Literacy Programme Success

Literacy Programme Success

As a volunteer you often wonder if the time you are putting in is actually worth it. But it’s stories like Tanaka’s* that make you realise the impact a few hours a week can make in the life of a child. When we first met Tanaka she was in the middle of Grade 2 and she had just moved to South Africa from Zimbabwe. Due to the many changes in her life, she was a very insecure child who didn’t speak much. She barely knew …

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67 Minutes of Faith, Hope and Love

67 Minutes of Faith, Hope and Love

Every time I walk into my kitchen I see utatu Mandela. And before you start wondering about me – we have a calendar of his photographs that is the first thing you see as you enter our kitchen. I find it interesting that it’s made in the USA and odd to look at him and see only foreign holidays depicted. But then I guess it’s just confirmation that he is no longer ours alone, but an international figure whose legacy is acknowledged, shared and celebrated …

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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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Offering Your Gift On Mandela Day

Offering Your Gift On Mandela Day

The celebration of Mandela Day each year is a wonderful opportunity to put the spotlight on how we can make a positive difference in our society. Year after year, you see South Africans come together and engage around a vision for our country that is easy to forget.

The celebration of Mandela Day on the late Nelson Mandela’s birthday, July 18, was inspired by a call he made in 2008, for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social …

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Warm Up Winter: Lifestyle Giving

Warm Up Winter: Lifestyle Giving

The day before the Warm Up Winter Big Sort I participated in a mountain bike race in Grabouw. It was 3 degrees when we started the race and the terrain was wet and muddy from heavy rain. Usually I would have been irritated that I had to face these obstacles while pursuing a leisurely activity. But, on this occasion I found myself thinking about the harsh reality of winter for those living in the nearby township – people who have to navigate the freezing temperatures …

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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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What is Urban Gleaning? A 2 Min Must-Read

What is Urban Gleaning? A 2 Min Must-Read

Based on God’s generosity laws in the Old Testament, “Urban Gleaning” is a modern day model for ensuring that when Christians are involved in the giving and receiving of time, things, skills or money, which is still necessary in a world of inequalities, dignity is upheld to the highest standard.

“When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick …

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How I’ve Learned To Give

How I’ve Learned To Give

How do I channel my desire to give so that it doesn’t make the receiver feel awkward, or worse, come across as arrogant and belittling?

I’m sure many of us are pondering this and similar questions as we take part in Warm Up Winter. Here are some of my reflections based on what I’ve learnt from being on the receiving end.

The importance of relationship

My father is one of the most generous people I know. When I’d go home for university holidays, he’d never let me leave without …

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4 Common Giving Mistakes I’ve Made

4 Common Giving Mistakes I’ve Made

Something a Common Grounder shared with me over a Sunday lunch has been ringing in my head for the last few weeks.

The thought was this: “We are all equal in Christ, but given our recent history, white people will struggle with the temptation to feel superior to other races, and blacks will feel tempted to feel inferior to whites, eroding our dignity and causing our unity to crumble.”

This statement put me in a state of deep reflection about how we give. Yes – I always …

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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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