. It fosters mutual admiration and inspiration.

And family does not only refer to blood relatives.

Last week I attended Paradigm Shift’s celebration evening. It was a brief time of reflecting on how entrepreneurs, volunteer trainers and mentors had grown together. I was so struck by the incredible cohesion of relationships that has been developed in this small community. Meeting for a journey of business training …

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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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