April has been a red letter month for iKhaya as we release one of our children for adoption, summer departs in style, many visitors come to iKhaya, maintenance happens, and we take out the trash.
And then there were Six
We said goodbye to Sphiwo and released him to his new family. They are from the USA but have a heart for Africa so he will be in great hands. Dad runs a software company and Mom, is currently living her passion of being a home Mom. Sisters are 10 and 8 and Brother is 6 years old.
Although there were many sad farewells the general feel of the time was a celebration as we rejoice in God’s ability to “place the lonely in families” Ps 68:6
As Autumn progressed the children took the opportunity to catch the last of the summer sun.
Living in the “country” has its advantages but it lacks municipal services. We have taken the situation into our own hands and purchased a trailer to take our waste to the dump site. This will also be a useful tool for ferrying goods and equipment.
This has been a month full of visits with all the volunteers hosting families and a friend of iKhaya coming all the way from Johannesburg to visit us. Jakes (Mancom member) and Mel (our bookkeeper) Olivier spent some time with us and chatted with Nonto and Theresa while their children Emily and Levi inspired our older children to ride their bikes.
The little soccer team took time out to enjoy their “bikes” and rest in the shade.
James Millican of Genesis Building Contractors approached iKhaya with the offer of two days of much needed maintenance work. Among many other tasks window frames were cleaned and painted, the nursery and bathroom was painted and new outside taps were installed.
One of our little girls played in her first Hockey Festival and surprised us with her passion for the game.
We continue to run with the vision of iKhaya building wonderful memories and dealing with the battles of life along the way. Getting to grips with renewed roles and responsibilities of the caregivers and volunteers has been challenging but we are seeing promising progress. This child is a beautiful example of servant heartedness in our home.
Our school going children have settled in nicely and have adjusted well to their school routine. The highlight of Term 1 was the fun swimming gala.
The Central Empangeni Municipal Clinic received all 15 of our children with a warm welcome and professionalism to do baseline health assessments and provide us with the children's 6 monthly vitamin A and deworming medication. Do you deworm your family Annual? After all this is Africa!