Since 2008 GAiN is active around Port Shepstone, the ‘Aids-capital’ of the world. Every year GAiN organizes two mission trips to South-Africa.
Port Shepstone is a nice coastal town, but in a 40 km radius you will find a lot of poverty, sickness and hopelessness. By organizing mission trips, GAiN provides practical assistance in this area. GAiN also supports various projects throughout the year. Traveling with us to this area is very special because GAiN is close to the population and offers very concrete small-scale help.
GAiN is active in the Kwazulu Nathal region. This region has the world’s largest percentage of people with AIDS and Tuberculosis. Only 2% of the families are still complete. Of many children, both parents have died, so they must be raised by a grandmother or older aunt. The unemployment rate is more than 80%.
GAiN works together with the foundation Two Tunicks and Genesis. Also, GAiN has a close cooperation with the Norwegian Satlers Church and the children’s village Rehoboth, which is led by a Dutch couple with heart for children. GAiN chooses to work with these partners in a relatively small area so that a follow-up is guaranteed. In this part of Kwazulu Nathal, the real Zulu area, there is still much to do.
These mission trips are for people who like to work with their hands, builders, but also for children workers. But someone who just likes to be among the people is also very welcome to visit families, pray with people, going to the clinic – in short: giving love and attention. People must know that they are not forgotten by God and by us.
Unique is the sewing project that GAiN started in 2013 with some ladies from townships. In 2014, the first bags were already available for sale in the Netherlands. The women were extremely proud when they received their first earned money. It’s still small, but it’s the start of a kind of micro credit group that brings not only a nice small income, but also a sense of self-esteem for women.
After a 14-day project trip, there is also the possibility of staying longer for a holiday. The return ticket can therefore be scheduled on a different date in consultation with us. You can use this holiday – mostly together with the rest of the group – to visit Lesotho, a wildlife park and/or a spectacular trip on the Sani Pass.
For questions about the trip or specific possibilities, you can contact Gerrit van Wijngaarden, firstname.lastname@example.org (00316 18 81 73 07).
Dates: 21 July – 4 August 2018 (week extension possible)
Price: €2.050,- | including ticket, transfers, accommodation, food, recreation
Age: from 17 years
Group size: minimum 10 and maximum 25 persons