Newsletter January 2020

Back To School

The 2020 academic year is well on its way! We have 10 learners attending local schools after saying goodbye to 6 youngsters in December. I have many happy little faces visiting me each day. Smiling and sharing their joys, and a few woes, of a their school day. I love how the younger we are the more enthusiastic we are about the little things in life.

No wonder Jesus said in Matthew 18, "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” We extend our thanks to Gemini Stationery, Waltons Empangeni, HAP (Have a Purpose Charity Program) and individual families who donated stationery, textbooks and uniforms to towards getting our learners and the 6 who left us ready for the year ahead.
We wish all children the very best with their studies and strength to each parent doing homework!

Judo Lessons

Cathy, from North Coast Judo, in action with our kiddos! Wednesdays have fast become the highlight of the week… so much so that getting the school kids to focus at homework time is a challenge all of its own as they suffer from FOMO! Thank you Cathy for creating this amazing opportunity for our kids to gain confidence, core strength, improved posture, physical exercise, listening skills and so much more from your classes.

Old Fashioned Fun

We have experienced some of the most horrendously hot days lately. So instead of trekking to the pool with so many kids and too few caregivers we decided that a bucket of cool water would do the trick. And oh wow, the kids had a great time being splashed and making mud castles in the sand pit. Good old fashioned entertainment and using ones imagination to create an activity out of practically nothing at all!

In Training

Taking care of the veggies they planted with the anticipation of a great harvest to follow. Lessons of caring and nurturing come in all shapes and sizes. For us raising our children is not just providing shelter, food and education. We aim to take care of every aspect of living and developing. “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22 verse 6.

Reptile City

The last treat of 2019 and of the summer holidays was an outing to Reptile City in Maposa. What a wonderful place not too far from Empangeni. The staff are friendly and informative, the cages, yard, picnic spots and playground equipment are in immaculate condition. What a pleasure to visit a venue in such pristine condition. We loved every minute of the animal interactions and our social time with one another. Reptile City not only boast a wide variety of reptiles like snakes, crocs, turtles, lizards but some cute fluffies like bunnies, hamsters and guinea pigs as well as feathered creatures like peacocks, parrots and other bird life.

Gestures Of Love

Dear family and friends of iKhaya Mathew 9 verse 35 – 38 says, “Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

Helping or feeding the poor, the broken or sick and suffering is often a romantised picture for many as we read articles, watch video clips or movies on charity work. We as a society are often quick to judge and slow to love. My years of working with vulnerable children and rubbing shoulders with hurting adults and friends has opened my eyes and touched deeper into my heart to reveal a desperate reality we so often miss.

Slow down to see and hear those around you. Pause a little longer to listen and to observe those around you. Maybe someone at a tillpoint, a parent at school, another learner, a colleague or a client. When you greet someone and ask how they are expect an answer, hear their words. Just listen. Maybe you will connect with someone you least expected, lend a helping hand in a small way because gestures of kindness speak volumes of love.

Greetings from us all at iKhaya! Loressa, kids and staff