Story of Hope: From Addict to Gifted Barista

Thembinkosi Matimba or “TK” to his friends, was raised in four different environments, rotating between families in the Eastern Cape, Khayelitsha, Gugulethu, and Stellenbosch. At the age of 10, he was briefly reunited with his mother, then passed forward again ...

Story of Hope: From Gang-member to Talented Performer

Daylin Prins grew up in Lantana, a community outside Paarl, South Africa, which is riddled with gangsterism. Many young people in this community grow up in negative and uninspiring situations. Life was not different for Daylin. His mother passed away ...

Story of Hope: From Wide-eyed Boy to Promising Chef

Sandisile Sonka was only 15 when his mother passed away, leaving him with one important responsibility - the imperative of cooking for the family. Born in Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands, Sandisile and his mother would spend hours in the ...

Story of Hope: From Farm Worker to Qualified Teacher

Rozanne Appollis grew up in the notorious Malva Street in Kylemore, a town outside Stellenbosch, flanked by the Simonsberg and Drakenstein mountains. Malva Street is known for its vices, a dangerous place where children are exposed to neglect, drugs and ...

Story of Hope: From Empty Land to Garden of Healing

In South Africa, thousands people suffer from trauma on a daily basis, but do not have access to psychological help. Social injustices, poverty, substance abuse, a lack of education and unemployment are all factors that contribute greatly to a society ...

Story of Hope: From Youth Gangsters to Writers and Actors

Lantana is an area of Paarl known to be riddled with gangsterism. Over the years many lives have been negatively impacted and the community often lives in fear. Monte Christo Miqlat (MCM) runs a variety of empowerment programmes at the ...

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