The genesis of Help One Now is rooted in Cape Town, South Africa. We have a deep love for the country; sadly, we have yet to settle deep roots there with a high-capacity local leader. So, for the past two years, we have not been engaged in any work in South Africa.

Until now.

Our Board Chair, Mike Rusch, called me a few months ago and told me I needed to have a chat with Lisa-Jo Baker. For now, I will spare you the long details, but let’s just say this: we are extremely excited to partner with Lisa-Jo and help serve hundreds of orphans and vulnerable kids in South Africa.

We invite you along on the journey. We invite you to participate and help bring to life work that matters and will make a difference.  And yes, we are THRILLED to be able to serve alongside the great people of South Africa once again!

Community Center In South Africa from Help One Now on Vimeo.

Washington, D.C. — February 14, 2014Lisa-Jo Baker, well-known blogger, community-builder, and author of Surprised by Motherhood (Tyndale House Publishers, April 2014) announced today the Maubane Community Center Project. This five-phase project will raise funds to provide a community vegetable garden, kitchen & welcome center, community outreach hall, classrooms, and a playground for 150 adults and 250 orphans and vulnerable children in Maubane, South Africa. The goal is to raise $150,000 to fund the entire project between Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day – because love is more than a date on the calendar, and it never leaves anyone out.

“This community has planned for this project long before they ever knew how they would fund it,” said Lisa-Jo who is South African herself and has three adopted siblings from the area. “We said that the crazy big number wasn’t too big for a committed community of moms to tackle, and we decided that the best thing we can do for our children is invite them into someone else’s story. And remind ourselves that there’s no such thing as ‘just a mom.’ We’ve partnered with Help One Now, the James 1:27 Trust and Pure Charity to give everyone easy access to give – and fall in love with the world next door.” In the fall Lisa-Jo’s blog raised $5,000 in less than 12 hours to fund the water point and laundry center that will be the heart of this community center.



How You Can Participate

Phase One of the Maubane Community Center project begins today to raise $5,000 for a sustainable community vegetable garden that will provide nourishment, education, and income. You can give directly at, or you can support the project by purchasing one of three custom necklaces designed by Krafty Kash here: $12 from every necklace purchased will be donated directly to the Maubane Community Center Project.

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