Spring 2019 Update from the Field
May 6, 2019
2022 Spring Projects
April 3, 2022

Many praises are due to our generous donors and volunteers over the last few months. With so much happening on the ground, it’s taken a lot more hands-on-deck to provide the resources and support for those under our care. As we’ve continued to reach more children during COVID and after, the Cloete family has been there every step of the way. VSA gives praise to God for Theunis, Karin, and their daughter Sharne. The Cloete family has been vital in helping VSA better care for the organizations we partner with and the children we support.

Theunis is a chemical engineer by trade but retired early in life to spend more time in the ministry. His wife Karin is a math professor at Nelson Mandela Bay University in Port Elizabeth. Theunis has established relationships with multiple volunteers and organizations throughout South Africa. These relationships include organizations we’ve partnered with over the years like JAM Ministries and YWAM. With them and the help of their daughter Sharne, VSA has been able to stay on top of the needs of our caretakers and children. Specifically, ensuring our students progress in their studies and find the right opportunities as they progress beyond matriculating, and into their professional lives or college and university.

Their daughter Sharne, who has a passion for teaching and is partway through her own university program, has been caring for the children at Door of Hope throughout the week. Sharne has started homework clubs with the children and is keeping pace with their teachers to ensure there is appropriate communication and the needs of the children are met.  Between the schools’ administrators and the Cloete family, we’ve been able to place children in the best possible situations to succeed. This includes placing children in the right school, extracurricular programs, and providing assistive mentoring.   

Words cannot express the strategic role this plays in responsibly appropriating VSAs resources. This optimizes our ability to place potential donors looking for the best match to sponsor children. These relationships give VSA a stronger footing on the ground and build on the relationships we’ve established throughout South Africa.

Lastly, we give praise to the local board of Jehovah Jireh Heaven. JJH’s board graciously welcomed Jesse Brown of VSA this past month to their orphanage. Village South Africa wants to thank the entire JJH Board for their unselfish dedication to assisting Neels and Molly Bam through blessed and challenging times. They’ve been steadfast in serving JJH and supporting its vision since its inception and we thank God for their serving hearts.