WHERE RURAL CHILDREN COME FIRST
Goedgedacht is a very beautiful old Cape Dutch farm situated on the slopes of the Kasteelberg, just 87km north-west of Cape Town. The Farm, established originally in 1704, is steeped in the history of the old Cape Colony. However, times have changed and Goedgedacht is now a busy community development centre where a determined effort is being made to make a real contribution to the most critical problems facing all of us – poverty amongst rural children and youth, and climate change.
As part of The Goedgedacht Trust’s long term sustainability plan, the old buildings on Goedgedacht Farm have been renovated and now offer high quality conference facilities and a beautiful wedding venue (with full catering and accomodation facilities). The profits from the conference centre contribute to the running costs of The Goedgedacht Trust and its programmes.
Staff of the Goedgedacht Trust live and work on Goedgedacht Farm and in the surrounding areas. Together we form a community of focused, professional, dedicated, friendly, actively involved and engaging members that are representative of and developed from within the larger Swartland rural community and surrounding areas. Our staff are all passionate about uplifting rural lives.
Path Out of Poverty
The Goedgedacht Trust was founded in 1992 with the dream of uplifting rural communities through Early Childhood Development projects. These projects aimed to address the high incidence of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder among the children of rural farm workers. Over the years the model has grown into a basket of 18 interventions called the Path of Poverty Programme (POP).
Our vision is to develop self-sustaining, transformed and flourishing communities.
BUILDING SOCIAL ENTERPRISES
The Goedgedacht Trust sustains its programmes through the generosity of its donors and a unique set of social enterprises. The profits from each of these independent entities allow our projects to support long term and meaningful intervention programmes. The organisations internal systems are based on the Lean system of working in order to reduce waste, improve efficiency and promote the effectiveness of our interventions.