GCU 2020 Newsletter

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Without extracurricular activities, young people turn to drugs, alcohol and gangsterism which leads to high dropout and failure rates. If left alone, it is a cycle that will just continue.

Great Commission United (GCU) is breaking this circle by providing support to over 3100 local children through education; sports and life skills opportunities so that they can have a better opportunity in life.

At GCU, we believe a better tomorrow starts by empowering the children of today! And we are always upgrading our support networks in order to turn the tide for a brighter future.

In January the YearBeyond programme went live. It aims to improve literacy and numeracy outcomes, inspire a culture of learning, stem school dropouts and improve metric results.
In a three-year partnership with the Western Cape Government, Natalie (GCU mentor) roled it out with 17 tutors in three local primary schools of Heideveld.
Starting later this year GCU will offer weekend camps for the after school groups. Three different camps for each of the five age groups run throughout the year. 
As part of a reward system, children have the chance to get out of the city – away from gangland trouble spots and economic deprivation to experience a different lifestyle.

What we do.

GCU has come a long way and will continue in 2020 to uplift the local community through numerous projects fostering education; sports and life skills opportunities.

In order to provide the best possible support in the years to come GCU is constantly looking for ways to improve all aspects of our programme.


  • In January all GCU staff members completed a Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy training to ensure a safe environment for the children that the organisation reaches.


  • As a result of the growing headcount within the GCU organisation with 40+ staff members, a management committee was established. It allows our talented and passionate staff to grow into leadership roles and will set the foundation for upscaling the operations in the years to come.

GCU Programmes

"Physical Education" & "School Tutoring"
"Day Care" & "Feeding Scheme"
"After-school Activities"
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