Showing posts from December, 2015

The guiding light from 2015 into 2016

By Amanda Nortje, Thembalitsha Foundation Fundraiser. As we close the door on 2015 and enter into 2016, we are reminded that we, as a foundation move like the waves of the sea…..always onward and upwards. Like the sea, there are currents, swells, riptides, tidal waves and storms but the waves always keep moving onward and upwards. Whilst there are those challenges, the sea will often empty the contents of its jewellery box on the shores in the form of shells and precious stones. This is our jewellery box for you, our partners, friends and family to enjoy as we reflect on this past year in pictures at Thembalitsha. Themba Care Grabouw Celebrating hospice day and raising awareness of breast cancer month. Educare Grabouw Celebrating the launch of 10 Educare Grabouw Centres of which 3 are currently established and the next seven will reach completion by end 2016. Graceland's tea Our annual tea

The poor and the strong.

    At the Bobby van Jaarsveld, Hope@PaulCluver concert  on Saturday 12 December, A spectator - who won her ticket through a radio promotion, was telling me that she was overwhelmed by Bobby's charisma, stage personality and talent, and she was also intrigued by the work done by Thembalitsha; restoring hope in the desperate and needy, developing them to a point of self reliance through the provision of healthcare, education and training. In conversation with her, the events of the past year flashed through my mind,   like scenes in a movie.   Actually, over the last 10 years,  I have witnessed many poor, weak and lonely people,  like this little girl who lost her life just before her 1st birthday, and the homeless after the destruction caused by fire and flooding in Masiphumelele.  In John Lennon's (who also had a tough upbringing)    'So this is Christmas',  everyone is brought together under one light.  The poor an

Village of Hope: Protecting Their Hearts

by Barbara Wood, Financial Administrator & Project Host at the Village of Hope  The main objective at Village of Hope has always been to be a safe place of respite care for children who's families need time to get their lives together. This has looked different for every child that has come through our doors. Some parents struggle with providing for their children and just need time to find a solid job. Some struggle with understanding how to properly administer medication to their child and need simplified training to really understand it all. And then some parents struggle with drugs or alcohol and never rise up out of that pit of addiction. Whatever the case, couple those reasons with a slow moving social welfare system and it means some of our children end up staying with us for years rather than months. We have learned over the years to be patient, to wait for God's plan for these children's lives to be revealed and not put trust in our own plans. Needless to s