South Africa

First Impressions From SA: New Friends

October 3, 2018

By Mary Veltman  (Oct. 1, 2018) Mary Veltman is a short-term volunteer from Michigan who recently arrived in South Africa where she is serving at ER’s South Africa Dream Centre near Cape Town. Read her blog titled “New Friends”. I can’t believe it’s already been a full week since landing in South Africa. I have […]

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Stockpiling Christmas Boxes in Quito

September 27, 2018

Our Quito, Ecuador staff is stockpiling about 1,300 shoebox size gift boxes for boys and girls ages 2-14. These will be handed out to the children of families living in challenging conditions in and around Quito. For many, it will be the only Christmas gift they receive. This year we’ve been able to secure the […]

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It Takes Teamwork

November 12, 2017

By Dawn Carnill Director of Christmas Outreach The 23-member 2017 South Africa Christmas team is already back home, decorating their own trees and gearing up for their own family holidays in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom. They spent 10 days in South Africa in late November, putting on 17 parties and going on […]

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Farming Student Blossoms at Living Hope

August 15, 2017

In Sun Valley, South Africa, ER partner Living Hope’s Harvest Training Initiative (HTI) equips students with the skills to become successful commercial farmers. The full-time course runs for 18 months and is divided into classroom and practical experience, with subject areas including business, community development and life skills. Living Hope founder John Thomas writes, “The vision of […]

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Suicide By HIV? Not If Living Hope Can Help

October 28, 2016

By Alyssa Carrel Amahle* was twelve years old when she decided to have sex. Growing up in the township of Masiphumelele, she knew the incredible risk of contracting HIV/AIDS; she was counting on it. I don’t know what it feels like to live life dreading the future—a future seemingly devoid of hope. I don’t know […]

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African Hope Trust Fulfills Cape Town Kids’ Need for Love

July 31, 2016

Alyssa Carrel recently returned from a brief stint as a volunteer with ER partner African Hope Trust. Here she details its work with vulnerable children and its plans to build a new safe house. My time at African Hope Trust was brief, but oh how refreshing. I struggle to adequately describe what it felt like […]

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Joy in the Moment, and in Dreams for Tomorrow

May 2, 2016

By Alyssa Carrel ER Volunteer to South Africa Children are known for their wild imaginations, the stories they create, the way they dream. But for a child growing up in poverty, dreams are a luxury they typically can’t afford. That’s why the South Africa Dream Centre is so important to children like Kayleen. This adorable […]

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Mother’s Day in Qwa Qwa: Pregnant Teens Get Support

April 27, 2016

By Aimee Hurtubise Canadian Aimee Hurtubise is helping to change lives through Ignite South Africa. Extreme Response Canada is pleased to be the sending organization for Aimee. The first time I drove into Qwa Qwa, South Africa, I knew I was home.  I still feel that way 10 years later. Although I have spent half […]

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Heartrending Stories, Radiant Beauty

August 29, 2015

By Kim Merrefield, Extreme Women’s Communications Writer Extreme Women volunteer Kim Merrefield recently returned from a visit with ER partners in South Africa. Here she describes her experiences meeting women of uncommon inner beauty. “The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the […]

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