Welcome to our KAS community of over 10,000, who lovingly send 8” squares to make hand-made blankets for the South African AIDS orphans.
The Square Heart Award for March 2014
is for Yvette Tiedt - South Africa
Yvette worked at G4S for many years and was introduced to Knit-A-Square at one of their staff volunteer days, in fact on Mandela Day in 2011. Yvette, being the perfectionist she is, offered to take home and complete some of the unfinished blankets and in some instances “unpick the bits that are not quite right”. Little did Yvette know that this kind offer would see her become heavily involved in KAS SA and her home literally become a working KAS facility!
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Wandi was recently introduced, via a family member, to a lovely gentleman by the name of David who works with various homes that care for the elderly as well as day care centres in and around the Dobsonville area of Soweto. He was very excited at the opportunity for “his” gogos to help sew together blankets and only a few weeks after Wandi dropped blanket packs off, he called to say that the blankets are ready! So, Wandi, Wendy and I met up with David in Dobsonville and visited the Peo Mpepe centre for the elderly.
Peo Mpepe was an Aids Organization that alleviated poverty amongst child headed families and was started in 2005. The organisation changed its focus and began caring for the elderly having seen how badly they were treated. Many of the elderly are victims of rape, robbery and abuse and very many of them are simply dreadfully lonely. There were no day care facilities for the elderly in Dobsonville and so Peo Mpepe took these people in with the aim of improving their living conditions, providing mental stimulation and education – some of these gogos have learnt to write their names for the first time! They also partake in various activities like sewing as well as physical exercise to keep fit. There are currently 48 people, some with special needs, cared for by 15 staff members at this centre.
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