WHAT WE BELIEVE
We are a group of people who are passionate about social justice and transformation in our city. Our NPC was founded on the biblical principle of James 1:27 – we believe that it is our mandate to look after orphans and widows in anyway that we can.
“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstrained from the world. “
James 1:27 ESV
Faith Village is a non-profit company. It is overseen by Life Changers, Table View. PBO NO. 930051248 / NPC 2015/068900/08
MEET THE TEAM
WAYNE & GEN BARTHUS
Wayne and Gen’s heart for the community began when they witnessed poor and vulnerable children being neglected, and decided it was time to step in and do something. They head up the Faith Village team and also serve as Elders at Life Changers in Table View.
DIRECTOR / CHAIRMAN
Rob serves as one of the directors of Faith Village. He is passionate about empowering people with knowledge and loves seeing people thrive. By trade he is a tax consultant, and is married with four children.
JOSE MANUEL DE ABREU
DIRECTOR / VICE-CHAIRMAN
Jose is the founder and managing partner of De Abreu and Cohen Inc law firm, and serves on the team as legal representation.
Jackie is a chartered accountant who is passionate about seeing people, especially children, thrive and become all that they can be. She will be assisting the Faith Village team as Financial Director.
Immanuel is passionate about developing people and systems and seeing these realise their optimal potential. With his experience working in tertiary institutions, the corporate sector and within various social initiatives, he contributes to the team with wisdom and insight.
Sam is passionate to see transformation in children’s lives. She taught grade six for four years before she resigned to step into what she felt called to do, community work. She has been part of Soup Kitchen for four years and is a full-time volunteer at Reading Room.
DON & LEIGH SPENCE
Don & Leigh have faithfully served since Faith Village’s inception. Don runs his own businesss. Leigh is in sales and she is also part of the Faith Village marketing team.
TIM & CORNE PAGE
Tim & Corne diligently serve as part of our core team. Tim is involved in our marketing team. He manages his own IT business. Corne volunteers at Reading Room and is a professional beauty therapist.
KRYSTLE VAN DER BERGH
Krystle has been part of the Faith Village vision since we first began. Professionaly she is a talented Graphic Designer. She is also part of our marketing team.
Q & A
When did Faith Village start?
This journey started in 2010 when we heard the call of God to go and serve poor communities. In 2015 we registered as Faith Village.
What was the motivation behind the idea?
The motivation was purely to serve the less privileged and to save the orphaned and vulnerable children in our communities and surrounds.
What’s the concept behind Faith Village?
To transform abandoned and vulnerable orphans and children into loved and cared for sons and daughters.
What do we do?
We help the needy, vulnerable and less privileged children.
What have we accomplished so far?
The Soup Kitchen has been running since 2010, and the Reading Room since April of 2016.
What are some of our past/current successful events/initiatives?
We have fed and clothed hundreds of children, planted vegetable gardens for almost 30 families, taught language, phonics, spelling, comprehension, listening and reading skills to children in Dunoon Site5.
We also run a project called “Love Renovation”, which is driven through Soup Kitchen and in partnership with our local church. We run clothing and food drives around significant holiday periods, such as Easter and Christmas, and donate the goods to the poor of the surrounding communities.
What are our goals?
To assist by equipping the less privileged with the necessary tools of life to lead them into a preferred future.
What do we want from you?
We would greatly appreciate your financial support, prayers, time (volunteering), donations of any kind and to help us spread the vision and mission of Faith Village.
Describe your dream ‘Faith Village’, if money way?
We would have enough land to build cluster homes to house thousands of children, as well as a shelter for animals. The village would have a school, as well as medical and counselling facilities. We would also love playgrounds and sports fields – everything needed for a full and healthy environment for children to grow up in. We’d have volunteer moms and dads caring for children; teachers, medical staff and every other resource required for the success of the village. We also envision having farming areas for sustainable living and entrepreneurship.
Where will Faith Village be located?
We would like to be located close to Tableview and Dunoon. We would start by serving Site 5 and eventually the whole Dunoon community.