Meet Some of Our Women With Grace
So tell us, when you hear the word “grace”, what comes to mind? It’s most probably elegant and romanticised banquet scenes with Victorian-era gowns and ballroom dancing, right? Well, to us at Just Grace, we’re aligned with a different form of the word ‘grace’ – we believe that we have all received undeserved love and kindness in this life, and so we are motivated to show this same undeserved favour to others. While that sounds like something taken directly from the Oxford Dictionary, here’s what we really mean.
We’re bringing grace to Langa, Cape Town, and we’re doing it through our various programmes in education, youth empowerment, and community upliftment. Still, we’d be nowhere without the women of Just Grace. They’re the ones who help motivate, inspire and guide our future leaders, and here is your chance to meet some of them.
Thobeka Maputuma exudes grace in everything she does. As one of our social workers, she is one strong woman, that’s for sure! When asked about what being a woman meant to her, this was her response:
“When we’re speaking about a woman, we are speaking about imbhokotho (a rock). We believe that women are strong and are the builders of the country, as they are mothers, they are aunties, they are wives, there’s a lot that is happening, and women do everything.”
Thobeka has seen and heard a lot in her lifetime. While there are many stories of hardships and despair, she’s also seen stories of success, prosperity and hope. Through the learner engagement programme, Thobeka has walked alongside many inspirational young women who are working hard to stay in school so that they can go out into the world and become the leaders of tomorrow.
Her smile certainly lights up a room, and we have many ‘pinch-yourself’ moments when we think about how lucky we are to have Wanga Mkiva as our Programme Coordinator. While Wanga is amazing, she’d rather quote Serena Williams when asked what message she had for South African women – even though we know that she gives the very best advice to our youth!
“The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another. We should raise each other up. Make sure you’re very courageous: be strong, be extremely kind, and above all, be humble.”
When she’s not running The Two Oceans to raise money for Just Grace’s Given Gain page, she’s working alongside volunteers from Langa and all over the world as they dedicate their time to Just Grace. If you ever need some positivity in your life, Annie is who you need to call!
“I really love my job at Just Grace. I feel like it’s such an incredible opportunity to work with others and help them, and in some small way, to contribute to the upliftment and empowerment of people in Langa. I particularly enjoy helping people realise who they are and who they can be. Everybody has purpose and meaning in their lives – even if they have challenges and adversity from the past. There is a future ahead of them. To help them to rise up and take hold of their future is why we do what we do.”
Help Us Do So Much More With Grace in Langa
Feeling inspired? Want to meet and work alongside these incredible women? Don’t put it off for another day; reach out, and let’s work together to bring grace to more people in Langa. Whether you want to donate your time, your skills, or money, join our team and let’s bring grace to Langa together.