Volunteers are the engine that helps TEARS Foundation keep accomplishing its mission

Candice Mama

TEARS Ambassador

Candice Mama started her work in forgiveness, reconciliation and trauma after her story of forgiving apartheid assassin and her father’s murderer, Eugene De Kock, made international news. Having been inundated with requests to show people how she did it, she became a professional speaker.

Candive have always had tremendous passion for giving a voice to the voiceless and assisting in eradicating the abuse of women and children. TEARS perfectly combines the two which is why she is proud to be an ambassador for this incredible organisation

Helen van Graan (54)

Blairgowrie

It is very rewarding to work for such a worthwhile cause, helping them to “fund raise” so they can change the world, one person at a time.

Thato Ratune (26)

Psychology

I have been an avid volunteer over the last couple of years and I was intrigued by TEARS because it is an organisation that targets a demographic I had never worked with before. Working at Tears has been a great opportunity for growth and it gives me a sense of achievement because the work that we do has a valuable and positive effect on our clients. My work here has allowed for my interpersonal skills set to be broadened and it has equipped me with new, professional skills that will be beneficial in my career in Psychology. I enjoy working at Tears because I am surrounded by like-minded people who share a passion and are working towards reaching a common goal. It has also been rewarding to meet people from different walks of life and to form great relationships and friendships with everyone in the office.

Tamika Kruger (22)

Alberton, Johannesburg
BA Social Dynamics at Stellenbosch University
Early Childhood Development (NQF) Level 4
Pursuing Honours in Psychology 2019

As South Africans, I believe that each one of us have a responsibility to be active citizens in our society. At the TEARS Foundation, I have an opportunity to do just that. I see TEARS as the friend you need in difficult times, and the friend who will always be there for you – no matter what. The TEARS Foundation acts as a compass for those who are lost and a friend for those who are alone. It is a privilege to be a part of an organization that is dedicated to supporting and guiding the people of South Africa. “There can be no greater gift than that of giving one’s time and energy to help others without expecting anything in return” – Nelson Mandela

Phiwe (22)

Johannesburg

Knowing that there are so many people that need help, gives me comfort that an organisation like TEARS exists. I believe, that we have a responsibility to help our fellow South Africans and be an active citizen in our society. At the TEARS Foundation, we help the people that needs it most, and yet is understood the least. We lend a helping hand in a time of trouble and through that we can get to help each person that calls us by assisting them and guiding them to the place of safety they need to be at.

Chloe Heylen(20)

Studying LLB Law – Bachelor Law Degree

To gain the experience I need to become an advocate and to enforce the rights women and children were given but not practiced. To create a new field for women to succeed in and to uplift women and children to stop the abuse as well as the rape happening in the country. To restore women’s dignity and pride to walk the streets of South Africa without any fear. I want to help children and women to acknowledge their rights and enforce them to bring about change. TEARS Foundation is a beautify organization with a meaning that goes far beyond what is understood. Volunteering at TEARS Foundation gives me the opportunity to help others who have forgotten their right or someone who has infringed on their right to gain their confidence again and to start believing that there is help and hope in South Africa. To help those who know nothing about TEARS Foundation and that there is someone who will help them when being a victim, to give them the acknowledgment to be able to identify what is being done to them is wrong and to stand up to get help and the support that they deserve. I want to be able to give back what was taken from women and children in believing that they are incapable of success and living the life that they know they deserve. For women to acknowledge the strength that they have always had but forgotten because of the norm of women not being able to succeed to the highest degree as a man has.

Gillian Chen (24)

Fourways
Studying Psychology

Volunteering at TEARS is helping me to gain experience in my industry of choice, and through helping victims of rape and abuse, I make a difference, even if it is just in a small way, I touch a life daily, giving them hope!

Chris van Graan(23)

Studying Psychology

My passion is to be an investigator within the police force. I believe there are still good people fighting for what is right, and I want to be a part of it. Being at TEARS is teaching me compassion and perseverance to help with the fight against rape and abuse, making sure that every person that contacts us gets the help they need!

Thahira Van Rooyen(18)

Studying LLB Law – Bachelor Law Degree

To gain the experience I need to become an advocate and to enforce the rights women and children were given but not practiced. To create a new field for women to succeed in and to uplift women and children to stop the abuse as well as the rape happening in the country. To restore women’s dignity and pride to walk the streets of South Africa without any fear. I want to help children and women to acknowledge their rights and enforce them to bring about change. TEARS Foundation is a beautify organization with a meaning that goes far beyond what is understood. Volunteering at TEARS Foundation gives me the opportunity to help others who have forgotten their right or someone who has infringed on their right to gain their confidence again and to start believing that there is help and hope in South Africa. To help those who know nothing about TEARS Foundation and that there is someone who will help them when being a victim, to give them the acknowledgment to be able to identify what is being done to them is wrong and to stand up to get help and the support that they deserve. I want to be able to give back what was taken from women and children in believing that they are incapable of success and living the life that they know they deserve. For women to acknowledge the strength that they have always had but forgotten because of the norm of women not being able to succeed to the highest degree as a man has.

Lungiswa Dlali (22)

Honours in Psychology

I decided to volunteer at TEARS because of the experience I was going to receive. At first I thought I was going to work directly with children, that’s what drew my attention. When I found out that its a diverse organisation that works with young, old, female, male, abused and abuser, I was kind of scared as I thought I was not going to be able to handle the pressure, however with the training I received, I became very confident. Helping people is a passion that I share with the TEARS Team!

Emillia Madimutse

Johannesburg

I believe that I am at TEARS To help people around the world. It is my passion to give my best and to take care of those around me. TEARS is a good platform for me to help those around me.

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