Author Archives: daphnevan58

A Special Friend

I have met a wonderful lady here, a Mama within the community of Munsieville.  She is inspiring in her own right and we are in touch with each other every week.  She has called me for no reason except to say hello and see how I am doing.  We got together yesterday and spent some […]

Four months in and now the work begins!

I am tasked here in Munsieville with developing a sustainable model of change for “shack safety” or as I like to say home safety  because these shacks are people’s homes.  After 4 months of listening, learning, assessing and partnering the volunteers from the community have now been trained.  A small number to start with, 15 […]

A “Pussy” becomes a Lioness

Puseletso (Pussy for short)  is an eleven year old girl whom I am just getting to know.  She is the girl that was burned in the shack fire, which I mentioned in my previous blog.  She was released from hospital last Tuesday and is staying in a safe house with her Mum and older sister.  […]


It is hard to believe it has been over a month since I have written.  Africa Time!!  I have heard this expression a lot since I have been here.  The last month has definitely had its challenges.  Let me follow-up on my last blog with some good news.  You will recall we were helping to […]

It Takes a Community!!

The last week here in Munsieville has been very busy and exciting.  Three key events happened and all three have the common thread of a community coming together with a very generous spirit. From Monday to Friday there was the “Munzi Kids Holiday Club” for children between the ages of 6-14.  It is winter here […]

Hello from Munsieville, South Africa

The adventure has begun. I can now start sharing stories with you after a week of frustration in setting up my blog on my Apple!!  I left Canada on the 16th June and was in London for one week of training with Project Hope UK in preparation for the work that we will be doing […]