Andrew Wartnaby and his wife run Hope Farm, a home for black orphaned children near Cato Ridge in KZN, South Africa. This is Andrew’s story;
“We started Hope Farm about 8 years ago in response to the needs of black orphaned children in KZN and a strong calling from God. In the past 8 years we have cared for children that have been abandoned, abused or just have no one to care for them. We have fostered more than 60 children in that time. Most of the children have been successfully homed elsewhere. We have personally adopted five children and are in the process of adopting two more. We also facilitate adoptions both locally and internationally. We have between 10 and fifteen children living in our home at any one time. As the children grow, they need more personal space. In order to expand and care for more children, we need more bedrooms. With this in mind we have begun building two more bedrooms.”
The TomorrowToday Foundation became aware of this need and has been part of the project that has funded the building of an extra wing to Hope Farm.
iPutheng Primary School
Iputheng Primary School is a primary school situated in the township of Alexandra. It is a school that was built for 800 learners and now they have over 1400 enrolled learners. It is a no-fee paying school, catering for children of parents who aren’t able to afford to pay for their education. Learners are provided two meals a day at the school. Mike Thobejane was approached by the Department of Education to take over iPutheng and to try steer it out of the dire situation it was in.
The Lighthouse Mission
Bringing the love of Christ to the disadvantaged through community support & empowerment.
The Lighthouse Mission was started in January 2010, and are a Non-Profit Company (2012/147826/08).
After working at Village of Hope for two years & working closely with the children of Klein Begin, they recognized the desperate need in the Community. Working with children for an hour a week was not enough to make an impact in peoples lives & we realized the need of working with the entire family. There is so much brokenness which stems from the adults. Broken parents make broken children, resulting in a never-ending vicious circle. At Lighthouse, with God’s help, they aim to help rebuild the family unit using their skills & contacts to assist in empowering parents to take charge of their own lives and in turn, provide the best for their families.
Working within a contained area, Klein Begin, Grabouw, they aim to bring the Love of Christ to the disadvantaged and assist in re-building the family unit. Using Biblical principles, they aim to empower the residents to fulfill the life that Christ intended for them. Walking and working alongside adults & children, discipling them to find the same passion for Christ and people, the Lighthouse Mission goals are self-sustainability and growing ministry that will help people all over South Africa.
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