North West & Gauteng

BRIEF HISTORY

NG Welfare is the NG Church in Western Transvaal in action. The Synod Commission for The Ministry of Caring (SCMC) is the synod’s window on charity and community welfare. The SCMC works through NG WELFARE NORTH-WEST, the Synod’s registered welfare organisation.

Professional social welfare services are rendered in the North-West Province and the south-western part of Gauteng (Vaal Triangle and West Rand). We render services to all people, regardless of race, creed or gender. NG Welfare renders a well-established infrastructure with an efficient staff corps of approximately 600 people through 16 welfare offices (family care), 9 homes for older persons, 2 children’s homes and several community centres, as well as 2 service centres for older persons.

History

* The church’s earliest aid was mainly aimed at material need alleviation by providing food, clothes and housing.

* Initially aid and relief services provided by missionaries was extended to a full-scale social work service with an innate seal of the church.

* The Rand Poverty Alleviation Council was established on 4 Mei 1937 – an independent welfare organisation of the NG Church, and the first independent SCMC (Synod Commission for the Ministry of Caring) came into being in 1948.

* Since 1 Augustus 1981 the SCMC of Western Transvaal has operated an own office as registered welfare organisation with the then Christian Social Boards, one from each presbytery, as branches.

* The name was changed to the KMD during 1987 (Kerklike Maatskaplike Dienste)

* Since 1995 the welfare services of the SCMC of Western Transvaal has been operated as NG Welfare Northwest, in the North-West Province and the south-western part of Gauteng (Vaal Triangle and West Rand).