Through Kibwe we’re currently focusing on:
1. Foster Care - We have three community-based foster homes, in Kayamandi (Stellenbosch), Franschhoek and Somerset West. We’re also in the process of starting a new home in Piketberg.
Living in a small family unit with a caring foster parent is a reasonable alternative for children who can’t be cared for by their biological families. They have a foster family to support and care for them and we hope that one day they’ll either be reunited with their biological families, or failing that, that we’ve provided them with the necessary grounding to lead happy, successful adult lives.
2. Adoption & Fostering Support - As Christians, expanding our families through adoption is a natural response to our faith. As more and more members of Shofar Christian Church are adopting and fostering children, there’s a growing need for information and support for those who are embarking on this journey.
As the NGO mandated with orphan care within the church, we’ve begun hosting info sessions for anyone interested in finding out more about adoption and fostering, covering topics like our Biblical mandate to care for orphans and the basics of the process, as well as testimonies from families who’ve already adopted and fostered.
3. Advocacy - We’re working towards providing church members who want to be actively involved in orphan care with the tools and knowledge to be effective in speaking up for orphans and vulnerable children.
4. Training & Equipping - Healthy caregivers are vital to raising children well, so we’re also working on partnering with individuals and organisations who can help us train, equip and care for them.