Showing posts from October, 2014

Village of Hope: Year 7 - A Time For Rest

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Can you believe that Tim and Maz have just begun their seventh year working full time for Thembalitsha in South Africa? How the time has flown and what a lot has happened in the past six years!

This courageous couple were the catalyst that enabled Village of Hope to be birthed and their perseverance over these years has enabled this essential haven for vulnerable children to develop into a professionally run project which has sustainability and is well respected throughout the Grabouw community and beyond.

As you can well imagine, this kind of result required a significant amount of time and energy from Tim and Maz and, because of this, they’ve requested a six-month sabbatical period to re-charge their batteries and explore possibilities for the next phase of their lives. In order to do this, they will be stepping back from their roles as project managers for Village of Hope.

Village of Hope: Volunteers Galore

Over the last couple of weeks, the day-to-day team at the Village of Hope have been blessed by a plethora of volunteers who have come to spend time with us from all over the world.
Firstly, we were joined by Matt, Seb, and Chris who hail from Sydney, Austraila. These three guys, also known as Captain Hook, Peter Pan and Tinkerbell, were an absolute God-send as they cut, chopped, mowed, chipped, and thoroughly overhauled our grounds, giving it a real spring tidy up after the Cape winter. They also joined us at our sports outreach where they worked with our sports mentors during our afternoon sports sessions.

Then we hosted an amazing team, led by Larry from Trinity Church in Dallas. This was the second time that Larry, his wife and son, along with Sarah and her son Christian, had visited us. This time, however, they were joined by a Village of Hope newbie named Celeste who fit into their team very well. Not only did they help out with sports, some gardening work, and playing with the …

Village of Hope: October 2014 News

The past couple of months have not been lacking in drama here in Grabouw. This was particularly highlighted with the service protests in the community that descended into days of violence. The protests left us without any of our usual staff of House Moms as they were not able to get into work safely and the school-age children remained home because the schools had to close.

Although these few days were challenging, we received wonderful ‘back-up’ from the rest of our Thembalitsha family and were left with a reminder of what wonderful ladies we have in our House Mom team – being Mom to 13 kids is a tough job!

As well as the days off because of the protests it has also been school holidays which gave us an opportunity to arrange some outings for our children. Paul Cluver Wines kindly allowed us to come and visit the Zebras that live on their land. Unfortunately we did not see the Zebras up close but they allowed the children to feed, ride and stroke the horses which the children loved!…

Thembacare Grabouw: October 2014 News

After the riots in Grabouw have died down, it's been work as usual at ThembaCare Grabouw. Many thanks for some much needed patient pyjamas that were donated by Elgin Free Range Chickens and the delivery of a cheque from the Elgin Gentlemen's Associated which they raised from their annual barn dance! Thank you for supporting the palliative care work that we do at ThembaCare Grabouw! This month we were also thanking some of our staff for having worked 5 years at ThembaCare and for their hard work and care, loyalty and diligence.

Themba Training: Course 3 of 2014 kicks off!

Exciting things are happening at Themba Training! Our courses are now geared towards Women's Empowerment, and our 12 week course covers 4 levels, namely business entrepreneurship, sewing training, computer training, as well as a life skills component. We are happy to be offering safety training as a part of our course to our students.

On 15 September, 18 women started the third and final course for 2014. We wish them all the best and lots of success during their course!

Educating teen moms

In South Africa, less than 8% of mothers’ breastfeed exclusively for 6 months after their baby’s birth. Yet our infant mortality rates are alarmingly high. The World Health Organisation in partnership with Unicef is driving a worldwide campaign to increase breastfeeding rates and hence positively impact infant mortality and morbidity. The majority of infant deaths in rural as well as urban South African are from illnesses such as pneumonia and diarrhoea, which are 100% preventable through the right breastfeeding practices. The large HIV/Aids rates in SA complicates the matter, and breastfeeding and lactation consultants need specialised training in working with the diverse cultural differences, poverty levels as well as levels of education of the mothers we meet.

Through the interventions of Mama Themba, we assist local hospitals Helderberg Hospital, Macassar Day Hospital as well as Grabouw Day Hospital in achieving Mother Baby Friendly Status, which means that these hospitals comply w…

September News!

Graceland Market Day 2014
We are happy to announce that on the 2nd of October 2014 we had our 3rd Market Day at Graceland and it was a great success.

The reason we first started having the market day in 2012 was create a fundraiser that will involve the whole community and to challenge them in their individual capacity to give, while at the same time creating a family fun day that parents can enjoy with their children. We create a space where people can donate old but still nice clothes, shoes, jewellery, odds and end, tuck-shop stock and give towards the games which are presented on the day. Due to the fact that everything is donated we are able to sell everything at a reasonable price and still make one hundred percent profit.

This year we had two jumping castles, domino table, karaoke, face painting, balloon animals, play station games, a colouring in competition, an obstacle course, and five great raffles and on sale we had lots cosmetics and second-hand clothes, jewellery, odds and …

emerging leaders!

it's been a whilst since we updated the blog and we are thankful to report that things have calmed down since the last posts. in fact since myself and maz returned from our break in england i have been very busy in the local community rallying local leaders to attend a well timed and aptly named 'Leadership for Hope' training session.

as i type we have just drawn to a close day two of the three day course which we are hosting in the local community hall with the programme being given by trevor and jane waldock from the charity 'emerging leaders', who work with various partners including 'world vision' around sub saharan africa.

it has been amazing to see the local community come along and support this mind changing training session which is looking at encouraging everyone to consider themselves as a leader, whether that be in the home, at the work place, or within their local street or town.

leadership starts with yourself and this wonderful training in enabli…