Vredehoek is a house for girls. The senior child-care worker, Rina du Preez and her husband, Francois, are the house parents. Youngsters between the ages of 12 and 18 are accommodated here. At the moment, there are 12 girls in the house.
The developmental assessment method is used to ensure that the children’s physical, educational and therapeutic needs are met.
The girls are kept busy with activities like art, baking, food preparation, etc.
On weekends, we relax around a barbeque and the girls tell stories or talk about their parental homes. Once a year they also go to a Christian camp organised by the Dutch Reformed congregation of the Klipkerk.
Our host congregations are very involved. They make the outings to the Spur possible and periodically take the girls for other excursions. The girls also regularly receive gifts from the host congregations. The Dutch Reformed Church congregations, who look after us, are Bultfontein, Hoopstad, Wilgehof and Wesselsbron North.
We have an aviary with a variety of birds. The girls enjoy sitting beside the cages and watching the birds for hours on end. It functions as a safe retreat for some of them.
We would like to renovate our house and put new wardrobes in the rooms to ensure that each girl has her own wardrobe and privicy.
The girls like to dress nicely, especially those who never had the opportunity to own fine clothing. We do what we can to obtain this for them.
We are grateful to every instance, volunteer and friend who supports us and make it possible to attend to the needs of the girls.