South Africa

2018 Christmas Team Dates Announced

February 12, 2018

So maybe announcing our 2018 Christmas Outreach Team dates and locations isn’t quite as exciting as the NCAA March Madness Seeding Reveal, but we think it’s pretty great. How else can you impact the lives of kids living in dire circumstances and give them a reason to CELEBRATE, while creating memories that will last you a […]

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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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‘Big Dreams Require Hard Work’

March 16, 2017

We’ve learned something while launching the South Africa Dream Centre: It takes incredible effort to change to course of a child’s life. Sure, we knew tutoring, homework help and nutrition would be foundational to giving these kids a good chance of succeeding in their lives. But we’ve seen that engaging them in activities is equally powerful for […]

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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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