African Blessing is a Non Profit Company and a Public Benefit Organisation situated in Rustfontein, Bronkhorstspruit.
Our "faith and love through action" has led us in the direction of caring for our community, children, animals and the environment.
At African Blessings we believe that human beings are our most precious resource, and we do our best to care for each other, our families and our neighbours in every way possible.
Our team is responsible for remaining focused in achieving the eventual goal of establishing the Jochebed Children's Village. The village will be a place that orphaned or abandoned children can call home. We hope to create a home where the individual is safe, sustained and developed to their full potential. A place where true leaders are raised.
Farming is a huge part of what we do at African Blessings, and the staff work incredibly hard to make sure that the farm operates effectively on a day to day basis. As a result we are able to grow our own delicious organic vegetables that are able to feed those that live on the farm, as well as in the surrounding areas.
Training on the Foundations for Farming principles has been an on-going activity at the African Blessings farm. The staff offer training to those in the community and beyond on creating sustainable food gardens and ways in which to grow and nurture their own crops.
The focus on animal welfare is ever present at African Blessings, and our passion lies with animals and their wellbeing. Since animals have no voice of their own, but feel the same pain we feel, African Blessings has become the voice for these animals. Helping the abused, abandoned, hurt and hungry animals in the best way that they can.
This has led us to the creation of Community Critter Care. This outreach is responsible for treating animals in the community, as well as teaching owners how to love and care for their pets. The communities which now take care for their animals have testified that they now feel more peaceful in themselves and prefer to protect their animals rather than to attack them. We continue to reward faithful owners by inviting them to participate in our annual dog show and take pride in their well-cared for dogs.
Our love for animals can also be seen at the African Blessings farm, as we have rescue horses and donkeys that live in the beautiful stableshere, receiving the very best care.
With all of that being said, our hope is to continue growth in all the philanthropic activities that we are involved in. We know that through our combined efforts we will make a difference in each and every project that we tackle.
“Raising communities to excellence”
Growing South Africa, one community at a time: African Blessings is a Non Profit Company and a Public Benefit Organisation on a mission to uplift, educate and empower communities of South Africa.
We are positive that through our efforts we are able to empower communities to confidently contribute to society and that future leaders will be guided by values, principles and a passion to succeed. We are devoted to planting the seeds of growth for future generations.
Delia and Ian discuss starting a charity – Dream Catcher was created.
Name changes from Dream Catcher to African Blessings.
A new board of Directors is appointed for African Blessings.
A year of planning and searching for the correct location for African Blessings.
“The land” – Rustfontein Farm – was found and purchased.
Rita and Brian arrive at African Blessings farm from PE.
Jochebed Children’s Village property development plan drafted.
The architect’s plans were drawn up for Jochebed + animals joined + more stewards (Johan and Michelle Groenewald).
Jochebed construction began in January 2010 + Official Foundation Laying Ceremony held in May 2010.
Food Gardens – Farming God’s Way – started.
More stewards arrive at the farm.
The Early Learning Centre was completed and officially opened to our first group of learners.
December 2013 – the staff houses were completed.
Major progress in the construction of Jochebed has taken place to date.
January - building work on the cottages for the Jochebed children is well underway.
Work is continued on Jochebed Children’s Village.
The new Early Learning Centre FINALLY opens and the learners move in.
New horses arrive at African Blessings.
New donkey comes to African Blessings.
African Hive Apiary produced its first edible honey
A tribute to Godfrey
Aurecon started painting learning centre's wall mural
Wild Side Creative finished painting learning centre's wall mural
Barnyard Theatre: Rockwood Theatre raised funds for critter care
Rita Edkins is the On-Site/Missions Director at the Rustfontein Farm and provides guidance and leadership for the staff on the farm. Largely invested in the organisation’s projects and committed to achieving the greater vision, Rita is the driving force and the hands-on-hands behind all the African Blessings outreach programmes.
A gifted and passionate sportsman, Bruce has a vision to “give back” though assisting children in sport. By sharing his passion and sporting abilities with the children at Jochebed, he will be able to participate in their lives in a meaningful way and encourage and develop their talents and abilities.
Delia brings endless passion and drive to her role as a Director of African Blessings. She considers herself privileged to be able to pour her life’s energy into creating a better place for all living creatures and her personal vision is the creation of a centre for rescued animals.
As a qualified accountant - BComm (Hons), Financial Accounting – Elize oversees the financial aspects of African Blessings. She makes sure that the funds are safely managed and ensures that “a little goes a long way”. Elize has a personal vision to create a lasting change in the lives of underprivileged and needy children in South Africa.
Marketer by training, Entrepreneur by opportunity, Leader by example, Sportsman by spirit, Religious by conviction and Developer by sheer guts. Ian's contribution to African Blessings is invaluable and is predominantly related to finance. His personal vision is in the development of the children of Jochebed Children's Village.
Marjorie's focus role as a Director of African Blessings is Corporate Governance. Her knowledge and experience in this regard, gained through her professional career, means a crucial aspect of the custodianship of a Section 18 NPO is in capable hands. Marjorie is passionate about the development of children at African Blessings.
Paul’s primary role as a Director on the African Blessings board is that of Communication Officer. His objective is to co-ordinate communication strategies that effectively describe and promote the organisation; its projects and its vision. To this end, his priority is to create, implement and oversee innovative and effective communication platforms and media.