Love is love no matter where you are from

Agape, a term referring to the highest form of love and charity. And Agape Educare epitomises exactly that. Pastor Linda and Thabisa Mdolomba have set their hearts and minds to this and wish to wholly accomplish the essence of Agape in their little haven.  
In 1999, two souls united the love of their ministry and a newfound love for one another in a small village located in the Eastern Cape. Linda and Thabisa met in church, having only known one another from a distance. In their ministry, before decisions were made their people would pray and seek advice from their elders. Deep within, Linda felt this sense of love toward Thabisa and acted on it. 18 years later, one can find these two happily married with their 6 lovely children.

Their love, respect and admiration for one another is something to admire. In his own words, Linda sees Thabisa as more than just his wife, she’s his friend that keeps him motivated, laughing and feeling more and more alive in each day that passes. Her love for…

Village of Hope: Meet the team.

Village of Hope provides a safe haven for at-risk children, placed for temporary periods whilst a more beneficial and permanent solution is sought for to enable family reunification whilst ensuring that the child’s human rights are upheld.

Have you ever wondered who takes care of these children who need to be placed in a temporary home of safety?

Meet some of the team that take on this enormous task:

Tim Afrika What is your Role at VOH?  Project Manager, I am fortunate to manage all the lovely people and children. 
How long have you worked at VOH? 3 Years.
What do you love about your job?  Being around the children. 
What makes all you do worthwhile?  The love that I receive from the children.
Funniest thing you've experienced on the job? Having Jenna wanting to feed me. 
What can't you live without? Love.
If you were going to a deserted island, which 3 things would you take with you? Love, Faith and Hope. 
Jurine Blankenberg
What is your Role at VOH?  Social Worker, dealing with the children on …

VOH's bright beam of light: Anton*

To pick only one child to admire at Village of Hope is almost impossible, as all of their children are kind and beautiful souls, but this little boy in particular is a bright light to those around him:
Anton was placed in foster care by a court order, but he was living on the street. In August 2016, he was placed at Village of Hope, and he was their first and only child at the time. He arrived with a stress related condition, having been psychologically affected by all he had been through in foster care and his time on the streets, it took a while, but over time Anton was able to control his condition. He needed to know what it was like to live and lead a normal life as a child, in a loving and caring environment, surrounded by people who were looking out for him and his needs.
If you ask anyone about Anton, you’re bound to hear only the most positive and delightful things. This 11 year old is one of the most lovable, compassionate, humble and helpful little boys you’ll ever come across…

Hope as a whole

My world fell apart on my first hospital visit. I had already known I was diabetic, that my blood sugar and blood pressure were both high and I was very sick.
I didn’t think I was going to make it this time, the pain was excruciating. After being examined by the doctors they gave me the bad news about the toes on my right foot. They wanted to amputate three and at first I was quite upset but after really thinking about it, I knew I would still be mobile and able to walk. Then all of those feelings of acceptance went away after I had another doctor see me for a second opinion, instead of just three toes, it would be my whole foot. My whole world came crashing down and all I wanted to do was cry, how was I going to survive without my foot? I needed to still clean my house, walk to the shops and be able to look after my family.
After the operation, the doctors explained that they needed to amputate my right leg because of an infection which led me to the next part of my journey - ThembaCar…

Hope Inspired

I returned to work at Graceland after a week of study leave, walking down the pathway I noticed a sweet little girl on the swing, a new face I did not recognise. 
I immediately asked my colleagues and the children in my class if they knew who the new little girl was, she held back and she was very shy with the sweetest smiling face. Her name was Alice, her parents are known to be heavy drinkers, which resulted in Alice being slightly affected by Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, showing slight signs physically and mentally, but she is a dedicated learner always trying her best. Each morning it took a while before she could settle in and feel comfortable in the classroom, at home things weren’t easy as her parents used to get into arguments, resulting in physical abuse, which I could tell really affected Alice. At one stage she said to me that she wanted to stay at school and not go home, her words still resonate with me: 
" I don’t want to stay with my mommy, I want to stay with you, teacher…

Giving Hope

Every morning I watch Gugu arrive at school with his grandfather. Hand in hand they walk, Gugu always carries his black and red backpack, with his grandfather walking alongside him holding his hand each step of the way. 
I’ve heard from the other teachers that he lives with his grandparents but none of us are sure why. Where are his parents? One thing I do know is that this family doesn’t have a lot of money. Every day when I call out that it is snack time, the children rush hastily towards their bags with great excitement, wondering what their snack is going to be today - fruit, chips, sweets and or their favourite, popcorn.  Gugu on the other hand usually is the last to stand up, he walks slowly without any purpose to his Ben 10 backpack and before reaching in, he looks around to see who is looking, sticks his hand in and pulls out absolutely nothing. I’ve been watching him for the last week repeating this action over and over again.
I thought he was maybe embarrassed by his food, may…

An inkling of Hope

On a Monday afternoon around 3 o’clock, Village of Hope received a call from their social worker informing them of a baby boy that would arrive later that day. Anticipating the arrival of a baby of a few months old, to their surprise, the baby brought in was just over an hour old.
The Village of Hope staff sprang to action to ensure they had all the necessary requirements for the baby as they had never had a baby so small before; checking the donations for small clothes and nappies, heading into town to purchase new bottles, formula and other necessities.
The mother was young, HIV Positive and had just given birth to her second child with little interest in raising him.  She was reluctant to hold or console him, sitting in the reception area looking at the photos and around the office, paying no attention to her new born; she already decided to give him up for adoption.
There was a slight chance Solly would be HIV positive, he was given the necessary medication from the day clinic and…