WOW, what an amazing and exhausting day!!!
It was such a pleasure to spend yesterday sorting from such wonderful office space – look how much fun we had:
Ronda, Wendy and Abegail packing for Mandela Day!
We started bright and early this morning with 67 minutes of square stitching at G4S Cash Solutions over breakfast which built up our energy for the ensuing visit to Alex. This is an area of quite desperate poverty despite the efforts of the government to uplift it. We worked in conjunction with Maryke and Sanne from The Sprout Foundation on this distribution. Their NGO uplifts and support Early Childhood Development Centres in the informal settlements. Part of their function is the physical repair to facilities at Day Care Centres … for instance, in the case of the Fundani Nathi, the first centre we visited, where quite recently dangerously bare electrical wiring has been insulated and covered.
Despite all our efforts, we did not manage to get the full quota of Christmas blankets together so we added many other brightly coloured blankets to the mix as you will see from the photos. We were also thrilled to be able to give each child a Christmas coloured beanie, many of which we were able to supplement from our great pile of Kareemah beanies, thanks to your overwhelmingly generous response to that challenge. We happily spent many more than 67 minutes in Alex, together with a group of wonderful volunteers, and visited two schools (Fundani Nathi and A Re Buneng) where we wrapped more than 100 little ones in your beautiful blankets, warmth, love and encouragement! We enjoyed the children singing happy birthday to Madiba and other songs like “We love you Mandela!”
We took so many photos today that we thought to share as many as we could and make this a pictorial report for this week. Next week we are headed to Soweto again and will let you know how that goes.