CFCI Welfare has been helping the communities, organisations and various operations in all areas of the East Rand and elsewhere for the last 17 years. It has been our privilege to assist many families living in shocking conditions with food, blankets, clothes, and basic toiletries. Young men living on the streets have been taken under our wing where they have been mentored and accommodated until they got back on their feet. Committed people made a huge difference in these young men’s lives and this was noticed and recognised in the surrounding communities.
We have recently joined hands with the local Councils and other organisations to implement a reward system for the homeless, so they are no longer depending on hand outs for food and clothes, but hopefully are enabled to regain their dignity by working for their keep. The plan is to restore a sense of dignity, accountability and responsibility by taking charge of the conditions of the area they live in and being proactive, thus enhancing the area for business owners and residents.
In 2005 CFCI Welfare adopted Ikayalethu children’s home located in Tsakane,
consisting of two small rundown houses. Due to lack of support to upkeep the home, the children were removed and placed in other shelters. CFCI Welfare took it upon themselves to improve the conditions of the home and soon there was an amazing transformation. A new house was built, complete with new fittings, new beds and mattresses, kitchens units, office equipment, new roofing and tiling.
Through the intervention of CFCI Welfare, this home was added to Eskom’s community empowerment project from whom they began to receive regular donations. In 2008 Ikayalethu Children home was fully restored and re-registered as a legitimate and legal children’s home.
In 2003 we adopted Sakisizwe, a small house located in Vusi Musi on the border of Kempton Park. Three mothers from the nearby community started this home having witnessed how the local children had been living; eating leftover food from nearby rat infested dumps, with no basic facilities to even wash. They contacted various
organisations and CFCI Welfare immediately stepped in. This relationship blossomed over the years and in 2006 we together approached community leaders to grant them permission to use a large piece of vacant land close to their current house. Two large shipping containers were obtained and converted into liveable structures. The one was transformed into a kitchen and store room and the other a classroom where the children would be taught, fed, bathed and given basic medical attention. The needs kept growing and in 2008 we completed extensions to their facilities. Today Sakisizwe cares for 65 children and some elderly grandparents. Many have no income at all so fresh produce which is grown on the property is used to give them balanced meals, together with food that we donate and subsidies from Government.
In 2001 we adopted Shalom Children’s Ministry based in Heidelberg which started as a result of seeing the children in the CBD begging for money on the streets. Application was made to Transnet to use an abandoned Railway building and Shalom opened their doors to the children dropped off by the police and others - all were welcomed with open arms. One Child who was left for dead in a rubbish bin is still at Shalom today, years later, and is thriving. We have completed a number of large upgrades to this home such as bathroom renovations, new beds and bedding, tiling of passages, bedrooms, etc. and continue to support this home monthly.
In mid 2009 Shalom’s registration as a children’s home, as well as their grants, was
withdrawn because of the ruling made by government that “no child could be forced to stay in or be raised under a particular religious banner, e.g. “Christian”, but Founders, Ps Henk and Juanita would not comply with the ruling thus losing the grants and registration. But they have now been officially re-registered and today Shalom is home to over 75 children, some of whom have matriculated and are working. One young lady has become a social worker at the local community centre.
Since 1999 the CFCI Welfare has been assisting and serving numerous old age homes, orphanages, shelters and community projects. To date we have helped
thousands of organisations financially, spiritually, physically and materially, not to mention hundreds of thousands of individuals. CFCI Welfare is known to many
organisations and will continue to care for those in need.
The team has visited dozens of various organisations over the years with outpourings of love, enjoying the opportunity to share time with the residents and staff. It gives us the greatest satisfaction knowing that we are changing and uplifting the lives of others in some small measure and we honour God for enabling us to do this work in conjunction with our kind sponsors and donors.