Day 6 of tiling and painting iKhaya 2 and it is going quickly. Our big boys' beds moved to the 'dining room' and good fun was had by all! Needless to say no 'big boy' slept this afternoon so they will be exhausted tonight. (here's hoping!)
Tomorrow is the big girls' turn to have their beds in the dining room... fun and games! Kitchen in playroom, washing dishes in meds room, microwave oven in dining room, washing done at iKhaya 3 house, cooking at the Hunts' home and playing all over.... roll on Friday. These guys are grafting! Well done volunteers and staff - incredible team - keep going!Nearly there and looking FABULOUS!
In the last few weeks we have said Good bye to Elena, Mary-Ann and Mona who have all returned home to Germany after 9-11 months of serving at iKhaya LikaBaba. It was a bitter-sweet time, since they had started longing for their families, and strong bonds had been developed with the children and staff and it was hard to bid them farewell. For many weeks afterwards the children would all comment on an aeroplane overhead that its destination was Germany!
With that in mind we will be receiving and welcoming 3 new volunteers and an 'old' volunteer Ty Heuser who will be helping us for some weeks. The biggest gift for iKhaya is not only when volunteers contact us to get involved, but it is delightful when they come back for a visit for a second or even third time! Helga Budal filled in the gap of about 6 weeks and spent many hours re-stocking, teaching the children and overseeing activities and being hands-on with the children, along with our faithful local volunteers.
These 'local volunteers' give of their time and hearts and hands without so much as batting an eyelid. It is simply how they live their lives, and very much a part of who they are and iKhaya would not function without their support. Thank you to Bronwyn, Janet and Liana for keeping all the wheels turning at iKhaya.
A big thank you to all of those who were involved in building, painting, planning, dreaming, collections, hanging curtains and who became very much a part of iKhaya 3 during its transition. Thank you for investing into this home and family and into the lives of the broken and vulnerable children. It is a lovely home and fully equipped for the new children and family who are doing really well.
This is a significant marker for iKhaya, as our hearts have been aware of the cry of these little ones for both Mothers and Fathers. It is a privilege to witness this development and to see them grow as they sense the love and sense of belonging.