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Save Marriages Project

Donate to Beginet to help save marriages and families.

Our Vision:

Beginet envision stable families where couples, parent(s) and children thrive.

Our Mission: 

To develop and disseminate quality family-centered education and support based on our Family Stability model through mainstream and social media to restore hope among disadvantaged and marginalized populations across South Africa.

Fundraising Goal:

The purpose of this fundraising project is to raise enough funds to provide quality family-centered education and support, based on our Family Stability model, for FREE. We will do it through radio and social media, as well as in-person workshops, seminars, community-wide events in collaboration with faith-based organisations.

The goal is to raise R560 000 or USD40 000.

You can DONATE now on this link: http://bit.ly/2Azklog

Or do an EFT donation to:

Beginet, FNB (First National Bank SA), Cheque account, Number: 62686775738.

Executive Summary

South Africa has one of the highest divorce cases in world with 25 per cent of marriages breaking within the first decade. Family stability is the glue that sets the tone for the society that we live in (Family Law, 2017). Instability in families has led to divorce and separation among once happily married couples, child headed homes, fatherless homes, and high number of neglected children. All these are an indication of deeply seated issues within individuals that make-up the family. If emotionally unstable people result in emotionally unstable families, then how can we begin to develop stability within our society? The answer lies in finding solutions for families to be stable before they are formed, during the marriage, and support couples who are separated or divorced to maintain cordial relationships and bring up children in a stable environment.

Numerous early childhood development research shows that traumatic experiences in the first early childhood years create a lasting impression in a child’s life all the way through to their adulthood. It could be argued that traumas children face in broken homes has resulted to high gender-based violence and rape cases, high crime rates including murder, which have become a norm in South Africa.

Beginet offers a unique family-centered solution to purposefully address brokenness in families and marriages, financial education and debt management, social economic development in poor communities, and empowerment of women and girls to restore individuals and communities.

Our project model addresses the following social and economic issues within our society:

1.            Deep emotional wounds from childhood that may cause marriages to break

2.            Unstable families and poor support structure that may be caused by poverty and rural-urban migration

3.            High financial illiteracy among low-income earners

4.            Affordable support for family stability among middle and low-income earners

Beginet will use the following two modalities to reach our clients:

a)            Through online radio and online TV shows we currently reach 400 000 people every week across South Africa who are mainly Afrikaans and English speakers.

b)            Through our in-person contact, we currently reach approximately 1 500 people attending our events which include workshops, seminars, community-wide events in collaboration with faith-based organisations and media houses in Gauteng, and Western Cape provinces in South Africa.

Beginet’s family-centered solution is based on the following five objectives:

•             Objective 1: Restore hope and moral regeneration in families that are at risk of disintegration, through quality family-centered faith-based education and training across South Africa;

•             Objective 2: Increase access to life and career opportunities for young women and girls from low-income communities through our coaching and mentorship platform, “Beginet for Her”;

•             Objective 3: Promote healthy marriages and sound parenting skills to restore fatherhood and father-figures within families through education, mentorship and counselling;

•             Objective 4: Improve socio-economic status of families through financial literacy and access to financial incentives for people in low-income communities; and

•             Objective 5: Contribute to generating knowledge and data on the role of family in restoring socio-economic stability within disadvantaged and marginalized communities across South Africa.

We therefore request for funding support from donors to contribute towards our “Help Save Marriages Project”. Our focus is to reach underserved communities in South Africa and Africa

We are confident that through your support and other partners, we will to restore family stability and hope among disadvantaged and underserved communities across South Africa.

Background

Marriages break because of deep emotional wounds from childhood: The 2017 Family Law report states that more than four in 10 marriages in South Africa end in divorce before couples get to celebrate their 10-year anniversaries. The latest figures from Statistics South Africa show that 44.4 per cent of divorces in 2016 were couples whose marriages lasted less than a decade. One of South Africa’s greatest challenges is the promotion of well-functioning families where children can grow up without experiencing any traumatic harm or emotional scars. Through our work we have observed emotionally broken people enter into relationships or marriages, which often result in pain and trauma experienced within their household. Many South African children grow up without a father or both parents, and in some cases are raised by their grandparents, because of their parents’ brokenness. This brokenness is repeated when children who grew up in traumatizing circumstances reach adulthood. Addiction in all forms is another sad reality of the South African society and has devastating effects on children, teenagers, adults and, of course families. Such challenges put a tremendous burden on our society.

Poverty and rural-urban migration destabilize families and the support structure for children: According to Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) report for 2016, 24.1 per cent of the total South African population of 55.7 million reside in Gauteng province, the economic capital of the country. This high rural-urban migration is an indication of widespread poverty, lack of employment opportunities and an imbalance in the distribution of resources across the country. Recent Stats SA report indicates that the official unemployment rate increased by 1.4 percentage points to 29 per cent compared to the first quarter of 2019. The number of unemployed persons increased by 455 000 to 6,7 million in Q2: 2019 compared to Q1: 2019, resulting in an increase of 476 000 in the labour force. Black women are the most vulnerable, sitting at 34.2 per cent followed by coloured women at 23.5 per cent. White women were the least affected at 6.7 per cent. These prevailing conditions do not favour family stability as married couples may choose to migrate to other parts of the country in search for better opportunities.

High inflation rate in the country often means that life in the city gets more and more expensive and as a result, parents are forced to leave their children with guardians or relatives in rural parts of the country or informal settlements in urban areas. In extreme cases, some of these homes are headed by children whose parents may be living and working far away from their rural homes rendering the children vulnerable to abuse, human trafficking, sex work, drugs peddling, gangsterism and other risky behaviours.

Increasing poverty rates due to financial illiteracy: One of the root causes of poverty among is the extensive levels of financial illiteracy within families. Such illiteracy creates favourable circumstances for loan sharks and certain unscrupulous financial institutions to lend capital against an unaffordable interest rate to poor and often desperate people. Reckless lending results in many people and their families caught up in a vicious cycle of generational poverty.

Support for family stability is not affordable for middle and low-income earners in South Africa: Support for family stability seems like a far-fetched idea because most people in our society who need professional help may not be aware of the availability of these services, cannot afford it in most cases and therefore, do not seek any assistance to address their challenges. This situation leads to adults and children becoming desolate and dispirited, which in turn becomes the breeding ground for moral decay, violence, addictions and other forms of risky behaviours.

About Us: Beginet is a non-profit organisation founded by Rev. Deon van der Berg in 2018 in response to a divine calling and conviction to promote family stability free to the masses especially among low income communities across South Africa.

Beginet family-centered services provides practical solutions to purposefully address brokenness in families and marriages, financial education and debt management, social economic development in poor communities, empowerment of women and girls, to ultimately restore individuals and communities. We partner with accredited financial institutions, faith based organisations, and local business. Through innovative technology we provide free assistance to our clients in South Africa through one-on-one call center services, seminars and workshops, radio shows and online shows on Facebook and YouTube.

Beginet implement its projects in two-fold

•             Online reach: Beginet reaches families and communities through our radio and online TV shows. As of 2019, our radio shows and online shows reached around 400,000 people every week across South Africa who are mainly Afrikaans and English speakers.

•             In person contact: Beginet provides in-person workshops, seminars, community-wide events in collaboration with faith-based organisations and media houses in Gauteng, and Western Cape provinces in South Africa. We reach approximately 1 500 people attending our events.

Beginet’s Solution

Project Goal:

To provide quality family-centered education and support based on our Family Stability model through mainstream and social media, to restore hope among disadvantaged and underserved populations across South Africa

Project Objectives:

Objective 1: Restore hope and moral regeneration in families that are at risk of disintegration, through quality family-centered faith-based education and training across South Africa

Beginet programme model is based on partnership building for the greater good of the communities we serve. Our work in restoring hope and moral regeneration in families is solely dependent on how great our partners are. We will collaborate with churches, media companies, government agencies, financial institutions, and local NGOs based in Gauteng and Western Cape provinces in South Africa to implement our work. Our partnership strategy is an on-going activity that is not limited to any project.

Through these partnerships we recruit community mentors to offer peer education and support to other families. At the same time, we will leverage on the relationships we have within communities to recruit families, including single parent and fatherless families, from disadvantaged and marginalised communities into the project.

Through our media partners, we offer free weekly faith-based messages on family stability and unity. Our messages will be distributed across our social media platforms on YouTube and Facebook and the Beginet App on Android and IOS system. We will also create stories of hope and improvement in socio-economic status of families we serve that we will distribute through social media and in corporate organisations to promote a movement of family-centered organisations.

Illustrative activities related to Objective 1 are as follows:

1.1 Develop partnerships with churches, media companies, government agencies, financial institutions, and local NGOs serving disadvantaged and marginalised populations

1.2 Recruit families, including single parent and fatherless families, from disadvantaged and marginalised communities into the project

1.3 Recruit community mentors to offer peer education and support to other families

1.4 Develop and disseminate weekly faith-based messages on family stability and unity through our media partners

1.5 Create a movement of family-centered organisations in collaboration with corporate organisations

1.6 Show case stories of hope and improvement in socio-economic status of families we serve

Objective 3: Promote healthy marriages, and sound parenting skills to restore fatherhood and father-figures within families through education, mentorship and counselling

Family disintegrations is on the rise in South Africa. Recent data show that 25 per cent of marriages do not last beyond the first decade years (Family Law, 2017).

Beginet in collaboration with our media and professional experts has designed on-demand marriage and parenting skills training on various topics that is available on our platform. We also offer practical education to young or newlyweds couples on creating a successful marriage.

We value face-to-face encounters with our beneficiaries and have set aside a variety of courses which include 3-day marriage seminars for engaged couples, married couples and for marriages at risk of disintegrating; get-away camps for families to re-unite and re-build relationships, and age-appropriate coaching, mentorship and support to men from 13 years to adults who grew up in fatherless homes.

Illustrative activities related to Objective 3 are as follows:

3.1 Develop and disseminate on-demand marriage and parenting skills training on various topics in partnership with our media and professional experts 

3.2 Facilitate 3-day marriage seminars for engaged couples, married couples and for marriages at risk of disintegrating

3.3 Facilitate blended families’ seminars, talk shows on Beginet platform and referrals for individualised support to promote healthy relationships and harmony among co-parents and the children

3.4 Facilitate access to practical education to young or newlywed couples on how to make a marriage work

3.5 Host get-away camps for families to re-unite and re-build relationships 

3.6 Provide age-appropriate coaching, mentorship and support to men from 13 years to adults who grew up in fatherless homes through seminars

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