worldglobelaptopsRemoving Chains support site, a nonprofit program arm of Ark of Hope for Children, is breaking the chains for those victimized as children by #HumanTrafficking, #ChildAbuse and #Bullying.

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  1. Child Line

-         Call: 0800 055 555

-         Website:

-         Hours: 24hour Helpline

  1. SADAG - The South African Depression and Anxiety Group

-         Call: 011 262 6396

-         Website:

-         Hours: 8am-8pm

  1. Suicide Crisis Line

-         Call: 0800 567 567

-         SMS: 31393

-         Hours: 8am-8pm

  1. Police and Trauma Line

-          Call: 0800 20 50 26

-         Hours: 8am-8pm

  1. Social Development Substance Abuse Line

-        Call: 0800 12 13 14

-        SMS: 32312

-         Hours: 24hour Helpline

 3.     Narcotics Anonymous

-         Call: 083 900 69 62 (083 900 MY NA)

-         Website:

-         Hours: 24hour Helpline

 4.     Drugwise

-         Call: 011 728 6668 (Get Hours)

  1. Elim Clinic (Drug Abuse Treatment Centre)

-         Call: 011 975 2951 (Get Hours)

-         Website:

 6.     LifeLine (Trauma Counseling)

-         Website:

-         Call: 0861 322 322  or  

-         Johannesburg Crisis Line  011 728 1347

-          Soweto Crisis Line 011 988 0155 /6

-         Alexandra Crisis Line 011 443 3555

-         Hours: 24hour Helpline

The LifeLine Aids Helpline: 0800 012 322

  1. Central Gauteng Mental Health Society

-         Call: 011 614 9890

-         Website:

  1. FAMSA – The Family and Marriage Association of South Africa

-         Call:  011 788 4784/5   or  011 788 4737 / 4739  

-         National office: 011 975-7106/7

-         Website:

  1. Child Welfare South Africa

-         Report neglect or abuse of a child, Call: 0861 4 24453/ CHILD

-         National: 011 452-4110

-         Website:

  1. Johannesburg Child Welfare Society

-         Call: 011 298-8500

-         Website:

  1. Police Child Protection Units

The SA Police Service’s Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit Special police units investigate violent crimes against children and offer specialised services to child victims of crime. There are units around the country.

-         Emergency number: 10111

-         Crime Stop: 08600 10111

-         Website: FCS Unit

  1. Rape Crisis

Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust works to prevent rape, offers healing to survivors, and works towards legal reforms that will ensure perpetrators are brought to justice. Services include counselling, court preparation, support groups, important contact numbers. Non-governmental organisation.

Counselling lines:

021 447-9762 (Observatory)

021 633 9229 (Athlone)

021 361 9085 (Khayalitsha)

-         Website:

  1. Speak Out

Rape emergency information, services, advice, links. Non-governmental organisation.

-          Website:

Chain Breakers

Equipping and training volunteer e-mentors and Survivors Coaches

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Victims are quite often lingering on the fringes of society; disconnected, depressed, confused and all too often suicidal. Abuse victims feelthumb Giving up unaccepted by peers that don't care or understand. They often don't trust adults who represent those that most often abused them in the first place. Even so they yearn for compassionate people that truly care and will help them process their painful past. 

Chain Breakers taps into Blair Corbett's 20+ years of experience as a Survivor's Coach to multiply his efforts to counter the effects of abuse in a Christ-like, loving, non-judgmental and non-discriminating way. Working with Ark of Hope you will help survivors build upon the abusive foundation of their past, strengthening them to lead successful, independent lives. We will do this by training up great listeners. You can learn from highly equipped trauma trainers in how to empower victims with healthy life skills, boundaries and much more.

Compassion filled listeners can be life savers for those suffering due to any form of abuse. Through Removing Chains, our live chat survivor support site, you can "stand in the gap" for victims worldwide. Through our Chains Breakers program Ark of Hope will equip impassioned caring people with keys that can be life changing for those suffering. We do not provide professional counseling but will try to connect individuals to localized professional help as well as needed or requested.

Insightful articles, videos and other resources that are shared with Ark of Hope fromthumb Circle of Hands around the internet will be collected in our training library. Mentors and interns will be able to receive very valuable insights from experts into helping people suffering from a wide variety of abuse related problems. Of course all volunteers, whether serving as mentors, college interns or as a survivors coach will be required to complete background checks for the safety of any "clients" seeking help from Ark of Hope for Children.

Survivors Coaches are the most highly committed e-mentors working with Ark of Hope on our Removing chains help site. These valuable individuals will receive expert training hours in different trauma assistance techniques led by a certified trauma specialist that works closely with us.

History of Removing Chains support site

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Removing Chains survivor support site was birthed out of need by those who were seeking help. And they found it from often hundreds of miles away from caring people online. Blair Corbett, founder of Ark of Hope for Children considers it to be a "God thing".

Ark of Hope For Children's virtual support for survivors of child abuse, a program now called Removing Chains, birthed in 2008, just before Blair Corbett's wife Verna became critically ill from an operation in 2009. People began finding us online and wondering if we might be as caring as we appeared to be. Throughout Verna's illnesses and visits to various ICU's between late 2009 and early 2012 we carried on supporting survivors through our extensive social network presence.


Removing Chains live chat victim support site is dedicated to Michael “OneVoice” Hawkinson; “The best friend I never met.” In the tribute I wrote for Mike, (below), you will see how, oddly enough, had its start through 20+ years ago. Chain links that we saw then as uniting a core of caregivers, we now see as that which we are breaking to set captives free.

The site is still live, but inactive, more as a memorial to what once was. It is our hope that it may one day become active again as part of the continuing work being carried on here on Removing Chains using what we learned there othumb mike-1n CHAIN.

I dedicate Removing Chains site to;

  • The lessons learned by loving people we could not see, or touch;
  • The faith made strong through hours of listening intently to the broken heart of another;
  • The way God used the most unlikely of broken vessels to reach the hurting thousands of miles away;
  • Not become a theological rule house, what Jesus would call a “white washed tomb,” but be a healing place of mercy, grace and unconditional love, that draws in the victimized without fear of judgment.

It is, therefore, our mission through Removing Chains live chat rooms to provide this free site to reach, listen to, partner with and renew hope within victimized people young and old. We are committed to allowing the power of humility and selfless love to both freely flow and be multiplied well beyond Removing Chains through the equipping of others.

Blair Corbett,

Co-founding member -

Founder, Executive Director - Ark of Hope for Children

Lead Survivors Coach, site builder - Removing Chains

Tribute to Mike Hawkinson, August 22, 2003

thumb mike-and momMike truly embraced the value of being “A man after God’s own heart.” To speak about how thankful I am for Mike Hawkinson is really to speak of how amazing and loving of a God we have. God put Mike and I in each others paths in a most remarkable way, and just when we each needed it.

We originally met online in 1992 before any of us even knew that there was such a thing as the Internet. The “Sierra Network” began the first online gaming community called the Imagination Network”, or “INN.”  I was in the tail end of a very troubled marriage and Mike was happily working for Discover Card.  But we both joined up to find some people we could play some card games like hearts with in a safe environment. We had no idea what God was really setting us up for.

Mike, “OneVoice,” lived in Arizona and I, HeCares, lived in Illinois. We actually met in a Christian chat room a young man from Daytona, Florida had started. Soon we were not only playing cards but praying together, ministering to hurting people and praying with others from around the United States. We met a few really great people there including Shawn Richards, “HisHeart” and Joshua Wolford, “LionsDen”.

INN soon became too expensive and it seemed we would lose what we had found in each other because most of us couldn’t afford it. Mike heardthumb mike-2 of the Internet so we tried meeting in a few different places but never felt very welcome, or that it was a good fit. We discovered the IRC, Internet Relay Chat.  There were hundreds of people online in hundreds of different “chat rooms”. Unfortunately much of what was going on in those rooms was extremely negative and often perverse. In other words it was perfect for us to challenge ourselves to continue what had already been started! That small handful of us, Mike, Blair, Joshua and Shawn, set up a Christ centered chat room there and called it “CHAIN,” which was an acronym for Christ’s Hands Across the Interactive Network,” (soon changed to Internet by Mike even though I often got on his case for changing it.)

As CHAIN progressed so did many deep struggles for both Mike and I.  Mike had already been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and began struggling physically, while I was heading for an inevitable divorce and losing my business at the same time. In January of 1996 after heart-breaking struggles my divorce became finalized, I became a single father of three young children and the next day I handed over the keys to my business. 

Mike was now fully disabled with multiple problems and was homebound.  Both of us, however were closer to God than we ha ever been.  We talked often with each other about how we hated the positions we were in, but that we were totally surrendered to God.  I had fallen under the pressure many times, but God provided Mike to pick me up, and I did the same for him. Mike and others from CHAIN saved me from a suicidal depression during this period. Mike constantly reminded me that God had His hand on my life and hand a unique plan that only I was made to carry out. I hung on and surrendered more deeply to whatever that was, as did Mike.

Being that Mike was homebound I knew it was God’s design that Mike should take full control of CHAIN.  I took a back seat administratively as I searched to discover the path God had for me to follow that would achieve both and income for my family and allowing me the ability to be an Ambassador in His kingdom. 

Leaving CHAIN in Mike’s capable hands brought out his giftedness even more. CHAIN thrived.  People were ministered to almost daily, fellowshipthumb Chain-3 was happening not only with people from the United States but now in many other countries as well. We were part of an amazing plan God had to use the Internet, a tool that many said was a tool for evil, and use it for the good His children all over the world. We never envisioned that would happen, and it was never our plan, but we watched in amazement as God was shrinking his world. Ministry to people seeking God, mercy and compassion for those who were hurting, and even love for those who openly bashed Christ was happening every day.  This truly was an “ACTS” church. 

In 1998 I remarried and now had my wife, Verna, also known as He4gives, five children and two disabled adults to care for, (one of whom is Verna’s ex-husband).  We moved to Florida so I could accept a position as a manager of a business I was familiar with running.  I was made to work six days a week, and soon lost my connection with CHAIN so I could be a good father with what little free time I had.  Mike always stayed close though.  He would call or get me online and we would talk long into the next morning. 

In 2000 I walked away from my job to pursue a mission God had put on Verna’s and my heart to start a community of homes to house abusedthumb Chain-2 children. Having known us so well, as only a close brother could, Mike knew that Verna and I were suited for this. We were no strangers to struggle, faith and persistence. We now have ten children, five that we have adopted from foster care. We have moved to a smaller community in Florida called High Springs. We have begun purchasing a large property where we planned to build six homes for these abused children and minister to them in the ways that they deserve. 

Mike knew that this mission was right for us and what we were called by God to do all along. Mike was always extremely in tune with us. He intuitively knew when I needed him, whether for confirmation or just to talk. He never treated me like I had abandoned him, but told me that I had followed obediently the design God had for me. He stayed closer than a brother all the time. Once he called me late at night, which was Mike’s trademark, and sang a song over the phone to me that he had written with me in mind.  The song was about friendship.  All I could do was cry.

thumb Chain-1Mike left quite a legacy with me. He taught me to never bother arguing Biblical doctrine with people. I came to agree that there were plenty of people for arguing, but that God was seeking people who would be Ambassadors for Christ. I always described that as to mean, “Being Christ with skin on for someone.” That made Mike laugh and I loved his laugh! We would joke about how God used to have to “hit us over the head with a 2x4 to get our attention!” Other times we laughed about times “when we didn’t follow God’s lead and God had to swallow us up by that “Big Fish to wake us up!” 

God humbled us both almost in unison it seemed as He grew us up. We both came to the place where we would see a need and jump in without hesitation and with both feet knowing God was taking care of us. We felt God’s hugs and Christ’s love and our main desire was to lovingly guide people to Christ. Mike taught me that to do so in love was to inform them about who Christ and God are and simply offer people the choice. If they didn’t choose to right then we didn’t beat them over the head with our Bibles. If they chose to follow Christ we partied with the angels. If not, we continued loving them right as they were, with no judgment. We fully expected that someday God would make the seed we planted within them grow, so we didn’t need to over water and feed it until it was choked out and they were running the other way.

God is an amazing God. Through this online church called CHAIN God taught me how to “love people from the inside out.” He taught me how tothumb Chain-4 ignore all appearances and patiently seek out their heart. God treated me to a little more than a decade long friendship that was more loving, more accepting, more caring, more sincere and more Christ-like than any I have ever had. What makes that statement so incredible is that Mike Hawkinson and I never got to meet in person! Oh we tried, and we planned, but through our struggles with time and finances it never worked out. I write this with tears in my eyes because if there is a regret that is my only one. Mike and I joked saying, “We’re not going to meet each other until we get to Heaven, are we?” Nope, we’re not.

On August 15, 2003 God took Mike’s pain away. I know he is checking out all the great places to go and he excitedly awaits my arrival so he can show me around. I wait longingly for that time, but I go on with the mission; to bring the broken and hurting children, to know the amazing love of Christ, through this humble vessel. **

In addition I commit myself to doing whatever I can to be sure that CHAIN goes on without becoming political, church-ish or just a hangout place. Because of the love God showed us through this willing vessel we honor today, Mike Hawkinson, his legacy will be that CHAIN goes on, lives continue being changed and Christ-like fellowship WILL continue to happen in the form of live chat on the Internet.

Thank you God,

Blair Corbett

** Note; the following omitted from this reprint of Mike’s eulogy from me;

thumb Corbetts2007-600"Our community for abused children, called Ark of Hope For Children,” my wife and I lovingly dedicate to my brother Mike.  It is still vacant land and we still struggle to make it a reality, but one day in some way, Mike’s memory WILL be immortalized there.”

After severe complications with a surgery in 2009 that was to save my wife Verna’s life, her life was almost taken multiple times over the next 1 ½ years. I devoted myself to her, and our family of 12, in full in keeping with my vows of “in sickness and in health, for better or for worse.” Verna is alive and walking some again, but the property was lost to foreclosure in 2011, along with most of our volunteers and donors. Another surprise was to come from God, this site and other amazing adventurous plans for Ark of Hope for Children.

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