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Monica Woodhouse-Executive Director

Monica, the daughter of Swedish Missionaries, grew up in various parts of South Africa during the Apartheid years. She learned firsthand about the various and different cultures in South Africa which has resulted in her having exceptional cross cultural competence. During the fierce political violence in the 1980’s as a young adult - in the UGU District Kwa-Zulu Natal, by then married to Basil Woodhouse they were placed at Betania Mission, Izotsha, to run a hostel for 130 resident female youth. It was also during this time that Monica became acutely aware of the plight of women who had been abused as well as children who had been abused, abandoned and orphaned. Seeing the first signs of the ravages of HIV/AIDS left a deep impression in her so together with her husband, they founded Give a Child a Family. Monica has been instrumental in developing the material and ethos of the organization – a child protection programme providing family strengthening programmes, foster care and support, reintegration of children back into the family. Monica and her hard working, dedicated team saw this as a solution to placing children into secure and strong families back into the communities. This model is a model of excellence for developing and empowering families, to care for children effectively, the program can assist ALL families and even other developing organizations throughout Africa and even further afield. Monica being a strong believer in networking – “if you want to go fast go alone, If you want to go far go with someone”(African Proverb). Monica is the chairperson of several networks and forums within Government and NGO’s. She is also the mother of 3 biological and 2 fostered children, and she is a proud Grandmother of 7 beautiful grandchildren, all under the age of 6. Monica believes sincerely that “every child needs one adult who is crazy about them”


Charmaine Wagenaar- Director Finance and Services

Charmaine was born in the Free State and completed her B.Compt degree at the University of the Free State in 1992. She completed her learnership training with the Public Accountants and Auditors Board end 1995 in Senekal, as well as in the Free State at then Coopers Lybrandt firm. She also obtained a National Certificate from Technikon SA in Computer Data Processing in 1994. Charmaine joined Give a Child a Family in June 2005 and is really passionate about the vision of “Children in Families”. Her current position is Director Support Services which include Financial, Human Resources, Facilities and Fleet management. She is blessed with 2 lovely children – Marizane and Janus and she enjoys travelling, reading and watching sports, specifically rugby, in her free time.




Lydia Gordon- Director of Programmes

Lydia is a qualified social worker, with a strong background in child, youth, and family based care. She joined Give a Child a Family in January 2010, and is currently Director of Programmes, where she is fundamental to our Family Based Care team of trainers, social workers and caregivers. Lydia is a strong and high spirited leader, and inspires everyone she works with or meets in the communities that she serves. She is always on hand to lend a hand and to ensure that the best interest of the child and families are best served by all parties involved. She is also a mother of two beautiful daughters, who are her pride and joy.



Steven Wetton- Acting Director Special Programmes

Steven had 20 years’ experience as a manager in the hospitality sector before joining GCF in 2012 as Divisional Manager Facilities. With the start of the new Development Division in the beginning of 2013 he moved over as the Manager Development with focus on replication of the GCF model in South Africa and other sub-Saharan countries. He currently oversees projects in Mozambique, Rwanda and the GCF Office in Nairobi, Kenya. Steven conducts training in areas of Management and Capacity Building. Steven has many years experience in Management Processes, Organisational Development, Strategic Planning and Capacity Building is currently completing his a B.Compt through UNISA.




Nomvuyi Sakantaka- Acting Director Development Training

Nomvuyi trained as a Social Worker and joined the GCF Family in March 2013. Her dedication to improving the lives of families at risk, capacity building communities and mentoring like minded organization through the GCF training and development programmes, has taken her all over South Africa and many Africa countries. She is an excellent presenter, trainer and facilitator in the field of Child Protection and Family Strengthening.










Terresa Nxumal- Acting Director Children's Services

Born and raised in the province of KZN, Terresa has 14 years’ experience in the NGO sector working with disadvantaged children. She was a Director for a Child and Youth Care centre in the Ugu district before joining Give a Child a Family in April 2012.  She studied through University of South Africa (UNISA) doing Administration and Finance diploma, which has led to her having strong administration and leadership skills. She is incredibly organised, proficient and dedicated to leading her team of Child and Youth Care workers, setting the bar at a very high level of care for children that she is ultimately responsible for at our Temporary Safe Care Centre.  She ensures children placed with us receive the best care through holistic services and that the best interest of children comes first.  Terresa is married and the proud mother of 2 girls aged 16 and 10 years of age. Terresa believes and support the vision of the organisation “Children in secure families, it’s where they belong”.









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