Our Story

At Arise we believe that every child is created to be a part of a thriving family. Compelled by this conviction, we dream of seeing every children’s home emptied and kept empty. From our family centre in Heideveld on the Cape Flats, we encourage adoption and foster care across the greater Cape Town area on behalf of children who are living in institutional care, and we serve families in resource-poor communities with psychosocial, educational and spiritual support.

Our Journey

Arise is the unfolding result of years of praying and dreaming about how best to serve children and empower families. Officially founded in 2008, the beginning of the Arise story goes back to the passion of a group of Claremont-area churches to see a holistic Christian response to children living without families. From working with children living on the streets of Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs to our move to the heart of the Cape Flats in 2010 and the creation of our Family Centre model, our desire has always been to see every child being raised in a thriving family environment, build relationships with local families and provide individuals and groups with professional educational, developmental and therapeutic services.

“When I was growing up, I hated the kind of parent my mother was and I wanted to be a different kind of parent
to my daughter. Now I know what to do, and I’ve seen the difference in my daughter.
Maybe God sent you here just to teach me how to be a great parent.”
Mother at the Arise Parenting Course 2014

Steven Nicholson

Steven Nicholson

Director

With a background in church planting and community development, Steven provides leadership and vision to the organisation.

Naomi Smith

Naomi Smith

Administrator

A resident of Heideveld, Naomi keeps Arise running smoothly and manages our day-to-day operations.

Elanza Schuller

Elanza Schuller

Education Coordinator

Born and raised in Heideveld, Elanza manages our literacy work in local schools and helps Naomi with day-to-day operations.

Sonia Candish

Sonia Candish

Educational Psychologist

A registered Ed. Psych. from the UK, Sonia oversees our schools work, facilitates various psychosocial groups, and councils individual clients.

Robyn Jacobs

Robyn Jacobs

Clinical Psychologist

Robyn manages our work with individual and family clients
and facilitates various group interventions at the Family Centre.

Dani Moosajie

Dani Moosajie

Social Worker

Dani runs groups, sees clients, manages our community relations, and develops corporate partnerships with Arise.

Brigitte Benjamin

Brigitte Benjamin

Children's Worker

Brigitte heads up the community outreach work in Heideveld, leading the Kids Clubs and teaching the Bible at the local Primary School.
Jenavieve Ferreira

Jenavieve Ferreira

Intern

Jenavieve is our newest psychology intern. She runs groups, screens clients, and assists with the organisation in our therapeutic team.

Our Partners

Connect Network

connectnetwork.org.za

Love Trust

lovetrust.co.za

Viva Accredited

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