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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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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Carmen’s Story: The Birth of a Mother

Carmen’s Story: The Birth of a Mother

The challenges that face South Africa seem overwhelming, but the solution to many of our social problems often starts with the simple love of a parent.

Carmen’s story is one example of how a mother’s love can change the trajectory of a family’s course.

It’s a sunny Autumn morning and Carmen sits on the floor of her home in Capricorn playing with her 8-month-old son, Matthew.

She kisses his chubby cheeks and he giggles delightedly. Watching them together, it’s hard to believe that Carmen almost gave Matthew up for …

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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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