Ambassador Feature: Arnu Fourie

Ambassador Feature: Arnu Fourie

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Ambassador Feature: Arnu Fourie

In the words of Anne Frank: “No one has ever become poor from giving.”

Arnu Fourie is paralympic athlete from Stellenbosch. He is passionate about sport and it’s power to make a difference in communities. As a professional athlete he has been given the opportunity to do what he loves and to be a role model for many people in South Africa.

It all started when Arnu was young boy, like most, he dreamt of playing for the Springboks. He was planning his pursuit for a career in sport as an 18 year old in the first rugby team of one of South Africa’s production lines of great rugby players, Grey College. Later that year he would also be scouted by one of the provincial unions. His plan for a career in sport was about to take off.

In October 2003 his journey took an unexpected turn. A boating accident resulted in Arnu having his left leg amputated below the knee. His rugby aspirations were now a thing of the past, but his passion for sport was still there.

He decided to get involved in athletics and in September 2006 he ran his first 100m race as a disabled athlete. He eventually qualified for the Beijing Olympics in 2008 as a 100m and 200m athlete in the T44 class.

At the 2012 Olympics in London he won the bronze medal in the 100m, set a new world record in the 200m T44 class, won gold and set a new world record in the men’s men’s T42-46 Relay event.

As a professional athlete he has been given the opportunity to do what he loves and to be a role model for many people in South Africa.

Arnu has been involved with various community based charities throughout his career. He has a heart for bringing hope and inspiration to others. As a KIN Culture ambassador he has shown a keen interest in investing in the futures of orphans and vulnerable children in South Africa.

We are really excited to see what the future holds and we’ll be supporting Arnu at the upcoming paralympics Rio de Janeiro. Go Arnu!

 

Viljoen Family: Now our family is complete

Viljoen Family: Now our family is complete

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Viljoen Family: Now our Family is Complete

Adoption isn’t typically part of the everyday family’s plan, but God has a special way of planting the seed in one’s heart and allow time for it to grow.

Ben and Izelle’s journey began 3 years before they started with the adoption process. Little did they know that their family would not be complete until Liya joined them. With four biological kids, Liya joined the family when their youngest, twins, were 3 years old, which now makes them a special bunch of friends.

Ben and Izelle, parents of these five beautiful children, tell of how adoption has taught them how God feels about them. “We stepped out in obedience and have grown spiritually so much ever since.” They also stand in awe of the positive ripple effect it has had on family relationships.

Liya is turning two in August. She brings a joy and a warmth to the family that binds them together. Her siblings adore her and she has favour with all! When asked to sum it up in a single thought, they self assuredly smile and say, “We will do it all over again.”

“We stepped out in obedience and have grown spiritually so much ever since.”

Ambassador Feature: Nico + Christi Panagio

Ambassador Feature: Nico + Christi Panagio

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Ambassador Feature:
Nico + Christi Panagio

Mother Theresa once said: “I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.” These words form the basis of our efforts to work in partnership with people from all walks of life.

This lead us to connecting with Nico and Christi Panagio, well known to many South Africans from their days in ‘7de Laan’. More recently they have been presenting a number of shows and made their way into many South African homes and hearts. As Chairman of Missing Children South Africa and parents to two lovely adopted daughters we are very happy to partner with this power couple. So, before we say too much, here are their own words on their experience of adoption and why they came onboard with KIN Culture.

It is easy to romanticize adoption but the reality of actually going through with this life-changing process, is often too daunting for many. Whether conviction, time, finances or unwilling partners are the reason people resist making the commitment, the truth is, it is not always possible, no matter how badly you wish you could.

However, imagine a situation whereby you could indirectly adopt, by supporting an initiative that has loads of time, intense conviction and passionate commitment and many willing, supporting partners? But all they lack are the funds . . .

The KIN Culture team is deeply devoted to adoption and has created a platform for everyone and anyone to get involved with the raising of children in need and there are many ways to get on board! Not all of us can bring a new person into our families but anyone can adopt INDIRECTLY. To us, nothing is more significant, than providing a safe home for a homeless child.

Every single child on this earth is but one caring grown-up away from being a success story! And lets face it, it takes a village to raise a child – which means that Kin Culture is what real heroes are made of.

We feel that each and every grownup has a responsibility towards each and every child;
‘Every single child on this earth is but one caring grown-up away from being a success story! And lets face it, it takes a village to raise a child- which means that Kin Culture is what real heroes are made of.

There you have it folks. Let’s all get on board with making every child a success story.

Family: The Role of the Father

Family: The Role of the Father

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Family: The Role of the Father

The important role of fathers in the family and the community can hardly be overemphasized. Regardless of the fact that many traditional familial norms are being questioned in our day – even uprooted – fathers remain an indisputably essential factor in the formation of a healthy society. In South Africa there is a growing need for exactly that – fathers who fulfill their role. We are fatherless nation.

Countless studies have shown the role that fathers play, firstly in the development of children, but also in the welfare of mothers. Children with fathers who are present are found to achieve better academically. According to Heartlines, “fatherless children are at a dramatically greater risk of drug and alcohol abuse, mental illness, suicide, poor educational performance, teen pregnancy, and criminality”.
For Christians the role of the father takes on even more significance. Jesus taught his disciples to address God as “Our Father” and in 1 John 3:3 the apostle writes:

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.

KIN Culture aims at creating a community where children experience the role of fathers being actively fulfilled. God has adopted us, people who once were orphaned, and called us sons. Let us do the same.

God is the ultimate father and longs to embrace us as children. We should therefore recognize that a father is a child’s first experience of God. Fathers are one of God’s most overt representatives to in everyday society. They represent a crucial aspect of God’s relation to people – his fatherhood. He longs, like a good father, to give people identity, protection and provision. Our most basic understanding of these concepts is derived from knowing our (or at least an) earthly father. We are much more naturally capable of embracing God as ‘Father’, if we have living examples of fatherhood in our communities.

Statistically South Africa has one of the highest rates of father absence in the world. Only 38% of South African fathers live with their children (Statistics South Africa 2012). Many fathers are in jail or indifferent. For South Africans, it is important to understand that all men are fathers. Even men who do not have children have been found to play important roles in the lives of children. KIN Culture aims at creating a community where children experience the role of fathers being actively fulfilled. God has adopted us, people who once were orphaned, and called us sons. Let us do the same.

(Author: Otto Bam)

 

Kin Culture Home

Kin Culture Home

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Kin Culture Home

KIN Culture is really happy to say that we are moving towards placing our first foster parents and children in their first home.

You might remember our ‘Let’s Renovate’ Saturday from last year, now after much sweat and tears (no tears yet), the house is ready to become a home. We are still looking for a married couple to take on the role of KIN Culture’s first parents. So if you know of any one who feels called to do this or wants to get involved, please connect the dots.

There are many other exciting things in the pipeline, so stay connected and join in the fun.

It’s 2016 and Kin Culture fires away!

It’s 2016 and Kin Culture fires away!

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It’s 2016 and Kin Culture fires away!

Hello dear friends!

We have reached the 6 week mark. So how is that new years resolution coming along? Are you on a diet, changing a habit or starting a new sport? As far as resolutions are concerned, we at KIN Culture have much to say, but building a brighter future for orphans and vulnerable children are at the top of the list.

Around the Cape Peninsula we have become accustomed to serious heat and veld fires around this time of year and for us it was no different. On a typically hot summers afternoon a fire started on the south side of the N1 and made it’s way across the highway onto Hoopenberg farm, immediately igniting an explosion of prayers. At the time workers were busy erecting tunnels for the blueberries, which were about to be planted. These tunnels were also being covered with nylon and plastic. The tunnels were in the line of the fire. What happened next was nothing short of miraculous.

The fire ran all along the side of these tunnels, without causing any damage. From there the wind took the fire on a round-about to the bottom part of the farm, dodging all the structures. Eventually the fire started moving back towards the main part of the farm where the renovated house and other buildings are which we have been working hard on to take into use this year. It was at about this point when the fire turned around and ran out of “steam”. None of the buildings or even more remarkably, the tunnels and kilometers of nylon was harmed.

Looking back at what happened we realise that this was part of God’s hand over us and we are thankful towards God for a miracle like this.

We will share more news with you in the next few weeks, but for now let’s enjoy God’s kindness.

2015: Building the Future

2015: Building the Future

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2015: Building the Future

What would Christmas be without Boney M’s “Drummer Boy”? Some might remember this time of the year by the smell of suntan lotion and sand between the toes. And then we obviously remember the excitement of the gifts under the tree. While these are all ingredients of a memorable summer vacation, KIN Culture values Christmas as the time when we remember the birth of Jesus.

2015 seems to have flown by, it feels like the months were in a race to see who could get to December first. Unfortunately, we have to admit that it has been quite a while since the last time we spoke. Sorry. In the mean time we had an exciting Mandela Day out in Klapmuts during July and we used some of our pop-up shop momentum to our advantage at Kamers Vol Geskenke in Hermanus and Stellenbosch during September and October.

Furthermore, we built some important partnerships in the greater Winelands area with a number of businessmen and other organisations. In case you missed it, we have been renovating a home as we prepare for our first children. This is the same property which we are busy applying for rezoning as a possible option to pursue for the future.

Our various development teams have volunteered much time and effort to pioneer KIN Care, KIN Education and KIN Business, to mention a few. Thank you to each and everyone who has volunteered their expertise and lots of time to invest in the future of vulnerable children in South Africa. We ended off the year with one of our volunteers hosting a Thanksgiving Dinner in aide of this vision and a group of friends are currently traversing the mountains of Lesotho to create awareness for KIN Culture. Take a look at Lesotho Kingdom Traverse Follow their journey on instagram @grobler_basson.

And that was our year in a nutshell, a very small nutshell by the way. If you feel like you’ve missed something you should sign up to our newsletter on www.kinculture.org or join a thousand other people and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Even if it is the last thing we say this year, we would like to say, “Thank you!” Every prayer meeting, random Saturday working in the sun and email is your part in bringing a sustainable solution to the children of South Africa. Let’s keep doing this, together we can!

Welcome 2015!

Welcome 2015!

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Welcome 2015!

A new year is synonymous with new resolutions and fresh starts. At KIN Culture we were happy to enjoy some time off, but 2015 didn’t wait for anyone and it wasn’t long before we found ourselves digging into new opportunities.

We kicked off the year with our very first family feast. It was almost like a glimpse of the future. Families gathering for friendship and food. A fun time was had by all and we can’t wait for our next family feast in May.

As you might have noticed on our social media feeds, we had the privilege of being represented at the “X-Terra Multisport” event in Grabouw during the month of February. We are thankful for a the gentlemen who took the initiative to support us in this way. We look forward to many more of these initiatives to shine a light on the plight of orphans and vulnerable children in South Africa. As we move forward with this project we are excited by the prospect of bringing various ambassadors and representatives on board. Watch this space for a few exciting announcements in the very near future.

One of the pillars of this vision is to create a model which will be able to sustain itself. We are kicking off with an ‘off-site’ blueberry project as well as cattle farming. Creating long term provision for the children of our nation is something which is close to all of our hearts.

As you might have noticed we are a passionate bunch of people. We are not only passionate about creating a future for orphans, we are also really passionate about expressing the heart of God on this earth. God is a creator. We are honoured to collaborate with wonderful designers and manufacturers from various communities. In the coming weeks we will be launching an online store, selling quality handmade lifestyle products.

Excited? Curious?

Don’t worry, it will be all over the internet as soon as it is launched.

 

As you might have noticed we are a passionate bunch of people. We are not only passionate about creating a future for orphans, we are also really passionate about expressing the heart of God on this earth.

We would appreciate your prayers for our team’s protection and for the provision of a suitable piece of land. We still meet for prayer the last thursday of each month. Very soon we will be praying in various locations all over the Cape Peninsula.

Feel free to contact us on info@kinculture.org or via social media.

November Update

November Update

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November Update

Dear Friends

We are still catching our breath after a busy month. We enjoyed hosting our first “Info Session” at the beginning of November. Thank you to everyone who came along and listened to our story. We are excited to see what God will do through KIN Culture.

As 2014 comes to an end we would like to thank everyone for their continued support and involvement in this project. We have received numerous donations and many people have offered their services and skills, for which we are really grateful.

 

2015 promises to be an exciting year for KIN Culture. We have a piece of land waiting on the horison, a number of high profile ambassadors who will be joining our brand and an awesome range of quality designer products that will carry the heart of KIN Culture.

Don’t forget our first family feast on 31 January 2015. We look forward to having you there. See social media for details.

We hope that you enjoy some well-deserved rest with your families. May you experience the joy of knowing Jesus this festive season.Please take note that our offices will close on 12 December 2014 and open again on 5 January 2015.

Greetings
KIN Culture Team

 

 

October Update

October Update

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October Update

 

The introduction of World Adoption Day puts the plight of orphans and vulnerable children in the limelight. 9 November has been set aside to create awareness for these children. We could be living in a moment where a collective effort results in children having a loving home and a promising future. This is an ideal which KIN Culture strives to achieve.

We recently had our very first KIN Culture Info Session. This event was preceded by the folding of many paper houses, preparation of welcome packs and sourcing merchandise. The evening was a memorable one. We shared the KIN Culture vision and spoke about the road ahead. We were very fortunate to have our own architectural drawings on display and listen to the very first KIN Culture song.

Creating awareness is a vital part of our strategy. Our aim is to create awareness by designing and manufacturing world-class products.

To kick off our efforts we have 100% linen shirts, moisture management fitness wear and custom designed wristbands. These products will soon transform KIN Culture into a reputable brand known for it’s quality and excellence.

In addition to this we have started a bumper sticker campaign. These stickers are for sale and people are encouraged to stick them on their car and post a selfie to our various social media platforms.

Now, we have done more than just an Info Session. We recently received our registration as a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO), something we are really excited about. We are now preparing the paperwork to submit to SARS in order to complete the steps to be registered as a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO). This will enable us to issue Section 18 Tax Certificates to our donors.

Enough jargon to keep you busy for the next month. Join us in prayer for a suitable piece of land, necessary funding and future ambassadors.

For the rest, we are hard at work behind the scenes with our eyes firmly on the prize; a village that will house hundreds of children and together we will invest in the future of these children.

September Update

September Update

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September Update

At KIN Culture we embrace stories. Everyone has a journey. We get excited when we see people’s ideas and dreams meet God’s reality. There will soon be a day when an orphan’s painful void will become a picture of hope. This is a story of creation, a community where journeys and stories are valued. Over the past few weeks our team has been busy with the following projects:

We believe in creating a world class brand. Part of this brand will be to produce quality designer items. We envisage these products to be sold in reputable retail stores in South Africa, abroad and online.

Awareness plays a big role in this cause. We will soon have silicone wrist bands and running shirts available.

In July we connected with Thembiso House, a place of safety for vulnerable new born babies. As a community of people we have committed to serving this home on a regular basis. Our aim is to connect with homes like this one, because we believe in working together to create a long lasting solution.

We will host an Information evening on 6 November. Our aim is to engage with people who are interested in becoming part of this vision. Part of this evening will be to connect like minded individuals with different aspects and portfolios of the village. We understand that while some might make a full-time commitment others might want to create awareness or be a ‘friend’ of KIN Culture. We would love to have you there and look forward to the road ahead.

The pleasure of the KIN Culture journey lies in making friends with different people who support this vision. We appreciate all the support and every contribution from various individuals. Join us on social media to stay on top of the latest news and events.

August Update

August Update

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August Update

At KIN Culture we value community. The western world has been built upon the ideologies of individualism and humanism. Careers, riches and success have often been achieved at the expense of relationships and healthy values. The world is again embracing the idea of community. We are better together.

One of our core values are relationships. KIN Culture is built around the idea that we value people not by what they do, but by who they are. Over the past month we have been blessed by the relationships that have been built. We now have a medical team who will strategise and plot the way forward for the children to have world class medical care on the village. We are also working on teams to strategise in the areas of agriculture, education and business for the KIN Culture village. We are excited by these developments because we will be a community of disciples serving vulnerable children.

We have enough stories to fill dozens of pages. Our strength lies in sharing stories that show God’s goodness, because we know that He will do it again. We have also had to learn how to deal with setbacks. We are part of God’s story. We firmly belief that what we sometimes see as the end is only the unfolding of God’s plan. At present we are trusting God for provision.

This is only the start of the journey. We have met amazing people along the way. KIN Culture will be a fresh organic expression of church as a community. The best part is that we get to make friends and serve each other. We are excited by the prospect of bringing orphans into families and watching them grow in the context of a community.

Please pray with us in the following areas:

– Specific guidance in the area of pursuing land
– Strategic funding
– Working with authorities in the area of registrations, land and government partnerships

Feel free to contact us and watch this space for upcoming information sessions.

Our strength lies in sharing stories that show God’s goodness, because we know that He will do it again.

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