Amy Bell Centre for Children

The Amy Bell Centre for Children has grown from a small school room in a tool shed to a wonderful ministry for underprivileged children in the small rural community of Cradock South Africa. In May, 2013 Amy Bell and her father Larry made a trip to the Eastern Cape of South Africa to hunt and sight-see with Tam Safaris. The Tam family has several ranch and farming properties in the area of Cradock South Africa (population 35,000). Cradock is located about 2 hours north of Port Elizabeth, a major port city on the southern tip of Africa. This community, on the banks of the Great Fish River, is a lively and progressive community that is strongly influenced by the substantial farming and ranching activity in the area. This community has a strong sense of “taking care of their own”. Several projects throughout the community are staffed and funded by its caring citizens to provide the children of the community with a “hand up”. The Tam family is at the forefront of “helping others” in this community. Amy and Larry felt right at home with this wonderful Tam family during their visit. They also enjoyed seeing the wonderful ranches in the area as well as the rugged mountains, the rolling plains and the plentiful wildlife.

During the Bell’s visit to Tam Safaris Amy became aware of a project in Cradock that the Tam family had been involved with for several years. The project she took particular interest in was a small orphanage associated with the Cradock Hospice Good Samaritan Home. Amy learned of the work of the orphanage and it’s needs. She was especially moved by the stories of the children whose parents were victims of the Aids virus. Amy has always had a special place in her heart for children. Especially children less fortunate. She decided that she wanted to leave a substantial “love gift” with the Tam family for the orphanage and asked Larry to “match” her gift. She had no idea the impact that her gift would have in the months to come.

The Tam family took Amy’s gift and transformed it into a beautiful new building that would provide much needed classroom space, a small but very functional kitchen as well as indoor restrooms for the children. Amy and Larry’s gift, combined with other generous benefactors in Cradock, also made it possible to transform an old vacant lot into a wonderful and secure playground for the children.

At Amy’s passing in May, 2014 the world and particularly all of Amy’s friends learned about Amy’s anonymous “gift” and they how it had been used by the Tam family to “transform” the lives of dozens of hurting children. Her friends and family, in learning about Amy’s gift, made substantial additional gifts to the Amy Bell Children’s Centre. Those gifts led to the purchase of a new bus for the Centre so they could safely transport the children to the school each day for learning and nutrition, fellowship and support. “Amy’s Bus” replaced a broken down old pickup that was the only transportation they had prior to the purchase of the bus.

In addition to the new building, the playground and the bus, the Amy Bell Centre has grown to support 3 local schools and its children. One school is for children with physical disabilities. A second school is for children with learning disabilities. The third school, for children ages 5 to 8, was established many years ago by local parents and benefactors to provide a “help up” to younger gifted and talented children. This school is a multicultural school that puts a special emphasis on teaching the children to speak multiple languages including Afrikaans and English in addition to their native languages. The Amy Bell Centre has also established a scholarship program that will enable a special child the opportunity to attend university in the area. A qualified student for this scholarship will exhibit special traits that include a commitment to excellence in learning, a desire to “help others less fortunate” and clear sense of the importance of being a good example for younger children and siblings to follow.


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The Classroom

Kids at orphanage

Amy's Bus


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The Margaret Faudree Williams Computer and Technology Center
Amy Bell Charities takes great pleasure in announcing the naming and opening of the Margaret Faudree Williams Computer and Technology Center at the Amy Bell Centre in Cradock South Africa. Margaret and her husband Ronnie, Amy Bell’s aunt and uncle, have been major supporters of the Amy Bell Charities from the very beginning. Amy loved and adored “Auntie Social” (aka Aunt Margy or Aunt Margaret) and her Uncle Ronnie. Margaret (Ellen Bell’s baby sister), Ronnie and their entire family have been a constant source of love and support for the entire Bell family since Amy’s passing in 2014. Margaret traveled to South Africa in 2015 with Ellen Bell and Larry Bell to be present for the opening of the Amy Bell Centre.
The new Margaret Faudree Williams CTC was established to not only support the teaching and caring for the “HIV/Aids Orphans” supported by the Amy Bell Centre but also be a special place of learning for the gifted and talented young people in the entire community of Cradock. This Center is an integral part of the Amy Bell African School which was recently dedicated during the Bell family’s visit to South Africa. The Amy Bell African School was funded by the African Children’s Schools Charities based in Bakersfield, CA with the local support of the Irvin and Terese Tam family and the Mike and Helen Murray family of Cradock, South Africa.
Margaret and her entire family are one of the finest examples we know of the “Pay It Forward” spirit that was so much a part of Amy Bell’s life and legacy. It is only fitting the Aunt Margaret and Uncle Ronnie will always be connected in this very special place in South Africa with Amy Bell and her love of Africa and her love for children in need.
To God be the glory!!!

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What a great gift.

Such a great family!

So awesome!! ❤️

What a blessing!!!

Such a pleasure to be able to celebrate this wonderful place with Margaret Faudree Williams and Ronnie Williams as well as several other friends who came and donated to the Amy Bell Charities.

Proud of all of the Bell/Williams/Faudree efforts for those less fortunate. God bless!

Congratulation for your contribution of the CTC in Africa. May God bless you!

Grand Dad Parks is mighty proud, what a great family.

No words! You two are an inspiration to all of us. Brings chills through my whole body. Have a blast and congratulations!! Loves to two beautiful and extraordinary people.😘😘❤️❤️❤️

God bless yall!!! True humanitarians!

Brought tears to my eyes! Such a wonderful gift and such wonderful people!!

Well done and thanks for caring.

How wonderful!!


You Williams' are really something! Truly an inspiration and a benchmark of accomplishment. You motivate us all to be and do the best we can!

Margaret Faudree Williams & Ronnie Williams, The Most Loving Caring Generous and Charitable people we know!!! Amazing!!! (Liz) & Steve

It is a beautiful school and computer center that gives support and hope to many young lives. Blessed to have witnessed the dedication and hear the beautiful prayers and songs praising our Lord from these young people.

What an incredible gift... for both the givers and the receivers. I would imagine from the looks on their faces, it was truly joyful for them to be able to do this.

This is awesome!!!

God bless you, Margaret and Ronnie for your support of this awesome project!!!

I can't even take it. I have no idea, why this penetrates my very being, but it does. I love you. 💙💙💙

True angels in front of me. You pay everything forward and are the perfect examples of being a true humanitarians!! Keep up the great work and continue with your giving... love and misses to all....😇😇😇😇💕💕💕😘😘😘😘

Hat off to you both !🙏

Love this Margaret!!❤️❤️

Absolutely Amazing. You two are truly inspiring and amazing role models. Love you both!

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