Adelaide Fakier’s story
I was unemployed and suffered greatly with no money coming in. I got depressed, as if life just moved on without me. I didn’t feel like
myself, and I knew that I could do so much better if someone just gave me the chance.
A friend introduced me to Kolping Society, and told me that they offered training that could help me get back on my feet. I contacted them and immediately bonded with the lady that helped me; finally, someone saw me for who I was.
The first day at Kolping was challenging, as I felt so vulnerable and unable to help myself. Although we didn’t know each other, we all knew the feeling of hopelessness. The ice was quickly broken and we all started feeling at home. We attended numerous workshops ranging from social skills training to personal development and the group became very bonded.
I have two children with genetic Fragile X-syndrome and I’ve always had a natural interest in working with disabled children. I started focusing on care work and started achieving new heights.
Kolping taught me to have confidence and showed me what powerful potential I had. I finished my 100 hours of practical work and got good references in the process.
My confidence, faith and abilities were restored and I got a job as a care worker at Woodside Care Centre. After two years of hard work, a better job opportunity opened up in the organisation and I got a great promotion.
The Woodside Care Centre recently offered me the opportunity to take my skills further and study Occupational Therapy. I am so grateful for this opportunity.
I am proof that if your faith is strong enough and someone reaches out to help you, your whole life can change. I thank Kolping for my achievements!
Roger Dowman’s story
I was introduced to Kolping at a time in my life when I had hit rock bottom. I lost my job during the time that I was planning to get married and my fiancé was the sole supporter of our family. I was applying for countless positions, but with no luck. Each unsuccessful application made me sink deeper and deeper into depression.
My future mother-in-law told me about Kolping Society and, at first, I was not interested. I kept the application form with no intention of using it. With so many disappointments it was difficult to believe in anything.
Eventually, my fiancé and I reached a point in our relationship where we didn’t think we’d ever get married. We were constantly arguing about money and our upcoming wedding and finally I had my bags packed and was ready to leave.
My fiancé completed the application form on my behalf and handed it in to Kolping. At the time I was angry with her for doing that, but today I am really grateful.
I started the Kolping Life Skills programme in July 2013, two months after I lost my job. It was like a journey to find my true self. I learnt so many things about myself and realised why I turned out the way I did. I learnt that some people in life could be trusted and to let go of the past, forgive and look forward to the future. I learnt how to love myself.
Kolping taught me skills like budgeting, sex education and how to prepare for what happens next. I am really grateful for the fact that I got a chance to speak to someone about all the things in my life that held me back. When you’re depressed you don’t realise how bad it is until it’s almost too late.
During the Life Skills course I realised that my dream had always been to become a chef. My passion in life is food and if I must say so myself, I can make something out of nothing. I studied to become a chef and, when I graduated, was fortunate enough to start working at the Kolping Guest House.
I love working here. I work with wonderful people and I’m in my dream job. I feel great now that I earn a salary of my own. It feels good knowing I can take care of my family like they took care of me when I needed help.
I want to continue improving my skills and build a career of substance. I would like to say thank you to Kolping for believing in me at a time when I didn’t even believe in myself.