Every donation we receive helps us to take rural South African Children on a Path out of Poverty. From birth to early adulthood we ensure that these bright young minds are given a chance to grow and thrive. From education, to food and clothing, blankets and toys, and just providing them with a safe place, we ensure that these children are given the best chance to succeed. Read More…
Dear friend of Goedgedacht
I was standing inside Anna’s tin shack a few weeks ago during a cold snap, watching the condensation running down the walls onto the mud floor. Anna’s house is small, it leaks like a sieve and it was freezing. It’s like living in a fridge.
How in God’s name can anyone survive, let alone thrive in such conditions?
Anna doesn’t have a choice. Her single bed is sitting on four blocks. Her clothes are on homemade hangers hanging from a length of string that goes from one wall to another. Her mattress has several holes in it and she has some very odd looking blanke
ts/bits of sheeting on her bed. She shares this shack with her two children.
Anna is a seasonal worker, work is irregular, looking for work is a constant worry.
She gets by as long as she does not fall ill.
Luckily she lives near our Riverlands POP Youth centre and her children can get a meal from the centre every day after school, do their homework there and generally enjoy themselves before trudging home to a very bleak little house.
But I worry about the cold and the lack of blankets for the three of them who share one single bed.
The cold and wind seeps into this tiny shack through the many cracks and holes in the zinc sheeting.
I am amazed at the endurance of poor people to survive the harshest of conditions and I frequently ask them how they do it? I regularly get the answer that they all help each other and this gives them the strength to keep going.
I’m not the only one who worries. I have a wonderful network of ‘worriers’ that knit the most wonderful woollen items and at this time of the year they start arriving, unannounced, from small packets to black bags full of jerseys, beanies, scarves and blankets. These knitting warriors are my front line troops in the fight against the winter cold and I salute you.
There are some amazing people like Elaine Kriel who knits the most beautiful woollen blankets and every year we get a wonderful pile of them. Then there is Anne Jordan who makes Beanies and Claire Snowball Jackson who this year has given us a 100 pairs of fingerless mittens. I think she has her whole office knitting for our children, last year she had them all knitting blankets.
Sadly I need more than these wonderful women can knit.
This year’s winter appeal is for BLANKETS.
Blankets for the many Anna’s we come across on farms and in the villages where we have a presence. For R 120.00 I can buy a wonderfully warm and cosy blanket.
We all want to do something to help and I am most grateful for what you do each year. I know money is tight and you are endlessly asked to put your hand in your pocket and give, but if you are able I would be thankful if you would consider giving a gift of a blanket.
With your help I can reach out to the many Anna’s of this world and keep them and their children warm in the months ahead.
Please help if you can.
By donating this appeal, you will help us to transport our precious cargo safely. At Goedgedacht, we transport hundreds of children every day . . yes hundreds. We move them from farms around the Kasteelberg, and from the small villages around us. Read More…
Most people in South Africa have “water” on their mind these days. It’s either floods with all the top soil being washed away or terrible droughts. We are in the dry area and our children and their parents are desperate for water and it’s very easy for them to lose heart.
So what do we do? How can we stop these families falling into despair? We say it’s back to basics. GROW YOUR OWN FOOD. Use the small amount of grey and roof water you have to feed a few cardboard trays of seedlings.
Let’s prepare for the coming winter in the belief that the rains will come.
Get an old cardboard box, fill it with soil, put it on a flat surface in a shady spot and plant seedlings. Lay them out carefully in rows and sprinkle them with the little water you have, take care of them and enjoy watching them grow.
Our horticulturist Mikal Lambert and his team have set themselves the task of establishing 800 organic vegetable gardens by December 2018. Working in the 9 villages where we have POP youth centres he is already well on his way with 662 gardens already in place, and he is confident he will reach his goal.
How is he going to reach his target? He is going to provide families with vegetable seeds, some compost and advice. Please help us reach as many families as possible by supporting our seed appeal.
Donate a Box of Blessings
For R350 we can give each family a substantial boost to get them through the difficult times between the various harvests. The contents of a Box of Blessings includes staple food items which we will buy but then we will add to that any small items that we have been storing up during the year such as toiletries, clothes, etc… Read More…
Sponsor a Child
Sponsoring a Child on the Path Out of Poverty (POP) programme is all about helping African children to escape the many ‘poverty traps’ that they find in their lives. Please consider SPONSORING a child – for just R125 a month you will be able to assist our rural children as they try to blossom and grow into educated and responsible citizens. Read More…
Donate and Dedicate an Olive Tree
Your donation of R500 covers the price of the tree and its nurturing for five years, until it becomes fruit bearing. It also includes the charge for scripting a dedication onto a metal plaque and placing it on our Dedication Wall in the Olive Peace Grove. Read More…
Book your Wedding & Conference
Goedgedacht farm is a perfect venue for a beautifully relaxed wedding or special occasion. We offer full weekend wedding options for couples who wish to enjoy quality time with their friends and family. Instead of just spending a couple of hours together we offer exclusive use of the whole of Goedgedacht from Friday to Sunday. This includes accommodation, full catering facilities, a chapel and reception areas. Read More…
Do It for Charity
Do It 4 Charity is a website that allows anybody who wants to run, walk, paddle, swim or cycle for charity – or who accepts a dare to bungee jump, skydive, lose weight or do anything else for charity – to set up their own fundraising blog on their website free of charge – and then encourage friends, family and business colleagues to support their efforts. Read More…
My School Card
Help us by signing up for a My School Card and associating it with The Goedgedacht Trust. Every time you use your card at any of My School Card’s partner stores they’ll give back a percentage of your purchase value, on your behalf, to the Goedgedacht Trust at absolutely no cost to you! Read More…