The Guardian Project Ministry was formed to answer the call of effectively combatting the plight of substance abuse in our community and aims to reintroduce moral standards into the lives of the people encountered. It is a faith-based organisation founded in 2007 by Casey and Judy Kooiman, themselves recovered addicts.
The Ministry focusses on the individual rather than the stigma, and sees an addict as someone’s son, daughter, mother, father, brother, sister or friend. The person is considered just as much a part of the community as anyone else.
‘We realize that substance abuse in our country is not just going to go away and that ignoring the problem will effectively make it worse.’ – Casey Kooiman
Ezekiel House, Pretoria East, was set up by The Guardian Project Ministry as a recovery centre for drug dependent people who are committed to working their way out of the self-destructive lifestyle they had fallen into.
It is here where ID-Tech is actively involved. Not only is ID-Tech commit to The Guardian Project Ministry on an ongoing basis, but Tony (Director, ID-Tech) and his wife, Cheryl, visit Ezekiel House with a team of volunteers on a weekly basis and serve as mentors and friends to many of Ezekiel House’s residents.
‘We all make mistakes.’ says Tony. ‘And could all do with a bit of grace and a helping hand sometimes. I believe in Casey and Judy’s vision, and their organization is making a real, lasting difference in the lives of these individuals. Of course I want to be a part of that!’
Visit http://guardianproject.co.za/index.htm to find out more about Ezekiel House.
Tony (Director, ID-Tech) feels especially passionate about special needs children and their access to quality education within a holistic care environment.
Having served as a sponsor of New Hope School for many years already, Tony desires to be a source of hope and encouragement to the children with whom he connects. Through his motivational talks, he validates each child’s worth and enjoys encouraging them to dream.
A portion of ID-Tech’s income is also channeled into New Hope School where it adds to making a real difference in its day-to-day operations.
New Hope School has 410 learners from diverse cultural backgrounds, ranging from preschool to matric. Each child braves challenges such as cerebral palsy, physical disability, traumatic head injury or specific learning disabilities.
Educators, psychologists, counselor, physio -, occupational- and speech therapists, class room facilitators and general assistants all from part of the team to help each learner overcome their specific learning barriers. The school also has a full time nursing sister and social worker.
New Hope School is unique in offering three Curricular Streams in order to afford each learner the opportunity to develop optimally. Besides the academic mainstream curriculum, the school also has a Vocational Skills (which equips learners with entrepreneurial and work-related skills) as well as a Life Skills Phase (in which learners are supported to function independently and to develop appropriate social skills). Learners also participate in cultural activities such as Eisteddfod, Wheel Chair Dances and Drama. Some of our learners have performed at provincial and national level.
ID-Tech makes a financial contribution towards LIV Village on an ongoing basis, in support of LIV’s vision to provide holistic residential care for orphaned and vulnerable children.
LIV places orphaned and vulnerable children into a family environment with a trained foster mother to love them, a school to educate them, and provides them with a place where all their physical needs are met.
There are over 5 million orphaned and vulnerable children in South Africa, mostly due to HIV/AIDS and poverty, with 12,000 added to this every month. If these children are equipped with essential moral values and life skills, they will grow up to be a generation that will influence positive change within South Africa, Africa and the world.
Visit http://www.liv-village.com/ to find out more about LIV.