As children both Martha and her husband Alfred knew the pain of growing up in poverty and having to attend school without something as simple as shoes. After watching 2 small boys walking to school without shoes one morning, they decided they were going to do something to make a difference in the lives of others.
Since then, they have opened their home to countless children providing food, clothing, and assistance with obtaining birth certificates and child welfare grants. Their home became a safe place where children have found hearts filled with love. Martha’s daily goal is to do whatever necessary to help the children finish school, secure good jobs, to take care of themselves and their families, and to be healthy and active members of their communities.
In 2006, YWAM Rustenburg partnered with Martha to provide daily meals for children in need and to construct the after-care centre known today as ‘Martha’s House.’ This facility provides a home away from home for nearly 80 children to come each day after school and during school holidays. At Martha’s House, the children get a warm meal, receive help with their schoolwork, are provided warm clothing and blankets, are taught life skills and are trained in Biblical study. Our goal is to reach all aspects of the child’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Our deepest hopes are that the children will realize how valuable they are In Christ and will be motivated to dream beyond the poverty they see and work hard to attain those dreams. Martha views her relationship with these children as a blessing and feels privileged to serve them in anyway she can. The General Motors ChildLife Fund and GM Westvaal are faithful supporters of Martha’s House and we are so grateful for their generosity and faithfulness.