In the rearview mirror

In the rearview mirror

There’s no denying that 2014 was an action-packed year for Common Good – we were blessed, stretched and challenged but, always, reminded of God’s love, grace and sovereignty.

Some of our highlights include the introduction of our EEE (Education, Employment and Early Childhood Development) strategy – have you seen THIS video yet? – as well as the launch of our pilot Early Childhood Development (ECD) programmes – have you read THIS yet – and everyone who helped raise over R311 000 for our initiatives through TWD (you need to …

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When two worlds collide…

When two worlds collide…

It was never going to be easy. That is, taking a group of people from a relatively privileged place and partnering them with others living with the challenges of poverty and lack in Vrygrond, an impoverished community just outside Constantiaberg.

First, however, let me give you some background to what I’m talking about: Champions for the Children, Common Good’s Early Childhood Development pilot programme – a programme aimed at providing relational, emotional and informational support around the development of babies and young children and increase the …

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30 Teachers Walked Into a Room…

30 Teachers Walked Into a Room…

No, this is not the start of a joke (it’s actually quite the opposite), but you will leave with a smile on your face.

Last Thursday, 20 November 2014, we had the privilege of hosting about 30 staff members from Kewtown Primary and Garlandale Primary – just two of the schools where Common Good runs literacy programmes – for second Care for the Teacher event: an afternoon where we recognised, honoured, thanked and celebrated these teachers for the work they do, and for investing in and helping shape young lives.

Laughter …

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‘Tis The Season To Be Generous

‘Tis The Season To Be Generous

How can we put Christ back into our Christmas celebrations? Common Good executive director, Sarah Binos, shares how she’s trying to do this with her family.

What would your challenge be to Christ-followers living in Cape Town this Christmas?

First of all, it’s important to say that I haven’t figured this all out! I’m still grappling with this in my own life! My challenge to myself and to other Christians would be to consider the implications of what we’re celebrating.

Christ’s birth was incarnational – he left the …

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We’ll be back in 2014!

We’ll be back in 2014!

The Common Good team wishes all of our blog readers a blessed and restful Christmas!

We’re going to be taking a break from blogging for a while (to put our feet up and enjoy the sunshine) but we will be back with fresh and inspiring content to kick off the New Year!

See you then

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Give your Christmas shopping a twist – Give Hope!

Give your Christmas shopping a twist – Give Hope!

We think you’re going to like the sound of this…

Every year millions are spent on Christmas presents as we all try to find the perfect gift for our friends and loved ones. The tragic part? These gifts, which we often sacrifice hours in crowded malls to buy, are often forgotten by Boxing Day or, gulp, unwanted and sent to the back of a cupboard. Yes, it’s the harsh truth. But what if instead of spending our money on socks, soap and chocolate boxes, we spent …

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3 Leadership Couples on Christmas

What does the festive season mean to you? We asked three couples to share how they’re celebrating.

Andre and Sabrina Ntambwe – from Common Ground Church Wynberg
How and where are you spending Christmas this year?

We will celebrate this Christmas in Lusaka, Zambia, with my (Andre’s) mom and other siblings. It’s the first Christmas with my mom and other siblings in many years, so it’s going to be very emotional. We celebrate Christmas by exchanging gifts and we invite those without family to join us for lunch because …

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How my loneliest Christmas changed the way I celebrate

How my loneliest Christmas changed the way I celebrate

By Nathalie Koenig

My name, Nathalie, means ‘born at Christmas’ – something which I found to be pretty random, since I was born in March. That changed on 25 December 2008.

I’ve always loved Christmas – the thrills, the frills, the gammon and gravy… the family time, the presents, the carols and the Midnight Mass. And throughout my memory, it had been a happy and celebratory time. But not Christmas 2008. That was a different Christmas.

I had been in a dark and confusing place for months, and …

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What Down syndrome taught me about Faith, People and Christmas

What Down syndrome taught me about Faith, People and Christmas

By Dion Govender

“We suspect that Olivia might have Down syndrome,” explained the pediatrician clearly trying his best to break the news to us empathetically while attempting to conceal his own discomfort at the situation. I suspect it never gets easy for doctors breaking bad news to families. He had to reiterate himself a few times before it even registered with me. I was dumbstruck. I felt claustrophobic, in a bad dream where time seemed to have slowed down to heart shattering seconds. Down syndrome? Our …

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Give Hope through Paradigm Shift

Give Hope through Paradigm Shift

This Christmas, you can enable a small business owner to attend a business course that might just change their lives for good. 

It’s a Tuesday evening in Wynberg, Cape Town, and gathered together for the Paradigm Shift business course are 30 small business owners each with a unique vision for their future. There’s Sally who dreams of using the business skills she’s learning to help others out of poverty, and Theresa who hopes to take her business of hand-sewn home decor products to the next level …

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