Jochebed Children's Village is the heart of African Blessings and the vision upon which our charity organisation was founded.
This incredible vision of creating a village encompassing family cottages, that will provide a home and caregivers for at-risk-children; schooling to ensure our children receive an excellent education; and environment and facilities to afford the children a well-rounded education and upbringing; and the safety, nurturing and love to make sure the children of Jochbed Children's Village have all of the support and upliftment they need to reach their full potential. Our journey to create a fully functioning children's village is well underway, and we are so excited to witness the realisation of this vision, as each step is taken.
We wish to provide the children with a holistic environment that will contribute to their growth both developmentally and psychologically. We will take care of the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of each and every child that lives at African Blessings.
Each child will enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Farm, from its rolling hills, to the wetlands and forest areas, giving them the space and freedom to learn, laugh and play.
There is a well-known African proverb that says "It takes a village to raise a child". It certainly rings true and we believe that the entire African Blessings Farm community and all living here are responsible for shaping and positively influencing the lives of the children; educating and raising them to be leaders.
We want each child entrusted to the care of African Blessings to feel like a "king", and this starts with treating them as such through the school robes they will wear for learning, to the pantry where they will receive balanced, nutritious meals, and every step in-between.
The Jochebed Children's Village, unlike a traditional "orphanage", will consist of Bethlehem; a village made up of 16 houses that have been built on the beautiful African Blessings Farm and will provide a permanent home to 96 abused, abandoned, orphaned or neglected children – our kings. The kings residing at Bethlehem will be provided with a safe, stable and happy childhood home in which they can blossom to become the individuals they are destined to be.
Each home will comprise of a devoted house mother who will take care of six kings in the given house, ensuring that they all receive the love, attention, care and support that they so deserve. We hope to create a safe and loving family environment where the individual children can flourish.
The kings will each have the opportunity to receive a well-rounded and balanced upbringing, receiving pre-school education at our very own Jerusalem School, complete with access to sports facilities and the privilege of being blessed with many farm animals and pets to call their own.
At African Blessings we recognise the importance of education, especially in South Africa and we strive to provide each king with the best possible learning, development and wellbeing foundation to equip them with the skills and support they need to reach their full potential. We believe that all children have the right to a quality, holistic education. We follow a Christian-based school curriculum - ACSI - which provides for a biblical foundation. We believe that through instilling the correct principles and building these strong foundations we are equipping our children to make a difference in our country, on every level of life.
Our dream of the Jochebed Children's Village is already in motion and we are continuing to grow as and when resources are made available to us. Each stage is an exciting one, as it means we are one step closer to achieving the goal. To date we have built the 16 homes, as well as the Jerusalem classrooms, which are already occupied and being used to educate children from the community at the Farm School. The Kings School will soon be opening its doors to the children who will be residing at Bethlehem.
We are on the road to making and creating homes for the precious children we will assist in the years to come – nurturing and growing each and every precious soul entrusted to us.