by Lynn, February 1, 2011
I am from Sydney, Australia. The second of 7 children, I moved to London late 2008. After spending two wonderful years there, it was time to go back to Australia. I decided that I wanted to visit Africa on the way home. As well as doing a Safari trip, I wanted to do some volunteer work.
One of the friends I met in London was from South Africa. She put me in touch with her mum whoput me in touch with iKhaya LikaBaba. I arranged to do two weeks of Volunteer work.
I didn’t know what to expect. I turned up on my first day and met the children and Wendy, the Manager. During my time there, I was involved in many different tasks all ranging in different physical levels.
Some of the things that I did included painting the doll house, organise the office, read to the children, play games with them, arrange a store room, moving concrete and other general tasks.
It is hard on the heart to see these beautiful children who are totally innocent and have had a tough start to life. But iKhaya LikaBaba is a great facility to give them love and attention that they might not get in other ways.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at iKhaya LikaBaba. I wish that my plans allowed me to stay longer. The other volunteers that were there were also great. We got along well and I learnt a lot about their countries from them.
Once I get back to Australia, I will be closely monitoring the progress of iKhaya LikaBaba and look forward to the growth of the project in the next few years.