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 December 2013 Square Heart Award goes to:
Jeni is most famous for her beautiful blankets made from scraps of yarn.
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Last week we teamed up with our friends Maryke and Sanne from The Sprout Foundation and headed to an area southwest of Johannesburg called Doornkop which, when directly translated means “thorn hill”. The locals refer to parts of Doornkop as Snake Park, but we have not been able to ascertain why – maybe it is best we don’t know? The last time we visited this area was for Mandela Day a few years ago. Our destination this time was the “Big Smile, Little Faces” Day Care and Pre School … and we found it most aptly named!!
Miriam, the remarkable lady who heads up this little school, looks after 70 children in two “classrooms” made out of corrugated iron sheeting. The outdoor play area for the children is very small, but secured behind a barbed wire fence. Her smiling and able helper is Faith … as we have said before, these marvellous women are the backbone and unsung heroines of South African society because of the way they take on the huge responsibility of providing structure, warmth, basic teaching, food and hope to large numbers of children for no other reason than love!!
Because it is hot in South Africa at this time of the year, we are making up blanket pack gifts for the children so that there is no need for them to be draped in further warmth! Inside each blanket we place a beanie, a warm top and a pair of socks (the contents of the packs will vary depending on our stock levels!). This is then rolled up and tied with a festive ribbon – just like a wrapped up gift!
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