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About Us

Helping children and orphans since 1997

encompassKids℠ began in 1997 as an outreach by Christ Memorial Church in Holland, Michigan. In 2017, due to growth and demand, it was incorporated as a US 501(c)3.

Our passion and focus is to change the destiny of kids and youth of South Africa from the current reality of poverty, abuse, addiction, and HIV to one of hope and spiritual, emotional, social, academic, and economic well-being.

 

With Courage Youth, encompassKids℠ trains, mentors, and equips children in the public high schools.

 

Through Setshabelo Family and Child Services (SFCS), encompassKids℠ mobilizes local churches and communities to provide adoption and family-based care for orphans and vulnerable children. All of this is done through South African staff and organizations.

 

2022 IMPACT STATISTICS

1,188 Courage Youth Participants 

45 Adoptions

55 Foster Care Placements

2,200 Children received services

1470 Adults and Young Adults assisted

550 Families served.

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Meet The Team

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Paul + Cathy Scholten
Board of Directors
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Paul and Cathy Scholten have invested their “second half” for the vulnerable kids and families of South Africa.  Beginning with their first trip to South Africa for Christ Memorial Church in 2001, they helped create two organizations, SAHAC Courage Youth and Setshabelo Family and Child Services, along with encompassKids.  Both retired from respective careers in aerospace and hospital administration.  They are parents, grandparents, and great grandparents to a growing clan of 26 – along with many South Africans.  They currently serve on the encompassKids Board of Directors and are active in many of its day-to-day operations.

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Zeke Swift
Board of Directors
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Zeke Swift's first trip to South Africa in 2004 with Darrow Miller, author of Discipling Nations, put a face on AIDS for him and created an enduring connection with the country and people of South Africa. Later that year, a delegation of 13, about half from the United States and half from South Africa, talked to over 60 people in 40 organizations in six South Africa cities and drafted a strategy that launched the Southern Africa HIV-AIDS Collaboration (SAHAC for short), now doing business as the Courage Youth Movement. Zeke has served as chair since SAHAC was incorporated as a South African public benefit organization in 2007. Zeke joined the encompassKids board in 2020.    

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Dick Chambers
Board of Directors
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Dick and his wife Carolyn have supported foreign missions work for many years.  The encompassKids ministry has a unique focus on children at school and families at home and that focus is making a real difference in the lives of many.  Carolyn joined Dick on one of  his 3 trips to South Africa and is delighted to partner with him and the encompassKids team in the wonderful ministry effort.  Dick is a retired public school administrator and they have been blessed with 3 daughters and 10 grandchildren.

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Ty Tanis
Board of Directors
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Ty Tanis is a West Michigan native and graduated from Hope College. He is married to Michelle, and they have three children. Ty is the Director of Development for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holland and has a passion for serving and investing in others. Ty & Michelle volunteered and supported the encompassKids missions in South Africa in 2015.

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Herk Vanden Bosch
Board of Directors
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As chairperson of the Deacons of Christ Memorial Church in 2014, Herk was tasked with the doing a deeper dive into the missions in which CMC was invested. He spent time at the Courage Clubs in several schools and at the Setshabelo Family and Child Services (SFCS). Understanding the impact on the participants, he decided to invest more and joined the board of encompassKids. He was chair for several years and now works on the board as an ambassador for the organization. 
Herk and his wife, Linda, are the proud parents of three married children and grandparents to seven. In his spare time, Herk likes a good game of golf and boating on Lake Michigan. 

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Mary T. DeVries
Board of Directors
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Mary believes giving back and volunteering is essential and an important part of who we are. She has a passion for helping others. The staff at encompassKids Ministries holds a special place in her heart and she truly believes they are the hands and feet of God within the South Africa communities, the children, and the families they serve. Mary's first experience with the encompassKids Ministries and the South Africa environment came in 2012, when she and her husband, Charles, joined Paul and Cathy Scholten for a fall mission trip. Since that time Mary has been volunteering and eventually joined the encompassKids Board of Directors.

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Rich Avink
Board of Directors
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In 2010, upon retiring from a career in teaching, Rich took the opportunity to travel to South Africa on a mission trip with Paul & Cathy Scholten. That was the first of several visits he made. He found that he had so much to learn about the culture of South Africa, especially the lives and needs of the children and families. Some of what he learned he admired and enjoyed, and some he saw as an opportunity to give support and encouragement. These
people and this mission found a special place in his heart.
Over the last several years as a Board Member he has provided support to encompassKids in the role as treasurer. Rich stands amazed at how God has graciously blessed this mission. All glory to Him!

Meet the Team
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Keabetsoe Sekoboto
Executive Director
Setshabelo Family and Child Services

Kaybe was instrumental in establishing the Setshabelo organization and appointed as its first Executive Director in 2014.  She holds Academic Degrees in Social Work and related studies and had previously worked for the South Africa Department of Social Development.  She is a natural team-builder and business-driven individual with significant background in Community Development; talented in developing partnerships, overseeing personnel, and developing tactical plans to meet strategic goals. She is a wife and mother of two daughters and a son.

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Evelyn Sella
Managing Director
SAHAC Courage Youth

Eve has served as SAHAC's Accounting Officer since 2015.  She was appointed a Director in July 2021, and Managing Director in November 2021.  After significant experience in corporate accounting, Eve established her own firm, KTB Financial Services, in 2002. She holds accounting degrees from WITS University and is a member of the South Africa Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA). Eve has a passion for South African youth that preceded but has found its fulfilment in her association with SAHAC/Courage Youth.  In addition to her professional pursuits, Eve is a dedicated mother of two sons and a prime mover in the pet fostering and adoption agency Cataholics Kitty Shelter. 

SOUTH AFRICA

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