You’ll find us under two organisational names: Grow Peace and The Goedgedacht Trust, but our identity is one in making The Path Onto Prosperity (POP) possible.
Grow Peace in Africa
The British arm of our organisation (as it is easier to pronounce than ‘Goedgedacht’) and a name that is based on the premise that healthy, happy, educated and prosperous people bring peace to their communities.
The Goedgedacht Trust
‘Goedgedacht’ (meaning ‘good idea’) is the name of the farm on which our headquarters have been located since 1993.
MORE ABOUT US
Grow Peace In Africa was initiated to assist the Goedgedacht Trust in South Africa with the transformation of impoverished local rural communities. The Goedgedacht Trust, established in 1993, is a farm-based community support organisation situated in the Swartland region of the Western Cape. Goedgedacht, the Cape Dutch farm that is home to the Trust, dates from the early 18th century and lies on the slopes of the Kasteelberg, some 85km north of Cape Town.
The Trust seeks to uplift rural communities, by presenting children and young adults in particular with opportunities to become healthy, self-confident, educated and skilful members of their communities.
Farm working communities in the Western Cape of South Africa have long been trapped in the cycle of generational poverty. Many present-day social issues are a result of grave injustices of the past. Great strides have been made since South Africa became a democracy country, but it’s devastating and lasting effect on society remains evident.
Through our flagship strategy, the Path Onto Prosperity (POP) Programme, we cater to the needs of children at different stages of their lives, starting with the first 1 000 days until adulthood.
THE PATH ONTO PROSPERITY
The first Path Onto Prosperity (POP) centre originated on Goedgedacht farm in 2003. Today we collectively deliver on projects through 6 Path Onto Prosperity (POP) Centres which all provide afterschool care services for children where they can do homework, sport, maths and art classes, get computer and library access, receive a snack and be part of a life skills program. During school holidays these centres also present a program to keep children occupied and engaged.