LIV - South Africa

St Sebastian's church supported our own Robyn Dibden as she spent six months studying and working at the LIV Village near Durban South Africa.

“LIV places orphaned and vulnerable children in South Africa into a family environment where they will receive unconditional love, spiritual discipleship, care and nurturing as well as an education to set them up for a bright future.”

The LIV model is long term cluster foster care, where the children will have a sense of belonging in a homely environment. The homes are built within a cluster of 8 to 10 houses, modelling the African village life. This helps the children to find ‘home’ and close connection within the cluster and in the village itself. Each home has a fully trained House Mother, who may bring two biological children, and will be given up to six children through the Department of Social Welfare.

Find out more on their web-site by clicking the picture below

And watch some of Robyn's memories of her time there: