The South Africa project

About Botshabelo, South Africa

  • 200,000 total residents
  • 70 percent unemployment
  • 70,000 total children
  • 30,000 orphans
  • 10,500 critically vulnerable* children

*homeless, physically or sexually abused, neglected, and/or without food

Our mission partner

Setshabelo Family and Child Services (SFCS), founded in 2014, is the first Black national child protection agency in South Africa. It addresses the challenges of orphans and vulnerable children by mobilizing area faith communities. Its unique approach seeks to shift away from institutional care—orphanages—and instead develop family-based models for a child’s care.

SFCS strives to embody the love of Christ by:

  • Providing crisis intervention and temporary emergency care for at-risk kids.
  • Offering family counseling, foster care, and adoption services to strengthen and equip families.
  • Teaching life skills and spiritual values to young people to break the cycle of poverty.

Our goals in South Africa

The RCA is partnering with Setshabelo Family and Child Services (SFCS) to accomplish the following in five years:

  1. Reduce the number of orphans and vulnerable children in Botshabelo by 10 percent (4,050 children).
  2. Raise awareness about family-based care for orphans and critically vulnerable children.
  3. Actively involve at least 40 percent (100 churches) of area churches in growing family-based care for orphans and critically vulnerable children.

To reach our goals, we are …

  1. Placing children in loving homes or establishing support in their existing families.

  2. Bringing awareness about SFCS’s family-based care for orphans and critically vulnerable children through events, church engagement, and radio programs.

  3. 3. Engaging families in parental training programs.

You can get involved:

  • Join the network of people supporting the work in South Africa
  • Help RCA Global Mission financially support jobs at SFCS (a family and child social worker, a church and community engagement coordinator, a North American partnership coordinator, and interns).
  • Personally serve in Botshabelo through a mission awareness trip. You will gain an understanding of the work at SFCS and build relationships for future ministry.
  • Hold classes at your church on the history of apartheid, its relationship to the church, and how it affects today’s challenges with orphans and vulnerable children.
  • Support Denise Kingdom Grier. Denise will serve as a bridge between the North American and South African partners to develop and maintain positive community relationships between churches and partners. She will share the stories from South Africa with RCA churches and maintain communication between Setshabelo Family Services in South Africa, Bethany Christian Services Global and RCA Global Mission.
  • Contact Scott Engelsman to get involved:

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