LIV Village Journey

Refilwe Journey

  • LIV Journey

    2001 — 2009

    The journey began in 2001 into Amaoti, the largest informal settlement in KwaZulu-Natal, to feed starving children, under the umbrella of Indlela, and later Lungisani Indlela. By 2009, 600 children were on the Back-2-School project, life skills training was introduced in the schools, over 30 creches were supported with teacher training and daily food, the sports academy had over 50 soccer teams and 16 young adults from the community were trained to manage these projects.

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    In September 2009, LIV was birthed. An 83 acre farm was purchased, north of Amaoti, next to the community of Cottonlands, and the building of the Village began.

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    In April 2010, 4000 guests from Government, Business and Churches, came together for the biggest banquet ever held at the Durban ICC. Special guests and speakers included Dr. Zweli Mkhize, Premier of KZN, John Smit, ex SA rugby captain, Shaun Pollock, ex SA cricket captain, and the world renowned Watoto Children’s Choir from Uganda. This was the beginning of a special partnership between Government, Business and the Church, working together to tackle the orphan crisis in South Africa and Africa.

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    2010 — 2011

    In June 2010 the first phase of LIV School and the church went under construction, followed by the first 16 houses. Women’s Day on 9th August 2011 celebrated the arrival of the first mothers and the opening of LIV School with 6 pupils. 2011 was a year of building in many areas, including the Social Services and Homes Management, Education, Marketing and Admin departments, as well as the start of LIV Business to not only provide jobs and skills, but to also contribute towards the sustainability of the Village.

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    The first Village almost complete: 96 homes, an ECD Centre to cater for 200+ preschoolers, pre-school and primary schools up and running with 9 teachers. They are supported by qualified volunteer physiotherapists, occupational and speech therapists. The LIV Social Services and Homes Management departments provide counselling for the children and guidance for the mothers, as well as recruiting and training for future mothers. They are supported by Clinical Psychologists, and a Paediatrician.

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    Completion of the Multi-purpose hall and Church, with adjacent admin block, to host the 5 Year Celebration. This included a memorable Banquet No 2, for 400 guests, a celebration of how far LIV has come; the Woman of worth conference; Business Breakfast and youth worship concert.

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    Between May and September, the first LIV Choir toured and went to Johannesburg, the UK and Dubai where they shared the “LIV the Journey” story through vibrant song and dance productions.

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    LIV has purchased the 120 hectare neighbouring farm for a further two Villages, catering for another 2,500 children. An option has been taken on further neighbouring land to increase the number of children to be cared for in the LIV Cottonlands Villages to between 4,000 and 5,000 children. LIV is assisting others, who have the same vision, to build Villages in Pretoria, Benoni, Kimberley, Grahamstown, East London and George.

  • Journeys - Office

    2004 — 2007

    Partnered with Right to Care to support its HIV/AIDS activities. Registered the Christian Clinic (Refilwe) as a Non Profit Organization. Partnered with NOAH to start a Day Care Centre. Moved to Plot 87 & 90 of the farm Lindley and Jaco van Schalkwyk became the Project Leader. Signed indefinite term lease with the Anglican Church for an 18 hectares site north of Lanseria Airport.

  • Journeys - Christian Clinic

    1992 — 2000

    Primary Health Care Clinic: total number of patients who received health care services during this period - minimum 10,000. TB program for an average of 40 patients per month. Established an early afternoon learning center for children. Children’s home for 27 children from orphaned and vulnerable backgrounds.

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    2000 — 2004

    Refilwe School: total number of children who attended the school during this period - 60 per year. Refilwe Hospice: total number of in-patients during this period – 200. Registered as a Section 21 company. Partnered with Department of Social Development to run a Drop-In-Centre. Registered the Refilwe Community School as a Non-Profit Organization.

  • Journeys - Houses


    Refilwe and Right to Care partnered with Blue Cross Health to manage the HIV/AIDS and primary health care program. Repair and upgrade of site infrastructure: renovations of all existing structures to accommodate child and community care programs. This includes ten children’s cottages, two resident volunteer cottages, a computer room, a library, workshops, storage areas, office complex, community support center, day care center, clinic, roads, garden and landscaping.

  • Journeys - Hope

    2005 — 2009

    Drop-In-Centre program for orphaned and vulnerable children, and HIV/AIDS affected and infected individuals from the surrounding communities supported through a partnership with the Department of Social Development. Launched the ACAT Skills Development Program for entrepreneurial and life skills training. Launched the Resident Volunteer program for international volunteers. Official launch of the God Parents Project (based on a foster care system) to provide family structures for orphaned and vulnerable children placed at Refilwe by the Children’s Court through the Department of Social Development. This program provided homes for 43 children.

  • Journeys - Clinic

    2007 — 2008

    Built the Community Hall. Partnered with the Infinite Families –mentorship program for foster children. Established the Piggery to serve as an income generation project for Refilwe. Started the Hands of Hope School for seven Grade 8 learners. Commenced major site upgrades to combat erosion and to replace invader trees with indigenous trees. NOAH handed management of the Day Care Centre over to Refilwe. Number of children attending the Day Care Centre: 60. Established the Organic Fruit Orchard as a Refilwe Enterprise project. Blue Cross Health terminated HIV/AIDs, TB and Primary Health Care services. Refilwe continued with a community based health care program. Founder Jean Stewart became involved with the training and mentoring of the home based care workers.

  • Journeys - Worm Farm

    2008 — 2009

    Right to Care partnered with Refilwe and the Department of Social Development to expand the community based HIV/AIDS, TB and home based care health care program. This program offers intensive training for the home based care workers and will serve at least 500 regular clients per year. Established the Refilwe Carpentry Project as part of Refilwe Enterprises. Started the registration process for the Hands of Hope School and the Day Care Centre. Number of learners enrolled in the school increased to 18. Established Worm cycle as part of the Refilwe Enterprises.

  • Journeys - Sister Didi

    2010 — 2012

    Preschool started in its current form (initially located in the house where the baby home is now). Kids Club started for Joe Slovo and Community Kids – has grown to 140 kids! Baby Home Opens (started with 6 babies, expanded to 12 in 2014). Partner Clinic – Refilwe Bophelo Opens, run by Sister Didi. Jaco Resigns. GUESS renovations to the office, children’s center and GPP housing

  • Journeys - Holiday Club

    2013 — 2015

    Lelane & Current Board Appointed. GPP Afterschool Program Starts. First Holiday Club for Joe Slovo & Refilwe children during school holidays. Partner with Rotary and the Lego Trust to distribute Duplo Blocks among all of our community daycare centers and train the teachers in educational use of Lego. Ithuteng & Recycle project Opens – quickly grows to over 100 children. Training for our ECD Outreach Partners (Community Daycare Centers) in basic formal Early Childhood Development Training

  • Journeys - Baby


    Childcare: Baby Home (12 babies, 0-3yrs) God Parent Program (16 children – 6-20) Independent Living Program (4 young adults – 20+)

    Community Development: Refilwe Preschool (70 children – 3-6yrs) ECD Outreach (17 community schools, influencing over 700 children) Ithuteng Aftercare (120 children Grade 1-12) Kids Club and Holiday Club (140 children – 3-18yrs)

    Skills Development: Worm Farm (6 staff members) Nursery (2 staff members) Recycling (1 staff member and Swap Shop benefits 120 children at Ithuteng)

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Refilwe Community Project merges with LIV Village.

South Africa needs thousands of Villages across the country in order to turn our biggest problem into the solution. These children, who could become future gangsters and street children, can become future leaders and valuable citizens of our nation, in turn helping others to rise up out of poverty and abuse.

Together we can do it!