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GCF is a Child Protection Organization promoting the rights and wellbeing of children.

GCF operates from the conviction that children have the right to grow up in a family and this principle is embedded in the GCF vision.

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#mondayswithmonica

Go on, give a hug!

Have you noticed that after Covid-19, there is something that has become quite awkward? Before, we never questioned it, but now it is “Do I, or don’t I?” ๐Ÿค—

Do I give a hug? ๐Ÿค—

The fact that we are already quite a touch-deprived people, many people live such solitary or busy lives with reduced social interaction and touching, we would all benefit better healthy lifestyles if we hugged more. Especially for our growing children, hugs are really great – it helps them develop better, helps prevent tantrums, builds resilience, helps parent-child bonding, helps communication, grows the love hormone Oxytocin, builds trust, increases self-esteem, reduces pain, stress and fear – even in adults. ๐Ÿค—

Family Therapist, Virginia Satir, says we need FOUR hugs for survival, EIGHT hugs for maintenance, and TWELVE hugs for growth. We could all benefit from giving and taking hugs, so when you feel safe, ask for and give hugs. ๐Ÿค—

It is ok to say no to hugs, and that needs to be respected. Be sure to teach kids how to kindly refuse a hug. Asking permission before hugging and making sure that saying “no” is acceptable, it builds the foundation for understanding consent. #everyoneneedsahugU#giveahuge#hugsaregoodforusr#askpermission##itsokaytosaynoreGoodForUs #AskPermission #ItsOkayToSayNo
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#MondaysWithMonica

Go on, give a hug! 

Have you noticed that after Covid-19, there is something that has become quite awkward? Before, we never questioned it, but now it is โ€œDo I, or donโ€™t I?โ€ ๐Ÿค—

Do I give a hug? ๐Ÿค—

The fact that we are already quite a touch-deprived people, many people live such solitary or busy lives with reduced social interaction and touching, we would all benefit better healthy lifestyles if we hugged more.  Especially for our growing children, hugs are really great โ€“ it helps them develop better, helps prevent tantrums, builds resilience, helps parent-child bonding, helps communication, grows the love hormone Oxytocin, builds trust, increases self-esteem, reduces pain, stress and fear โ€“ even in adults. ๐Ÿค— 

Family Therapist, Virginia Satir, says we need FOUR hugs for survival, EIGHT hugs for maintenance, and TWELVE hugs for growth.  We could all benefit from giving and taking hugs, so when you feel safe, ask for and give hugs. ๐Ÿค—

It is ok to say no to hugs, and that needs to be respected. Be sure to teach kids how to kindly refuse a hug. Asking permission before hugging and making sure that saying โ€œnoโ€ is acceptable, it builds the foundation for understanding consent. ๐Ÿค—

GO ON, GIVE A HUG! ๐Ÿค—

Love,
Monica โค๏ธ

#EveryoneNeedsAHug #GiveAHug #HugsAreGoodForUs #AskPermission #ItsOkayToSayNo

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Sending hugs ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—

#StoriesOfHope

Listen to Bajabulile's story about becoming a foster parent!

open.spotify.com/episode/1KkbFebEW1lRp2GwNI1nlF

Every child deserves at least one adult who is crazy about them! โค๏ธ

Thank you Mergon for this platform and opportunity to share stories of hope. ๐Ÿ™

#fostercare #importanceofbecomingafosterparent
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#StoriesOfHope

Listen to Bajabuliles story about becoming a foster parent! 

https://open.spotify.com/episode/1KkbFebEW1lRp2GwNI1nlF 

Every child deserves at least one adult who is crazy about them! โค๏ธ

Thank you Mergon for this platform and opportunity to share stories of hope. ๐Ÿ™

#FosterCare #ImportanceOfBecomingAFosterParent

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Thank you for this wounderful story of Hope. Be blessed ๐Ÿ’–

Thank you for the amazing work you do Give a Child a Family Africa! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’›

Thank u cousin for good job and nothando lwakho

4 days ago
Give a Child a Family Africa

#Justice4Children

An emotionally charged morning - a breakfast meeting with religious leaders.

Why do we need to know about children's rights? "Change starts with us all" was heard by these pastors of our communities, who were shocked, saddened, and angry about the full picture of the devastating statistics of children in our Ugu District... we want a safer Ugu, but it has to start with us.

The programme gave space for discussions, questions, and challenging each other on the way forward.

"This is a programme for Ugu - making a change where we live and work. It's not just theoretical, but touches the very heart of where we live and where our children grow."

Thank you Nelson Mandela Childrens Fund for your partnership in this. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

Thank you SKZNCC for bringing this group together. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

Together we are stronger! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ

#SocialJustice #SaferCommunities #StrongerTogether #ProtectiveBehaviour
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#Justice4Children 

An emotionally charged morning - a breakfast meeting with religious leaders.  

Why do we need to know about childrens rights? Change starts with us all was heard by these pastors of our communities, who were shocked, saddened, and angry about the full picture of the devastating statistics of children in our Ugu District... we want a safer Ugu, but it has to start with us.  

The programme gave space for discussions, questions, and challenging each other on the way forward. 

This is a programme for Ugu - making a change where we live and work. Its not just theoretical, but touches the very heart of where we live and where our children grow. 

Thank you Nelson Mandela Childrens Fund for your partnership in this. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

Thank you SKZNCC for bringing this group together. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

Together we are stronger! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ

#SocialJustice #SaferCommunities #StrongerTogether #ProtectiveBehaviour

Nelson Mandela Childrens Fund it was an honour hosting you, and it was the highlight of our week as well. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Thank you for partnering with us. โค๏ธ

#childrenslivesmatter #childprotection365 #ServeLikeMandela
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Nelson Mandela Childrens Fund it was an honour hosting you, and it was the highlight of our week as well. ๐Ÿ˜Š 

Thank you for partnering with us. โค๏ธ

#ChildrensLivesMatter #ChildProtection365 #ServeLikeMandela

#mondaywithmonica

I am the proud grandmother (for the 16th time) to another beautiful baby boy, Asher. Basil and I are so blessed, with 11 grand boys and 5 grand girls. I got to hang out with him a bit this weekend and there is no better feeling than holding these little ones as grandparents… little responsibility with great joy. ๐Ÿ˜Š

I can’t help but think of this 80-year-old woman, Gogo Zwane, who had gone through our Parenting4Life training. The support group was vibrant and I don’t think there was anyone under the age of 65… they were all caring for their grandchildren. No leisure and recreation for them… ๐Ÿ˜”

After some vibrant singing and dancing, these beautiful ladies started sharing about the benefit of the training. “What is your greatest dream, or desire, or prayer request?” The 80-year-old Gogo Zwane shared and cried; every day she prays that she will live until the 8 children she is caring for will be old enough to look after themselves. Her own children had died, and others had left for greener pastures and left their children with her. What a responsibility. I was all choked up when I saw the faith of Gogo Zwane, but I also knew time was running out, and then what? ๐Ÿคท‍โ™€๏ธ

These are the challenges some of our grannies have to carry in this country, a great burden, something Give a Child a Family Africa is addressing by training parents to be parents and taking responsibility for their children’s safety and care, and also asking families to assist in caring for an extra child in need. ๐Ÿ˜‡

For more info, contact us #familiesforevero#familycareo#fostercaree#familymatters#FamiliesForever #FamilyCare #FosterCare #FamilyMatters
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#MondayWithMonica 

I am the proud grandmother (for the 16th time) to another beautiful baby boy, Asher. Basil and I are so blessed, with 11 grand boys and 5 grand girls. I got to hang out with him a bit this weekend and there is no better feeling than holding these little ones as grandparentsโ€ฆ little responsibility with great joy. ๐Ÿ˜Š  

I canโ€™t help but think of this 80-year-old woman, Gogo Zwane, who had gone through our Parenting4Life training. The support group was vibrant and I donโ€™t think there was anyone under the age of 65โ€ฆ they were all caring for their grandchildren. No leisure and recreation for themโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ˜”

After some vibrant singing and dancing, these beautiful ladies started sharing about the benefit of the training. โ€œWhat is your greatest dream, or desire, or prayer request?โ€ The 80-year-old Gogo Zwane shared and cried; every day she prays that she will live until the 8 children she is caring for will be old enough to look after themselves. Her own children had died, and others had left for greener pastures and left their children with her. What a responsibility. I was all choked up when I saw the faith of Gogo Zwane, but I also knew time was running out, and then what? ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

These are the challenges some of our grannies have to carry in this country, a great burden, something Give a Child a Family Africa is addressing by training parents to be parents and taking responsibility for their childrenโ€™s safety and care, and also asking families to assist in caring for an extra child in need. ๐Ÿ˜‡

For more info, contact us on 039 317 2761 or info@gcf.org.za.

Love, 
Monica โค๏ธ

#FamiliesForever #FamilyCare #FosterCare #FamilyMatters

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Congratulations Monica, bundles of love and blessings, so beautiful๐Ÿค—heart moving storyโค๏ธ๐Ÿค

Congratulations on the birth of another bundle of joy!!

Congratulations with this beautifull boy!!๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฅฐ

Congratulations - and what a moving story about Gogo Zwane. Women like her are the backbone of our communities.

What a contrast. Congratulations to you. ๐Ÿ’žโค๏ธ๐Ÿ’. Sad story of Gogo Zwane

Congratulations ๐Ÿ™

Congratulation ๐Ÿ™โค๏ธ

Absolutely precious

Congratulations ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ˜

Congratulations angel

En Gudagiven gåva för er båda ๐Ÿ’– Grattis

Vi får gratulera. Så mysigt.

Mncoo

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