Ronda and Wendy have been producing quite a catalogue of photographs from the recent distributions, rather than post them a few at a time, it was decided to create a discussion page where they could be displayed more speedily so that members might be able to spot their squares, garments or hats earlier! Spotting one of our own creations in Africa really does spur as on to even greater creativity!
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Here are some of the photos received from Sandra Pillay of Mama Ntombi Community Projects. Plus the message that was posted on their Facebook page :
KNIT-A-SQUARE blessed Mama Ntombi's Community Projects with another huge supply of hats, blankets and jerseyS. As the rainy, wet and cold conditions continue these warm items are such a blessing to the many orphaned and vulnerable children on our programme as well as their aged grandmothers who are caring for them. THANK YOU TO ALL OUR KNIT-A-SQUARE FRIENDS ACROSS THE WORLD FOR HELPING US CHANGE THE WORLD ONE SMILING CHILD AT A TIME! God bless you!
I am so glad to see all these hats finding good homes on their darling heads. I love seeing the Go-Go wrapped up in a blanket too. When I look at their thin clothes it makes me want to crochet and knit much faster too and to make sure everything is thick and warm for them.
Thank you so much for all the photos, I've just looked at pages of them and it's sure a reminder, amid the ads on TV suggesting we spend hundreds of dollars on cosmetics and thousands on new cars for Christmas (yeeesh!), what the real realities of life are.
Thank you so much for sharing these photos...I truly love to see all the knitted and crocheted love and then I see someone who could use something extra and I am moved to go straight to my yarn stash again!
I'm with you Jeanne. It's good to have things put back in perspective from time to time. we decided a long time ago not to give presents at Christmas. Our daughter is grown and we don't have any grandchildren, so we're not upsetting anyone.
I love to see the huge range and variety of hats that we manage to create. Well done KAS stitchers. They are wonderful.
Not many smiles among these little ones... some look so forlorn and are holding on so tight to their soft toys.
Thanks for reminding us of how much help some of them need and so much love.
Valuable photos I agree. Seeing that list of activities reminds me to slip in more packs of crayons in my next parcel. They need them!
They were the children in 2010 who sang a song weren't they?
See the burgundy/orange/white poncho? That's one I made long ago! :)
Here are the first batch of pics from the wonderful Nancefield distribution ! These are the scene setting photos of getting the supplies to the Gym etc
The KasVan is filled too bursting with a wonderful selection of tried foods which Lindiwe the teacher can feed the children with!
Lots of packets of dried foods, apples, bread, biscuits, rice, tinned food, soup & sugar!
Some of the goodies!
Unpacking and even more unpacking!
Chadwin from Westpack helps the team unpack!
Setting everything up
The day before there was an earth tremor and, sadly, the Gym was damaged. One can see that as well as cracks, windows have broken.
Here is the next batch of pics from Ronda!
We got these fabulous soft interlocking puzzle mats which the children love to sit on and play/read - because it is comfortable and warm!
During setting up some of the little ones just could not stay away - here with Donna!
A little one checking everything out before the opening session!
This little girl just loved the wall charts and we stuck some lower down so she could look at them closely!
Unpacking and sorting.
Our Wandi with a smile from ear to ear!
The water/sand table contents. We decided to fill both sides with sand when we noticed the children were so fascinated by it. Lindiwe says she will take some of the outside one day and put water in them.
This little boy cries all the time and just wants to be in the arms of someone - you will see him being carried by Lindiwe in various photos still to come!
The mat built and ready for blocks and books!
Filling the sand trays. We left extra sand too!
Hive of activity!
Setting up and taking pics! Bought around 35 of these books!
Unpacking the wooden block - they were very popular!
We bought 20 balls and again the children loved these. We did not put them all out - some saved in the storeroom!
The goodies we managed to get!
The hula hoops were funny - we got 20 of these and showed the teachers how they could use them to teach the children hop-scotch, dribbling soccer balls etc.,- they were thrilled with the potential for these!
Our Wandi, Annette and Lesley try out the hula hoops!
We bought dozens of puzzles and colouring books and have also put some away in the storeroom. The alphabet train is a long floor puzzle - amazing. The little boy in the first pic looked at every thing from evry angle!
Lindiwe, who heads up the Day Care, was so overwhelmed. Here she poses with some food and a ball!
The teachers help pack the 'extras' in the storeroom - they just could not believe what we managed to get!
Creating play areas : the hula hoop and soccer section - fortunately the gym is huge!
Colouring books and crayons & pencils