South Africa

Victor Overcomes Chaos, Aces Exams

June 27, 2019

By Alyssa Carrel, ER Staff Writer At the end of the first term of the school year, Victor* was failing math. He has continually struggled in school. When Victor was in first grade, his mother lost her leg in a train accident. Victor’s grandparents have been raising him and his sister. During the chaos of […]

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Aiysha Overcomes a Broken Family

June 19, 2019

By Alyssa Carrel, ER Staff Writer Life is often tragedy. We struggle and fight to claw our way out of the sadness that wants nothing more than to pull us back down. Tragedy can be intoxicating, telling us we were never anything special and now that we’ve suffered, we will never be anything special. In […]

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Nepal Summit Inspires Leaders

May 24, 2019

Question: When a young organization is helping vulnerable people in distant, sometimes remote parts of the world, how do you make sure the work is sustainable? This is a real-life challenge faced by ER partner Xulon Project of Pokhara, Nepal and others in the region. Answer: The solution is to train the current and next […]

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It’s Harvest Time in South Africa

April 16, 2019

Following is an excerpt from ER partner Living Hope’s latest eNewsletter. Here, John Thomas shares how teaching farming is helping vulnerable people learn a trade, gain confidence, build relationships and become sustainable. By John Thomas, Executive Director, Living Hope Trust Living Hope’s ‘Harvest Training Initiative’ program trains students in agriculture, business and missions. It is the […]

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Overcoming Evil in South Africa

February 28, 2019

By Alyssa Carrell There is an atmosphere of evil when you enter Beaufort West, South Africa. This city of 45,000 is plagued by human trafficking. According to Justice International: *600,000 women and children are sex trafficked every year in Africa. *80% of their first contact with a trafficker was through a woman. *Trafficked women, girls and […]

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It’s Time to Join a Christmas Team

January 9, 2019

Gifts Open Door to Boy’s Heart By Alyssa Carrel, ER Writer Since his arrival in 2012 at African Hope Trust, an ER partner operating safe homes for children located in South Africa, Ekundayo* has kept himself at arm’s length from everyone aside from his house Mama. He doesn’t show affection and rarely expresses emotion, reflecting his […]

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Family is the Joy of Life

January 1, 2019

By Dawn Carnill, Director of Christmas Outreach In this blog, Dawn Carnill gives you a front-row seat to the journey of a young Filipino enduring cancer and how he radiates hope despite his circumstances. It’s the most wonderful time of the year again! Time for shopping, school programs, cookie baking, present wrapping, decorating and partying. It’s […]

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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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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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