Doing Life… Together!
iKhaya LikaBaba is currently home to 27 kiddies. To provide them with neat clothing, nutritious meals/ lunch boxes, toiletries and a sanitary environment is of great importance to us. Education is vital for their bright futures and careers. Meeting each child’s spiritual, social, medical, psychological and emotional needs is core to inner healing and their future as sound community members of our “future generation”. If it takes a village to raise a child… how much more does it take to raise vulnerable children? Let’s join as one to make the change. No contribution is insignificant in the “big scheme” of things as all the “littles” add up to reach and meet all the needs. We need you. They need you! 14 Children need stationery and uniforms for the 2019 academic year. This is not an quick and simple feat! Besides the cost there is the logistics of shopping for uniforms and stationery, labeling every item of clothing and stationery down to each pen and pencil! And of course our scholars are aged 5 to 12 years and “come in” all “shapes and sizes”… making the task that much more interesting.
We would love to bless each child with a new outfit or shoes and a quality toy/ gift to open on Christmas Day after church. To celebrate on Christams Day and New Year we would love to provide our children and staff with meat and salads for a family braai. If you would like to partner with us please get in contact with Loressa for the kids’ wish lists.
Congratulations and Celebrations!
We celebrated the birthdays of 2 of our tots this month. We played pass the parcel, musical chairs, musical statues and had a dance off with a prize for the one with the “best moves”. Cakes and treats, games and gifts, bubbles and many giggles were the order of the day as together we made them the centre of the occasion, to feel loved, adored and part of a special family. My heart sings and overflows with joy as I enjoy sharing their day and joining in making memories of a lifetime!
We have 4 beautiful young ladies giving freely of themselves as they serve iKhaya and the kids through volunteer work. Johanna, Lea and Luisa are from Germany and will be with us until July 2019. Julie, from France, arrived this month and will stay 6 months. Part of them doing life with us includes us investing social time with them. We enjoyed a fresh Spring evening at Alkanstand together, walking on the beach sand and the pier, a little splash along the shoreline and a sunset picnic for supper.
Ensuring our babies and toddlers develop well physically, socially and emotionally takes some planning and effort from those who spend the most waking hours with them. Children thrive on love, acceptance and a sense of belonging and we can meet these needs through intentional play times and social interactions with youngsters. Besides our very own pre-school for the kids aged 3-5 years, we encourage our volunteers to actively invest themselves each day with the littlies, babies to 2 years old, while their older siblings are out the home attending school. Filling the time with a variety of activities and lots noise and fun helps the caregiver to enjoy the time too!
Spring is in the Air!
Empangeni Christian School grade RR and R held a delightful spring tea with the kids dramatically, or with some reserve, strutting down the catwalk! The morning was a great delight enjoyed by us with our iKhaya preschooler class who went to support their siblings in action. Bronwyn, our iKhaya Preschool Teacher treated the moms to a fun morning too with kids dressed with flower faces especially for the occasion!
Jordan turned 3 and chose to celebrate his day with us! Nishi, iKhaya Assistant, and her hubby Melkom, fostered Jordan as an infant, and are in the process of adopting him. A family made by God and knitted together with His love! They showered us with love and delish food as we enjoyed celebrating together. Happy birthday Jordan!
Friends for Life!
Deep connections is what truly warms my heart more than anything… knowing that while our international volunteers serve us they are being knitted into our local community too. Friendships, that often extend beyond their time with us in SA, are forged through the Solid Ground Church community. Here we enjoy the sight of previous German volunteers, who served at Musawenkosi and iKhaya LikaBaba from as far back as 2015 to those who only left us in July 2018, spending time together back in Germany.
First Aid Training
Sister Madeleen from Medipark Pharmacy in Central Park, Empangeni is a gem! She cares about us and our kids’ wellbeing and never hesitates to be of guidance to us. Her passion shone through in all she shared at the recent training she held at iKhaya. She has a wealth of knowledge that she so unselfishly shares no matter when or where she goes!
From each one of us, to each and every one who plays a part in raising our kids, a great BIG THANK YOU! We could not achieve even a fraction of the excellence we do without your care, love and support. Together we are raising children with mighty and bright futures!
Greetings and love,